Verizon Asks Employees Not to Buy iPhones Before Customers

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If you’re a Verizon employee and you’ve been waiting for the iPhone, it looks like you’ve officially been asked to put customers first.

“After all, that’s the way we do business. That’s the Verizon Credo in action. This is an historic moment in time to rally together and show our loyal customers and new ones what our culture is all about,” says Verizon COO John Stratton in an internal memo apparently leaked to AppleInsider.

The main takeaway of the memo is the following quote:

“To help ensure we meet customer demand for iPhones, Verizon is urging employees and their families to postpone purchases of the popular smartphone, whether online or in retail stores, for the time being.”

Employees and their families? Yeouch.

It’d be interesting to know whether this whole thing is based on some sort of honor system or if employees’ monthly service accounts will somehow be flagged to prevent having iPhones added to them until further notice.

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