Employed at Yahoo! Good News! Following Microsoft -- Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer, kicked off a new endeavor with a new employees program called "Yahoo! Smart Phones, Smart Fun!" in which all employees will receive their choice of a free smartphone.
The program is intended to get workers using the same technologies as their customers -- "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 program was introduced to all of Yahoo's employees (full time and part time) in the US and across 22 countries in a memo, promising that through the program, employees will have a choice of phones like: iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X, HTC EVO 4G LTE, or Nokia Lumia 920.
With this program being introduced, Yahoo is now going to discontinue IT support for Blackberry phones.
"People are happy," says a source at the company, quoted Business Insider.
In addition, Yahoo is also going to pay its employees data and phone bills.
Recently, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in a similiar scheme, announced free Microsoft Surface tablet, Windows 8 PCs and Windows Phone8 to all its employees.
Below you can read the memo in its entirety:
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