updated 06:00 pm EDT, Wed June 13, 2007
Biz customer iPhone ban?
Apple's iPhone is scheduled to ship on June 29th, but customers with Cingular/AT&T business accounts may be unable to purchase the handset unless they stand in line as individuals through retail channels. "I just spoke to a Cingular/AT&T business representative from the headquarters of the company (not a kiosk) and was told that iPhones will not be available for purchase by business account customers until further notice," one informant told AppleInsider. Another user who spoke with his Cingular business account manager was also informed that he would be unable to purchase an iPhone via Cingular business channels, but must instead purchase the handset through the carrier's retail channels.
"Furthermore, you can not use a normal business account -- only an account with individual responsibility," the second reader said.
Yet another AppleInsider reader and AT&T business customer claims to have been told by a representative of the AT&T Business Division that "AT&T is not selling [iPhone] to business or to sponsorship accounts under a business; only retail consumers for the first few months. There is no ETA on the sale ban to business."