Earthworks licenses ECM or TD520? Pros and Cons

As we make the switch from GCS900 to EarthWorks we now have the option to save our codes on the machine ECM. This seems like a great option if a TD520 is damaged, lost or stolen I still have my codes saved on the machine. Prior the codes were on the 460 and the replacement for a lost or damaged unit was sky high. This also allows me to buy one or 2 “dummy” TD520s to give to operators, that way they’re ready if they receive an EarthWorks machine. The only downside I see is if we were to rent a dozer or blade with EarthWorks our “dummy boxes” wouldn’t work unless a rental company paid for the codes, very unlikely in my area.

Just looking for other peoples thoughts or experiences on this.