Sprint's Senior VP in charge of the EVO 4G & Epic 4G resigns

Sprint's Senior VP in charge of the EVO 4G & Epic 4G resigns
The man who helped get Sprint back into the positive with the highly prized HTC EVO 4G and soon-to-be Samsung Epic 4G has decided to leave the company to pursue other ventures with another one. Kevin Packingham, Sprint's Senior VP, was the man who primarily influenced the design of the HTC EVO 4G – which of course continues to be a strong sell for the company while at the same time driving subscriber growth. In the mean time, both network ops president Steve Elfman and product development VP Fared Adib will take on the position previously held by Packingham. His sudden bail will of course resonate throughout the company as some view his departure as a damaging blow for Sprint's ability to compete in the smartphone market. Despite his resignation, he is still providing one last parting gift for the wireless carrier with the upcoming WiMAX enabled Samsung Epic 4G – which will compete head-on with the recently released Motorola DROID 2. In any event, we'll see how Sprint will compensate for the loss – and whether or not Packingham's departure will ultimately prove to be detrimental to the company.

via Electronista & MobileCrunch



1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

better late then never this article been reported by everyone else and then some in the last 24 hours

2. blowbo unregistered

wow!..looks like Sprint wil be downhill sooner or later though depends on who takes his place

3. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

He pretty much did what he had to do ! The EVO is killing and many are waiting for the Epic. His departure isn't necessarily negative. What matters now is Sprint's advertising team

4. meandme unregistered

AJACKER09 Some of us dont LIVE online like you do.. so 24 hours is perfect for us.. Thank you....

5. AaA unregistered

You dont have to be on the internet all day to notice that this is a little late....

7. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

>Assuming he is a computer program? I think it's safe to assume he doesn't LIVE on the internet. That's impossible. Perhaps he makes a living on it, but how could he live on it?

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

well, hopefully they find someone competent to take his place. Sprint is just finally getting competitve high end phones, and competition is good for everyone.

8. FerneyZan

Posts: 114; Member since: Jul 21, 2010

A truly Competent new Replacement, would be someone who understands the true needs of the users.. Why bringing phones like the SAMSUNG INTERCEPT to Sprint which don’t even have Rev A for data, and why is it this guy only providing 2 major Android Manufacturers.. Other then HTC and Samsung, SPRINT to really be competitive, needs to have MOTOROLA on the CDMA side not just iDEN, and other big players.. Why was it that the GOOGLE Android Phone was cancel when it had already been announced for Sprint?? Regardless of the reasons, SPRINT still has the weakest phone line up, and even if it looks like Sprint is doing good for now, it won’t be enough in the long run when it really matters.. I been wanting to upgrade my wife’s PRE and my HTC HERO, but with so little options to choose from I will be stuck with my almost year old HERO since at this moment, why would I get me a 4G phone, with extra fees, when there is hardly any 4G around to begin with….

9. phonedemocracy

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I live in an area outside 4G coverage, but any time I travel to a major city I can get it (which is pretty often). The Intercept is a midrange to low end phone. Its not for the power users on this website. You have to fucking breathe and realize anyone who really posts here is in the upper 10 percent of technological elitists. That means you probably want the best (or an Iphone, ZING!). Most people aren't looking for the best- they want something with good reception, an affordable price, and one or two doohickeys that look fun. The Intercept does that, and comes in Pink for the girls. Its a good phone for people who want aps, but aren't looking to browse all day. The keyboard on it isn't bad. My Hero is a great phone too- a little laggy since 2.1 update, but I still enjoy using it from time to time. I agree that Sprint should get more CDMA phones from Motorolla, as much as I like Moto, I don't want to see the Devour or the Backflip or the other shitty Moto phones on Sprint. Besides the Droid/2/X I'm not a huge fan of Motorolla's other phones.

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