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Phone company to cut 700 jobs
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. Sprint plans to cut 700 jobs in its business solutions division. It will also take a charge against earnings in its third quarter to reflect a decline in value of its long-distance assets.

A majority of the job cuts will come from sales and support. The business division was reduced by eleven-hundred jobs this summer, just the latest in a series of restructuring moves.

Company officials promise to disclose the amount of the charge when Sprint releases quarterly results next week. It revealed that third-quarter operating earnings will top Wall Street's estimate of 21 cents per share.

Sprint has 70-thousand employees company-wide.

It is cutting back on selling stand-alone products in highly competitive markets like long-distance in favor of bundled offerings of long-distance, local service and wireless.

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