Size comparison (iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s, RocketNews24 002)

German wireless carrier Deutsche Telekom has apparently instructed its call center representatives to nudge wavering customers toward staying with them.

Support staff was reportedly told to drop hints that customers’ loyalty could be well rewarded as the company gets to carry the anticipated iPhone 6 in mid-September – more specifically, on September 19.

That’s the gist of a new report by Apfelpage.de. The date is likely more than an educated guesstimate.

Remember, Deutsche Telekom is one of the largest carriers in the world and they own T-Mobile. That being said, we’re filing this away into our mental drawer under the ‘Very Likely’ category…

German-language Apfelpage.de [Google translate] adds that the carrier is even considering to permit those customers whose contract has or is about to expire to register their interest for the upcoming handset, beginning July.

Keep in mind that it doesn’t take a genius to figure out a likely timeframe of the iPhone 6’s debut: a mid-September launch would be consistent with the iPhone 4s/5/5s/5c which were all introduced in September.

September 19 is a very specific date and even though Apple most definitely would not share the official release date for such a massively hyped product with a carrier nearly four months in advance, leaks do happen and are a fact of life in this industry.

Bonn, Germany-based Deutsche Telekom in a similar vein last year hinted that the the iPhone 5s would support LTE Advanced. And in early-September 2012, the carrier even started taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5 which at that point had not been officially announced.

Yes, September 19 is a Friday.

Image to of post: the 4-inch iPhone 5s vs. 5.5-inch iPhone 6 dummy.