Rumor has it that T-Mobile is planning a vacation blackout on its employees between September 20 and September 22. This could be in relation to whatever Samsung is announcing in Berlin next week, but more likely we'd punch for something a little closer to home. David Beren of TmoNews:
"I’m hearing whispers T-Mobile is planning blackout dates between September 20th and 22nd. Like all good rumors, we should take this with the standard “subject to change” warning but my sources suggest this could be iPhone related."
If Apple holds to pattern, September 20 is exactly when we'd be expecting the iPhone 5s and 5C to go on sale following a September 10 launch event. The question isn't whether or not they're just being jerks to their staff, it's what they might be acting upon. Is the blackout based upon actual, insider carrier information about the launch of the new iPhones, or is it just a case of hedging bets based on the ever churning rumor mills?
On behalf of T-Mobile employees everywhere, we hope it's the first one.
Update: AppleInsider reports that Apple is blocking employees who work on AppleCare support from taking vacations from September 15th through the 28th. The implication is that AppleCare employees will have their hands full from mid-September onward, presumably helping customers that have ordered new iPhones and those that will be upgrading to iOS 7.