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May052009

Sprint Business Unit now Training online for Palm Pre - Sprint Employees fired for discussing Pre

BREAKING NEWS: This just in from a close 'ninja' "insider" pal. Sprint's business unit has confirmed that they have already been training with the Palm Pre via an online training module. This would include all managers and personal related to the Palm Pre above the retail sector. This does not include the 'store advocates' as previously mentioned in our other posts.

The Business Unit managers have been training online with the Palm Pre for a couple of weeks and a few of the Sprint staff have been allowed to take home the Pre for full evaluation use. This explains the many sightings of the Palm Pre in the wild. While unconfirmed at this point, the May 7 store training is NOT official by any means and was a date suggested. This has also been confirmed with an 'advocate' at the store level. But I was told that the training will be at the store level shortly and that the June 7, 2009, is a possible release date. I was also told to be ready for a 'super' ad blitz unlike any we have seen by Sprint/Palm.

UPDATE: I was just informed Sprint Store Employees have been fired for discussing the Palm Pre with anyone outside of Sprint. One of my ninja's "insider" had a store meeting recently and three employees were handed their checks in the middle of the meeting and told that they were being let go for talking about the Palm Pre. According to the NDA signed by employees - they are not allowed to discuss this information with anyone. Similar Interests

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Reader Comments (29)

I can't wait to see those beautiful Palm Pre commercials, as well as the look on the faces of the current iPhoners as they stare and drool.

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

"super' ad blitz"
hmm very interesting Tony!

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPokey

we don't hand out paychecks at sprint. at sprint you get paid in 1 of 2 ways. direct deposit or your paycheck MAILED to your house. no such thing as a handed out paycheck on payday.

however i will believe that employees have been fired due to leaks about the pre. however no one would have been fired in the middle of a meeting. that is done in a one on one and in private. people need to stop with their wild storytelling and gross exaggerations/lies.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

Anonymous is right, your ninja is bullshitting. Firing is done in private per company policy, and I havn't seen a paper check in quite a while, I had direct deposit and I think they mailed me my final pay stub.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKen

Are you guys just innately skeptical or something, just because what he REPORTED was not similar to your experience? Remember he is reporting an incident, not first hand experience! I am sure every word cannot be taking literally and the main two sentences are basically paraphrasing what happened, since he wasn't there to detail exactly what transpired! The observer ("ninja") may have mistaken delivered envelopes with meeting request letters in them for payroll checks. This doesn't mean the reporter is "bullshiiting" or exaggerating! The point is that several people were fired for violating the non-disclosure agreement! Unless you are saying the "ninja" or reporter is completely lying and I am sure the reporter would not publish something that was a complete lie! There is something called slander and defamation of character! Get a grip you two!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

I worked with Sprint for quite a while. A firing for NDA violation or even your employment contract for disclosure is not at all as described. There is an appeal process and it takes quite a while.

The report is complete BS. and a total lie.

The irony is the person claiming to have witnessed such firings is defaming Sprint.

I am certain beyond any doubt the the person is not reporting an incident,

I seriously doubt anyone has been fired for a NDA violation on Pre anyway for reasons that will be apparent soon

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCC

This was 'told' to me by someone higher up who was attending a particular meeting very recently. This person had no reason to lie to me and I've known this person for several years.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTony

Wow they fired people..... must have been a fairly significant breech of NDA.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJason

It would be incredibly counterproductive to fire someone in the middle of a meeting for violating an NDA. If they had done that, instantly and in public, those former employees would be all over the internet within minutes sharing every bit of confidential information they had as payback.

If someone's getting canned for violating the NDA, it would be stupid for Sprint to do anything other than discuss it in private, with a termination and severance package tied to confidentiality.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

Not really Adam. That same NDA could come back to bite you in the butt if the company decides to sue you and wins, collecting damages for as long as you are alive with a judgment.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Love the site, keep up the good work. Today will be a fun day for a lot of Sprint employees where they learn about the Pre. Will have some stuff posted on my site in the coming days from the training.

I will say that it is interesting what has been mentioned about the "pre firings" though.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCoal

Eric,

I understand that the NDA could be the basis for a civil suit, but practically speaking the chances of that are just about nil. Getting a judgment costs money, something most corporate legal departments lack right now. Unless there's a stipulated damages clause, you've got to have an expert ($20k+ fee) to prove damages. Once you've got the judgment, how are you going to collect? If they canned the VP of Marketing for a leak, that's one thing. Firing a retail employee and trying to collect on a 5-6 figure judgment, good luck. Plus, in most states judgments don't follow you for life, they expire after a few years unless the company does something to renew it. Often times, if they don't have any chance of getting paid, they don't bother.

I don't have any inside information from Sprint about this, I'm just offering my take on the practically of what's being reported.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

More important, release the damn phone already!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

I hate the fact that Sprint is firing who Malcom Gladwell refers to as
Mavens. Sprint needs as many people talking up the Pre as possible.
The Pre needs Buzz and quick before Apple comes out with another
Iphone. Sprint also needs some market share. It Ain't gonna happen
if they snuff out what could be there best employees because they
are on fire about this device!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

Please stop referring to your sources as 'ninjas'. It takes away from your credibility, and makes your stories more difficult to believe.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertimepilot84

yeah definately, if sprint doesnt release the pre really soon (like this month not june) because unfortunately the new iphone will probable have features that may top the pre, and spell doom for palm.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereric chan

yeah definately, if sprint doesnt release the pre really soon (like this month not june) because unfortunately the new iphone will probable have features that may top the pre, and spell doom for palm.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereric chan

stop referring to your sources as ninjas, it's an insult to real ninjas.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoe

Adam, Corp legal are paid salaries, not retainers. FYI.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEric

timepilot84 and Joe - duly noted, I will use the term "insider from now on.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTony

No more Ninjas as in this post: http://twitter.com/joshuatopolsky/status/1720268896

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTony

People are missing how this would function as a scare tactic. If they really want people to shut up and understand the power of a NDA, then a semi-public firing is a good way to communicate their resolve. Even if there is a repeal process, it's still more pain and risk than I would take in the current economy.

Yes, getting a NDA judgment is expensive and time consuming. Defending against one is too. I wouldn't want to do it and I bet these three now know something of what that would cost.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterL

Eric, inhouse lawyers may be on salary, but they rarely get involved in handling litigation themselves. Litigation is most often farmed out to outside firms, and their fees come from the departments litigation budget.

Regardless, I agree with L that the psychological benefit of claiming to fire someone for violating the NDA (even if it never actually occurs) is huge for Sprint.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

Hi there,I found your blogpost very interesting.i am Nick Robinson,a community member at www.nondisclosure-agreement.com and www.patents.com .Will like to talk(through email) to you,is this the right time to talk about or should we talk during weekends ?

Best-Regards,
Nick Robinson

E-nickrbson@gmail.com

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick Robinson

The training was minimal and only given to Advanced Tech Employees. When the Pre came out management decided to send every Pre call to regular Tech support who had no training in the Pre at all. The employees were told to wing it and no transfers were allowed. I know I was there. The people trained for the Pre didnt take Pre support calls until a week after it came out.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersprint employee

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May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPenningtonVelma

thanks! :)

lets write them until the admit it, or stop doing it! i am writing them now!

:)

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterhuraAttaita

I think I allready have been acknowledged about this issue
at work 1 day ago by a mate, but at that moment
it didn't caugh my attention.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

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There is always plenty of capital for those who can create practical plans for using it

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterzhaohui

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