An annual tradition at this point, Apple and AT&T are unsurprisingly prepping for an iPhone launch sometime this summer. While we’ve already heard AT&T blocking employees from taking vacation days in June, Apple has also set a date for its Worldwide Developers Conference beginning in early June. Both the iPhone 3G and 3GS have been unveiled on the first day of WWDC in years past so although the cat may already be out of the bag, expect Apple to hold tradition.
Realistically, AT&T’s keen on the release date (hopefully) by now and, what may be another sign of the end to its exclusivity, there have been sporadic cases of some customers seeing their upgrade eligibility bumped up to seeming accommodate the launch of a new iPhone. MobileCrunch was tipped by a reader and have since confirmed it to be a repeat incident. What used to read as a November 21st upgrade eligibility date now reads June 21st.
There’s no indication that AT&T plans to bump up the eligibility of more customers or if those seen are a fluke, but it’s still an interesting prospect that AT&T would forgo a few months now to lock in customers for another two-year contract. It certainly seems smart, especially if AT&T’s already gotten wind of an iPhone making it’s way across enemy lines and into Verizon’s arsenal.
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