Microsoft to stop reimbursing employees for iPhone, BlackBerry and Pre data

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Microsoft to stop reimbursing employees for iPhone, BlackBerry and Pre data
Every company is trying to save money during the worldwide recession. Microsoft has now decided to stop reimbursing employees using iPhone, BlackBerry or Palm Pre data plans, even if they are being used mostly for work. On the other hand, the Redmond based firm will still reimburse those using devices equipped with the Windows Mobile OS. A Microsoft official said that the decision to stop paying back employees using non-Windows Mobile phones was part of a broader cost cutting measure that was started earlier this year.

source: Business Insider via Gizmodo

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16 Comments

1. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

That will surely lower palm, apple, and blackberry phone sales and raise microsoft sales, especially if other companies decide to follow in the same footsteps.

2. legionsreturn unregistered

This actually seems a bit ludicrous.

3. phkhmh42

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

That would be a big mistake since Microsoft PDA's Suck. They can't help but to crash all the time.

14. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

why is that ludicrous... if you worked for samsung and used an LG phone you think your employer would reimburse you for your cell phone plan or offer you a discount on the phone? i doubt it. As an employee of microsoft it could be considered a conflict of interest if you directly support your biggest competitor. Seriously, how would it look if a microsoft employee was talking sales with a large company, then pulled out his iPhone to write down a phone number... I think the target invester would think twice noticing the Apple branded phone.

16. MR521

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

I agree! It would totally look lame if i took out a NON-Windows mobile OS phone when trying to close a deal, hahaha.

4. TestManVZW

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 14, 2009

I think Microsoft is doing this to get more of their own employees to use WM devices. I dont think this will become the norm with most companies.

5. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Personally, I don't think this move is so ludicrous. Companies in our recent history have always supported the use of its' own brand for their employees. Not only does it build cohesion, but also a wider pool of ideas to improve existing systems.

6. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

but Microsoft is a really big company. It's dumb that someone who is part of the xbox 360 team can't use an iPhone or a blackberry because they are working for Microsoft, even though they need the phone for work. That limits a lot of choices

7. 0157h7

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 14, 2009

No it is not dumb. It is not unreasonable for a company to expect the people that work there to support them. It is not like they are banning from them from using the other brands, they are simply saying if you want this extra perk from us, you have to use our product. Would you expect Wal Mart to offer to reimburse its employees for purchases made at Target?

9. legionsreturn unregistered

No, but at the same time if walmart were reimbursing its employees for company cars but all of a sudden decided to only reimburse those who buy ford vehicles that would be royally screwing its employees that are locked into contracts who are locked in with other companies all just to save a few pennies.

10. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Good call. I completely agree with 0157h7.

11. TestManVZW

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 14, 2009

This would only be comparable if Walmart produced the Fords. A more prevalent comparison would be if Walmart reimbursed you for all your food purchases, then decided to reimburse you only for the Walmart brand of food, instead of Kraft, Betty Crocker etc... I can see both sides of the coin here, but agree with Microsoft.

12. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

that comparison is not nearly the same since walmart does not make cars. Microsoft is just protecting their brand. If it would be ludicrous then Verizon should reimburse their employees for using other carriers lower rate plans for their families. Now that is in an equal comparison.

13. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

The VeriIn comparison isn't the same thing because Verizon (a phone carrier) would reimburse someone for using a different phone carrier. Microsoft is not reimbursing others if they use a non-windows mobile phone even if they work in a department that has nothing to do with phones and even if they use their phone primarily for work reasons.

15. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Legionsreturn ... you are comparing two different products. that would be like microsoft saying that it will only reimburse employees who have VZW over AT&T... they don't care about what carrier you use, just what brand of phone you are using...

8. TestManVZW

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 14, 2009

Very good comparison 0157h7. I agree that it just supports the company that you work for. They are not banning them from using the products of other companies, just saying they will not pay for you to use a different brand. Makes complete sense to me.

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