DEARBORN - Beginning Dec. 19, ePOD (email on Personally-Owned Devices) service will expand to include Android 3G/4G devices (smartphones and tablets).
“Adding the Android devices as an ePOD option is a Digital Worker need that we are now happy to support with yet another capability that connects people and data, anytime and anywhere,” explained Maru Flores, manager, ITO Infrastructure Program.
ePOD for Android is the next step in the continued momentum of ePOD offerings, which provide secure, convenient and easy-to-use mobile access to corporate email. This new option is offered to Ford full-time and part-time employees, in countries with approved participation agreements
, who wish to be mobile, stay connected, and save time. (Note: Agency employees are not currently eligible to use the service per co-employment policies).
“The ePOD Project team continues to look at new services, along with enhancements and improvements to existing offerings that will allow our employees to leverage advances in technology, while adhering to corporate policies that ensure information security,” according to Bob Kidd, manager, Digital Worker (DW) Portfolio.
Kidd confirmed that the ePOD Project team recently re-opened service for Apple devices after having made a number of changes to provide users with the best possible experience. He said, “We replaced the iAnywhere mobile office application with a new application called Good for Enterprise
, which offers increased service availability and improved compatibility with Microsoft Exchange and Apple iOS 5,” said Kidd.
ePOD offers the flexibility and convenience of accessing your Ford email, calendar and corporate directory anytime, anywhere from a single device. Employees pay for the cost of the device and accompanying monthly service charges. Ford has invested significantly to enable infrastructure required for the service.
Participants can choose any cellular provider; but are restricted to one registered ePOD device per CDS ID (i.e., employees can't have both BlackBerry and iPhone). Existing discounts for data plans are in place with some major U.S. and global carriers such as Verizon/Vodaphone.
Questions regarding the new Android option or other ePOD services should be directed to the ePOD Community Support Forum
(choose the Android button for Android specific questions). The ePOD Project team monitors the discussion and responds promptly to questions posted there.
More detailed information and instructions on how to sign up for ePOD service are available at the ePOD site