It's official - no new iPhone, says Carphone Warehouse
It's true, and it's a Bitterwallet world exclusive. Forget all the rumours and speculation from the past six months - there will be no new Apple iPhone this summer. We know it's true because the Carphone Warehouse said so.
Bitterwallet reader sukie4 phoned the main sales number for CPW to ask when the new phones would become available - expected by pretty much everyone in the world to be announced next month - and was told in no uncertain terms it wasn't going to happen:
A guy from the sales department at Carphone Warehouse told me over the phone today that there is NO NEW IPHONE coming out. He suggested I sign up immediately to a £35/month contract for the current iphone and repeated that I SHOULD NOT go onto payg and wait for a new Iphone that is NEVER GOING TO COME OUT. Lovely chap.
This dude works for CPW so he must know what he's talking about, right? It's not like he'd intentionally mislead a customer because stores are currently trying to flog the current iPhone 3G on two-year contracts to make room for the new releases, now is it?
Not that we'd doubt the word of a salesman, but we called a few local branches of Carphone Warehouse and asked them when the new iPhone will be announced:
Eldon Square, Newcastle:
"I don't think dates have been released yet, let me check on the internet. It doesn't say, but I think it's due for release in July, maybe later than that.
Kings Chase Shopping Centre, Bristol:
"It's speculation, that's all it is. Speculation. We haven't been told there's a new iPhone. It's speculation. But it's speculated that there'll be a 32Gb handset with a 3.2 megapixel camera and FM radio built in. I can't advise you whether you should buy now or not."
Wharfside Shopping Centre, Penzance:
"To be honest, we haven't been told yet. We'll probably find out one to two weeks before release. We're usually the last to know."
A July release date hasn't been in the frame for some time, and an FM radio has never been seriously proposed as a feature. So no great surprise - we'd hazard a guess that CPW hasn't bothered to brief its staff on how to deal with customers asking obvious questions, or what the hell is actually going on. Worse, we've been robbed of our world exclusive by a fibbing and overly-pushy sales oink. Bah!