Mike JohnsonFrom Mike Johnson, Director of Unified Communications

Get this: 67% of mobile devices lost in malls in 2011 were lost between Thanksgiving and Christmas. How many of these were BYOD-enabled devices, with work emails and passwords on them? The data doesn’t say, and we’re not sure we want to know.

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In total, nearly 12,000 mobile devices were lost in the country’s 44 largest shopping malls in just over 30 days. 40% of them were left behind in food courts. Remember, this is just malls, and doesn’t include airports, restaurants or public transportation, which would undoubtedly inflate this number. With this in mind, now might be a good time to remind your employees to keep a close eye on their phones and tablets during the busy holiday season. We’ve saved you the trouble of writing another email, and drafted one for you. Feel free to edit as you like.

Team,

Happy holidays! I wanted to take a minute to remind you that the year’s busiest shopping and traveling season is also the most likely time for you to lose your phone or tablet. Research shows that more mobile devices are lost between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than any other time of year, when over $11 million worth of phones are lost. And, of the 12,000+ devices lost in malls this time of year, 40% of those are left behind at a food court. Keep your personal and work data safe by keeping an eye on your phone this month!

Happy holidays!