My 'new best friend" in Cingular Corp Testing just told me that their official launch date is Oct 20 - but "in store" date is two weeks later.

He interestingly said that Cingular and Verison (tho not carrying the T600) always test new phones for an additional 2 weeks after the LAB testing to make sure all features work before they release into the marketplace. I guess other carriers don't do this, as he seemed to consider it a matter of some importance (and it probably is).

Anyway, I'm thinking that, if you want your T600 ASAP (and who doesn't) you will have to find a mentor in Cingular to get it for you.