Will the iPhone 6 be out in September? One German wireless company certainly thinks so. The iPhone 6 has yet to be announced, but a German wireless company, Deutsche Telekom, is telling its call center support staff to tell customers that the device will be on September 19 of this year.
The advice is meant to be used to entice customers into staying with the company reports AppleInsider, who got the tip from a German language Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) News site. Other media outlets are reporting that the date may be a potential leak on the part of the German wireless company.
Whether Deutsche Telekom is telling its employees this based on actual information from Apple or if its an educated guess based on the release dates of past iPhone models is unclear. The reason why the company has been telling its staff to inform its customers of this date was to encourage customers to keep the company as their wireless provider and renew their contracts with the company.
It was a tactic also employed by wireless carriers in the United States, especially during the period when AT&T (NYSE:T) was the exclusive wireless carrier for the iPhone. Today it can also be used with Verizon (NYSE:VZ), Sprint (NYSE:S), and T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom’s American subsidiary, as wireless carriers. In the pre-iPhone days, similar tactics were used for the trendy cell phone of the moment. (MOTOROLA’S (NYSE:MSI) RZVR, anyone?)