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Yahoo! CEO Offers Employees Free iPhone 5, Androids, WP8

By - Source: Business Insider | B 23 comments

Company wants staff using the same devices as its users.

When Yahoo! CEO Marissa Meyer joined the company back in July, she knew she had a big job ahead of her. One of the changes she's implementing is a new program called 'Yahoo! Smart Phones, Smart Fun' and will see every single Yahoo! employee receive a brand new top-of-the-line smartphone for free. Business Insider says the news was confirmed via an internal memo and the program will cover both full time and part time employees. The idea behind this show of generosity is that Yahoo! wants staff using what Yahoo! users are using.

BI reports that employees will have a choice of five different top-end smartphones, including Apple's newly-announced but as yet unreleased iPhone 5. If you're working for Yahoo! and you're not an Apple fan, you can choose Samsung's Galaxy S III,  an HTC One X, an HTC EVO 4G LTE, or Nokia's Lumia 920.

As if a free phone weren't a big enough perk, Yahoo! will also be covering the data and phone bills for all employees. It's not all good news, though, as it seems this new push for smartphones in every pocket will leave RIM's BlackBerry out in the cold. Not only is the company left off the list of choices for the 'Smart Phones, Smart Fun' program, but BI says Yahoo! is stopping IT support for BlackBerrys, too. Yahoo! is already taking orders from employees but we imagine those looking for an iPhone 5 or a Lumia 920 will have to wait a bit longer than staff choosing already available phones.

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    igot1forya , September 17, 2012 7:10 PM
    I wish my boss would bribe me for loyalty!
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    samkl , September 17, 2012 7:04 PM
    Good call on offering all platforms and nice selection of phones for all tastes.
    -SK
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  • 14 Hide
    samkl , September 17, 2012 7:04 PM
    Good call on offering all platforms and nice selection of phones for all tastes.
    -SK
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    igot1forya , September 17, 2012 7:10 PM
    I wish my boss would bribe me for loyalty!
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    blurr91 , September 17, 2012 7:23 PM
    I'd take a raise over some cheap electronic gadgets.
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    velocityg4 , September 17, 2012 7:29 PM
    Seems a bit surprising that they would approve Android given that Google is their chief rival. Although personally if I was an employee I'd rather get a bonus or extra vacation instead of some gadget and phone bill paid for. With my employer being able to track all my personal phone calls and usage. Actually unless it was just something were they compensate me on my bill I'd just shut off the phone and put it in some drawer then use my own phone and bill I pay for without employer oversight.

    Is this just a company phone like any number of companies require there employees to carry? If so how is this news? It seems to be pretty standard for many companies to provide company phones to employees with the bill paid for.
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    inerax , September 17, 2012 7:34 PM
    Yahoo! is trying to catch up to Google's employee satisfaction!
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    blazorthon , September 17, 2012 8:01 PM
    velocityg4Seems a bit surprising that they would approve Android given that Google is their chief rival. Although personally if I was an employee I'd rather get a bonus or extra vacation instead of some gadget and phone bill paid for. With my employer being able to track all my personal phone calls and usage. Actually unless it was just something were they compensate me on my bill I'd just shut off the phone and put it in some drawer then use my own phone and bill I pay for without employer oversight.Is this just a company phone like any number of companies require there employees to carry? If so how is this news? It seems to be pretty standard for many companies to provide company phones to employees with the bill paid for.


    Rival in what? Google powers the Yahoo search engine and has for quite a while now.
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    boiler1990 , September 17, 2012 8:05 PM
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    It's not all good news, though, as it seems this new push for smartphones in every pocket will leave RIM's BlackBerry out in the cold.
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    teh_chem , September 17, 2012 8:05 PM
    Neat.

    I've heard discussions/rumors that Yahoo is out-of-touch with the entire mobile platform. While they make mobile apps for various things, they're not very responsive to the mobile platform as a whole. I wonder if doing this--in addition to requesting your employees to be available all the time now that they have work phones--is a way to get the entire company more ingrained in mobile (and maybe hinting a change of business strategy?).

    Also, literally ALL yahoo employees? Or a certain level and above?
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    svdb , September 17, 2012 8:21 PM
    Somebody high up in my (very large) company suddenly decided our stuff had to run on tablets. So one morning my manager came to see me and asked, "um... you wouldn't happen to posses a tablet per chance?"
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    samwelaye , September 17, 2012 8:48 PM
    blazorthonRival in what? Google powers the Yahoo search engine and has for quite a while now.



    Umm Bing powers the Yahoo search engine and has for a while now...
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    blazorthon , September 17, 2012 8:54 PM
    samwelayeUmm Bing powers the Yahoo search engine and has for a while now...


    Oops, I just checked and it would seem that my info is a little inaccurate:
    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/0cb347b8-997a-11df-9834-00144feab49a.html
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    CaedenV , September 17, 2012 9:13 PM
    "Wants Yahoo! employees using what Yahoo! users are using"

    ... both of them?
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    zybch , September 17, 2012 9:56 PM
    blazorthonRival in what? Google powers the Yahoo search engine and has for quite a while now.


    Check your facts douche!
    Yahoo searches are and have been powered by Bing for a long time now.
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    teh_chem , September 17, 2012 11:00 PM
    velocityg4Seems a bit surprising that they would approve Android given that Google is their chief rival. Although personally if I was an employee I'd rather get a bonus or extra vacation instead of some gadget and phone bill paid for. With my employer being able to track all my personal phone calls and usage. Actually unless it was just something were they compensate me on my bill I'd just shut off the phone and put it in some drawer then use my own phone and bill I pay for without employer oversight.Is this just a company phone like any number of companies require there employees to carry? If so how is this news? It seems to be pretty standard for many companies to provide company phones to employees with the bill paid for.

    I don't think google is their chief rival, but even if it were, their userbase is largely composed of mobile--so they have to have a good handle on iOS, Android, and (eventually) WP. It's no different than google making apps for the Apple app store. Like it or not, a significant portion of your userbase might lie in "competing" services--but you're at a huge loss if you don't address that.
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    Anonymous , September 17, 2012 11:50 PM
    So that's why I don't use Yahoo! for search results anymore. I have actually done back to back tests using both Google and Yahoo! search engines and more often than not I get better results on Google. I used to use Yahoo! all the time but it figures why it's search results are not as good. Powered by Bing. Yeah I tried that search/decision engine a few times before. Ghey...
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    assasin32 , September 18, 2012 12:26 AM
    Sounds like a smart move, it raises moral especially for the younger people who stereo typically love technology. Less need to support multiple types of devices if they allow their employees to use their phones to check emails, for work etc. Not to mention they will have complete control of the devices, and each one should easily be able to be remotely wiped and probably encrypted. Beyond the higher than normal upfront cost and possibly higher cost of service fees for the phones I don't really see a major downside.

    I would argue that smartphones are harder to use over "dumb" phones but well I have a hard time navigating my dads phone where as most smartphones have a interface that makes more logical sense and is easier to read.
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    teh_chem , September 18, 2012 2:21 AM
    massterphulSo that's why I don't use Yahoo! for search results anymore. I have actually done back to back tests using both Google and Yahoo! search engines and more often than not I get better results on Google. I used to use Yahoo! all the time but it figures why it's search results are not as good. Powered by Bing. Yeah I tried that search/decision engine a few times before. Ghey...

    Yahoo may have fall in terms of popularity as a search engine, but they're a leader when it comes to providing content (not just sharing news, but they actually have investigative journalist staff that covers a wide range of subjects). IMHO, Yahoo should embrace the content-providing rather than trying to drastically re-design their business. I don't go to yahoo on a desktop computer, but I think their news RSS feeds are pretty good for information on various things.
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    alextheblue , September 18, 2012 3:11 AM
    velocityg4Seems Although personally if I was an employee I'd rather get a bonus or extra vacation instead of some gadget and phone bill paid for.
    blurr91I'd take a raise over some cheap electronic gadgets.
    That doesn't benefit the company. Giving out free phones DOES benefit the company. It's called "eating your own dog food". Look it up. So while you might prefer a raise, it's either free phone (with a free plan too) or nothing. They didn't CUT pay to cover it, so why would anyone complain? Are we so entitled in this country that we bitch about free stuff?
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    doive1231 , September 18, 2012 7:45 AM
    If she offered me but a smile, I'd be happy.
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    Anonymous , September 18, 2012 11:49 AM
    i work for IBM, we have to buy our own phones for WORK. stop moaning.
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