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Employees will be required to use their own devices in the office within the next few years

A new study published by research firm Gartner found that one significant change in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend is coming. According to the study, by 2017 half of all employers will require workers to supply their own smartphones and tablets for work needs.

The research firm believes that companies that offer company-owned smartphones or stipends to purchase your own device will become the exception among enterprise employers. 38% of all companies expect to stop providing devices to workers by 2016 according to the study. The study says that all of those companies that plan to stop providing workers with devices will expect the workers to use their own gadgets.
The study found that roughly half of all corporate environments supporting BYOD currently provide partial reimbursement for devices.

Interestingly, the study also found that companies within the United States are twice as likely to allow employees to bring their own devices to work as those in Europe. Europe currently boasts the lowest adoption of all regions for BYOD policies.
Gartner also says that workers in India, China, and Brazil are the most likely to be using their own device at the office.

Source: Computer World

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By mgilbert on 5/2/2013 1:13:52 PM , Rating: 1
Don't do it. If they pay the monthly bill, they can take the phone at any time, for no reason, and with no explanation, even if it is in your name. Just say "no". If they want you to carry a phone, then they should supply it - if they want to keep the rights to it.

I have a simple solution. I don't have a smartphone, and I don't intend to ever have one. I hate them, and I hate the people that have them who won't put them down long enough to have a conversation with you.

RE: Nope
By amanojaku on 5/2/2013 3:06:18 PM , Rating: 1
Maybe those smartphone users don't want to talk to you because you have a problem with comprehension. The article clearly states that:
all of those companies that plan to stop providing workers with devices will expect the workers to use their own gadgets.
Companies aren't paying your bills or taking your phones. That's the whole point: to save money and not have to administer devices.

For the record, I don't own a smartphone, either. No point in having one since I'm not on Facebook, don't have a pressing need to read email when it comes in, and don't like the idea of using a screen less than 40".

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