My fellow Carnegie Mellon alum Declan McCullagh (go Tartans!) has a unique investigative style: when he wants to find out a product release date, he calls customer service and asks someone. Genius, I say! In this case, he called AT&T/Cingular and spoke to a sales manager who confirmed an on-sale date for the iPhone of June 11, 2007. The alert reader will note that Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference also starts on June 11. Coincidence? Uh, survey says no.
What's that noise I hear... is that the sound of millions of customers checking the contract expiration dates for their current cellphone service? Sounds like gophers.