SaskTel now saying network launch is “mid- 2010″ and only in talks with Apple about iPhone

Ian Hardy

April 16, 2010 1:53 pm

Yesterday SaskTel President and CEO Robert Watson was quoted stating that “We’re building the 3G network right now. It will be up and running for July 1st (with) completion by the end of this year… The good news is that (Apple) is coming out with a new version of the iPhone in the June time-frame and they’re going to put us on that. So we’re quite excited about that.”

I guess a day passed and possibly the hammer dropped as well. SaskTel issued a release that basically backtracks everything to a “coming soon”. The release reads that their network “is expected to be available mid-2010. Full coverage, similar to today’s digital cellular coverage, is anticipated to be available by the end of 2010.”

And that new iPhone news… well “SaskTel is currently working with cellular device vendors and partners, both current and new, to offer our customers a wide variety of devices to meet our customers’ individual needs, including the iPhone. The comments made by the SaskTel President and CEO in a news article on April 15, 2010 were not a confirmation of a release of a new version of the iPhone.”

  • Larry

    Isn’t July 1 mid 2010?

  • Rene Hawkes

    Iphone release dates:
    Original: June 29, 2007
    3G: July 11, 2008
    3GS: June 19, 2009

    There’s a pattern here :P

    Nothing the Sasktel CEO said we already didn’t know.

  • Adam H

    This is just SaskTel covering up for a mistake that went viral on the internet (ex: ENGADGET).

    Apple probably gave them a call quite swiftly and possibly threatened to take away iPhone privileges and now they’re backtracking trying to fix their error.

    Too late, SaskTel, it’s out.. and now with news that ATT employees can’t take vacation in June, your mistake and theirs puts 2 and 2 together :)

    I’ll be picking my new iPhone up in June from Rogers. Along with my iPad with WiFi + 3G!

  • expat

    Sasktel ceo needs to take a long look at how the whole operation is run . Never short of arrogant moves trying to look big when they are a bit player in the phone world.Yes I am gloating at the thought of Apple giving them the hard word.