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Microsoft will only cover data plans for Windows-based mobile phones

Technology firms are notorious for some of the perks they offer to retain employees. Google is perhaps the most notorious giver of perks with gourmet lunches and swimming spas to keep its working masses happy.

Google has found more recently that its perks can’t keep some of its most important people from leaving. Microsoft is another of the big firms that offers perks that many employees have now taken for granted. With the tough global economy, Microsoft has been shedding employees as it shores up its finances to weather the economic storm.

BusinessInsider reports that one of the benefits that Microsoft employees have enjoyed over the years is being dropped. Microsoft has implemented a new policy that will no longer pay for employees’ mobile phones and data plans, even when used extensively for work, if the mobile phone runs on anything other than Windows Mobile.

That means that Microsoft workers that previously had their BlackBerry or iPhone plans covered will now have to pay on their own. Some Microsoft-owned firms will continue to get other devices paid for though. Razorfish (an advertising agency owned by Microsoft) employees will reportedly still get data plans paid for on any device.

BusinessInsider reports that a Microsoft rep has confirmed the change and said, "[Reimbursement] is limited to Windows Mobile devices. This policy took effect as part of the broader cost saving measures announced earlier this year."



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By tirminyl on 6/15/2009 11:41:38 AM , Rating: 5
Not similar to the story but my ex-company for some reason saw fit to not give me a mobile device even though I was contacted extensively on my personal mobile phone. Management deemed it not worthy for me to have a company paid Blackberry therefore, I deemed it not important enough to answer my personal mobile phone when co-workers OR my boss called.

While it is certainly a perk, they should offer a WMobile device to those they will no longer support. If I used my iPhone extensively for work and Microsoft decided not to pay for it any longer without offering me a supported device to use for work I would certainly understand their reasoning and hopefully they would understand why I will no longer be reachable outside of the office.

Note: While it may seem immature to act as I did I have no issues answering a call for work BUT when 1 random call a month turns into multiple calls per week with a minimum of 15 minute talk time, I have a problem with that.




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By Cheesew1z69 on 6/15/2009 12:13:57 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see an issue with what you did at all, if they expect you to answer your PERSONAL phone, and would not supply you with a company provided phone, I don't blame you at all.


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By noxipoo on 6/15/2009 12:14:28 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, if work calls me constantly and does not pay for it, I will not answer.


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By TheSpaniard on 6/15/2009 12:15:23 PM , Rating: 2
you should never be contacted for work related issues on your personal phone.

if they need to contact you, email is what they get. if they want instant access to you they pay for it. ask my PI about that... :P


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By Helbore on 6/15/2009 2:09:10 PM , Rating: 2
I also see nothing wrong with what you did. If the business deems it "not worth the expense" to pay for a work phone for you, then obviously they don't think contacting you out-of-the-office is that important.

Its typical business penny-pinching. They want you to be always available to them, at your expense. Some companies seem to forget that they are in a contract with employees, as opposed to owning their soul!


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By TomZ on 6/15/2009 2:38:25 PM , Rating: 2
Obviously not a "team player," LOL.


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