Rumor: AT&T to Close U.S. Retail Locations for Two Hours on June 29th

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Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2007, 08:52
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With the rumor mill in full swing, the current news is that AT&T will close its entire retail chain of stores for approximately two hours on June 29th in order to launch the iPhone.
According to AppleInsider, reports have emerged stating that the stores will close around 4 to 4:30 p.m. and not reopen until 6:00 pm, when the iPhone will be available for purchase.
The general idea to this seems to be to allow AT&T to coordinate crowds in order to prevent mob scenes and to hang iPhone displays, which are said to require their own power supplies and Internet connections.
Reports have also come in claiming that the AT&T stores will remain open until 10:00 p.m. or midnight, depending on location.
When asked for further details, AT&T retail store representatives stated that formal training and final briefings on the iPhone weren’t expected until “a day or two” before the launch.
Accessories for the iPhone handset may be arriving already, an AT&T retail employee telling AppleInsider that a significant shipment of iPhone accessories such as a phone holster, leather case and batch of gel cases had just arrived. The employee cited that it was unusual to receive accessories for a product with two weeks remaining prior to its launch.
Additional details such as availability for the iPhone have yet to be released.


iphonehand.jpg; border=
With the rumor mill in full swing, the current news is that AT&T will close its entire retail chain of stores for approximately two hours on June 29th in order to launch the iPhone.
According to AppleInsider, reports have emerged stating that the stores will close around 4 to 4:30 p.m. and not reopen until 6:00 pm, when the iPhone will be available for purchase.
The general idea to this seems to be to allow AT&T to coordinate crowds in order to prevent mob scenes and to hang iPhone displays, which are said to require their own power supplies and Internet connections.
Reports have also come in claiming that the AT&T stores will remain open until 10:00 p.m. or midnight, depending on location.
When asked for further details, AT&T retail store representatives stated that formal training and final briefings on the iPhone weren’t expected until “a day or two” before the launch.
Accessories for the iPhone handset may be arriving already, an AT&T retail employee telling AppleInsider that a significant shipment of iPhone accessories such as a phone holster, leather case and batch of gel cases had just arrived. The employee cited that it was unusual to receive accessories for a product with two weeks remaining prior to its launch.
Additional details such as availability for the iPhone have yet to be released.

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