Nokia Mobile aka HMD Global has been putting lots of effort to emerge as an Android smartphone manufacturer focused on security. This has helped it in securing many enterprise deals for the Nokia smartphones. The clientele includes SAP, Nokia, EnBW, Accon, YBS and many more.
Nokia Phones official site has a number of case studies with details about these corporate deals that enabled Nokia Mobile selling thousands of smartphones to a number of clients. You can read all these case studies by clicking here. Nokia and SAP are well-known names to buy Nokia smartphones for their employees.
12000 Nokia smartphones are already being used by Nokia employees.
Over 12,000 Nokia smartphones are corporate-managed
In the 18 months since Nokia smartphones have been introduced, Nokia employees have been transitioning their business phones over. Nokia manage over 40,000 devices using Microsoft Intune, and 12,000 users have made the transition to Nokia branded smartphones. This is an impressive swap from other brands in the 18 months Nokia smartphones have been available – with demand continually growing.
High levels of security
Working in a sector renowned for data breaches and corporate espionage, it’s no surprise that Nokia attach incredible importance to security. This made HMD Global’s Nokia branded smartphones an even more attractive offering, because all of them feature Android One. This means the devices receive fast, regular security patches, to defend against the latest digital threats. They also come free of bloatware, giving hackers even fewer ways in.
Feedback from Nokia employees has been excellent. “Positive feedback is not guaranteed – even if the devices are Nokia branded. Nokia employees are hyper-critical about any product, whether or not it carries the Nokia brand” said Mikael Forsström. “But users have been very positive about the clean Android user interface and the hardware quality.”
The IT team are also satisfied with the Nokia branded smartphones. They benefit from the HMD Global B2B support that provides quick assistance in case of any issues. “We have developed a close relationship with HMD Global,” said Mikael Forsström. “This cooperation is reflected in the way HMD Global has responded to our hardware requirements in the Nordics and around the globe. HMD Global has arranged deliveries to meet our needs with ease.”
SAP chose Nokia smartphones for the security promise along with lower-cost and Android One software.
Jarmo Akkanen, SAP Global Service Owner – Mobile Operations, explains: “With our legacy EMM solution we were stuck with a single Android smartphone vendor. We urgently wanted to change this to offer colleagues more choice. We found that the Google-led Android Enterprise Recommended program gives a good opportunity to broaden our portfolio of managed company-owned smartphones.”
Fast updates improve security
Akkanen was also impressed by Nokia smartphones: “Security was one of the key reasons we chose HMD Global as a supplier for Android smartphones.”
HMD Global’s reputation for security is well earned, says Andrej Sonkin, HMD Global General Manager of Enterprise Business. “We promise to deliver monthly security updates for up to three years from launch, plus two major system upgrades. This doesn’t just meet Android Enterprise Recommended requirements, it exceeds them.”
SAP owns around 100,000 managed devices, so the IT team always looks for opportunities to cut total cost of ownership. With Nokia smartphones, SAP can now offer employees in every department a selection of powerful lower-cost mobile devices.
This has benefits beyond the bottom line. Akkanen explains, “As a global company, we have to consider socio-economic aspects, such as living expenses in countries where we operate. In developing and emerging countries, it could be hard to explain why we only offer employees smartphones that cost over $1,000.”
In this situation, powerful and affordable Nokia smartphones were the perfect solution.
Akkanen also appreciates the fact that Nokia smartphones are part of the Android One program and says “These devices deliver on the promise of a fresh, and secure experience with security protections integrated into every layer, ongoing updates, and a simple interface free of duplicate apps.”.
Android One phones come free of any type of bloatware, running instead a pure, unmodified Android OS with only a small, curated set of useful apps added.