Marissa Mayer, the new CEO of Yahoo!, is instituting a new policy for corporate phones, according to Business Insider. Employees (both full and part-time) can choose between three different Android phones, a Nokia Lumina 920, or an iPhone 5. The company not only pays for the phone, but also for the data and voice charges. And in a blow for RIM, Blackberry phones are no longer an option for IT support.
This is a particular problem for Blackberry, which rose to fame as the phone for the connected businessperson. RIM emphasized the security and control IT departments could exercise over the devices, but as smartphones moved from an expensive item for a privileged few to a consumer-class accessory used by many, RIM was slow to add features such as cameras, music players, and improved web browsers.
Or, as the memo announcing the program to Yahoo! employees put it: “We’d like our employees to have devices similar to our users, so we can think and work as the majority of our users do.”
The list of devices supported under the new program are:
- Apple iPhone 5
- Samsung Galaxy S3
- HTC One X
- HTC EVO 4G LTE
- Nokia Lumia 92
You can read the rest of the memo at Business Insider.