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Ford not quite in cruise control

Feb 27, 20066 mins
Network Security

Automaker's wireless project hasn't stalled, but isn't accelerating.

A trend that has taken the consumer world by storm – ditching home landlines for mobile phone service – is having a more difficult time catching on in the corporate world.

Ford Motor Co. brought attention to the workplace alternative a year ago with its announcement that 8,000 employees would be cutting the cord. And although Ford today reports the migration went well, even the automaker expresses concerns about expanding the project – and has no timetable for doing so.

“Overall I’d say it has gone very well,” says Jeff Lemmer, IT manager of telecom services at Ford. “Our biggest concern going into this was coverage. [Sprint] has gone beyond our expectations.”