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Only those who apply for the company’s volunteer resignation package will receive a phone

Microsoft is looking to make some major cuts at its Nokia factory in China, but hopes that giving away free phones will keep some soon-to-be ex-employees happy. 
 
According to Market Watch, Microsoft plans to cut 4,700 jobs at a Nokia plant in Beijing. This led to employee protests just last week.
 
But Microsoft is hoping there will be no hard feelings; because it's giving away Nokia phones to select employees at the plant who apply for the company’s volunteer resignation package.
 
Up to 300 employees can receive the Nokia phones per day, and it's on a first come, first serve basis. 
 
So which phone is Microsoft giving away? The Nokia Lumia 630, which sells for about 800 yuan (about $130 USD) in China. 

 
While the cuts are part of Microsoft's plan to slash 18,000 jobs worldwide (mostly in the Nokia sector), the company also has a lot of tension with China right now. 
 
Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system was banned from the country because China suspects a too-close-for-comfort type of relationship between Microsoft and the United States government. After the NSA revelations, that doesn't sit well with China. 
 
Despite Microsoft's denial of working too closely with the U.S. government, Windows 8 remains banned in China. The ban was reportedly to ensure computer security after Microsoft ended support for its Windows XP operating system -- still widely used throughout China.
 
Last month, four Microsoft offices were raided by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce in China as part of an official investigation. And it was just reported today that Chinese offices were once again raided this morning

Source: Market Watch



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Sorry you lost your job
By Labotomizer on 8/6/2014 2:07:20 PM , Rating: 3
But here's a low end phone! Sell it if your family needs food!




RE: Sorry you lost your job
By Reclaimer77 on 8/6/14, Rating: -1
RE: Sorry you lost your job
By stm1185 on 8/6/2014 2:42:05 PM , Rating: 2
Instead of asking for volunteers, people who possibly could find another job more easily, and reward those people for volunteering with a device, which while "low end" is probably worth more than a week's pay, and can help them with their job search; Microsoft should have just...

Randomly fire people? Last hired first fired?

Or are you one of those idiots who think they should just keep 4,700 employees without any work for them?


RE: Sorry you lost your job
By Labotomizer on 8/6/2014 3:32:56 PM , Rating: 2
I just find it amusing compared to what a company in the US would offer for voluntary employment termination. I've seen $25k+ for that here easily. I know people who got fired for being bad at their job and still get severance packages that big.


RE: Sorry you lost your job
By ven1ger on 8/6/2014 6:30:41 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure if I find it that amusing, to give a product that they probably can't use because if they lose their job they can't pay for the wireless subscription charges to use the phone.

I guess MS figured we're not going to be able to sell these low end phones so let's give them away to make it look like we're being charitable. Just paying them at least a 2-week severance would have been a lot kinder.


RE: Sorry you lost your job
By inighthawki on 8/7/2014 3:00:24 AM , Rating: 2
Well to be fair, smartphones are pretty versatile and can do far more than phone functionality. Wifi also still works just fine. It's not like they become worthless with a cell connection.


RE: Sorry you lost your job
By coburn_c on 8/6/2014 2:41:12 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure Microsoft is under no obligation to feed their families. How about the Chinese government feeds their families, they're worth a hell of a lot more than Microsoft.


RE: Sorry you lost your job
By Labotomizer on 8/6/2014 3:41:34 PM , Rating: 2
They aren't, and they aren't obligated to offer anything for needing to terminate people. It's not a bad thing at all. Just funny they're offering a 630 is all. I mean, a 930 at least.


RE: Sorry you lost your job
By drycrust3 on 8/6/2014 6:07:46 PM , Rating: 1
Correct, they aren't under any obligation to feed the families of these employees, but what is their obligation in America or Europe? Will Microsoft be paying those made redundant in those places "a low end cellphone" or more? Of course they will be paying those leaving in America and Europe far more than a $159 (that was the reported price for buying retail without a contract in America in June), and that is the problem. How difficult would it have been to pay at least a comparable amount to European or American redundancies?


RE: Sorry you lost your job
By stm1185 on 8/6/2014 6:36:08 PM , Rating: 2
If they were going to pay them what they would American/Euro workers, then they wouldn't be in China in the first place!


RE: Sorry you lost your job
By Krinosy on 8/6/2014 8:36:26 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Of course they will be paying those leaving in America and Europe far more than a $159 (that was the reported price for buying retail without a contract in America in June), and that is the problem. How difficult would it have been to pay at least a comparable amount to European or American redundancies?


OR they give them a severance package based on how much they actually earn (which the phone appears to be in addition to, not instead of). Granted the wages in China are much lower than their American counterparts, but then again that's why the factory is located in China instead of America in the first place (remembering Motorola's Moto X experiment).


RE: Sorry you lost your job
By drycrust3 on 8/7/2014 7:27:53 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
(which the phone appears to be in addition to, not instead of)

Oh ... my mistake ... yes it looks like you are right:

quote:
because it's giving away Nokia phones to select employees at the plant who apply for the company’s volunteer resignation package.

It would have been nice if someone had clarified what the "volunteer resignation package" entailed.
My apologies to Microsoft for my harsh words.


RE: Sorry you lost your job
By Banana Bandit on 8/6/2014 6:51:55 PM , Rating: 2
No, but under labor laws in most countries they would be required to pay substantial severance packages. That they are offering some cheap-ass piece of junk for stepping forward and being sent home, I would call that a slap in the face.

Remember that a cell phone is pretty much a paperweight without a service provider and that service provider wants to be paid each month - whether you have a job or not.


RE: Sorry you lost your job
By Krinosy on 8/6/2014 8:45:30 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
That they are offering some cheap-ass piece of junk for stepping forward and being sent home, I would call that a slap in the face.


Did I miss something in the article? The phone appears to be an inducement to take a voluntary redundancy package ("the company’s volunteer resignation package"), not a replacement for it.

The China-based facilities were specifically for manufacturing feature phones which is both an industry in decline and nothing to do with Microsoft's business interests. It was a matter of time before the facility would either be spun down or repurposed, regardless of whether they were owned by MS or Nokia.


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