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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 Darkk on 6/17/2009 1:59:53 AM , Rating: 3
It'll backfire on Microsoft. Here is why. Employees with personal phones and plans will be reluntant to answer or make calls even it's for business. Simply because itemizing the bills are pain in the butt to get reimbursed. So in most cases those employees will be harder to reach on their personal phones.

I don't mind receiving calls on my personal phone ONCE in awhile but not 10 times a day. Nope. I told my boss that I will NOT answer those calls unless the company is willing to pay a portion of my cell bill. Easier just to ignore the calls since the they don't have a leg to stand on employee's personal items. I will, however, answer when my boss calls me... obviously.


RE: I See No Problem With This
By callmeroy on 6/17/2009 8:09:12 AM , Rating: 2
I have two cell phones one is given by work (blackberry) and one is my craptastic 5 year old LG flip phone that has no fancy bells or whistles of "modern" phones...(that was not really my point but I just wanted to explain my crappy phone for some reason..lol)....anyway --- I resolve the issue you explain, as I too get peeved when work uses my private cell phone, by stating my cell phone number is for emergency contact purposes only on my HR record. So far I've had no issues -- all work calls go to the work phone (as it should).

Your point is a bit more rebellious than mine though --- if you are using a phone of your liking, but not what the company policy states they will re-imburse, and its clearly a phone for work --- if you refuse to answer work related calls I simply can not see how any employer in the US does NOT have the grounds to simply fire you, I also woulnd't know a judge who wouldn't support that reason for termination either.

The difference is with Microsoft they are clearly stating "if you get xyz type of phone --- we'll cover you, if not we won't"....the court would simply go on the theory of you were well aware of the policy and the options you had, but you ignored them and then refused to use the phone for work.


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