Sprint firing employees for showing HTC EVO 4G early

Sprint_logo_blkIf you were feeling all warm and fuzzy over Sprint's generosity with the free month of service ($140 value) and discounted Everything Data Plus plans it bundled with those HTC EVOs given to Google I/O attendees last week, then you won't want to hear about the carrier's darker side.

A manager at a Sprint store in Texas told my friend that they were getting an EVO a few days before its June 4th release but wouldn't be allowed to show it to anyone without the risk of being fired. The manager said that Sprint was being very serious about enforcing this threat and had already put it into practice at various stores around the country. [Update: Three Sprint retail consultants at two different stores here in Hawaii have confirmed this for me.]

While losing your job over a phone is nowhere near as bad as losing your life, it's still extreme. I can understand an employee being reprimanded for quickly flashing the phone to an inquiring customer, but to be fired over it? Come on!

Thanks, Chris!

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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