I’ve been fortunate enough (in the post-bag phone era) to have had companies pay my mobile bill. Only one employer paid for the actual phones (a dot com that eventually imploded due to cash hemorrhage syndrome).
My argument all the long has been: if you want me to be available after hours, you pay the freight.
The last few places set a limit of up to $75 per month reimbursement, depending on job function and manager approval.
In the US, StraightTalk and other mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) do a fine job on the signal coverage front at a month to month cost of $45 or less, with a ~10% discount for paying a year at a time.
I still use a tier-1 mobile carrier due to occasional international travel. My wife and daughters have been using StraightTalk for 4+ years and haven’t had any issues.
Looking at my Smartphone usage this year I realized that there is almost a 50/50 split between personal and business usage.
The organization I work for does not supply those needing business communication while at work but away from their desks any device, (phone or hand-held radio) for communication and we have to rely on our own personal wireless communication devices for this.
Fortunately, most people have unlimited voice / text, such as I do, so this usage is not affecting us financially, but I still feel that I should be able to deduct a percentage of the use of my phone for business purposes, (keeping records of the usage, of course, to do so.)
My question is, does your company / organization provide you with wireless communications for your business needs?