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Motorola confirms rumors of layoffs, 4,000 to be affected in 2009

Rumors have been flying lately and the tip emails won’t stop – now Motorola’s plans to undergo a significant workforce reduction have been confirmed by the Chicago Tribune. When all is said and done this year, Motorola will have laid off approximately 4,000 workers across all divisions. The hardest hit area of the company, as we’re sure you could have guessed, will be the mobile phone division. Layoffs in Moto’s mobile arm will total about 3,000 over the course of the year despite continued news of big changes afoot. Motorola is expected to make Android a big focus and the result will hopefully be a fresh new twist to the Motorola smartphones of old. We’ve also seen some promising new design elements in the various Motos heading to Verizon. With an earnings announcement coming on February 3rd and a bleak preliminary outlook of estimate – a net loss of between $0.07 and $0.08 per share – the once dominant handset manufacturer has too much climbing to do and apparently it has no choice but to shed some layers in order to have a prayer. Including Q4 2008, this will bring Moto’s tally up to a staggering 7,000 layoffs.

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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.