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How to Choose a Business Phone Plan

Posted In Business - By Techtiplib on Friday, April 4th, 2014 With No Comments »

There are as many preferences on cell phone types as there are cell phones. Some people swear that the iPhone is the best phone to use for a business, while others feel the Blackberry is superior. Regardless, of where you stand on this debate, there’s no doubt that you recognize the necessity of cell phones within a business. Because of the nature of the fast paced market, being able to stay in touch with employees, associates and colleagues is critical. Having solidarity within the business with a business cell phone plan can do wonders for consistency and fluidity of operations. The only issue is that cell phone plans can be very difficult to understand making the selection of one a considerable challenge for the conscientious business owner or communications department manager. If you are currently in the position to choose an effective cell phone business plan for your business, there are a few points and steps that you can’t afford to avoid. 

If you are currently in the position to choose an effective cell phone business plan for your business, there are a few points and steps that you can’t afford to avoid. First and foremost, as yourself if a business phone plan is right for your business. Taking on a business phone plan is an extra expenditure and the necessity of such a move should be carefully weighed before any contracts are signed. This point, however, can be easily decided. How much time do your colleagues or employees spend outside of the office? Some firms spend a great deal of their time on the phone in office. If this is the case, a business cell phone plan may be superfluous. 

If the decision to move towards a business cell plan has been made, there are a number of factors to consider. By looking at phone records from the previous year, it will be possible to get an idea of what types of calls are common within any colleague or employees day. This will help you to ascertain the necessity of nationwide and international options within a plan. If international calls are placed on a frequent basis, there are discounted rates available in a variety of plan options. However, this would be a waste of good money if international calls are few and far between. Do the math and determine what will cost less in the long run.

At this point, it’s time to figure out which members of your business should be given a cell phone on the plan. Remember, just because you have opted for a business phone plan doesn’t mean that every employee needs to have one. Figure out who would benefit the most from having a business phone within the organization. Or rather, determine who, by having a business phone, would benefit the business the most. The key focus should be on efficiency with a solid nod to economy. 

Now you can begin the process of selecting a service provider. There are many factors to consider beyond who offers the most affordable plan. Check out each service provider’s coverage and make sure that your colleagues won’t find themselves in a dead zone while on the clock. Next is to look at available minutes. You want to be sure that you are not limiting your colleagues’ or employees’ necessary talk time and data. This can be easily determined by looking at previous phone records again. Beyond these points you have the options of 3G networks and other features. Figure out what your business needs and what it could benefit from. Once you have a solid idea of what type of plan will be ideal for your business, begin the process of comparing plans from the best service providers available to you. Believe it or not, different providers will sometimes have wildly different pricing options. You don’t want to select a plan, sign a contract, and then discover that your service provider’s competitor is offering the same or better service for half the price. Take your time and be certain that you are making the right decision. Before signing a service contract, peruse it carefully. If you are confused as to certain clauses, run it by your legal department or get a third-party opinion if necessary. 

Once you’ve made the decision and signed up, keep an eye on the bills to make sure you are getting the most value out of your plan. Most service providers will allow you to change a plan within a contracted period. If this is the case, and it appears that your business is using more or less than what the plan you selected offers, be sure to adjust the plan accordingly.

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