BYOD Trend Causes Increased Risk for 'Bill Shock'

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The surging BYOD trend could contribute to major bill shock for enterprises as employees become less concerned with the cost of connectivity.

More employees are now using their smartphones for work, according to a report by iPass Inc., but they are also ranking connectivity cost as the least important factor when choosing a mobile network. This creates a risk for bill shock among companies that do not have cost control policies incorporated into their BYOD plans.

“With more workers turning to their smartphones for work, data usage is growing rapidly across multiple devices," said Evan Kaplan, chief executive officer at iPass. "As this BYOD trend continues to explode, not just in the U.S. but around the world, enterprises are seeing the effects both in rising productivity and in rising network costs."

Kaplan added that a lack of employee sensitivity for cost could impact corporate budgets; therefore, to gain benefits from the increase in consumer-driven IT, enterprises must provide cost-effective connectivity for mobile workers.

The proportion of workers' smartphones provisioned by employers decreased from 58 percent to 33 percent in the past year, according to the report. In addition, self-provisioning increased from 42 percent to 46 percent.

Findings also indicate that the smartphone is "the center of the mobile workers' universe" because it ranks just behind wallets and keys as most important items in workers' lives.

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