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T-Mobile Employee Blackout Dates Support September 20 iPhone Release Date

T-Mobile has implemented vacation blackout dates between September 20 and 22, reports TmoNews, potentially confirming a prospective September 20 release date for the iPhone 5S and 5C that was first leaked earlier this month by Japanese business newspaper Nikkei.

During the blackout period, employees will be unable to take vacation time to ensure that T-Mobile has adequate staff on hand for a large release event. Similar blackouts have been instituted for the launch of previous iPhone models and other high-profile products.

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While MacRumors has heard reports of a September 20 blackout date for T-Mobile employees, reports from AT&T and Verizon employees have been conflicting, with some citing an October blackout period. Blackout dates are occasionally instituted for a broad range of dates and then narrowed down as a release date approaches and can also be subject to change based on Apple's exact event plans.

Apple's iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are both expected to be revealed at a September 10 event that has been confirmed by multiple sources, which makes September 20 a likely candidate for release as Apple typically launches its new phones in the United States and other markets approximately a week and a half after they are announced.

Last year, Apple announced the iPhone 5 at a media event on September 12, launching the phone several days later on September 21 in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Related roundups: iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6

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8 months ago

release an iPhone 6 and 6c? What about the year after? 6s and 6cs? :confused:


Next year they'll completely redesign the entire phone with no home button and edge to edge screen (4.3"? 4.5"?). It will be super sleek and sexy. If you've played with the Blackberry Z10 you'd get an idea of the direction. It will be heavily gesture based.

Talking out of my ass here :p
Rating: 5 Positives
8 months ago
iPhone 5S, you are... not mine :(

I's broke!
Rating: 5 Positives
8 months ago
Looks like it's all but official. Only 13 days till the event!
Rating: 5 Positives
8 months ago
This fall is going to be an expensive one! iPhone 5S and PS4! Can't wait!
Rating: 3 Positives
8 months ago
It's all falling into place. Just a matter of days before the army of new and updated products start being announced. With everything but the MacBook Air being updated it's going to be an exciting fall.
Rating: 3 Positives
8 months ago
x-box one and a plastic iphone for me lol.
Rating: 3 Positives
8 months ago

To all of you have absolutely need to have every single model of iPhone. Why do you do something with your life.


If I'm understanding you correctly...That was very premature assumption you made...Maybe they have done something with their lives and this how they can afford every single iPhone model.
Rating: 3 Positives
8 months ago

To all of you have absolutely need to have every single model of iPhone. Why do you do something with your life.


Like spending your free time trolling in forums like you?
Rating: 3 Positives
8 months ago

To all of you have absolutely need to have every single model of iPhone. Why do you do something with your life.


We actually all decided at the last Piss off Schmitty meeting that we would continue to purchase every new iPhone at launch because it upsets you so.
Rating: 3 Positives
8 months ago

This fall is going to be an expensive one! iPhone 5S and PS4! Can't wait!


I definitely want a PS4. :)
Rating: 2 Positives

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