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Sprint Takes the Axe to Clearwire Employees
by Karl Bode 04:11PM Monday Sep 23 2013 Tipped by JimThePCGuy See Profile
After acquiring Clearwire over the summer Sprint has begun taking the axe to redundant employee positions at the company. The Seattle Times notes that around 161 people were laid off Friday in Bellevue and Kirkland. Sprint isn't getting specific about how many Clearwire employees will be let go, but in a statement Sprint says that about 75% of Clearwire's workforce will be impacted by the time all the dust settles.

"Hundreds of Clearwire employees involved in serving existing Clearwire customers and the ongoing LTE network build project will continue with Sprint long-term, predominantly in Bellevue, Wash and Herndon, Virginia," Sprint said. "However, approximately 75 percent of Clearwire's pre-acquisition workforce will be affected by the separation process."

Sprint plans to use Clearwire's 2.5 GHz spectrum to improve LTE coverage nationwide to 38,000 cell sites, after previously stating they only planned to selective use the spectrum in more urban and congested markets.

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jc10098

join:2002-04-10

Sinking ship...

Sprint is like the Titanic. You can hear the band playing music as the boat goes down. You just don't quite know how long it'll take for the ship to entirely sink.

I am a Sprint customer and ask myself daily, WHY? Short of the fact we've had a family plan for ages, there are far better choice. Data is slow. Reliability and call quality are nonexistent. You name it.
Justin024

join:2010-08-11
Irving, TX

Re: Sinking ship...

This post had nothing to do with the topic at hand.

Anyway I hope those employees affected will be offered other positions within the company. Being laid off is not an easy pill to swallow.
jc10098

join:2002-04-10

1 recommendation

Re: Sinking ship...

You clearly missed the point I was insinuating. Everything Sprint touches turns to "Crap".
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
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Re: Sinking ship...

So...why are you with them again?

I can get LTE on Sprint in places where AT&T and Verizon are limited to 3G. Granted, there are capacity issues...T-Mobile tends to win in urban areas in an all-out network quality war...but Sprint is improving daily. And they don't cost the arm and a leg that VZ and AT&T do.

hamburglar_

join:2002-04-29
united state

Re: Sinking ship...

They'll cost the same as the rest once they force you over to one of the "Unlimited for life plans". The writing is on the wall and competition is shrinking every day.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
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Re: Sinking ship...

Actually, no.

T-Mobile is $10 cheaper than Sprint for a relatively comparable plan. T-Mobile has 2.5GB tethering and Sprint doesn't...yet. But not everyone uses tethering.

However T-Mobile doesn't build phone subsidies into their monthly rate. So if you're buying a phone that's subsidized more than $240 on Sprint's side, Sprint wins out.

The interesting thing here is that Sprint One Up...with an upgrade every year...is comparable to the price of T-Mobile plus a the monthly payment plan.

And then there's AT&T and Verizon. They're just plain expensive.

jseymour

join:2009-12-11
Waterford, MI

Re: Sinking ship...

said by iansltx:

T-Mobile is $10 cheaper than Sprint for a relatively comparable plan.

Except, with Sprint, it's "all or nothing." My wife and I are on T-Mobile's unlimited everything plan, with (what they call) 4G limited to the 1st 500MB. $80/mo. for the two of us, before discounts, taxes and surcharges.

In my "test month" with TMO, on a pre-pay plan, I didn't use but half of the 500MB at "4G".

Never mind that Sprint's coverage, since they started upgrading the area to NV, has actually gotten much worse for me. That was really what prompted our move to T-Mobile. My phone was becoming increasingly useless as a phone. Add to that the great T-Mobile deal, unlocked handsets we bought off eBay, and no contract? It was an easy choice.

And the 500MB? That's 500MB each. And we can upgrade the lines independently of one another.

I wish Sprint well, but we're gone. VZW is way too expensive and I wouldn't use the thing that calls itself "at&t" if they were the last wireless carrier on the planet. Btw: I have only one RL friend on Sprint. He's leaving when his contract is up, too. Same reason as prompted our move: Lousy coverage.

Fifteen years I'd been with Sprint...

Jim
jc10098

join:2002-04-10
Family plan that's been on Sprint for about 14 or 15 years....

Missed the boat on Vz and ATT unlimited and I tether.

MuffMonster

@129.8.203.x
I'm sure you would have said the same thing about AT&T if they had acquired tmobile and axed all of those redundant employees, right? AT&T is a sinking ship? Sounds kinda silly, doesn't it?

skeechan
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My Sprint data isn't slow and unlike everyone else it is unlimited. I see 20-25Mb from Sprint's LTE here in Orange County.

Meanwhile the S.S. Softbank has arrived to assist.
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jc10098

join:2002-04-10

Re: Sinking ship...

I hope and pray. Everything Sprint has done thus far is substandard.

Their support was hideous for a very long time. While support improved over the years, Sprint decided it got too good and has resorted to cutting Reps.

Sprint call quality and reliability is inferior. I don't know how many times I lose a call or suffer sluggish internet speeds.

I seriously hope the Softbank Acquisition is the knight in shining armor.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2

Re: Sinking ship...

Data speeds? Sure. But call quality on my Sprint line is superior to the Verizon and AT&T lines that my friends have. T-Mobile outdoes Sprint in some cases, but that's partially because they have a limited footprint and fewer customers.
jc10098

join:2002-04-10

Re: Sinking ship...

Around here, Sprint coverage is very spotty. When I lived in Texas, I experienced the same. Needed an Airwave in Houston. Now, they've really built out that area.

No longer do I live down south. Now in the Midwest and service is abysmal.

skeechan
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I don't have to hope. With Sprint I am (now) getting excellent LTE speeds and coverage, accurate billing, decent customer service (US based the 2 times I have called), fair pricing and now an unlimited for life contract.
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delusion ftl

@comcast.net
Not sure what you mean by "everyone else".
Other carriers offer unlimited LTE as well.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
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Re: Sinking ship...

T-Mobile is it as far as that goes. Everyone national or semi-national that I know of is limited in some way or other for LTE.

Black_Mage
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Ouch

I feel sorry for the employees, but from a management point of view, why keep employees you don't need? Having said that, I wish Sprint success in spreading their 4g coverage. I have it at home and am patiently waiting for my entire city to be covered. Sprint 4g + unlimited usage = awesome.
ADL

join:2000-12-20
USA

Re: Ouch

Sprint has been upgrading their network for years.

Unlimited means little if the speed is slow and inconsistent.

skeechan
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Re: Ouch

Sprint is quickly improving, at least in my neck of the woods.
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JamesPC

join:2005-10-12
Orange, CA

Re: Ouch

Agreed.
ocjosh

join:2013-03-19
united state
Same here in Los Angeles/OC area.

Black_Mage
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said by ADL:

Unlimited means little if the speed is slow and inconsistent.

In the short term, yes. But I switched from ATT and their data limited service because I was thinking long term.
iansltx

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Re: Ouch

Long term? Sprint wins...they have plenty of spectrum for TD-LTE in high bands where they can deploy networks as dense as the ones in japan, where you don't hear anyone complaining about data speeds.

AT&T is actually the weakest in this area of the "big four", as they don't have any band where they can plop down a 20MHz carrier, FD or TD, anywhere, for the next several years. Sprint can deploy multiple 20MHz TD carriers as soon as it shuts down WiMAX.
TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH
Sprint should be keeping those employees and moving more jobs back to the US instead of axing people. They keep laying of employees, that's less people that will have their services.
mlcarson

join:2001-09-20
Los Alamos, NM

Was Sprint upfront with the Clearwire employees?

I can almost hear Sprint telling the Clearwire employees when the merger happened that there jobs would be safe. Companies always do this to increase employee productivity until it's time to let them all go.
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Re: Was Sprint upfront with the Clearwire employees?

I think the tell the people their jobs are safe to get them to stick around. Sprint needs them to stick around long enough to determine who Sprint needs and who Sprint doesn't.

I kind of wished the economy was doing a lot better. I would have loved to see the rank and file quit en mass right after the acquisition.
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SlowFITL

join:2012-02-01
Mobile, AL

Sprint is horrible to work for

They lack organization and direction. Softbank needs to take the axe to Sprint management.
TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH

Re: Sprint is horrible to work for

I've been saying that. Sprint's BoD should have axed their management LONG ago. Starting with their CEO.

SteelerRaw

@8.28.150.x

Re: Sprint is horrible to work for

said by TBBroadband:

I've been saying that. Sprint's BoD should have axed their management LONG ago. Starting with their CEO.

Apparently SoftBank doesn't share your opinion:

»pulse2.com/2013/09/23/sprint-ceo···k-93968/

JustCurious

@swbell.net

Re: Sprint is horrible to work for

SteelerRaw, I am not sure if the CEO’s contract extension is an endorsement of their current CEO by Softbank’s leadership. To me, the article you link to reads as if the CEO’s future pay will be about the same as it is now.
Softbank dropped US$20B+! Upsetting that apple cart is the last thing Softbank wants to do. Changing leaders is a MAJOR upset of any companies applecart, especially one as fragile as Sprint. Keeping the current CEO allows for post merger continuity within Sprint’s leadership ranks. In my career experience, when the leader is removed (be it manager, director, VP, or C level) that former leader's direct report go political to get more power, or leave to avoid being stripped of power.
An example to illustrate my view was the Sprint/Nextel merger. After dropping $US30B+, Sprint released or encouraged Nextel's leadership to leave. Although there were other factors that lead to the SprintNextel’s failure, the new company’s leadership, made up of mostly former Sprint leaders, discovered they did not have what it took to run a proprietary national wireless network.
By keeping the current Sprint CEO, Softbank gives itself time to learn what they have within the current Sprint leadership ranks and to understand the new US market they have entered. Additionally, the post merger release the Sprint CEO will cost Softbank US$8-10M--chump change after dropping US$20B.
Just my US0.02; with inflation, it is worth even less.