Lots of firsts this summer and I guess the significant one (besides switching companies) is that I am downsizing to a single phone for work and personal stuff. In the past I have not wanted to do this for various reasons but the biggest one was mobile device management and the ability to either look at or do weird stuff to my phone centrally. I recently had my work phone wiped out but it actually wasn’t bad since all it did was uninstall a ton of work apps and deleted my accounts and some of the profiles that were set up as part of Mobile Iron.
My new company does expense reimbursement for my phone instead of just paying for the service, so that presents some interesting challenges:
- I would have to get a new phone number and add it to my family plan
- Adding the new number means I have to switch my plan to T-Mobile ONE which isn’t bad but I lose LTE tethering unless I pay an extra $10 a month for it which I’m not really prepared to do
- Everyone elses plan would also switch over and I don’t know who uses tethering or not and it seems like a general hassle to do so unless there is major cost savings involved
- I also lost some of my “card” room since I used to keep all my work cards with the other phone, now I have to find a place to keep my work cards since I don’t want to start using a wallet again
My new company uses Citrix Secure Mail as a way for me to get my mail. They don’t have time and expense apps or other apps that I had as part of my old firm so that means no profile needs to be installed on my iPhone. There is no Mobile Iron or anything like that. If I install one of the company built apps then I will see a new profile being installed on my phone but since I have no intention of doing that I think I’ll be fine downsizing to a single phone.
Using a single phone for home and work isn’t bad, but then again I’ve only done it for a day. I refused to install any work related stuff on my personal phone until I had more information on what it is they were going to install on my phone to monitor what was on it. Granted most mobile device solutions by companies state they can’t see anything except their data and that the rest of my data is safe. One of the sticky points I had in the past was Pulse Secure VPN that my old firm would use to connect to the network so I could do time and expense and other stuff like that. The Citrix apps seem to not use VPN since I don’t see the icon for VPN on the status bar and I wasn’t forced to install a VPN certificate.
I’m going to experiment with this set up for a few weeks and see how it goes. The only thing I have against this plan is giving work people my actual cell number which I have avoided in the past. If they finally get around to letting me use Skype for Business as my work number then I’ll be all set!