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    Sprint fires employee who leaked weak EVO 4G sales numbers -- Engadget

    You know the backstory by now: Sprint boasted that the EVO 4G was its fastest selling phone ever a couple of days after hitting the American market, before abruptly correcting itself and admitting that the EVO's sales were in fact in line with those achieved by the Pre last summer. What you, and we, didn't know till now, however, is that Sprint's self-correction was sparked off by an employee with a curious mind and posting privileges over on the xda-developers forum. On June 6, according to MobileCrunch, this unnamed hero of truthiness browsed Sprint's internal inventory system and nailed down a figure of 65,500 sold units from Sprint's own stores -- a stat far south from what Sprint would announce a day later. That number ultimately found its way onto the message board, and though it obviously shouldn't be taken as authoritative (or exhaustive), it was enough to get Sprint to hit the auto-correct button and part ways with the activist member of staff. Harsh.
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    So the original was accurate then?
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    they did this many times... htc touch touch pro pre blah blah. always saying they sold too fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakeeeee View Post
    So the original was accurate then?
    don't think so,,they were mad at this guy for telling the truth,,thats what I read.
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    It's Sprint. The only good number they ever pull down are rooted in fantasy.
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    lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by ray1b View Post
    it was enough to get Sprint to hit the auto-correct button and part ways with the activist member of staff. Harsh.
    Not really. Firing employees who make unauthorized disclosures of a corporations information is fairly routine in corporate America.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ADGrant View Post
    Not really. Firing employees who make unauthorized disclosures of a corporations information is fairly routine in corporate America.
    And in other parts of the world those employees simply commit 'suicide'. We are much nicer over here.
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    The question is, how can Sprint be inflating their sales #s and not be called out for false advertising?
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    "mere puffery"
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    Hi all,

    Here is a little more info on the Evo sales # mess!

    Take care, Jay

    Sprint cans employee for leaking EVO 4G sales numbers

    By Greg Kumparak on June 14, 2010


    Sprint cans employee for leaking EVO 4G sales numbers

    The tales surrounding the launch of the EVO 4G have been intriguing, to say the least. On June 4th, the device launched. By June 7th, Sprint was touting the phone’s sales as mammoth, claiming that it had broken their previous one-day sales records (as held by the Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre) by as much as 3 times. Just two days later, they recanted that story, declaring that they had “erred” in their original estimations, and that the sales numbers were inline with those of their previous top sellers.

    There was, however, a bit of the story which we didn’t see: the part where a Sprint employee used the inventory system to figure out exactly how many EVO 4Gs were sold and posted that number online, resulting in a speedy investigation by Sprint HQ and the employee’s immediate termination.


    We’ve reached out to Sprint for a comment on the matter, but here’s the story as we’re hearing it so far from a trusted source: On the afternoon of June 6th (before Sprint had released any sales numbers), a Sprint retail employee posted a note to the growingly infamous phone hacking forum, XDA-Developers, with sales figure details gleaned from their system. The post has since been removed, but bits of it are still lingering in Google’s cache:

    “according to sprint we as a [company] have sold 66,483 theres a whole bunch of stores though that dont have any more inventory i dont think any major city sprint does”

    According to this employee’s perusing, Sprint had dished out roughly 66.5 thousand EVO 4Gs after a little more than two days following launch. (Note that, as far as I know, this number only accounts for Sprint stores — not third party sellers like WalMart, RadioShack, etc. Even then, this number could be incorrect, depending on how the employee uncovered the number and any updating latency involved. I doubt Sprint’s going to confirm its accuracy, so take it with a grain of salt.)

    Now, this post went mostly unnoticed by blogs and other media outlets — but it didn’t go unnoticed by Sprint HQ. As leaks are becoming more and more prevalent, carriers and manufacturers are dedicating more resources toward keeping an eye on forums like these for any breadcrumbs leading back to the source. Unfortunately for this given leakster, the breadcrumbs were all there.

    Within a few days, an internal Sprint team (which, we’re told, is known around the carrier as “Forensics”) had traced the employee back to his Florida store. One of Sprint’s internal security task force members was immediately flown from Kansas to Florida; the employee was pulled in, their posting habits literally laid all out on the table, and they were terminated on the spot.

    We see leaks each and every day; they are, after all, the lifeblood of any good gadget blog. Just because they’re a regular occurrence, however, doesn’t mean that employers are going to let them slide. They’re well within their rights to let any red-handed info-leakers go — and if any NDAs are involved, there very well could be some litigation involved. If the breadcrumbs are there, they’ll find’em.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ADGrant View Post
    Not really. Firing employees who make unauthorized disclosures of a corporations information is fairly routine in corporate America.
    I'm pretty sure that being outed with egg on Sprint's face for "exaggerating" had a hand in this.
    HP has officially ruined it's own platform and kicked webOS loyalists and early TouchPad adopters to the curb. You think after you drop it like a hot potato and mention it made no money and is costing you money, anyone else wants it??? Way to go HP!!

    And some people are fools to keep believing their hype. HP has shown they will throw webOS under the bus and people are still having faith in them??? News flash: if it's own company won't stand behind it, it's finished!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Phone Diva View Post
    I'm pretty sure that being outed with egg on Sprint's face for "exaggerating" had a hand in this.
    You're correct! I am sure Sprint has MAJOR egg on on their faces!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Phone Diva View Post
    I'm pretty sure that being outed with egg on Sprint's face for "exaggerating" had a hand in this.
    It probably brought the perpetrator to the attention of Sprint's security people very quickly, but the termination itself would have happened anyway.

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