Sprint to fire employees if they open iPhone 4S boxes early

Sprint will finally be able to sell its version of Apple's iPhone 4S on Friday. It's a big deal for the nation's third biggest wireless company but if a new rumor from Boy Genius Report is to be believed, Sprint and Apple are trying to make sure that the iPhone 4S launch goes off without a hitch.

The report claims that Sprint's retail stores could received the iPhone 4S as soon as Wednesday. But if Apple's team finds that any of the boxes have been opened or otherwise tampered with before Friday's launch, it claims that the employees found responsible "will be fired immediately and walked out of the store." Yikes.

The story also claims that a team from Apple, or a company that will be contracted by Apple, will be in charge of setting up the iPhone 4S displays at Sprint's retail locations on Thursday. Sprint's stores may also be closed early on Thursday in order to prepare employees for the Friday launch.

As we reported earlier today, Apple has admitted that it received over 1 million pre-orders for the iPhone 4S on Friday. It did not go into detail on what the iPhone 4S sales were like for Sprint and the other US carriers, Verizon and AT&T. The latter company said a few days ago it received 200,000 iPhone 4S pre-orders in just its first 12 hours. If you go to Apple's online store and ordered an iPhone 4S now it will take between one and two weeks to receive the phone.

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I wonder who's gonna be the lucky guy to walk out the store jobless. This is a simple rule. If employees can't follow one simple rule. I don't see any problem letting him/her go.

Its called an Embargo... Nothing new,...

I hate it when i see other stores breaking embargos cuz they have very loose rules when other companies have strict rules and policies in place...

This kind of control freakish behavior should have died with Steve Jobs. Apple already knows they will sell a bazillion of these things. This kind of control freakish behavior is designed to get somebody's rocks off.

KingCrimson said,
This kind of control freakish behavior should have died with Steve Jobs. Apple already knows they will sell a bazillion of these things. This kind of control freakish behavior is designed to get somebody's rocks off.

Rules are rules, and agreements are agreements. Plain and simple.

People like you should be jailed, because this is what is wrong with our society: people who think they can disregard rules because said rules don't fit their every whim.

Hey kiddo, the world does NOT revolve around you. How about you get this through you, and start acting accordingly and responsibly?

This is just Apple protecting their product and Sprint avoiding getting sued.

And yes, 4s looks the same as the 4. But there could be product faults that could be seen on a few devices and then those issues leaked before the release date that could impact sales.

Crender said,
id take an unboxing of anything a day early over a ****ty job at sprint!
The 4S looks exactly like the 4

DjmUK said,
It's the same phone as the 4 on the outside, why rip off the wrapping just to "check" lol.

Sell them to people (or yourself) early?

.Neo said,

Sell them to people (or yourself) early?

No, that would be called theft and a bit more serious. They are trying to prevent what DjmUK said... opening it to look at it and take pictures to send to geeky sites. But to DjmUK's point, there's nothing new to see anyways!

no-sweat said,

No, that would be called theft and a bit more serious. They are trying to prevent what DjmUK said... opening it to look at it and take pictures to send to geeky sites. But to DjmUK's point, there's nothing new to see anyways!

+1. It doesn't really make much sense to me either. Why would you even do that??

no-sweat said,

No, that would be called theft and a bit more serious. They are trying to prevent what DjmUK said... opening it to look at it and take pictures to send to geeky sites. But to DjmUK's point, there's nothing new to see anyways!


oh man ... a picture of a phone that looks exactly like an iPhone 4 ... glad i'm not obsessed with Apple products loads of others are.

timster said,

oh man ... a picture of a phone that looks exactly like an iPhone 4 ... glad i'm not obsessed with Apple products loads of others are.

And it'll be blurry too. Some of those pictures I swear they just took a blurry picture of their wallet... And the Apple fans still drool over it...

I like how it's all strict in the US, and in China they are already taking them out of their boxes and playing with them.

Xenomorph said,
I like how it's all strict in the US, and in China they are already taking them out of their boxes and playing with them.

Well, in China they have to break them down and start building knockoffs asap...