Are companies overpaying for their employees’ mobile devices?

Recently in New York, I sat down with Eric McCarty, Samsung’s VP of B2B mobile product marketing to talk about the benefits of unlocked and unsubsidized smartphones.

“A recent study by Gartner found that companies can save 20 percent in their total cost of ownership for mobile phones by purchasing [unlocked and unsubsidized] devices,” McCarty said. “Companies can then work with wireless carriers to negotiate the service rate plans associated with those devices.”

In the US, the subsidized phone acquisition model has been in place since the early days of cell phones. While it has the advantage of spreading costs over the lifecycle of the device, McCarty says that increasingly both consumers and business customers are showing interest in the flexibility of unsubsidized, unlocked phones.

Read more from McCarty about the many benefits of unlocked devices in the workplace.