If you think iPhone rumors are bad now, just wait until we get into August and September. Until Apple unveils its next smartphone, the entire tech industry is in a game of “guess what and when” for Apple’s next announcement.

While the answer to the first question seems to vary depending on who you ask, most folks tend to agree that the device will launch sometime this Fall. Now the exact date is anybody’s guess, but 9to5Mac just received an interesting tip that could suggest we’ll see the new iPhone launch on October 4th…

The flyer you see above is an internal AT&T document that notes a change in the iPhone’s insurance policy. The section that’s highlighted discusses moving the iPhone (and other devices) to a new device tier starting October 4th of this year.

While the author admits that this information is, “light years away from launch date confirmation,” he does believe that it could be a sign that new iPhones will hit AT&T in this timeframe.

To be honest, this is a fairly common insurance practice. They raise your monthly costs, but lower your deductible a bit. It’s all about balancing numbers for them, and I don’t know that the mention of an iPhone makes this any more significant.

Not to mention this date doesn’t jive with any previous reports that have pointed to an August-September release. In any case, we like Seth’s advice on snatching up AT&T’s iPhone insurance before October 4th, it might save you a few bucks.

When do you think we’ll see the next iPhone?

  • Dane

    It’s says the change will impact new and existing insurance customers so its not like your rate will stay the sane if you already have it. Also you have to put the insurance on your iPhone w in 30 days of purchase. And since I doubt anyone here is buying a new iPhone before the next one launches, you couldn’t get the insurance now even if you wanted to

    • Dane

      I’m going to make a small clarification to what I said.

      People who have MI (mobile insurance) will have their rate changed from 4.99 a month to 6.99 whether you are a new or existing customer.

      But customers w MPP (mobile protection pack) which I’m not even sure what that is or if it’s offered for iPhone will continue to pay $9.99 a month.

      Can anyone confirm what MPP is?

      I personally feel like all phone insurance is a waste of money. Because if you add up what you pay per month an the deductible it is usually cheaper or the same amount to just have it repaired. And if you don’t have any problems then you’re not out any money.

      Again though if you haven’t just bought or about to buy an iPhone you don’t even have the option to get insurance from at&t at the moment so these are mute points

  • Jorge

    Just FYI, here in Mexico I got confirmation from carrier IUSACELL they will have new Iphone in september, they cannot let me know if it is Iphone 4s or 5 but they will have the new device as I said in september, so the new iphone should be out in the US in Aug or early sep.

    • Igeek1218

      Thanks for that 

  • thefallen83

    As an AT&T employee, I must clarify that this has nooooothing to do with anything related to the iPhone 5? 6? X? whatever they want to call it. This is just a change in policy based on the customer complaints about paying ~$12/mo directly from their Credit Card to Asurion and on top of that $199 deductible for a Refurbished iPhone. That is all.

    thefallen83

  • Kush

    I love working at Radioshack. I know when it gets released and we are being trained by apple right now. I wont tell you guys only because I dont want to ruin a surprise. Its like knowing your Christmas present before you get it. I will however say its an iPhone 4gs. Screen is bigger same case tho.

    • Pad

      Any other info you want to let us in on?

  • The #new  #iPhone #5 will be #introduced on Wednesday 14 September, and will be sold on AT&T and Verizon on October 4th. Other countries will have to wait a few weeks longer. This was tweeted by me 12 hours ago @Cornerstar31 this is first hand information, which I emailed to all tech sites, including this site. But none of them had used my information or asked for extra details. I will RT it now, so everybody can spread the information. You will see on the 14th of September that my information is very accurate, and no guessing or misinformation involved. I use fake credentials, so that I will not be put of the leaderboard.

  • The new iPhone 5 will be introduced on Wednesday 14 September, and will be sold on AT&T and Verizon on October 4th. Other countries will have to wait a few weeks longer. This was tweeted by me 12 hours ago @Cornerstar31 this is first hand information, which I emailed to all tech sites, including this site. But none of them had used my information or asked for extra details. I will RT it now, so everybody can spread the information. You will see on the 14th of September that my information is very accurate, and no guessing or misinformation involved. I use fake credentials, so that I will not be put of the leaderboard. You will see that apple will kindly ask, to remove this post. But then all readers on this blog already know the truth.

  • Deathstar

    Some people are so dumb and like to act like they know something but don’t know crap…” The new iPhone will be released September 14th. It will be the iPhone 5 coded named the “Jesus” phone, It will have dual 10mp cameras to support 3D, an 8mp front camera and a 4.5″ display and will support 64gb. It also is totally water proof and in case of an emergency it can be used as a flotations device. It also come with a customizable vibration feature just for the ladies!!”…..Come on Really??? Very few people know when it will be released. Those that do are usually good at keeping their mouth shut, as long as they stay away from bars. The point is, it is released when it is released speculating does nothing to speed up the process. Didn’t the whole 5/21/2011 “world is gonna end” teach us anything? What I gather from that MyCSP Article (FYI is AT&T’s internal knowledge base for employees formerly known by AT&T blue as CCNET or Primus) is that on 10/4/2011 a NEW device not necessarily an iPhone, but maybe, will be released. At that time all devices $199 and up will be considered tier 3 and will cost $6.99 to insure instead of $4.99. If it is released on 10/4 great!..if not ..you have waited this long haven’t you??

  • Big AL

    ^^^ what he said ^^^