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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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WinMo Gets Better?
By bldckstark on 6/15/2009 12:53:32 PM , Rating: 0
If everyone on campus has to use a WinMo phone, maybe they will finally start to see why the Iphone is kicking their arse.

I want a WinMo phone that has communications and keyboard like a BlackBerry, has the glitz and usability of the Iphone, and the configurability of the current WinMo devices. Is that so much to ask?

It seems like this is common knowledge, but nobody gets it right.

RE: WinMo Gets Better?
By Helbore on 6/15/2009 2:17:27 PM , Rating: 2
I think you probably just desribed Windows Mobile 7.

Now if only Microsoft could shift it out of the FUD and onto real handsets!

No insult to MS, btw. I still use WinMo phones and am happy to do so...but only because I've got a Touch Diamond and have TouchFlo 3D covering up the UI nightmare underneath! WinMo is long overdue an overhaul and personally, WM6.5 is just not enough.

We've been waiting for WM7 for way too long now. It damned well better be amazing, considering how much time has been spent on it. Stangely enough, however, I actually think it will be.

I just hope I'm stil alive by the time they release it!

RE: WinMo Gets Better?
By TomZ on 6/15/2009 2:23:52 PM , Rating: 2
It seems like this is common knowledge, but nobody gets it right.
Not sure why you got downrated, but I think you're right about that. Customer expectations of smartphones these days is pretty high, but they are basically very easy to understand. But it seems like most cell phone makers and service carriers don't get it.

Even Apple - supposedly the one company that does "get it" - probably is only delivering 1/2 to 2/3 of what people really want in a device. Others are pathetically delivering even less.

To me, a smartphone is a 2-year commitment to a new device that I would use daily, and what I see out there is mostly crap, and so instead I avoid the whole mess an use a plain cell phone. I would guess there are lots like me doing the same.

RE: WinMo Gets Better?
By ET on 6/16/2009 1:43:01 AM , Rating: 2
My thought exactly. Though frankly I hope that the Windows Mobile team is also using other phones, so they have some idea how things can be done better.

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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