After months of rumors, Apple finally confirmed last week that Sprint was going to be offering its latest handset. This Friday marks the first time that the carrier will have partnered with the Cupertino company on a major product launch.

Working with Apple generally means working for Apple, and it looks like Sprint is going to find that out this week. BGR has revealed some details surrounding Apple’s rules for the carrier’s first ever iPhone launch, and they’re pretty intense…

“Apple, or an independent contractor, not Sprint, will be coming to all corporate retail locations to set up the iPhone 4S displays in the next few days, most likely Thursday. We’re told that Apple and the company’s team gets to choose where the iPhone 4S displays will go in each store, not Sprint.

After the displays are installed, it seems that the stores will close for the rest of the day to give the locations time to prepare for Friday’s launch. We are told iPhone 4S devices will be shipped overnight to retail store locations on Wednesday, and all employees are under strict orders to not open any of the iPhone boxes or related materials. In fact, Sprint has communicated to employees that Apple’s team will be there on Thursday, and if any boxes are tampered with or opened, employees “will be fired immediately and walked out of the store.”

The details aren’t surprising. Apple is more hands-on with carriers than any other handset maker in the business. Typically, a phone manufacturer will send a representative out to retail stores about once per quarter, if that.

In fact, it’s surprising that BGR says that iPhone 4S packages will start arriving at Sprint stores on Wednesday. For the Verizon iPhone 4, retail locations didn’t receive drop shipments of the device until launch day, an hour before opening.

I guess these are the perks that come with making one of the most sought-after smartphones in the world. You get to call the shots. Why do you think iPhones don’t ship with tons of non-removable, carrier-specific apps like Android phones do?

  • I can’t wait to hear about how many SPRINT Employees get fired on Thursday! LOL

    • +1
      Hell yeah!

    • alex

      Wow you want people to be fired during this bad time in our economy? You are a horrible person.

  • michael apakhumhe

    Why is it dat apple wait 4 steve jobs death b4 chosing a carrier 4 iphone.

    • Soto

      Dats bcuz u mak3 it no sense. How’s school going bud?

  • Riddens

    “riddens”????? Good grief.

  • Luis

    What a bunch of dumb ignorants, steve jobs was as close as to one of the genius of our time. Apple is a great company with products that have changed it all! Why arent the over 2 million “androids” preordered in 24 hrs like the iphones…i will leave that question as well as your spelling for homework michael…

  • drewski

    It blows my mind how often people find it necessary to feel like they have to totally cream over one company and simultaneously spit on another one. This is only compounded by the fact that these same people are utterly compelled to go to a blog about a device they feel so hell bent on hating on and say such malicious things. I have yet to meet an iPhone owner who really has any distain for other smartphones. I’m sure there are exceptions, but how many android bloggers see apple owners coming and talking smack? . . . 0.

    iPhone owners love their phones not because it’s the latest and greatest, but because it does everything its supposed to do, and it does it right. We can sleep soundly knowing we have the best smartphone, bc we’re just happy with it.

    So to all:
    A) prepubes to who secretly hate their droid they got for Christmas- get a life and get a job.
    B) Die hard Korean Samsung fans- learn how to type English properly and come back with a logical argument about you’re precious galaxy.(yes, we know who you are. It’s a dead give away almost every time iphone 4s suck and friends.)
    C) And any other droid user trolling a f$@king apple blog- go to a droid blog and hate on apple over there with the other google and windows fanboys.

    We’ll just be chilling talking about how awesome our s&@t is.

    • Elmero

      Thank you!! I hope android users read you post and stop trash talking on a APPLE BOLG SITE.

      Lol you should see my friend
      And my brother they hate their androids so much lol my friend broke the phones screen because he was mad as hell

      • drewski

        Just sayin. . .

  • The Wizard’s Baker

    iPhones are good phones. Were you raped by an iPhone? Is that why you hate them so much?

    • Jason Masters

      Lmao I can just visualize an actual iPhone raping somebody

      • Iluv

        An app for that?

  • kadz

    It blows my mind how often people find it necessary to feel like they have to totally cream over one company and simultaneously spit on another one. This is only compounded by the fact that these same people are utterly compelled to go to a blog about a device they feel so hell bent on hating on and say such malicious things. I have yet to meet an iPhone owner who really has any distain for other smartphones. I’m sure there are exceptions, but how many android bloggers see apple owners coming and talking smack? . . . 0.

    iPhone owners love their phones not because it’s the latest and greatest, but because it does everything its supposed to do, and it does it right. We can sleep soundly knowing we have the best smartphone, bc we’re just happy with it.

    So to all:
    A) prepubes to who secretly hate their droid they got for Christmas- get a life and get a job.
    B) Die hard Korean Samsung fans- learn how to type English properly and come back with a logical argument about you’re precious galaxy.(yes, we know who you are. It’s a dead give away almost every time iphone 4s suck and friends.)
    C) And any other droid user trolling a f$@king apple blog- go to a droid blog and hate on apple over there with the other google and windows fanboys.

    We’ll just be chilling talking about how awesome our s&@t is.

    <>

    • kadz

      just had to re-post this

  • kkellem

    Switching from droid to the Iphone, can’t wait. lmao @ being raped by an iphone