Tough call on this. I am a Technology Infrastructure Manager. We used to tell people to purchase and pay for their own plans, and we would reimburse them at different levels according to their job duties. (Execs and sales $200/month, engineers $75/ month, foreman $50/month etc.)
It is hard to enforce corporate policy on someone who pays the bill on their phone, even when they are reimbursed for it.
We ended up changing our policy. People can choose Sprint or Verizon and them we give them a phone. With our software and security policies on the phone. (This also has the benefit of the company "owning" the phone numbers which is a big plus when a sales person leaves the company.) You can install apps, but you can't uninstall our apps or bypass our security measures.
I just love people who side with companies. Funny, I don't recall receiving a bailout or having the ability to charge companies late fees, or living in perpetuity or being allowed to donate infinite sums of money to political campaigns or ruin someone's credit or or or, the list goes on and on. Companies have more rights than citizens and we now live in a state of corporate welfare and I think it's pathetic that people just think this is ok. Funny how none of you mentioned that a screen lock protects YOUR information, just how we can protect the company's precious data.
I never said that companies shouldn't protect their networks. All I'm saying is that that protection should end at the network and not follow me wherever I go.
If I enter a password to get on the network and I log off when I'm done, no problems. But my company requires that I put a lock on my phone that is annoying 24/7 no matter where I go.
Email is a stupid place to keep proprietary corporate information. Do you know how many people accidentally hit the "reply all" button every year?
If my company pays for my phone, then I agree with you and I don't have a problem with them dictating how it's used, but if I pay the bill they don't.
Sorry Bugless, didn't realize you were agreeing with me.
Has anyone found a solution to this? I am using my personal phone that I paid for and pay the bill for. My company just recently started enforcing a password to unlock my phone and its super annoying. I would love to get around this. I may just have to have them give m a phone so that I don't need a password to unlock it...but then I have two phones.
My biggest concern with unlocking a phone is something along the lines of this scenario.
I'm driving down the freeway and rocking out to pandora. A song comes on and I love it so I want to get it a thumbs up. Instead of just swiping and pressing thumbs up (I leave the app up) I now have to swipe, take my eyes off the road to type in a password, then hit thumbs up, skip, etc.
I understand why my company does it, and they are more then willing to give me a phone...but then I'm carrying two phones. I'm twice as likely to lose one, break one, forget one, etc.
I just want to make my life easier and consolidate it all onto one phone....also I have my cake and eat it too....
Don't use your personal phone for work if it's an issue. Use it for, um, personal things. If you never connect to work, it's not an issue, the two are unrelated. If your employer requires you to have the phone connected to work, tell them to supply one, or you'll just work without connecting to their network. It's not really rocket science.
When I consult with clients who require specific AV & VPN software and enforcement of domain policies, they provide me with a laptop. When I work with smaller companies, I use my own laptop with my own policies. As noted above, saying 24/7 is a violation of your rights is insanely stupid and childish. If the phone has the connection info stored to get on the corpnet, then it has it 24/7. Just because you don't choose to connect to it during off hours doesn't mean the capability vanishes. Put your foot down and tell your boss that you won't check company e-mail from your phone, that if they want you to do so, it's up to them to make it possible on their equipment. Tons of people have two cells, work and home. You don't call your mother on your work phone and you don't check work e-mail on your home phone.
This isn't the economy where I'd put my foot down, but your brass balls need to match your loud outrage, otherwise it's a tantrum.
This is actually a Froyo issue for the 2 newest builds I believe..... And it may only affect the droid, not sure though. The phone is enforcing the security even when your IT dept is not and it is really annoying since it locks the entire phone and not just email.
There are 2 easy fixes
1 - search these forums as I did for a patched email.apk with the security policies overridden.
2 - wait for SSv4.8 and from what I've been told it will be in Chevy's tools to turn on and off as you please.
Those are the 2 easy options..... I would link you to the thread, but dont feel like looking for it, sorry.
Personally I would just wait for SSv4.8 as then it can be turned on and off, instead of always being off.
edit - Look for a post by raidzero "Educational - Froyo Bypass Exchange Server Policy"
You can use his provided .apk or edit you existing........ I still think option 2 is better since it will give you a choice to enforce security or not.
Last edited by BushBandit; 09-03-2010 at 02:34 AM.
The original poster did not ask anyone's opinion on the morality/legality of unlocking the phone. He (and I) want to know how. It's that simple.
Thank you BushBandit for your suggestions.
Then do you mind if I ask you for the best warez/pirating site? Forget the morality/legality, it's a simple info request.
What about where to find child porn? It's just info, no morality needed.