Sprint cans employee who leaked sales figures of the EVO 4G?

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Sprint cans employee who leaked sales figures of the EVO 4G?
If the stock market crashes because the unemployment rate is higher, blame Sprint. The carrier sent an employee packing for the nefarious crime of tipping off a forum about the number of EVO 4G units that had been sold on the day of its launch. Supposedly, the ex-Sprint employee put up the figures via a post at the Xda-developers forum. Once the carrier found out, they had the post killed. The former employee is invited into a back room where he is told that he had done a naughty thing. His Sprint ID is taken away along with the key to the Men's room, his primo parking space, and his pass to the Sprint gym. In other words, he is gone like last week's turkey sandwich. But unfortunately for Sprint, while the employee who was fired is gone, the words he posted remained at a Google cached page. And, they said, "according to sprint we as a [company] have sold 66,483 theres a whole bunch of stores though that don't have any more inventory i dont think any major city sprint does".

Normally, this type of thing might not have caught the attention of the carrier's top brass, who are usually busy filming commercials anyway. But if you recall, we reported that Sprint originally told everyone that the launch of the nation's first 4G device broke their previous sales-record by 3 times and then went back and did a mea culpa and said that the figures were similar to the first three days of sales combined by the previous record holders-the Palm Pre and the Samsung Instinct. That still sounds like the launch was a smashing success. The 66,000 mentioned in the fired employee's post probably doesn't include non Sprint retailers like Best Buy, Radio Shack and Walmart. When something like this happens, there usually will be a few days where leaks are sealed-no one wants to lose their job after all-and slowly but surely, things return to normal.

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source: MobileCrunch

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11 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

The only person to blame is the employee - it is the terms and conditions of the employment with their employer - that person knew what he or she was doing and knew the consequences of the action taken. It does stink, though.

2. fishpower187

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 22, 2010

+1; this ex-employee is a idiot for posting confidential info. He or she deserves what he or she got.

7. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

+1; if he had a job like that...he shouldn't have been that stupid to do that.

3. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Well that means that Best Buy, Radio Shack, and Walmart have to hve combined sales of about 100,000. It's doable but unlikely in my opinion

10. pattypatterson

Posts: 48; Member since: May 28, 2010

this was just corporate store sales all indirect 3rd party numbers (most mall store) were not included as well as national resellers like best buy radio shack etc...

4. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Always remember, there are two things you should never do if you work for Sprint: Spread the truth, or stop a thief. These two heinous acts will get you good and fired for sure. I believe the posted infractions also include giving food to the poor, donating money to natural disaster victims and not kicking any cute puppies you come across.

5. Lito0187

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 08, 2010

I really can't blame Sprint for doing this if they actual did do it. Information is very important to be kept confidential especially with bug corporations. The employee should not have posted this. People post things on facebook and twitter and wonder why they get fired. Very ignorant move to do.

6. HockeyDood

Posts: 80; Member since: May 14, 2010

I was involved and I know of far more bull shit Sprint does or has done to it's employees. Sprint corporate is killing this company from the inside out. Similar to the early stages of Circuit City's downfall several years ago.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You're fired!

9. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

Sprint is on the up and up...they've got good prices, good phones, 4G technology...Dan Hesse must be chilling with his EVO sipping on gin and juice listening to that rap song from Office Space "damn it feels good to be a gangsta"

11. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

thats really dumb...Sprint is not on the Up and Up...Evo 4g they cant afford, and they wasted money doing 4g WiMax which is a dead technology to LTE, which they will spend MORE money they dont have on RE-CONVERTING once they relaise their service is obsolete, now you tell me is that up and up, or do I see a Golden Parachute in dan Hesses future...he probably insures with AIG!

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