Inversely, I really had to fight to get a work mobile and I've regretted it ever since!thegeek wrote: ↑Thu 15 Jul, 2021 20.27I was offered a work mobile at the end of 2019 but turned it down because I didn't want to carry two phones with me (and neither my own network or the one work used offered eSIMs). A few months later I was rather regretting that, with work calls (and worse - WhatsApp messages) on my personal number, and the genie being out of the bottle with everyone having my number now.
Strangely, very little actual spam though.
Firstly, it's an Android, the likes of which I haven't used since I ditched my HTC One for an iPhone back in 2015. As someone quite well embedded in the Apple ecosystem, it took me a while to get to grips with Android again in general - everything is done slightly differently compared to iOS, which is fine but just not what I'm used to. It's also one of those cheaper Samsung Galaxy devices so feels a bit underpowered, with the UI often quite slow/laggy.
The death knell though, as far as I am concerned, is the fact that having two separate devices is just a bit more of a faff than having one. I originally tried to get into the habit of only having my work emails, calendars etc on my work mobile, but having to switch devices to quickly check a Teams chat rather than just switch apps on my personal phone takes a fraction too long. It's hardly an albatross around my neck, but also having to remember to charge it, take it with me when working away from my desk, turn it on in the mornings etc eventually adds up to being vaguely irritating.
The absolute ideal would be to upgrade to a dual-sim iPhone (I'm on the X which still works very well after a good three and a half years of service) and have my work number on an eSIM. Even then though, my employer doesn't offer eSIMs and very few networks seem to offer them on SIM only deals (I'm on GiffGaff).
Whilst it would still mean using my own phone to do work things, I think it'd be that little bit easier and, considering the amount of phone calls I've been getting on National Insurance fraud of late (ah yes, I've managed to bring this back on topic), it'd mean I could safely judge what phone calls I can ignore and which ones I should probably pick up!