Mayer Gives Yahoo Workers Free iPhones

New CEO offers iPhone 5, Galaxy S3 ... you name it
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2012 1:36 PM CDT
In this Nov. 9, 2009 file photo, Marissa Mayer, who was named Yahoo Inc.'s CEO on July 16, accepts her award at Glamour magazine's 2009 Women of the Year awards at Carnegie Hall in New York.   (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, File)

(Newser) – Marissa Mayer's quest to boost morale at Yahoo doesn't stop at free food and office makeovers. The new CEO is also offering employees a brand-new smartphone with free data and phone service, Business Insider reports. Workers in 22 countries must ditch their Blackberry—Yahoo's current corporate phone—but can choose between an iPhone 5, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S3, Nokia Lumia 920, and EVO 4G LTE.

"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," says a company memo. The plan will cost millions of dollars, but that's "pocket change" for a company that rakes in billions, notes Business Insider. (Read more Marissa Mayer stories.)

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