Sprint Nextel announced today that they will be closing 8% of their retail stores or roughly 125 of them. On top of that, 4,000 people will be losing their jobs as they indicate that numbers for Q4 ’07 will be worse than expected. This brings the total number of jobs lost to 9,000 in last 12 months. OUCH!
What kind of effect Android will have on Sprint Nextel remains to be seen. We have yet to definitively hear how they and T-Mobile will come into play as members of the Open Handset Alliance. Will it take more than open source phones and services to save them? Will they even be partners come the second half of this year? Our two cents: Start by getting your customer service game back on point.
Good luck to those affected by these coming changes. Both of us AndroidGuys have been affected by retail closing in our past so we can definitely sympathize.