Enterprise BYOD Policies Gain Support from Management Solutions

MobileIron, a leader in EMM solutions, has announced that the AT&T Work Platform is now available to MobileIron customers.

"We are proud that AT&T chose to work with MobileIron for the launch of the AT&T Work Platform," said Bob Tinker, CEO, MobileIron. "MobileIron and AT&T have had a long and successful relationship bringing industry-leading innovation to customers who want to use mobile technology to transform their businesses."

The AT&T Work Platform lets business customers add AT&T data, voice, and messaging services to their employees' personally-owned devices, and keep personal service charges separate from corporate charges. This important level of invoicing separation can help businesses overcome some of the administrative challenges to adopting BYOD programmes.

In 2014, the California Court of Appeals ruled that an employer must reimburse a 'reasonable' portion of a California employee's personal mobile phone bill if the employer requires the employee to use their personal mobile phone for work purposes.

However, the court did not offer clear guidance on what constitutes a 'reasonable portion'. This has left many BYOD-inclined employers uncertain as to how to comply with the court's ruling. By enabling the identification and separation of work usage from personal usage, AT&T Work Platform provides one approach to resolving this uncertainty.

"We're changing the way businesses buy mobility today by extending access to AT&T data, voice and messaging services," said Sundhar Annamalai, Executive Director, Advance Mobility Solutions, AT&T. "It's increasingly important to provide rate plans that satisfy both the needs of the enterprise and their employees. The AT&T Work Platform combined with MobileIron makes it easy for businesses of any size to say 'yes' to BYOD."

The platform allows companies to shift from a stipend reimbursement, to a data plan allowance that reflects anticipated business usage. The AT&T Work Platform enables employees to separate business and personal voice calls by making work-related phone calls over the platform, rather than the employee's wireless carrier.