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jbell36
01-21-2013, 06:45 PM
do any of you provide your employees with phones? we are contemplating doing a business plan for us and our employees and i just wanted to hear what others had to say about it, as this is a new idea for us...

it looks like there are two ways to do it...

1.) take their share of the plan out of their paycheck
- this would insure that their phone is never turned off for lack of payment

2.) pay for their plan as a perk

does anyone know the tax benefits? i would imagine it would be a 100% write-off

thoughts?

grandview (2006)
01-21-2013, 07:09 PM
For personal use?

Landrus2
01-21-2013, 07:15 PM
With international plan would be great.

grandview (2006)
01-21-2013, 07:17 PM
With international plan would be great.

Mexico?:laugh:

jbell36
01-21-2013, 08:14 PM
it would be their phone...i would supply it for business use, but i'm sure they would use it for personal use as well

grandview (2006)
01-21-2013, 08:15 PM
Walmart and buy those phone you pre pay for minutes

GreenI.A.
01-21-2013, 09:10 PM
I'm trying to figure out what your thinking, are you saying you want to provide them with a business phone they would be using for business purposes and personal use, and then deduct the cost from their check?

grandview (2006)
01-21-2013, 09:14 PM
I'm trying to figure out what your thinking, are you saying you want to provide them with a business phone they would be using for business purposes and personal use, and then deduct the cost from their check?

Ya Buddy.:dizzy:

jbell36
01-21-2013, 10:31 PM
i'm asking how other companies do it...since it would be for business and personal use, how do you do it? match what your employee pays?

nnusskern
01-21-2013, 10:56 PM
Everyone i know who has a company phone uses it for both personal and business use and the company pays for it.
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jbell36
01-21-2013, 11:34 PM
i guess this answers the personal/business use question...

http://www.ruderware.com/resourcecenter/bt/IRSCellPhoneRulingWelcomedbyEmployersandEmployees.htm

my point is our employees are already paying for their own cell phones, typically $80/month...

my first thought was take it out of their paycheck and us, the company, make the payment so there is never an issue of it being turned off and it would be a write-off, also one more thing they don't have to worry about every month...on second thought, that's not much of a benefit on their part...

i would love to pay for their phones but a few of them already make over $13/hour which is starting to get expensive for a mow crew, and if we added a phone bill to that it would get expensive

i'm just thinking out loud, obviously haven't come up with many ideas yet...seems the consensus is most companies don't offer to pay for phones?

Sprinkler Buddy
01-22-2013, 12:10 AM
Why bother? Sounds like more of a headache waiting to explode than anything else.

TTS
01-22-2013, 02:44 AM
In the past I have worked at 2 different companies that provided employees with cell phones, both operated pretty much the same. 1 job I was a delivery driver, they provided us with a cell phone and basic plan (before texting) which the company paid for. All other company phones were on the same plan so it didn't take any minutes to call any other phone in the company, your monthly plan included 400 minutes which you could use for personal calls. If you went over your minutes the overages were directly deducted from your paycheck.

Second job was a construction company where only the foremen were given company cell phones however other than that it operated exactly the same. Set number of minutes provided by the company, you go over you pay for it. This way seems more effective for a landscaping company, I don't really see any reason that every person on a mowing crew needs a company phone.

Another option is to put a company paid phone in each truck and whoever is running the truck each day is responsible for the phone for the day, that's how we do it at my current full time job on the ambulance.

Will P.C.
01-22-2013, 04:39 AM
I have worked at one place where we were given phones. You picked up the phone each morning inside the shop and returned it that night. Each foreman was given a phone.

The plan was with with Cingular. You talked to everyone on the network for free and personal calls were not allowed(no way of monitoring unless studying the bill). It was pretty sloppy as most guys took them home and took advantage of it. People were continuously leaving it at home, losing, or damaging the phone.

Stillwater
01-23-2013, 11:27 AM
I Don't use phone, I use Radio
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Stillwater
01-23-2013, 11:34 AM
http://www.motorola.com/Business/US-EN/Business+Product+and+Services/Two-Way+Radios+and+Pagers+-+Business/Portable+Radios/RDX+Series
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jrs.landscaping
01-23-2013, 12:35 PM
Supervisors/crew leaders should have company paid cell phones. Why would the other employees need a cell phone when they are on the clock?

Stillwater
01-23-2013, 12:42 PM
Why are you looking for more overhead?
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dnc19694339
01-23-2013, 02:51 PM
Supervisors/crew leaders should have company paid cell phones. Why would the other employees need a cell phone when they are on the clock?

Thats how I do it. I consider it a perk for the crew leaders. For what it costs us on a business plan its not that bad and verizon now has unlimited talk but has limits on data. I only have one foreman with a iphone the rest are just regular phones. I pay for the phone but they are responsible if it gets broken or lost before the 2 year upgrade comes up. I have had to replace broken phones several times in the last few years and took the cost out of there paychecks.

I also see this as something that the employee places a higher value on. They know if they consider leaving for a better job they will lose the phone.

Stillwater
01-23-2013, 02:57 PM
You garnished wages to replace a phone?
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show-n-go
01-23-2013, 06:25 PM
My regular job pay's for manager's phones. we bring the bill in and they cut the check, they didn't want the contract, plus if i leave the company i want my phone number. I doubt they can write ot off though since they don't hold the contract.

GreenI.A.
01-24-2013, 12:34 AM
Every one of my guys, excluding laborers, are given a phone. The all have a Verizon casio g'zone flip phone with push to talk (like nextel). Those phones are assigned, each of those guys have a particular phone and number so that I can reach them and they can reach each other. We then have a couple extra phones so that when one truck goes out to an install site with a foreman and three laborers, they can take an extra phone so that if one of them goes and runs an errand, they can take a phone while the foreman still has his. With the number of phones we use, it is cost effective to have a family share plan rather than a business plan. The guys know that if they use it personally to use them at night during off peek hours.

Oxmow
01-25-2013, 02:00 AM
I have given a crew leader a phone as well. It worked out well due to it being GPS enabled and I could track his whereabouts during the workday.