RIM gets the shaft as Yahoo offers employees the iPhone 5 and other smartphone choices

With Marissa Mayer now firmly entrenched as Yahoo CEO, the changes keep on rollin’ in. Most recently, Mayer announced a new program whereby Yahoo employees can get iPhones, and other smartphones, for their day to day work activities. While that may not seem like big news, it’s certainly rather telling for a company that had previously relied on BlackBerrys.

In an email that went out and obtained by BusinessInsider, Mayer writes:

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
* Android:
– Samsung Galaxy S3
– HTC One X
* Windows Phone 8:
– Nokia Lumia 920

We’re getting started right away and taking orders starting now

So long, RIM.

Edible Apple

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