An AT&T employee revealed that "the Redmond company gave out about 100 devices to those attending an event in Minneapolis. He didn't know if it was a US-wide policy, but he suggested that it was an attempt by Microsoft to guarantee that staff were experienced ahead of the November 8 debut."
"Looks like Microsoft really wants the employees to all have WP7 in their hands," employee Mando said.
Which phones and the designated workers weren't mentioned, although the Samsung Focus (pictured) is officially the first to ship.
AT&T has been asked for comment but hadn't had an opportunity to respond as of the initial news post.