Company phone. Use as main/personal?

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Mar 23, 2018 15 Comments

I am about to get phone from employer (Google).

1/ is it like FB, you have to give it back when leaving or they just reimburse you to get a phone?

2/ I thought to use it as my own, until I saw a post of someone saying he keeps a personal phone and use the work one just for work.. is that a thing? Thoughts and vites for each side please..


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TOP 15 Comments
  • DXC Technology / Eng

    DXC TechnologyEng

    Fruition Partners member
    Anything the company provides they can/will monitor. Suggest keeping your personal phone and only use theirs for work.
    Mar 23, 20182
    • Google / OpsHuhf13
      Phone calls can't be recorded but call detail record is fair game
      Mar 24, 2018
    • LinkedIn / EngJpX71hH
      They have root access to the phone. They probably can monitor keystrokes, etc.
      Mar 24, 2018
  • Facebook Missing no
    I use company phone for work and personal. It saves on your bills. The downside is you’re always connected to work. The plus side is I no longer have to remember if I brought both phones with me or worry if I lost one somewhere.
    Mar 23, 20181
    • New / SalesImaginary
      Its a pain, but a separate work phone means I don’t look at work messages unless I really want/need to. Less stress overall.
      Apr 4, 2018
  • eBay shUL34
    I guess you can’t
    watch pornhub on company phone? 😇
    Mar 24, 20182
    • Google / Eng


      Nah. No one ever bothered to prevent me from doing it;)
      Mar 24, 2018
    • LinkedIn / EngJpX71hH
      I do it all the time 😏
      Mar 24, 2018
  • Google / Eng


    I got mine fresh from the store, looks like it's hardly monitored since it was effectively factory reset - I would need to enroll it to the highest level of access (code/bugs on phone) in order to give the employer more permissions.

    I know plenty of people who use their work phones for personal reasons/as main phone and so do I. I even transferred my personal number. No one minds as long as you keep your usage level reasonable and don't brag too much about it to your colleagues who never asked for one.
    Mar 24, 20181
    • Qualcomm / EngGoHiking
      Can any G Engineer request one free phone? Does it require a legit reason?
      Mar 24, 2018
  • Amazon fly6six
    Do SWE get phone at Google? Or do they need permission for it.? If so, how difficult is to get relevant approvals ?
    Mar 24, 20181
    • Google / Engvar
      If you do on-call duties you get it. Otherwise, depends on your manager.
      Mar 24, 2018
  • AT&T / Eng


    Optum, Windstream, AT&T, Verizon
    Don’t count on the company phone for anything but work calls.

    The ability for them to remote wipe is discouraging enough to not trust it with any personal information.
    Apr 18, 20180
  • Boeing / Engstoopider
    Company phone = Company is the legal person. Company can request any and all information they want from Telecom provider about the use of their phone. Company monitoring disclosures are likely displayed when you order the phone.
    Mar 24, 20180

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