Marissa Mayer, Yahoo! CEO ditching BlackBerries, offers employees the more innovative Nokia Lumia 920
When I first heard some news about this, it seemed that newly appointed Yahoo! CEO (and Ex Google Exec) Marissa Mayer was going to be offering all Yahoo! employees iPhones. This was apparently a move to make working at Yahoo! more attractive (as well as supposedly interviewing prospective employees to make sure they’re right for the job).
On that note, it was great to hear that someone taking employee experiences personally is offering not just an iPhone, but quite rightly, the more innovative Nokia Lumia 920 (along with some other smartphones).
Here’s what business insider got from the memo:
We have a very exciting update to share with you today – we are announcing Yahoo! Smart Phones, Smart Fun! As of today, Yahoo is moving off of blackberries as our corporate phones and on to smartphones in 22 countries. A few weeks ago, we said that we would look into smartphone penetration rates globally and take those rates into account when deciding on corporate phones. Ideally, 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.
Moving forward, we’ll offer you a choice of devices as well as provide monthly plans for the data and phone.
The smartphone choices that we are including in the program are:
* Apple iPhone 5
– Samsung Galaxy S3
– HTC One X
– HTC EVO 4G LTE
* Windows Phone 8:
– Nokia Lumia 920
We’re getting started right away and taking orders starting now
Most news sources are reporting this simply as an iPhone being given away. Realistically, they might not even be aware of the Nokia Lumia 920’S existence. Possibly, the allure of simply being an iPhone (and not a better phone) is not enough. Remember – not merely a battle of devices yatta, yatta. But it helps to have a super innovative device.