Historically, AT&T has tended to hand out early upgrades to the next iPhone to qualifying customers around the time a new iPhone is announced. Which makes the above image very interesting, as it says that AT&T is already handing out early iPhone upgrades to existing customers, coinciding with a mid-October release.
GottaBeMobile reports on a reader who sent them a tip saying that he’d been bumped from a November 17th upgrade date. Instead, he’s now eligible for a “reduced discount on an iPhone on 10/13/2011.”
It’s almost certain at this point that Apple will unveil the next iPhone on October 4th. My guess is that AT&T will initiated the “reduced discount” on October 13th, making customers eligible to pick up the new iPhone 4S at a reduced price when it drops on Friday, October 14th. My colleague Alex, though, thinks that since the iPhone 4 debuted on a Thursday, we can expect the iPhone 4S to do the same, which makes it an October 13th launch date. What do you think?