Apple and AT&T rev up for iPhone launch – on June 15th?

Apple Store“iPhone support individuals are being hired. Training will reportedly begin on May 30th and will continue through June 20th. The actual launch should presumably be expected after the June 20th date,” arn reports for MacRumors.

“Meanwhile, Apple Stores have begun seeing Cingular technicians visiting the store to test network (mobile) connectivity throughout the store. This move, of course, makes sense in that customers will expect good Cingular reception at the stores in which they will be buying the iPhone,” arn reporrts.

In addition, “Apple appears to still be building up their core iPhone team,” arn reports.

Full article here.

Via The Boy Genius Report an official AT&T memo to employeees (MacDailyNews has independently confirmed that this memo is authentic):

To: All Company Owned Retail Employees
From: [Name removed]
Subject: iPhone Launch Period
Date: May 4, 2007

As previously announced, Apple and AT&T will soon debut the iPhone, which combines a mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and breakthrough internet communications into one small and lightweight handheld device. The new AT&T has a multiyear, exclusive agreement to provide U.S. service for the iPhone.

To ensure proper staffing during the product launch period, Sales personnel planning to take approved time off are encouraged to schedule their vacations before June 15 or after July 15 to participate in the iPhone launch.

Previously approved vacation will be allowed where voluntary rescheduling is not feasible.

No additional vacation requests will be approved during the launch period (6/15 – 7/15).

I want to thank you in advance for your understanding as this is likely to be the biggest selling period we have seen in a few years.

Happy Selling,

[Name removed]

Full article here.

38 Comments

  1. Well whoopie doo da.

    Ok, I have some serious issues with the iPhone.

    Storage space is very limited, which means constant hookups to a computer.

    You can’t “gift it”.

    People are stuck in their own contracts with present phone plans.

    It’s going to be expensive and slow to view web pages.

    Storage space is limited.

    What I think?

    People by far are going to wait and see and watch carefully for any and all clitches, bugs and limitations BEFORE switching their precious phone over to a more complicated device.

    I don’t think there will be much of a “rush”.

    People need reliability in their phone.

  2. Translation: Oh, my gawd, the iPhone’s coming, fer real! How’s this thing work anyhow? <crickets chirping> Anybody? <crickets chirping> All right, dammit, no vacation time until someone can figure out how to use this gizmo.

  3. Hey “PWNED” why don’t you post your email address so we can email you when your FUD proves to be not only wrong, but embarrassingly so?

    “pwnd” indeed.. I think you’ve just been pwnd.

    Hey at least I am not hiding behind anonymity here, feel free to email me to gloat if I’m wrong, but I think the iPhone will prove to be one of the greatest successes in the history of the phone industry. It might take a couple years as the price comes down, but I think it will be surprisingly big even in the first year at its current price.

    Oh, and: “People need reliability in their phone.”

    How about people need a phone that is USABLE and not a PAIN IN THE ASS to do even basic stuff with. Many people I know want to chuck their expensive so-called “smart” phones in the dumpster they hate them so much.

    MDN “summer” as in this is going to be the summer of the iPhone.

  4. The Nano has limited storage and is THE best selling ipod.

    How are contract obligations iphones problem?

    Who said the iPhone is unreliable? Steve Ballmer?

    Webpages slow? Have you already used this phone?

    I understand what bugs and limitations are but WHAT is a “clitch”??

    tri two prufe reed necks tyme before spewing crap.

  5. I don’t even live in the US but have let my previous contract expire as I think the phone is going to be the dogs bollocks (eng term, meaning the best thing since sliced bread) can’t wait for it to get to Europe. Bring it on Apple!

  6. Storage space is limited for the capabilities of the device

    In other words people are going to be pissed off they need to constantly hook up the iPhone to a larger device in order to use the first device adequatly because they keep running out of room.

    People want to carry all their content with them all the time.

    Battery time is limited on the iPhone as well.

    It’s just too much to do on it and the technology is limited.

    Of course if there is a Dot Mac storage option from the iPhone that would help. BUT that will RACK UP A FORTUNE IN ACCESS FEE’S AND BE SLOW AS HELL.

    So look for a change in DOT MAC soon and expect Google apps to run on the iPhone too.

    Microsoft is scared.

  7. OMG! OMG! Why didn’t I see it before! No one wants this thing! No one!

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    The whole world is pwned! Pwned, I say! Will someone please think of the children!

  8. “Of course if there is a Dot Mac storage option from the iPhone that would help. BUT that will RACK UP A FORTUNE IN ACCESS FEE’S AND BE SLOW AS HELL.”

    You do know that the iPhone is 80211 enabled don’t you?

    Idiot, it will cost pennies to have superfast access at any wi-fi hotzone, or at our friends house, or indeed your own wireless network.

    You do know about wireless networks don’t you?

  9. @bizarro ballmer
    ‘I understand what bugs and limitations are but WHAT is a “clitch”??’

    Could that be short for “clit glitch”? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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