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Go Ahead! Use Your Company Phone! It’s OK!

Posted by Patricia Turchyn | August 7, 2012 9:56 AM

Using Your Company Phone For Personal Use

Throughout my career in dealing with wireless telecommunication devices, I’ve seen it all: from an employee who racked up a bill of 12,000$ in a month using his corporately-paid mobile phone in Brazil, to those employees who were so scared to go “over” their usage that they used their personal phones for work-related calls.

I am of the generation who still carries 2 mobile phones: one for work, and one for personal use. Rarely do I use the corporately-paid phone for personal calls. Yet, when I am on the road for work, I tell my co-workers to call my personal phone number if they want to reach me!  Sounds a little crazy, no? Ok, maybe it sounds more anal-retentive than anything. Out of all my co-workers who have corporately-paid devices, I can count on one hand those employees who have a corporately-paid phone as well as their own personal one.

Recently, I was speaking with a co-worker who said it’s okay to use my corporately-paid phone for personal calls – the company has negotiated a great plan, and there wouldn’t be any additional costs. Honestly, I use maybe 100 minutes a month. Most of my personal-phone use is texting or surfing on LinkedIn or Facebook. Really, it wouldn`t make much of a difference using the company phone instead of my own – except maybe my purse would be a little lighter and my wallet a little thicker!

Yes, I admit, I am a little rigid (or, is it the guilty-feeling?) when it comes to using company property for personal use…. Who knows, maybe 2012 will be the year I ease-up a little and move from two devices to one device?

All this leaves me with one question: how many of you out there still use 2 devices? One phone for work, and another one for personal use?

Cimpl helps company's take back control of their Telecom and IT Costs with our telecom expense management Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Cost visibility shows end users what they spend and managers can monitor and design electronic policies that draw the line between personal and corporate usage.

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Topics: Telecom Expense Management

Written by Patricia Turchyn

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