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With the credit crunch still making things tough for companies the world over, many corporations are looking to cut back on traditional Xmas bonuses – and Google thinks it's on to a cost-reducing winner.

According to CNet, the company has ditched the traditional holiday bonus payments in favour of giving staffers a free Android-based G1 smartphone. While the handset is a developer version – i.e. unlocked and not tied to a particular network – there are rules attached to the gift.

Gizmodo has got its hands on a list of questions and answers the company is including with the free G1 announcement, and it's interesting to see the number of limitations on the 'free' handset. One such question, which asks “what happens to my holiday bonus [if] I already have an Android phone†is answered with a strict warning that the handsets are “a personal gift [...] please do not resell them as this is against Google policy.†Which – you'll notice – doesn't actually answer the question: the answer being, of course, “you don't get a holiday bonus, bucko.â€

The handsets will be provided to around 85 percent of the company's staff worldwide, with employees in nations unable to receive the G1 getting a more traditional cash gift instead.

While the move is clearly an effort to reduce costs at a difficult time, communications from Google to recipients explain that it also represents an opportunity to “dogfood a product†- in other words, to get all staff using the handsets in order to increase consumer awareness and encourage suggestions and improvements from employees. Whether the suggestions will take the form of “give us the cash instead†remains to be seen.
Hmm... I would much prefer a cash bonus, as I'm sure pretty much anyone would.
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Yea, I already have an htc kaiser, give me the cash bonus!
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I'd definitely prefer the cash bonus. People at Googz must be pissed. But I can see why they did this, times are tough
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Lol....... 9/10 of them will be on ebay within a week.
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Mmmm I wouldn't mind a G1 Holiday bonus
    
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they tell you not to resell because its a personal gift, but if you dont have T1, do they unlock it for you? otherwise this is a completely crap gift
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As much as google's stock has fallen since July, I'm not suprised.
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If I already had a G1, I would keep the Dev one they gave me and sell my personal one. Presuming the one I already had was a personal one. They can't really stop you from selling your own stuff...
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how much does the G1 cost alone in the states anyways? theres no G1 carrier in Canada. =(
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they tell you not to resell because its a personal gift, but if you dont have T1, do they unlock it for you? otherwise this is a completely crap gift
these are the Dev units which are unlocked.
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