Virginia looks to take unused cell phones away from state workers

State examining usage patterns in effort to cuts costs

As the state of Virginia looks for cost-saving measures, it is examining its annual $6 million cell phone bill closely, paying particular attention to phones that go unused, reports Government Technology.

Under an initiative announced on May 3, a telecommunications management contracting firm will now examine the state’s cell phone usage patterns and look for areas of potential savings, the article said.

According to a July 2010 audit, an average of 4,500 cell phones go unused – that is, the devices had zero minutes of calls racked up.

Earlier this year, California Gov. Jerry Brown launched a program to take approximately 48,000 cell phones from state workers, in an effort to save the state about $20 million, GCN reported. 

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