Sprint Employees Leave Declined: iPhone 5 On Way?

As much as there will be a great number of you waiting for the new Apple iPhone 5 to arrive, there will be a fair amount of people also fed up with hearing about when the handset will officially launch. For those of you who have been following the updates, will know that the month of October is now the time in which the next gen is rumored to arrive. As we’ve said in the past, although the current iPhone 4 has remained popular, it is over a year old now and judging by some of your comments, a new version is now wanted.

To keep up with rival competitors, Steve Jobs will need to bring something special to the table. There are some impressive handsets already arriving on retailer shelves and plenty more coming up, next year will see Samsung’s Galaxy S II LTE version arrive as well as news of a possible Sony Ericsson Nozomi.

Many rumors have been circling including, US carrier Sprint allowing customers to pre-order the iPhone 5, news that 150,000 handsets are being produced from Foxconn on a daily basis, social networking site Twitter has seen tweets from consumers torn between getting Motorola’s new Droid Bionic or hanging on for the iPhone 5’s imminent arrival and so on.

But it’s carrier Sprint that seems to be causing the most hype amongst American phone carriers. Just two days ago, we reported that the company were rumored to be using unlimited data plans for the iPhone 5 instead of AT&T and Verizon’s tiered plan. This of course has to be taken with a pinch of salt until officially announced.

If the fifth generation is to release in October on Sprint, then today’s news ties in nicely. It seems that according to AppleInsider, a leaked internal memo has been seen, implying that Sprint employees will not be allowed to take any holiday leave due to a “possibility of a major phone launch.” Dates for Sprint staff commence from September 30 right through to October 15. As well as this, the US carrier are supposed to be giving out more iPhone 5 details via a presentation on October 7th titled “Strategy Update.”

As to what the iPhone 5 will look like, its official name, price, important specs and so on remains a mystery.

What are your thoughts on the new Apple iPhone 5? Are you an avid fan, would you be tempted to change carrier to Sprint?