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AT&T 'Toggle' gives your phone two personalities

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The "work" view using AT&T's "Toggle."

Would you like to keep your work life and your personal life separate on your phone? More importantly, your employer probably would really like it. Now, AT&T will help separate the two with a new program called "Toggle."

Toggle, which should be available to businesses before the end of the year, can be used on phones and tablets running Android 2.2 and higher, and with any service provider, AT&T says.

The program "separates and safeguards business data on employees' mobile devices, creating a distinct work mode apart from the typical personal mode in a single smartphone or tablet," AT&T said in a press release.

With a "few quick taps," users can switch between work and personal modes.

AT&T cites a Forrester Research report that says nearly 60 percent of companies in the United States let employees use their own phones for work, and provide the IT support for some or all of those devices.

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The "personal" view using AT&T's "Toggle."

"The 'bring your own device' trend can benefit businesses in a number of ways, saving on costs associated with company-owned equipment and satisfying employees' desire for flexibility," AT&T said. " At the same time, IT personnel often struggle to maintain control over dozens of different smartphones and tablets, stretching their time and budgets to the limit."

And, "with the number of mobile applications projected to reach 1.3 million by the end of this year — as opposed to only 75,000 applications for personal computers — managing employee-owned devices is not getting any easier."

More employees "want to use their own smartphones and tablets for work, but that practice can create major headaches for businesses' IT departments," said Chris Hill, AT&T vice president of advanced mobility solutions, said in a statement. Toggle "helps resolve in the issue in a simple, affordable manner."

Customers "will be able to purchase the number of licenses that meet their specific business needs at a price point of $5 per license, plus associated professional service implementation fees," said another AT&T spokesperson.

Toggle, the company said, will have a Web portal that will let IT administrators "manage which employees have access to which company resources; will add, update and delete business applications on employees' personal devices" and will "wipe all corporate information stored in work mode if an employee leaves the company or loses his or her device."

Companies will not have access to the personal side of your device, AT&T says: "Toggle is designed to only give companies access to the business usage only. Personal usage remains private and totally separate."

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