Microsoft ends data reimbursement for non-WinMo phones

Microsoft is continuing to work on lowering costs amid the recession, and now as a new cost cutting move, the company has stopped paying for employee mobile data on personal non-Microsoft Windows Mobile powered devices.

Until now, Microsoft would reimburse the monthly data costs for the iPhone, and BlackBerry devices. Microsoft will now only reimburse employees who have a Windows Mobile handset. However, not all Microsoft divisions are affected. We can confirm that Razorfish (a Microsoft advertising agency) will not be affected and those employees will continue to be reimbursed for any mobile phone they choose to use, including the new iPhone 3G S and the Palm Pre.

It is not surprising that Microsoft has decided to stop reimbursing employees who use competitive handsets. Very few companies even reimburse employees for use of a personal phone to begin with.


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  • saffy

    well this sucks big time….
    it still won't make me ditch my BB, the BB does everything, perfect for work and play.

    maybe Microsoft should still acquire RIM (we've heard rumors before too) – just if that happens, plz don't put winmo on the bb lol

  • saffy

    well this sucks big time….
    it still won't make me ditch my BB, the BB does everything, perfect for work and play.

    maybe Microsoft should still acquire RIM (we've heard rumors before too) – just if that happens, plz don't put winmo on the bb lol

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