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Pocket Full of Phones? Work and Personal Phone Dilemma

October 31, 2010

I hate carrying two phones, and I hate even more having to manage two phones, i.e. keeping them both charged etc.  Do you share my pain?

Due to the nature of my work I am always provided with a phone.  Previously when I had been given a work phone I would end up just using that for everything because a phone was a phone and 99% of my phone usage is for work anyway.  There was just no point in paying for and maintaining a personal phone.

Then I got an iPhone and I moved to London.  The iPhone bit is relevant because it’s not just a phone anymore.  It is loaded with all my personal music, videos and photos and it’s internet connected and linked to Twitter, Facebook and the rest of it.  The London bit is also relevant because I find myself abroad at least once or twice a month on little weekend getaways.  That means roaming charges.

Therein lies my dilemma, and it’s two-fold.  Although I’m allowed to use my work phone for personal calls and data for that matter (they’re generous with mobile data in the UK), the phone itself sucks.  It’s a HTC something something and next to my iPhone it’s a piece of crap and I want it to die.  Secondly, when I’m abroad I like to use my iPhone for maps and to post photos to Facebook etc, and I’m happy to pay for it.   Businesses don’t like roaming charges (unless on authorised business trips).  I don’t like being restricted in that way.  Even if I was to make arrangements to have roaming enabled for a personal trip, it’s just a hassle and if I have a problem with it it’s very hard to get resolved.

So I’ve found myself carrying two phones and I hate it.  The alternative is I use my personal phone for work and claim expenses, but that sounds like a really bad idea.  I don’t want work to follow me around forever.  Dual-SIM phones have been around for a while, but they’re crap and they’re not iPhones so that’s of no use.  Also I’ve heard of this concept of mobile phone hyper-visors.  IT geeks will know what I’m talking about here – and they will also know how far-fetched this idea is.

A colleague has suggested I obtain a rubber band and tie my two phones together.  Problem solved, he tells me.  I’m not sure he appreciates my dilemma.   What do you do?

Please vote on the poll above and send this to as many people who can contribute as possible.  It would nice to get a good decent sample for the results!

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