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Old 04-08-2009, 08:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This question is probably not welcome on this forum, but here goes:

I have a company-issued AT&T Blackberry Bold that is severely limited and locked down due to company policy. It has a data plan.

I also have a personal AT&T iPhone that has a data plan.

I thought that maybe I would like to use the iPhone for work and maybe let my wife use the Blackberry as she doesn't need much functionality. The iPhone will let me do all of the fun and productive things I used to be able to do with my Blackberry before they locked them down.

My question is this - what are the ramifications of swapping out the SIM card between the two devices? I've heard talk of AT&T cracking down on this, but it seems to be from the perspective of using the SIM card in an unlocked phone without a data plan to support it. Again, both of my phones have data plans - albeit one having a Blackberry plan and the other having an iPhone plan.

I know the card swap will work, and the only functionality I will lose is the visual voice mail on the iPhone, which I really can do without. What I am more concerned about is violating any policy that would cause AT&T to hammer me with fines, fees, or threaten to steal my dog or something.

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Old 04-08-2009, 08:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You will be violating your company's policies most likely, which should be of more concern than at&t. Beyond that, if you move the card to an iPhone, at&t has been automatically adding the iPhone plan to the customer's plan. This will cause serious issues on your company plan.
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This would raise some alerts with your IT department. Your admins will see that the BlackBerry stopped talking to the server and mail are not getting delivered.
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I don't see why AT&T would have issues since it's already an AT&T SIM. I think they are more concerned with people unlocking iPhones to be used like on Tmobile?
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I don't see why AT&T would have issues since it's already an AT&T SIM. I think they are more concerned with people unlocking iPhones to be used like on Tmobile?
No. They are more concerned with at&t customers using the devices without iPhone plans.
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Has nothing to do with AT&T policy but everything to do with company policy, especially since it is their BB and they are paying the freight.

They probably lock down the BB for a reason. I would think that doing what you suggest would be a violation of company policy and misuse of their equipment. For some firms, that could be grounds for termination.

Not something I would advise doing, especially if you value your job.
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I thought that maybe I would like to use the iPhone for work and maybe let my wife use the Blackberry as she doesn't need much functionality.
I expect your company would frown heavily on that. Is it worth risking your job for? Companies have their devices locked down for a reason -- security; circumventing the policies is not a good idea.
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Has nothing to do with AT&T policy but everything to do with company policy, especially since it is their BB and they are paying the freight.
Is there an echo in here?
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Not a good idea at all. Your company could very well consider this abuse/misuse of company property. I would not even consider it. If you really need all the "fun" stuff on the iPhone, then carry both phones. Don't mess with the company BB. Unless you really don't care about your job. It's not worth it.

(From one who carries both a work BB which is extremely restricted and a personal BB that I can do what I want with. Heck, I don't even give my work BB number out to friends or family. They get my personal number.)
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I have a company-issued AT&T Blackberry Bold that is severely limited and locked down due to company policy. It has a data plan.
If they have taken the effort to do all this then don't mess with it. It might be different if you knew your company was lax about the BB.

On top of that, at&t is definitely cracking down on data plans.
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