Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) is also known as “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) and “Bring Your Own Technology” (BYOT). All three of these terms refer to the rising use of personal mobile devices in both the workplace and often in educational settings as well. In the workplace, personal mobile devices are rapidly replacing uniform company desktop computers as the main device that employees use for computing at work. BYOP specifically refers to the use of mobile phones in the workplace.

This phenomenon came about because of the rising use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets in everyday life. As this began to occur, executives started bringing their own devices to work as they became comfortable with the more personalized experience that mobile devices bring. Now that mobile devices are commonplace for employees at all levels in the workplace, the demand on IT departments to provide comprehensive solutions for varied devices has grown considerably. With enterprise mobile management (EMM), new software and other technologies have been developed to overcome the obstacles that personalized mobile devices present in the workplace.

While solutions have been created, BYOP does pose certain problems. First, data breaches can occur if an employee loses his or her phone or the phone is stolen. Second, it is possible that if an employee uses a personal phone for corporate work and then leaves the company, clients may continue calling the same phone number with their business. However, the phone number may now lead to a competitor rather than the original company. Despite these issues, security solutions are in place as a part of EMM.