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Marissa Mayer offers everyone at Yahoo a free smartphone

Can choose an Apple, Samsung, HTC or Nokia handset
Mon Sep 17 2012, 11:01

THE NEWLY INSTALLED Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is offering everyone who works at the firm a free smartphone, and they can choose what handset they get.

There is a choice of six phones on offer, an Iphone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X, HTC EVO 4G LTE or Nokia Lumia 920. According to Business Insider, Yahoo will pick up the monthly bill for them too.

This act of benevolence, which appeared at Business Insider in a leaked memo, means of course that workers will be contactable at all times, making it the sort of free gift that we at The INQUIRER would rather live without.

Perhaps because it knows that Yahoo employs thousands of people, Finnish phone firm Nokia is trying to encourage Yahoo workers to wait for the Lumia 920 by dangling a free wireless charging plate in front of them.

Doug Dawson, head of media relations at Nokia, offered up the carrot over Twitter.

The Yahoo memo also reveals that the firm is dropping its use of Blackberry handsets, and sees Mayer explaining that the new choice of models will let Yahoo staffers use the same technology that its customers use.

"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," says the memo.

"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." µ


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