Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Speaking of phones

Is this the true cost of an iPhone?

A 19-year-old employee was found dead Tuesday morning in what appears to have been the ninth suicide this year at a factory in southern China operated by Foxconn Technology, one of the world's largest contract electronics manufacturers . . . . Foxconn, which produces electronics and computer components for Apple, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and other global companies, has been struggling this year to explain a string of suicides among young workers at its huge complexes in the city of Shenzhen, where the company employs about 420,000 workers.

Note the suicide rate at Foxconn is still below the national estimate of 14 suicides per100,000 people in China.

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