You'll get a free Nokia Lumia 630 if you voluntarily leave your job at Microsoft in China

You'll get a free Nokia Lumia 630 if you voluntarily leave your job at Microsoft in China
As Microsoft is on the verge of reducing its workforce by 18,000 people on a global basis, it was more than natural that the company will receive a hefty amount of negative media backlash. Stephen Elop's elaborate and rather-inappropriate layoff memo worsened things, but one of Redmond's latest actions in its Chinese branch will probably make the situation even worse.

According to a recent report, Microsoft is sending enticing emails to the workers at its Chinese facilities, offering them free, brand new Nokia Lumia 630 smartphones. Sounds like a nice employee benefit, right? Well, think again - the workers will only get the new devices if they apply for Microsoft's volunteer resignation package and willingly quit their jobs. According to the report, up to 300 willing-to-quit workers per day are eligible for a free Nokia Lumia 630, which sells for roughly 800 Yuan ($130) locally. The devices are being given away in accordance to the "first come, first serve" principle".

Microsoft has declined to comment on the issue, and while it's sure that a lot of its Chinese workforce will have to look for a new job relatively soon, the total amount of layoffs that will take place in the most populous country in the world is still unknown.

Any thoughts on the matter? Would you willingly leave you job for a free smartphone?

source: Marketwatch via WPCentral

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Lumia 630
  • Display 4.5" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1830 mAh(13.1h 3G talk time)

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41 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

That's gonna be China's new flag in 2020.

2. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

MS should provide a 930, since losing a job is a pretty big deal.

8. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

They should give them free phones for the next three years!!!!

13. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

That would be like rubbing salt to their wound (if its Windows Phone phones, you mean).

16. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Dude you aren't funny. So stop trying. Not everyone has to be. Chill!

25. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I find him hysterically funny, tbh. Although me and him have had arguments on several occasions but gotta give em credit when its due. Although he isnt the biggest WP fan sometimes his comments aren't insulting WP but just making fun of em. P.S.: He probably is bigger Nokia fan then you but doesn't accept the OS just because its Nokia.

35. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I did try to accept the OS, for Nokia.

27. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Did you hear something?... Nevermind.

26. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

How? They can sell it to someone.

34. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

That is another problem with WP devices. They can't. Atleast, not for a reasonable price. I tried to, mine

37. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

You're right. It's like that for most low end phones.

38. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Its like that for WP devices. Mine is a upper mid range device (820 when it released) and i tried to sell it long back and recently. There were no takers and they explicitly stated WP as the reason. I'm NOT kidding here.

39. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

For a free 630, there's no need for a reasonable price.

40. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Job pay >>> selling 630 (WP device).

41. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Not bad. Nor good.

20. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Haha, Sounds better. As soon as I read the title, I was like "wtf did I just read?" I mean, yea, at least give them a 930. It's a job, which definitely is worth more than $130.

28. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Cheap a$$ MS.. Lol!!!

3. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

asking someone to quit his job and giving merely a Lumia 630 ???

7. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Read again ... " the workers will only get the new devices if they apply for Microsoft's volunteer resignation package and willingly quit their jobs. -" - resignation package -

14. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

my bad, sorry. i hope the "package" is not a set of earphone, charger and USB cable for that Lumia 630.

23. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Its not unusual for companies to offer severance packages. The fact that they are getting a smart phone out of it as well. Maybe these Android trolls gets a Mercedes Benz or some other really expensive product when they are layed off. Everything MS does they get bashed, Google would let them go without a gift yet they will be praised by the tech media.

32. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Liveitup. We are not talking about Google here, is Google having massive lay off as well? No!

4. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Talk about a company being insensitive.

5. nebsif

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

lol thats downright insulting

18. Zenzui

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Yup I'm about to post this as well. That is totally undervalued their employees. It would had been "little" better if either laid off or resignation will get the phone. Still downright insulting it is..

6. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

It sounds like conquistadors, exchanging mirrors for solid gold...

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Instead give Android phones. As they'll not use MS' WP OS coz of hatred.

29. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

That's actually a good point!!... Give them the choice of all four.. Let them choose!! ................ They should just give vouchers for specific carriers... Transferable vouchers at that! ................ Curious though.. Why would you say Android?.. We have four great platforms to choose from..

36. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Coz Android is reigning supremacy as compared to others, second choice would be iOS. I'm hearing problems with BB and lately with WP.

10. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

MS should be ashamed of its self. And who ever takes the bate should be even more ashamed. This is horrible to say the least. I can't believe a major U.S. based corporation is engaging in this type of behavior. Its absurd and unacceptable. Its like people don't mean a thing anymore damn,

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