| | 08-26-2010, 03:31 PM #292
i've worked for 3rd party authorized retailers, and for corporate stores themselves. 3rd party retailers are given bare minimum details, and usually whats given to staff are annotated versions of press releases from the carriers. I would take what these people say with a grain of salt. Sometime in september seems like a plausible estimate, but i'm almost certain that this individual is just guessing (like many of us).
Originally Posted by miketko
corporate retailers are given training on the devices a fair bit ahead of time, and no release date is usually published on the materials employees have access to. the reps are told release dates by management, who get it from their management and so on, and in my experience, was always flawed. And as you may expect with a "telephone game" like spread by word of mouth, details can change as they pass. Don't get me wrong, there was one instance where we were supposed to have a particular phone launch, but logistical complications pushed the release back by a week.
Long story short, we WILL know when the real release date is out, either by press release, or when these stores receive stock of the phones. THe odd case will have the phones delivered before an actual release date happens. So perosnally, Im looking for these details.
I think release dates are being kept under wraps because simply the carriers are still working it out: box art, supply, distribution, marketing, training. They provide extremely vague estimates at first ("in the coming weeks") as if they miss a specific launch date, people will be more upset than if they were to deliver as expected at a later date.
Although it's easy to gush with anticipation, I wouldnt go nuts until we get a screen cap of a launch date from one of the carriers, a press release, or suddenly stores get stock.
just my 0.02