Cingular Store Employee: iPhone is No Longer being Released

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by emanaydin, May 1, 2007.

  1. emanaydin macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2007
    I just got back from a mall nearby, and on my way out I passed a cingular store and decided to go in and ask about the iPhone just for the hell of it. The response was rather shocking. As i brought up the iPhone, he cut me off and said "it's not coming out anymore". I was like, wait wat?.. He explained how his manager went to a conference in vegas where they claimed that cingular will no longer release it as it has too many flaws and it will either not come out at all or be delayed for about a year.

    Now we all know cingular sales in PDA/Smartphones are going down because everyone is waiting for the iPhone, so my immediate thought is that the higher ranks in cingular are now telling all employees that the iPhone is no longer coming out or will be delayed for a large amount of time so that the sales in other pda/smartphones will go back up. If i was an idiot, i'd probably fall for it and go with the cingular 8525, but for one i will never get a windows mobile fone, and two.. it's DEF still releasing. f'n idiot..
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    um okay, so one store employee is what makes you think Cingular is changing their marketing tactics?
    they mention the iPhone front and center on their site.

    more likely the guy was just being a jerk because he could. (and probably has to field questions all day about the iPhone)
  3. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    He's a liar.

    I can't believe you believed him! :rolleyes:
  4. MacbookSwitcher macrumors 6502


    Mar 13, 2007
    Sounds like utter BS. That employee was lying through his teeth, just messing with you.
  5. emanaydin thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2007
    well obviously.. relax its not like i believed him, i laughed at him. i just thought it was funny and figured i'd bring it up lol
  6. neven macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2006
    Portland, OR
    If you didn't want this thread to turn into a series of "Bullpoop!" calls, you should've titled it "Some Cingular Jackass: iPhone Is No Longer Being Released".

    Those people are, like, failed used car salesmen.
  7. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
  8. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    nope. not at all. but then we wouldn't be here talking, now would we. :p
  9. papadopolis1024 macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2007
    No in my area they are telling people the same thing! I went in the other day to buy a new charger for my phone (mine broke) and one guy asked "what is this new iPod phone everyone is talking about are you going to have it?" and the guy said "no our manager was told they will not have it with us any more"

    And I said "umm no cingular and apple are in contract" and the cingular guy was like F**k off :rolleyes:
  10. emanaydin thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2007
    you're right, i realized after that i should have.. i would edit it, but i don't have the power..
  11. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Here's what I think is going on here:

    iPhone will only be available online or maybe at Apple stores and Cingular corporate stores.

    Most "Cingular stores" are not company owned. They are indpendent franchises, and may not get the phone.

    When the ROKR first came out, I checked at some of the "Cingular" stores and they told me they don't carry it, but that the corporate store down the street should have 'em.

  12. esaleris macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2005
    I think something would have been leaked by now, if it weren't going to be made.
  13. monke macrumors 65816


    May 30, 2005

    Are we really talking, or is it just our imagination? :eek: :p :D
  14. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    Cingular won't carry the iPhone, but AT&T will. :rolleyes:
  15. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
  16. BigPrince macrumors 68020

    Dec 27, 2006
    Cingular Store Employees are just as honest as my former Catholic Priest.
  17. buymeaniphone macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2007
    San Antonio, Texas
    OK Cingular isn't going to be carrying the iPhone anymore ;)
  18. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Cingular store employees are just like the general population--meaning a certain subset of them have tied their egos to Microsoft (how does this happen??) and have an emotional reaction against all things Apple.
  19. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Unless it's privately owned, get his ass fired. If it is privately owned, complain anyway, and if they don't do anything consult the BBB. Seriously, it pisses me off when employees are jerks like this, especially if they're giving out the wrong info to people. This is how FUD gets out.
  20. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    But when you have a metric boatload of questions about a product that isn't even out yet every day, it's understandable he'd get snappy.
    I work at a toy store. We sell this thing called "webkinz." Think beanie babies with internet. Every damn day, no fewer than 2 dozen times a day, we get the questions: "do you know when they'll come in?" "Do you have the dalmation/clydesdale/koala/black lab/orange and white cat/golden retriever/chiahuahua?" "What do you mean you only have 2 kinds left?"
    I've wanted to tell people that webkinz have been discontinued forever and ever.
    Bad days happen to everyone.
  21. CHROMEDOME macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2005
    Bay Area/LA
    Are you serious?

    Its some guy who works at a Mall...not the CEO of Cingular. You want to fire some guy from his low paying job just because he doesn't know everything about a product that no one knows anything about...:rolleyes:
  22. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    I've been there. Still am kinda. But you aren't telling people that. He is. He isn't doing his job, and I'm guessing this isn't the first time he's said this. How angry would you be as a consumer if you trusted him and he turned out to be a liar? Worse, a rude liar.

    If I did anything like this now, I'd be fired in a heartbeat, and I'd deserve it.
  23. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    No, I'd fire him for not doing his job. For deliberately giving out false information that could cost the companies involved business. I've worked with people like this in the past, and it makes it tougher for the rest of us. I've also had to go through this when I'm out there shopping for myself. Customer service is dropping in this country, and it sucks if he's some minimum wage paid lackey, believe me I've been there too, but he still has a job to do, and if can't do it, he shouldn't work there.

    Frankly, I don't understand why people put up with this.
  24. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    I agree 100%. Customer service has been getting very bad. I great example of this is at your local Gamestop. Just go in and ask about the PS3, you will hear all sorts of lies and BS. For a month period, they were telling everyone who asked about a PS3 that they catch fire and are all being recalled and canceled. Of course, with nothing to back it up.

    I don't care how much, or how little you are paid. If you got a job to do, you need to do it or get fired. I have a very good friend who owns a pizza joint, I have watched him fire many people over the years for treating customers poorly. The common response from the employee is, who cares its just a minimum wage job.

    Anyway, I would also recommend complaining to the management. Then check back next week to see if its been resolved. Otherwise, call the corp office and make a formal complaint.
  25. papadopolis1024 macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2007
    @ /dev/toaster

    Ya I remember when the Wii came out (prob like the 6th day after the offical lanch) I went to the game store in my area (was an eb games now gamestop) to buy my friend a birthday pres. and I was like so when you getting some wiis in (as a joke I know one of the guys in there) and another guy who worked there (I had never seen him jumped up) and was like (in a very loud voice so everyone could hear him) WE ARE GETTING 50 Wiis IN ON MONDAY!!

    And this one kid was like MOM HEAR THAT LETS COME BACK ON MONDAY.

    I was like how can you say that I know alot of people wont belive that but people who dont know much about games might.

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