Yahoo CEO offering employees a free Nokia Lumia 920

Yahoo is starting to sound like a cool place to work, at least under the leadership of its recently appointed CEO Marissa Mayer. This weekend, a leaked memo to all of the company's full and part-time team members reveals that Mayer is giving everyone at Yahoo a very nice incentive.

According to a report at Business Insider, the memo announced that Yahoo employees can now participate in its new program called (we are not making this up) "Yahoo! Smart Phones, Smart Fun!" The program offers them the choice of five smartphones for free, along with Yahoo paying for all of their data and phone bills.

One of the five smartphones on Yahoo's free list is, interestingly, the Windows Phone 8-based Nokia Lumia 920, which hasn't even been launched yet. The other phones on the list include the already released Samsung Galaxy S III, the HTC One X, and the HTC EVO 4G LTE. It also adds the Apple iPhone 5, which goes on sale on September 21st.

It would be interesting to learn how many Yahoo employees decide to wait for the Lumia 920. Nokia hasn't even announced an official release date for the smartphone, although it should be coming out in the next few weeks.

RIM got the short end of this stick. Yahoo also revealed in this memo that it will discontinue support for its Blackberry smartphones for employees. The memo says, "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." Clearly, Yahoo doesn't believe BlackBerry is being used by most of its customers.

Source: Business Insider | Image via Nokia

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SalmanPK said,
Another MS dedicated title... Do you guys get paid for this ****? Oh well its Neo "Win" after all.

I like how you answer your own question, if you wanted google or apple aligned titles for everything then you picked the wrong tech site to visit.

GP007 said,

I like how you answer your own question, if you wanted google or apple aligned titles for everything then you picked the wrong tech site to visit.


Well, I guess Neowin might as well just block anything but a Internet Explorer Browser ID because it would just be impossible to be a fan of Windows and use anything outside of the Microsoft ecosystem.

Cool. I hope Yahoo! give WP and Nokie some love. I'd pick the 920 (black) followed by the One X (white), and as a last resort, the iPhone 5 (black).

Article title is a bit misleading.

This one would be more appropriate:
"Yahoo CEO offering employees choice of free phone including Nokia Lumia 920"

contriver87 said,
Article title is a bit misleading.

This one would be more appropriate:
"Yahoo CEO offering employees choice of free phone including Nokia Lumia 920"


Welcome to Neowin, you must be new here.

contriver87 said,
Article title is a bit misleading.

This one would be more appropriate:
"Yahoo CEO offering employees choice of free phone including Nokia Lumia 920"

Who cares about the other phones?

It's interesting to see the different biases offered by the news outlets. Business Insider (the source of this article) actually emphasised the iPhone 5 in the headline (actual headline: "Marissa Mayer Just Gave Every Yahoo Employee An iPhone 5"), whereas Neowin spotted the Lumia reference and ran with it.

All news outlets have bias, it just depends which bias you prefer.

contriver87 said,
Article title is a bit misleading.

Does Yahoo! offer their employees a Lumia? Yes.
Does article title state that Yahoo is offering their employees a Lumia? Yes.

Therefore article title is not misleading. It may omit some information, but that is what the content of the article is for, to expand on the title and give more details. A title is a summary, and being that Lumia is the first WP in the list of giveaways while the other phones have been given away before, it is the phone of focus and that one is singled out in the summary.

Majesticmerc said,
It's interesting to see the different biases offered by the news outlets. Business Insider (the source of this article) actually emphasised the iPhone 5 in the headline (actual headline: "Marissa Mayer Just Gave Every Yahoo Employee An iPhone 5"), whereas Neowin spotted the Lumia reference and ran with it.

All news outlets have bias, it just depends which bias you prefer.


Quite true!

contriver87 said,
Article title is a bit misleading.
This one would be more appropriate:
"Yahoo CEO offering employees choice of free phone including Nokia Lumia 920"

But that wouldn't please the fanboys would it now

nohone said,

Does Yahoo! offer their employees a Lumia? Yes.
Does article title state that Yahoo is offering their employees a Lumia? Yes.

Therefore article title is not misleading. It may omit some information, but that is what the content of the article is for, to expand on the title and give more details. A title is a summary, and being that Lumia is the first WP in the list of giveaways while the other phones have been given away before, it is the phone of focus and that one is singled out in the summary.

Either way the title is misleading or poorly worded: a title is supposed to summarize the subject of the article; the subject of the article is Yahoo CEO offering a free smartphones to employees, not a specific one.
This is something people are supposed to learn in elementary school.

simplezz said,

But that wouldn't please the fanboys would it now

The one who has been silent for 64 days calling others fanboys, that takes nerve.

contriver87 said,
Article title is a bit misleading.

This one would be more appropriate:
"Yahoo CEO offering employees choice of free phone including Nokia Lumia 920"

It's almost as if the site has a slight bias towards Windows! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111

contriver87 said,
Article title is a bit misleading.

This one would be more appropriate:
"Yahoo CEO offering employees choice of free phone including Nokia Lumia 920"

Oh come on, even if that was the title as you suggest then we'd still have a group of you, and you know who you are, who'd question the choice of title yet again. I wonder if the people who have a problem with the titles are the ones who also don't bother to read past them.

GP007 said,

Oh come on, even if that was the title as you suggest then we'd still have a group of you, and you know who you are, who'd question the choice of title yet again. I wonder if the people who have a problem with the titles are the ones who also don't bother to read past them.


When I clicked the link in my RSS reader and started reading the article I felt like the title greatly misrepresented what the article was actually about. I don't appreciate you calling me a fanboy just because I criticized the choice of an article title.

contriver87 said,

When I clicked the link in my RSS reader and started reading the article I felt like the title greatly misrepresented what the article was actually about. I don't appreciate you calling me a fanboy just because I criticized the choice of an article title.

Same here. From the title, I was under the impression that Yahoo! cut a deal with Microsoft, but once I read the article, I realized that there are other options for the employees.

I think it would be nice to see a break down of who chose what.

GP007 said,

Oh come on, even if that was the title as you suggest then we'd still have a group of you, and you know who you are, who'd question the choice of title yet again. I wonder if the people who have a problem with the titles are the ones who also don't bother to read past them.

I wonder how "some" people here would have reacted if the title was:
"Yahoo CEO offering employees a free Apple iPhone 5"
News are supposed to be just that but.....
That is the reason why I watch BBC and not Fox News.

Fritzly said,

I wonder how "some" people here would have reacted if the title was:
"Yahoo CEO offering employees a free Apple iPhone 5"
News are supposed to be just that but.....
That is the reason why I watch BBC and not Fox News.

That's basically what the title to the source article about this is yet that seems to be ok? Neowin will favor windows with it's news, that's always been the case. It's like going to AppleInsider and moaning about them favoring apple in their titles and stories. Dear god, come on.

PmRd said,

Says your butt?

Well what's Microsoft current mobile market share, 5% maybe? Some might say me doubling it 10% is a bit optimistic xD

contriver87 said,
Article title is a bit misleading.

This one would be more appropriate:
"Yahoo CEO offering employees choice of free phone including Nokia Lumia 920"

Agreed. The title makes this sound far more interesting that what it really is: an appeasement selection added to the list just so WinPhone can be represented.

I hope that Yahoo's employees hold out for the Lumia 920. Nokia (and Windows Phone) truly deserve more of the market share than they currently have.

I can see they they are modernising as far as how they treat [spoil] their employees but I wonder if this will just continue or they will start to see some innovative products coming out.

Simon- said,
I can see they they are modernising as far as how they treat [spoil] their employees but I wonder if this will just continue or they will start to see some innovative products coming out.

You can't create good products from unmotivated employees. And it sounds like they were all forced to use company-issued BlackBerries which is an evil I would not wish on my worst enemies.