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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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