American mobile carrier AT&T is reportedly denying its employees’ vacation requests in the last two weeks of September due to an “event blackout,” which could potentially mean the launch of Apple’s new iPhone 5.
The rumor comes from a tip sent to Gizmodo by an unnamed AT&T employee.
“I’m an att employee and my boss just announced that vacation requests for the end of september will be denied due to an ‘event blackout’. Historically the only time they’ve done this was for an iphone release. So we’re looking at the last two weeks of september,” the unknown tipster wrote in the email.
As far as we can remember, a similar vacation blackout has been seen just before new Apple iOS smartphones are released. In February, Apple blocked employee vacation requests ahead of the Verizon iPhone 4 release.
It was previously reported that AT&T has been ordering their employees, especially those in retail locations, to wrap up their product trainings to pave way for a new iPhone release. Reports say that the employee trainings have already been completed, which hints a mid-September iPhone release date.
Of course, rumors coming from anonymous tipsters could easily be fabricated. Even if the mobile carrier is planning to block vacation requests, it does not mean that it is for the release of the new iPhone 5. The company could be gearing up for something big or simply planning every employees worst nightmare, a stocktake ;-).
via: Social Barrel