Did a Blabby Google Employee Spill the Beans About the gPhone?

by Joey deVilla on September 25, 2007

Old WWII poster “somebody blabbed” updated to include a gPhone.

Michael Bazely writes that a loose-lipped Google employee at the Apple Store in Emeryville confirmed the existence of the fabled gPhone:

So I’m standing in the Emeryville Apple store today trying to troubleshoot a problem with a sales rep when a young woman bolts up to us saying she wants an iPhone. Like, now. After some back-and-forthing about the particulars, she says she’s a Google employee and she was going to wait for a demo of the gPhone, but it turns out Google’s only letting 30 people test it internally and she’s not one of them. So she’s going with the iPhone instead.

At which point, the Apple rep and I exchange glances and he says “gPhone? So it’s real, huh?” And the Google gal realizes she’s probably said too much and changes the subject.

Take this with a grain of salt. Spreading gPhone rumours at the Apple Store sounds like something that an ambitious viral marketer might try or something I might do if I were much younger and really, really, really bored.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kelly September 27, 2007 at 12:37 pm

I think it rings true, because most people would not charge into the apple store for an iphone. Unless they had been waiting and waiting since the release, and suddenly were told the product they were waiting for would not be coming to them.
And I know if I was promised a gphone and then had it fall thru, I’d spread some rumors as payback.

2 Joey deVilla September 27, 2007 at 12:59 pm

Memo to self: do not ever double-cross Kelly.

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