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do you have a separate work cell phone?

My company doesn't want us to have blackberry devices anymore... fair enough. I have a choice between asking them for a new phone, or installing their software on my personal cell and just using my phone for both home and work.

Reasons to just have one phone:
1) I don't have to carry around two phones or remember two phone numbers. Kinda awesome.

Reasons to have two separate phones:
1) I always know how to answer based on which phone is ringing... I won't say "Hello?" when I should have said "Engineering this is spacefem".

2) Company can't spy on me. When you sign up to use your own phone for company email and intranet, you install and app and agree to let them wipe the whole thing clean if they think security is at risk.

3) Free charger.

4) They pay for it.

And then finally, a lot of people have this sort of "home is sacred!" philosophy when it comes to combining home and work phones, they do want personal phone number that coworkers do not have. I honestly don't get tons of phone calls anyway, yet, and with my blackberry I usually do just answer it even if I'm home because it might be important, so I think I'm already failing at work life separation or whatever.

Anyone else dealt with this, probably years ago because I'm a little behind? What drove your choice?

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the_lady_lily
Aug. 30th, 2014 11:56 am (UTC)
I've not dealt with the issue, but my father did back in the day. He went for a work phone and a private phone, mainly so he could switch the work one off when he felt like it and at weekends. If I were in that position, I'd definitely go for the work phone option because I want to maintain the illusion of independence from my employer - at least then I have the choice about whether to answer the call or not.
sandokai
Aug. 30th, 2014 12:31 pm (UTC)
My employer is too poor for me to ask for my own phone... but since my regular phone is a dumbphone, getting a smartphone would be an upgrade.

If your employer has the money to offer, I say go for it. An extra job perk..
okoshun
Aug. 30th, 2014 12:53 pm (UTC)
I keep two phones. The security requirements and software that I'd have to put onto my personal phone (plus the additional approvals that I'd need to get at my company..it's doable, a lot of people do it) are just not worth it to me.

So, I carry two phones. Separation of work and personal for me, I think. But also if I don't recognize the phone number on my personal cell - I don't answer since it's usually a scam (you've won a cruise!) and they'll leave a message otherwise. My work cell I always have to answer.
spacefem
Aug. 30th, 2014 03:44 pm (UTC)
that is so true, I screen every unknown call to my personal cell! hadn't thought of that.
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astrogeek01
Aug. 30th, 2014 02:55 pm (UTC)
I think for your "separate phones" list
1) you can get around like cordial_kitten says above
3) and 4) aren't a big deal because it doesn't affect your personal phone either way (unless they will pay for your one phone if you have only one).
2) is a dealbreaker for me. I'd go with two phones despite the inconvenience of having to have two.
erinmdmd
Aug. 30th, 2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
My husband always answers the phone with a serious "This is hisname."

In his case, he doesn't get work related calls from random strangers at his company unannounced. He does get pages and alerts and can access his work email, which has been convenient when he is out and on call and needs to assess the level of emergency. He will get calls from coworkers, but they aren't a huge team, he knows them all well enough that its excusable to have family interruptions and noise.
brian1789
Aug. 30th, 2014 06:15 pm (UTC)
I work for NASA -- I have to have two phones, because when there's a government shutdown (like last autumn) we are ordered to shut down our NASA-issued phones as well (and tablets, laptops, etc).
random_blobs
Aug. 30th, 2014 06:56 pm (UTC)
Personally, I'd get them to pay for a new phone, because the whole "they can wipe your phone if they think there's a security risk" thing. The idea that they could just delete everything like that just weirds me out.
eeekster
Aug. 30th, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
Installing their software on your phone sounds like a very bad idea to me. You just don't know what kind of nonsense they have in that software.
crazedturkey
Aug. 30th, 2014 11:53 pm (UTC)
As someone who doesn't have a choice - get a seperate phone.

I'm a doctor - I'd love to be able to switch off, but apparently I'm not allowed to! They all have my personal phone :p
kbuggle
Aug. 31st, 2014 01:28 am (UTC)
Two phones- I'm not obligated to answer my work phone on weekends/holidays and its nice to be able to answer "this is kbuggle" instead of "hello?"
chezmax
Aug. 31st, 2014 04:36 pm (UTC)
I only have one, but that's because BB has been paying for me to have a phone since I started working there, well before that was common. In BB10, the separate work spaces (Work vs Personal) gives me enough feeling of separation that I don't worry too much about being 'spied' on. As a developer, I know that in our configuration that my personal traffic is not routed through corporate (although, it can be in a different configuration)
naath
Sep. 1st, 2014 09:38 am (UTC)
Also if you have a separate phone the company will presumably pay for your calls on it; although you could probably expense some portion of your personal phone bill it might be a lot more faff than having the company just pay the whole bill for the company phone that you (presumably) have promised to use only on business.
binaryprecision
Sep. 4th, 2014 02:29 pm (UTC)
For a big company where you'll be called a lot, I would opt for the separate phone. At my small company where I'm very rarely called after hours and am mostly at my desk (and when I'm away there's voicemail), I only use my personal phone for work things when I'm traveling (also rare). No need for an extra phone.
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