Sprint starts to lay off workers as new cost-cutting plan begins

Sprint starts to lay off workers as new cost-cutting plan begins
While its corporate parent is talking about borrowing billions of dollars to purchase T-Mobile, Sprint has started a cost-cutting plan by laying off some of its employees. Japan's SoftBank owns 78% of Sprint and is supposedly in 'direct' talks with Deutsche Telekom to buy the 67% stake in T-Mobile owned by the German telecommunications company.

According to regulatory filings, Sprint's managers are still trying to decide just how many employees will receive pink slips. The layoffs will continue through June and in the filing, Sprint said that it will take a charge of $165 million in the fourth quarter to cover severance payments. More charges could take place in future quarters.

Sprint currently has 39,000 workers, and based on the amount of the severance charge, and the possibility of more layoffs taking place until the summer, that figure could be sharply reduced by the time this year's third quarter begins in July.

source: AP

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20 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Sprint is a hot ass mess.

7. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Actually that was funny... Congratulations.. You have been awarded the opportunity to look for a new job.... ~_~

13. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

I think your leg came off in Alan F.'s hand.

2. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

By the time they've purchased T-mobile, they wouldn't have any Sprint workers left.

3. Derekjeter

Posts: 1492; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I guess that huge deal with Apple is taking it's toll. Remember Dan Hesse words "if we had the iPhone we would be successful too" guess not. Sprint should just be sold in parts to the other carriers. What a joke.

10. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Agreed, this deal was Hesse biggest gamble gone wrong. Everything else he did was fine. You can't fault him for Wimax if you understand the particulars about it. Light Squared was beyond his control. iPhone was a desperate move that cost him his legacy as an effective CEO. Had he done due diligence he would have noticed that iPhone sales were declining. He over paid when he could have bargained for way less for a product in decline. The money he put into iPhone should have been used to build out Network Vision more vigorously.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Without the iPhone, sprint would have been dead.

16. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Outside the United States, the iPhone is an oddity. In many countries, it is unfavorable. Sprint made a mistake following the volatile trends in the United States. It doesn't help their network is horrible either.

19. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

yea. the sprint network could be alot better nationally

4. Sparhawk

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 10, 2012

"Sprint starts to lay off workers as new cost-cutting plan beings". So nice of Sprint to create so many "new cost-cutting plan beings" instead of letting them continue to be employees. So nice.

5. sniperdroid

Posts: 146; Member since: May 23, 2013

*begins.

6. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

They will lay off all thier workers then let T-mobile take control.

8. Mrmark

Posts: 396; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Fire sprint CEO and appoint T Mobile CEO over operations In the USA and watch the stocks rise .... Otherwise all is lost . .... BTW bring Nokia Windows phone to Sprint.

12. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

1 or 2 reasons I left Sprint, that and initially they didn't want WP

17. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Poor Sprint. If they would just fix their network, and make it as good/better than Verizon/AT&T, price their plans cheaper than Verizon/AT&T, they wouldn't know what to do with all the cash. Hopefully, Softbank won't just drain Sprint of their resources, and spin them off with nothing, much like Daimler did with Chrysler.

20. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

if only, theyre almost there tho

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