Can you think of a BYOD item that you would be less likely to support than a Facebook phone?

RomanZ

The first thing I though of when reading about Facebook possibly producing its own smart phone was "why." The second thing I though was, "Good luck getting IT to support that!" Other than a thumb drive with STUXNET stenciled on the side, I can't think of many devices that I would be less inclined to support. Phones are bad enough (although not THAT bad since we only support Android and iOS), and Facebook is already verboten at my office, so a combination of the two is groan inducing. I don't know much about the device itself, so maybe I'm just being negative. Would you support employees' Facebook phones?

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jimlynch
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No way. What a stupid idea! Who in their right mind would buy a Facebook phone anyway? Teenyboppers with too much time on their hands?

Facebook is just a web site. If it's on a phone it should be an app, or running in a browser. That's it. I cannot imagine why anybody would buy a Facebook branded phone. Ugh.

StillADotcommer
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LOL, it does have a touch of the Far Side.  I guess Facebook doesn't want to become nothing more than an app on Android and iPhones, but I don't really see the point of it.  Honestly, why would anyone want a Facebook phone when you can access Facebook using pretty much any smartphone or tablet.  Come to think of it, don't a lot of feature phones also have Facebook capabilities?  Plus, it isn't as if it is easy to design, develop and produce new hardware - look at the first Androids, they weren't exactly to die for.  Who are they going to compete against for customers?  Apple?  Good luck with that.

 

I don't know that I would be particularly wary of a Facebook branded device if it was running Android.  Sure, we block Facebook on our desktop hardware, but I don't know what additional risk it would create beyond all of the other smartphones out there.  The same BYOD security measures should work.  Now, if by some stretch they were to develop a native OS, then Facebook will be out of luck as far as I'm concerned.  We just started to support Windows Phone.  I will have to be dragged kicking and screaming down the path to supporting another OS.   

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