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Microsoft is trying to soften the blow from an upcoming layoff. They are planning to cut 4,700 jobs from their Nokia factory in Beijing. This will leave only 300 employees at this factory, a plan which has already drawn protests from workers.

For those 4,700 employees being let go, Microsoft is offering a free Nokia Lumia 630 devices as part of a "volunteer resignation package." The company allegedly sent an email offering this deal, citing the phones will be distributed on a "first come, first serve" basis. This device cost less than $200 USD. 

While Microsoft may think they're being generous, it seems they are adding insult to injury by offering soon to be ex-factory workers the very phones they make for a living to quit. 

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