Yahoo gives employees a list of smartphones to choose from for work

Yahoo gives employees a list of smartphones to choose from for work
Last month, Yahoo's new CEO Marissa Mayer put employees on notice that she wanted them to get rid of the BlackBerry handsets they were using for work and switch to the Apple iPhone. The goal was to get everyone working for the company using the same platform at work. The CEO thought that with everyone using the same platform, productivity could improve and the estimated $2 million cost of the program would not be a burden for the company.

Recently, Business Insider  found a note from Mayer to the staff which announced a new program called Yahoo! Smartphones, Smart Fun! Under the terms of the program, BlackBerry handsets are forbidden at work. The executive said that Yahoo looked at the penetration rates of smartphones globally and wanted Yahoo employees to own the same devices as Yahoo users so that those who work for Yahoo can think and work just like a majority of Yahoo users do.

With that in mind, those who toil for Ms. Mayer's company will be allowed to choose a handset from amongst the Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, HTC EVO 4G LTE or the Nokia Lumia 920. And not only is Yahoo paying for the handset, they will also take care of employee's monthly data and phone bills. The company is also going to drop its support for BlackBerry handsets.
source: BusinessInsider



1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

She should go for the obvious choice which is her first choice.

5. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

What do you mean she should choice? I think it's really cool the employees get choices.

23. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2475; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I really think you should edit your first sentence. It sort-of makes me cringe because it doesn't make any sense.

36. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2475; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

There must be a bunch of people out there that are either illiterate or just really bad at grammar. The line "What do you mean she should choice?" does not make any sense. The only way the sentence would make sense is if you said: "What do you mean she should CHOOSE?" or "What do you mean she should go for the first choice?".

38. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Yeah by the time I caught that I couldn't edit it. Obviously you still got it. You know what I meant and it did make sense. You're just a d**k. No likes a Nazi, spelling, grammar, or otherwise.

41. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

rofl!! One thumb up for you pings :)

47. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Thank you bud! I even forgot to put No 'one' likes a Nazi lol. But, we all get the point.

7. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Why the iPhone? It has a sub-HD 4" screen, lacks NFC, has a small battery, can't do simultaneous voice and data on Verizon or Sprint, lacks expandable storage, has a proprietary connector and allows little customization.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Take that back, that was very iDiSiNgenuous of you. iPhone 5 has added a fourth homogeneous screen and SiRi now understands Spanglish; Apple is making progress and the new iPhone 5 is simply Devolutionary.

33. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

lol, let's not pretend that most of the employees aren't going to make that their first choice. Let's be real.....

11. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Yes, because clearly your personal preference is the same phone that everyone wants. "You like that phone? Too bad, you get what I like." Great mentality you've got there, buddy.

22. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

His mentality is actually perfect for an Apple lover like him, very predictable and very narrow minded

19. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

obvious to who? I don't see obvious in here

21. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Regular consumer = goes gaga for iPhone(for bragging lol) Consumer with slight knowledge regarding technology = s3 Consumer with better knowledge regarding technology = 920 Techie consumer? Optimus G.

46. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Im failing to see how this transition will somehow improve the employees productivity at work, but it is nice nonetheless that Yahoo is footing the bill and giving them a choice from a few phones, all of good quality.

48. Mxyzptlk unregistered

40 people didn't read the article.

49. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Apparently, you didn't, they want workers to use the same phones as the consumers, last time I checked, not every yahoo user owns an iPhone.

2. FrostyDanny

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

Lucky them and most educated don't for the iPhone im not hating its just true lol

4. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

I'm sure the "most educated don't for the iphone"…

12. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

WTB punctuation. And a noun. And a verb.

24. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2475; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I don't know if I should keep reading down. I have no clue why people are writing sentences that don't make any sense tonight. I'm guessing everyone is having mental fatigue.

25. nwright94 unregistered

Then by your incomprehensible sentence, we can conclude you are an iPhone user?

3. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

hey why the first part of the article only says iphone.... something is fishy

6. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

it's not fishy at all… she made a statement or something before saying how employees needed to switch to the iphone (she didnt mention other handsets)… she now decided to give her employees a broader range which I think is good as long as yahoo isn't adopting a particular mobile infrastructure

8. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Who is using Yahoo ? Blackberry is still alive but Yahoo is already dead

13. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Yahoo may not be as big as Google but it's still widely used as a search engine and for mail services. I'm with you on BB, I hope they make it but nothing short of a miracle with save them.

14. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Yahoo! is more than a search engine. They have a broad range of services used by millions.

17. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Let's see..... Yahoo mail, Yahoo news, Yahoo finance, etc, etc....

9. wendygarett unregistered

Poor RIM...

10. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Top phones from the top 3 OS's, not a big surprise.

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