The third largest U.S. mobile operator would not
specify the number of jobs lost, but said it will retain 85
percent of employees affected by the closings.
The operator also closed call centers in New York, Kansas,
California and is shrinking centers in Florida and Texas.
"These reductions come as the result of greater efficiencies
that we've achieved through simply pricing plans and improved
customer service, as well as changing marketplace dynamics,"
said Roni Singleton, a spokeswoman for Sprint.
Sprint, which is 80 percent owned by Japan's SoftBank Corp
<9984.T>, currently employs 40,000 workers and is revamping its
networks after years of customer losses.
In January, the company said it would report a fourth-quarter
charge of $165 million for severance and related items as a
result of job cuts it is making across the company to reduce
(Reporting By Marina Lopes; editing by Bernard Orr)
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