Should I get 2 phones?

Hey so I'm starting work in about a week. I had a shitty phone service so I'm switching back to Verizon.

For work purpose, should I get two phones? One phone for my interaction with my employer and coworkers, with content solely pertaining for work, and another phone for personal use (friends, mom etc). 

Some friends are obsessive texters and my mom calls me excessively. I could just get one phone and only give out my number to one friend to text my best friend Mariyah, and silence calls from my mom and brother while I'm working. 

Going to Verizon today to get the phone or phones, but what do you think? I'm undecided right now. 

[UPDATE]: Im only doing one phone (for now).

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Mar 13, 2021 - 1:52pm

I generally find it beneficial to have the main cell phone you use on a business card that you could give out to business contacts or to pick up chicks. 

I personally wouldn't like to carry around two phones. 

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Mar 13, 2021 - 1:54pm

Unless one phone is really small like in Zoolander. 😂


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Mar 13, 2021 - 5:16pm

IDK why people are shitting on you. If you do business and personal stuff on the same sim, some banks take your number when you leave, and you would be liable to hand over your data in the case of a legal case or such. The new phones have dual-sim capabilities, but I'm not sure if your data is still protected under that. 

Mar 13, 2021 - 8:23pm

I know- some of the people on this site are kind of rude, but I've also talked to a really respectful person on this site. Yea I'm also not sure. Perhaps the firm will give me a phone? I dont know. Not even sure if I should ask before i start working. I mean I'll just avoid using social media on my phone until they let me know. 

Mar 13, 2021 - 9:25pm

I am a proud member of the two phone brigade, and have been for the better part of a decade.  You should have NO expectation of privacy on a work phone. That sexy photo of the girl from last weekend? That hour long conversation with your mother during business hours? Even that 'off color' Facebook post from 2006? Assume work knows of and has read/seen it if it's on the work phone. For this reason I keep nothing but my work contacts/emails and my boring list of podcasts on the work phone.

Granted, I am in a pretty strictly monitored role. I can get in trouble for LinkedIn posts not pre-vetted by compliance.

I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
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Mar 14, 2021 - 6:32am

Agree and avoids accidentally calling/texting your boss or coworkers when you're drunk etc.

Mar 14, 2021 - 2:20pm

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.
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Mar 14, 2021 - 6:05pm

I got 2 phones, 1 for the bitches and 1 for the hoes, I got 2 phones

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Mar 15, 2021 - 9:52am

you tell me. I just realised those aren't the lyrics lol. All this time I thought it was "hoes" but it's "dough".

Mar 15, 2021 - 10:39am

My advice is to get two phones. Technically, your employer owes you no duty of privacy when it comes to putting their information on the phone. For most larger companies, when you have your employer's email on your phone, they will install an MDM (a Mobile Device Manager) on your phone in order to create a separate work profile. The idea is that your company should only have access to things tied to work. There's a problem with this though - as it allows your employer fully remote access to your device. There is a ton of stuff written about this so do your research. In my mind, it really comes down to giving your employer full access to your personal phone or getting a second device to keep that separate. 

Mar 15, 2021 - 10:52am

Dang. Then I should just not log onto my work email on my phone. Im going to wait until I start. If I ask about the phone situation and laptop privacy before working, I start to sound sketchy. Maybe they will give me a phone or laptop for work idk.  I will probably wipe out my laptop. 

Mar 16, 2021 - 6:26am

it's not like that, assuming it's an iphone there will be some special thing that gets installed onto the phone that controls the entire device. now most firms don't want to go into your personal, but the point is they technically have the ability. they use it for things like uninstalling everything if your phone is lost to protect client data as well as investigating bad behavior, but in theory they have the ability.

answering your other Q, I'd definitely keep my original number and get a new one for work

Mar 15, 2021 - 4:50pm

was never a 2 phone guy and made the switch 6 months ago. friends texts were getting raunchier and I found myself waking up at 2 and 3am checking emails when there wasn't anything urgent. I will likely never go back to one phone. the main benefits for me are

1. privacy - I talk about drugs, sex, politics, conspiracy theories, non-PC theories on race/gender, and while I'm confident I could have a completely reasonable conversation with someone in person, any one of these single texts taken out of context or not realizing there's sarcasm could be damaging. unlikely, but possible

2. ability to literally separate work from personal. I have DND on my work phone beginning at 7pm. unless I happen to be working, I'm unreachable. I literally have it out of sight out of mind after the day is done (I keep it on my desk which is far away from my bed) and leave it behind on weekends. been great for mental health

that said, it's uncomfortable to carry around 2 so if you will be needing to take your work phone with you everywhere, I'd probably stick with 1 for a while

Mar 15, 2021 - 5:18pm

Thank you!!! I recently ended a friendship with a girl who was obsessively texting me and she did something that I didn't like. Im scared that she will text me in the future stupid things. Although I can just block her if she does that. But You think its fine if before I start I tell my firm i i changed my number or will that be annoying? But also i have made good connections with people with my old number and I feel like it might be annoying to tell them to change my number. So im still debating whether I should keep my old number or not. 

Update: I just got a new phone number so she doesnt text me. 

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