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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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RE: I See No Problem With This
By Fanon on 6/15/2009 11:47:36 AM , Rating: 3
I agree. I don't see how they can enforce it with providers like AT&T, unless AT&T provides Microsoft with detailed information on what phone the employee used. Take SIM card out of Windows-based phone, place SIM card in Blackberry or iPhone.

RE: I See No Problem With This
By SunAngel on 6/15/09, Rating: -1
RE: I See No Problem With This
By monomer on 6/15/2009 12:58:13 PM , Rating: 3
Errmm, I'd imagine that if MS is paying the bill, they probably received some type of paperwork saying the make of phone to approve the charges.

RE: I See No Problem With This
By TomZ on 6/15/2009 2:18:06 PM , Rating: 3
I doubt it, but on the other hand, I'm sure it is best to avoid the uncomfortable meeting with your boss where he/she figures out you've been lying for the past year about the brand of cell phone you've been expensing.

RE: I See No Problem With This
By jimbojimbo on 6/15/2009 4:06:59 PM , Rating: 2
They use Exchange and it will report what phone you are using to synch with your mailbox if you're using ActiveSync. If you're not synching at all they shouldn't be reimbursing and so on. Really quite easy to keep track.

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