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using corp. phone as personal device?

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using corp. phone as personal device?

I got free Iphone from my company. I dont have to pay any fees.

Im paying 65/month to Rogers for nothing..

It is a good idea to use company phone as personal device? Company said they dont keep log or anything that is personal. this belongs to you. pic, text messages, etc.. they only keep log of hardware information, logs about device management.

Personal device, I usually have apps like tinder, snapchat, whatsapp, etc..

what do you think?
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Is the phone yours to keep, if you were to leave the company?

At our company, they pay for the corporate plan, and you choose whatever phone is available through Bell, but it's yours to keep (along with the phone number) if you're no longer with the company. What that also means is if you choose a phone that cost $199 on 2-year contract, then you pay the $199 yourself.

If you leave the company, while it's on contract, you have to switch it out to a retail plan, but can keep the number (if desired).

Conversely, for other companies, you have to turn in the phone if you leave the company, and presumably, lose the number as well. So I think it depends what your company's policy is.
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I wouldn't do anything with the company phone that you wouldn't do with a company computer. So it would depend on your use of your tinder/snapchat/whatsapp applications... From my understanding of how many people use those, I'd give that a "no".

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Hmmm... this thread and its questions are more appropriate for the career forum (work etiquette, appropriate use of company's property, terms in job contract, liability, ...)
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I have a corp provided phone with airwatch installed.

To each their own, but I just have the one line for personal and work. I can't be bothered to pay $600 a year for my own personal line and have to carry around a second cell phone.

My company's device management tools don't allow them to see anything of value on my phone. They are only able to see which corp related app's are on my device, not my personal storage, browsing history or app's I've installed from the app store.
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Does your employer offer any other options? My employer offers a phone + phone plan, but if I opt to use my own phone and phone plan, they provide me with a monthly stipend. I chose the stipend route so I remain in control of my phone, phone plan, and can use my own number.
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Go ahead and use the company phone. Why flush away 65 for nothing. The company will get monthly billing showing calls made and general data usage but they're not going to see any real content. Only the carrier would have those logs and the company wouldn't bother asking for those (unless something very serious occurs I suppose).

How difficult would it be to set up a new phone if you leave, anyway? As long as you keep track of your personal passwords, it should take an hour or two.
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I have 2 lines. My corp phone can be remotely wiped by work. No thanks.
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I use it for personal use I could care less if they know you I talk to, etc.

I have two because I'm an addict but as posted if I could only have one and not pay for it I would.
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aviador wrote:
Jan 12th, 2018 11:24 am
Hmmm... this thread and its questions are more appropriate for the career forum (work etiquette, appropriate use of company's property, terms in job contract, liability, ...)
Using the 'report' button, you can let the moderation team know this thread should be in the careers forum.
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OP - do you have an MDM installed / in use on your device?
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qualdoth wrote:
Jan 12th, 2018 2:00 pm
Does your employer offer any other options? My employer offers a phone + phone plan, but if I opt to use my own phone and phone plan, they provide me with a monthly stipend. I chose the stipend route so I remain in control of my phone, phone plan, and can use my own number.
Did they make you install any management software in case the phone is lost? I have the same options, but part of the deal is that I need to install their software so they can remotely wipe it.
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qualdoth wrote:
Jan 12th, 2018 2:00 pm
Does your employer offer any other options? My employer offers a phone + phone plan, but if I opt to use my own phone and phone plan, they provide me with a monthly stipend. I chose the stipend route so I remain in control of my phone, phone plan, and can use my own number.
+1

Good choice. Only expectation in return for the stipend is your employer expects you to use your personal device for work (calls, emails) even when you're out of the office? Still a good idea.
DiceMan wrote:
Jan 12th, 2018 2:35 pm
Go ahead and use the company phone. Why flush away 65 for nothing. The company will get monthly billing showing calls made and general data usage but they're not going to see any real content. Only the carrier would have those logs and the company wouldn't bother asking for those (unless something very serious occurs I suppose).

How difficult would it be to set up a new phone if you leave, anyway? As long as you keep track of your personal passwords, it should take an hour or two.
Depends on what OP wants to do. OP could port personal number to Fongo and stick a Fido data sim in personal cell if they want so keeping a "personal phone" isn't all that expensive.
Gee wrote:
Jan 13th, 2018 12:38 pm
Did they make you install any management software in case the phone is lost? I have the same options, but part of the deal is that I need to install their software so they can remotely wipe it.
Makes sense, meaning your personal phone then is managed by the employer, in which case keeping a personal phone only grants the convenience of managing your phone number, not the device.
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titaniumtux wrote:
Jan 13th, 2018 10:10 pm
Makes sense, meaning your personal phone then is managed by the employer, in which case keeping a personal phone only grants the convenience of managing your phone number, not the device.
They don’t really care what I do with the phone, but they want the ability to wipe the phone remotely in case I get terminated or lose the phone. The emails have proprietary and confidential information.

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