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AT&T bars mid-October employee vacations ahead of iPhone 5 launch

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Like Apple and Sprint before it, AT&T has reportedly blocked its employees from taking vacation days in mid-October as the carrier gears up for the launch of Apple's fifth-generation iPhone.

Employees at AT&T retail locations have allegedly been blocked from taking vacations during the first two weeks of October, BGR reported on Tuesday. Employees have reportedly been told they cannot request time off between Monday, Oct. 3 and Friday, Oct. 14.

In addition, it was said that AT&T's internal inventory system lists a total of six new product placeholders. The entries are said to be "most likely holding space" for the iPhone models Apple is expected to announce at its event next Wednesday, Oct. 4.

The details come after AppleInsider reported last week that Apple has begun blacking out vacation days for retail employees at some of its stores during the second week of October. Specifically, Apple employees in some locations are said to have been barred from taking time off work Oct. 9 through 12, and Oct. 14 and 15.

And earlier this month, it was said that Sprint also began blacking out staff vacations for the first half of October. The iPhone is currently exclusive to AT&T and Verizon, but Sprint is widely expected to offer Apple's next iPhone at launch.

As of yet there has not been any word of Verizon employees being barred from vacation time in October. Rumors have pointed toward a sale date of Friday, Oct. 14 for Apple's next-generation iPhone.



Apple's fifth-generation handset is expected to become the first iPhone to launch on multiple carriers simultaneously in the U.S. Last June, when the iPhone 4 launched on AT&T alone in America, the carrier was forced to suspend preorders after experiencing demand ten times greater than for its predecessor, the iPhone 3GS.

Verizon eventually gained access to the iPhone 4 more than six months later, in February of this year. Analyst Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray said on Tuesday he expects that demand for the so-called "iPhone 5" will be large at Verizon, as a recent poll conducted by his investment firm found that 74 percent of Verizon iPhone buyers said they are waiting for Apple's next model rather than buying the iPhone 4.
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Aaaaaaaaand... they're off!

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Do they do this for Android phone introductions? Just curious....
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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

Do they do this for Android phone introductions? Just curious....

I doubt it. I actually heard that that is the time when they let everybody take extended vacations and they even lay off some of their temporary staff.
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Should we expect 16 months between future iterations of the iPhone, or should we expect even longer delays in the future. Not troll, just curious how Apple plans to run with this...
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Originally Posted by lamewing View Post

Should we expect 16 months between future iterations of the iPhone, or should we expect even longer delays in the future. Not troll, just curious how Apple plans to run with this...

Who the hell knows

Anyway, I think it will return back as one year refresh cycle, every october.
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Should we expect 16 months between future iterations of the iPhone, or should we expect even longer delays in the future. Not troll, just curious how Apple plans to run with this...

I suspect we can expect the normal 12-ish month cycle with the possible exception of next years WWDC to get things back in sync since it gives developers a bit longer to take advantage of the extra time before the holiday before submission to the Apple store.
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I work Business end user care with AT&T. Today I recieved an email stating that we are "All hands on deck" and their will be no vacation time from October to November. We are also told that if people don't pick up the overtime being offered it will be mandatory.


Any opinions or statements in this post are solely my own and do not reflect the opinions of AT&T.
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What is the thinking on pre-orders? Is ATT likely to allow them on / about Oct 4 or will it just be a free-for-all
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What is the thinking on pre-orders? Is ATT likely to allow them on / about Oct 4 or will it just be a free-for-all

I will get an email early if it will be allowed to be placed on preorder. Ill make a post on this site if I can...May not because of the NDA I signed. But if I can ill let everyone know if there will be preorders.
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Let the (stupid, IMHO) rumors be laid to rest. Sounds like two iPhone 5 white models, two black, one entry level white iPhone 4, and one black. The end. No more 4S and 5 simultaneous release rumors please.
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Originally Posted by silverpraxis View Post

Let the (stupid, IMHO) rumors be laid to rest. Sounds like two iPhone 5 white models, two black, one entry level white iPhone 4, and one black. The end. No more 4S and 5 simultaneous release rumors please.

If you can give me just ONE reason you think that this story has anything to do with you thinking you know more than what Apple hasn't yet told us and can say this, I won't break out the emoticons.

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