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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 omnicronx on 6/15/2009 1:33:36 PM , Rating: 3
Is everyone in here article skimming? They are not making their employees pay for their entire cell phone bill, just the data plans if they don't have a Windows Mobile phone. They probably have a deal with their providers, making little sense to pay normal rates for other devices. And lets face it, the amount of bandwidth people actually need for work is nothing compared to the plans that these people probably have. Most phones only download email headers and not even the entire message or attachment unless specified, so I don't see how the average person needs more than 50M per month, if that for work email use. Otherwise neither BB or the Iphone have a suitable office editor/viewer (really neither does winMo for that matter, although its better than both its competitors), so what exactly do you need the bandwidth for?

Browsing the net is not a requirement in the workplace, (although many people somehow think it is) sometimes I really wonder how people got things done as little as 5 years ago =P


RE: I See No Problem With This
By SuperFly03 on 6/15/2009 2:47:32 PM , Rating: 2
Here's the catch: there is only an unlimited data plan. When you look at the plans you can't buy 50MB/mo or 100MB/mo the data is either on or off.

I do agree with your point though and do realize M$ is only paying the data package but that's another $40/mo.

On my phone I actually download full emails, view attachments and use GPS/internet for work. Granted it's usually finding my way to a new client or hunting down an oil rig or finding somewhere for lunch out of town but still very necessary activity.

Yes, I pay 100% of my own cell bill. :)


RE: I See No Problem With This
By omnicronx on 6/15/2009 3:10:29 PM , Rating: 2
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On my phone I actually download full emails, view attachments and use GPS/internet for work. Granted it's usually finding my way to a new client or hunting down an oil rig or finding somewhere for lunch out of town but still very necessary activity.
Of course there will be exceptions, but for the majority of MS employees they do not need the all of these features on a daily basis.

From the sounds of it, you need a data package to perform day to day business, not too many office dwellers can make the same case ;)

'Hmm I wonder why the closest vending machine is.. I'll just startup my GPS and I will be on my way' ;)


RE: I See No Problem With This
By SuperFly03 on 6/16/2009 1:13:23 AM , Rating: 2
Haha.

I don't disagree but there are some that live on the data package. A man's gotta eat ya know? :p


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