The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend started with the popularity of the iPhone in 2007-2009. By 2013, BYOD was considered “the new normal” among many small and large organizations. And now, it’s clear that BYOD is here to stay—and that it has put the desk phone on the endangered species list.
BYOD is the practice in which employees bring their own smartphone, tablet, or laptop to work because they prefer their devices to those their employer issues. In a recent survey, 61 percent of respondents in the U.S. said they use their personal smartphones at work, even though only 34 percent said the companies they work for had a formal BYOD policy. Another survey found that 70 percent of respondents believe desk phones will eventually be replaced by mobile phones.