A few weeks ago, we conducted a poll asking arts managers and artists if their employer provided a company cell phone/plan. Just over 200 readers replied with an 80/20 split between managers and artists and perhaps unsurprisingly, the poll confirmed that the vast majority do not receive a company cell phone. But there’s more to the story.
You can view the poll results directly but here’s the nutshell version:
- Only 17 percent of administrators indicated their employer provides a company paid cellular plan and phone.
- If you were an artist, you were completely out of luck with zero percent indicating any direct or subsidized company cellular plan or phone.
For most groups, providing employees with a cell phone is an expensive luxury that never makes its way into the budget, and for good reason too! Plans are increasingly expensive, convoluted, and quality phones have skyrocketed in price.
The good news is Google just entered the cellular provider market with a product titled Project Fi. Simply put, it’s a game changer level offering.
I authored a detailed overview of the service at ArtsHacker and whether you’re a decision maker interested in the new option or an employee (who is straight-up tired of using his/her personal phone for work), you should find the info to be an enormously valuable tool.Read Google’s Project Fi Could Be An Arts Manager’s New Best Friend at ArtsHacker.com