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Topic # 31779 30-Mar-2009 15:00
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My employer has offered to cover upto a certain amount per month (probably ~$50) for mobile plan/calls and so on for us developers.

I have a personal mobile number that I've had for probably 5 years+.  I would like keep control of my own number for obvious reasons like if ever leave I would like to take my number with me.  I'm not keen on keen on having two seperate phones one for personal and one for work with two seperate numbers.

Is there a corporate or business plan that allows employee's to retain personal "ownership" of the number but work pays the account/plan?  I'm sure in the past I've been on a corporate plan where this was the arrangement, they paid the account and if I exceeded what they said they would cover we worked out the difference.

I am I just blind and missing the appropriate information on the vodafone website?







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  Reply # 204578 31-Mar-2009 23:31
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You can transfer numbers - it's what we do for employees.  When they join us we transfer their number on to our company account and setup a new plan for them, and if/when they leave we cancel the plan and release the number into their name and they're free to setup a new personal plan.


http://www.vodafone.co.nz/help/name-changes/



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  Reply # 204590 1-Apr-2009 00:25
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Yes that was my experience in the past but I was wondering what would happen if they decided "hey clients use that number as a point of contact to us" and they want to keep the number? 

Perhaps that's slightly paranoid thought but I'm thinking better safe than sorry given the current financial times.


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  Reply # 204605 1-Apr-2009 08:03
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If you transfer your number into a business, it becomes their 'property'. Like you said, if it then becomes the point where customers know to reach XXXX company then they can decide not to release it to you and you have no recourse.

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  Reply # 204619 1-Apr-2009 09:52
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The company or the employee do not "own" the number.

In general, the account holder will always have first "right" to retain the number, even if an employee brought it in.

I suggest a witnessed, written contract between you and your employer stating that they will release the number for transfer to you when you leave the company, regardless of the circumstances.

Sign it BEFORE you transfer your number in. Don't let them say "We will get it signed in due course".







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  Reply # 204764 1-Apr-2009 18:42
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tonyhughes: I suggest a witnessed, written contract between you and your employer stating that they will release the number for transfer to you when you leave the company, regardless of the circumstances.


This could always be argued against, my suggestion if you are paranoid about losing the number if you leave this job is to have two phones.  At least if you leave, the business never had your other number, so you can leave no hassles.


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  Reply # 204796 1-Apr-2009 21:17
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Keep the account as it is, and expense claim your $50 per month.

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