iPhone 5 looms, AT&T staff join Sprint on overtime

By Alan Ng - Feb 18, 2012

We recently informed you about major hints about the availability of a Sprint iPhone after reports emerged that the carrier had been telling employees to continue working during specific dates in October. Well now we have news of similar reports which affect AT&T employees.

Unlike Sprint, the iPhone 5 will definitely be coming to AT&T and information uncovered courtesy of BGR is suggesting that AT&T employees have been banned from taking vacation during the first two weeks of October – valid from the dates of Monday 3rd October to Friday October 14th.

These are remarkably similar to the rumored dates that Sprint employees are being told to work through – September 30th to October 15th. Surely this isn’t just a coincidence when you think about it. Apple has already revealed that they want to ‘talk about the iPhone’ during their event on October 4th, but will they be talking about the new device with reference to Sprint as well as AT&T and Verizon?

We’re yet to hear about any Verizon blackouts, but we expect their employees are under the same strict guidelines as well – this is no ordinary smartphone launch after all. Futher details reveal that AT&T could be reserving six slots in their inventory for new Apple products, so it could be a reality that we see multiple iPhone devices and maybe even multiple iPod Touch devices announced at the event as well.

We’re not getting our hopes up, but we would love it if any Sprint or AT&T employees can provide a little insight into these claims. Are you being subjected to a dose of overtime for Apple’s fifth generation iPhone or are you sworn to secrecy?

On a side note, don’t forget to read the information regarding Vodafone’s iPhone 5 teaser and the first details on Apple’s new ‘Assistant’ voice-control service built within the new device.

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