Recently appointed Yahoo! CEO, Marissa Mayer, is continuing to shake things up over at the struggling search giant. In an effort to make the company—and its employees— more relevant and in touch with their customers, Mayer has told employees, they are ditching BlackBerrys, effective immediately. In place of the relics from Waterloo, Mayer is offering employees their choice of the iPhone 5 (which may cause some employees to wait), three Android devices; the Galaxy S III, the HTC One X or the HTC EVO 4G LTE and finally Nokia’s yet to be released Lumia 920 Windows Phone. Mayer believes that by equipping employees with the latest hardware, employees can see how their customers use their current services, allowing them to see where they need to improve.
While this is great news for Yahoo! employees, who can begin to submit their orders today, this is another hit to the already wobbly Research in Motion, who is losing yet another corporate enterprise before the launch of BlackBerry 10.
Here’s the official announcement memo that was sent out to Yahoo! employees:
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
Source: Business Insider