We have been looking at the services that small businesses require as essential to their everyday running and have asked some suppliers for some advice for Office Chatter visitors.
You probably deciphered from the title what this one is about, so if you are looking for a mobile phone contract for your business or are keen to save more on your current service then we hope that this is helpful for you.
In a short survey by My Phone Club they found that when asked “What do you want from a business mobile phone contract?” although all businesses have their own unique requirements, there were some common threads. These are the main concerns that you may want to consider….
Do you need to stay in touch by phone, email or the internet even when you’re out of the office?
Because of the pace at which we work these days, people want an instant response to their business enquiries, which means that rather than leaving a voice-mail message, they are more likely to try someone else. So if it’s important for your business to make that personal contact, a mobile phone is a vital piece of equipment.
It used to be enough just to be able to speak or text whilst on the move, but maybe it’s essential to you now to be able to communicate by email; to have access to the internet or even a hand-held GPS/GPRS system to find your way to that important meeting.
Do you find yourself paying extra each month?
Businesses that have several mobile phone users sometimes find that the minutes each person uses fluctuates from one month to the next, which means that some members of staff don’t use all their minutes whilst others use more and so incur extra cost. So if you don’t want to waste money then perhaps a shared allocation of minutes would better suit your company.
Have you got the right handset?
It’s not always about the latest technology; sometimes you want a phone that’s good enough to suit your requirements. So let’s look at a few…
Maybe you’re someone who works outside, in the construction industry for example. The most important thing for you is that it is robust, so that if your hands are cold and you drop your phone, you can rest assured that it won’t break. If that’s the case you might consider the Samsung B2100 Solid Extreme is a tough candy bar phone that can perform under pressure. It is waterproof to 1 meter, and also offers protection from rain, dust, shock and humidity.
Do you have a poor signal where you live or work? If so, you need a phone with UMA (unlicensed mobile access) capability which means that you can connect your phone to your broadband Wi-Fi. For this we’d recommend the BlackBerry Curve or the Blackberry Bold.
If you need a really good camera, you can’t beat the Sony Ericsson range, they use Carl Zeiss lenses in most of their phones. The Sony Satio has a 12.1 MP camera, a Xenon flash and it can hold 32GB external memory.
For Sat Nav, HTC gets our vote. Because it’s Windows-based you can add external Sat Nav, as well as running all your usual Windows software.
And, of course, the trustworthy, reliable Nokia handsets. These are great for all round workability, good cameras at the top of the range. Strong and good looking, they provide you with a great alternative to Blackberry. We recommend the Nokia E71 and the Nokia E52 for the Nokia lover who wants to upgrade to business mobile status.
Speak to an expert
Going to an expert, independent consultant, who can tailor the contract to match your needs, works well for small and medium sized businesses.
It’s not always easy to keep up with advances in communications technology which can make it difficult to decide on the right package, so by talking to an expert you can be sure to find the perfect combination available.
If you would like to get a business mobile phone quote as a comparison then My Phone Club can do this for free with no obligation to buy.