How to choose the best mobile plan for your business
Hint—it’s nothing like your personal consumer plan
Choosing the right mobile plan for your business is not the most riveting task out there. It takes research, comparisons, and – for many – it can feel much easier to stick with your regular old consumer plan. Well, you’ll be pleased to know that sometimes that is indeed the best option! You’ll also be pleased to know that, at Truphone, we’re experts on determining the best kind of mobile plan for businesses. Whether you’re a small independent business, a globe-trotting enterprise, or a large corporate, there’s a mobile plan out there to suit you—we’ve laid out a few key factors to help you choose which will work best for you.
What size is your business?
It may sound obvious but, typically, the larger your business the more likely you are to benefit from a business mobile plan over a consumer one. The best mobile business plans will offer enterprises specific deals that cater for a bigger workforce, whether that’s giving larger companies unlimited data or free calls within the company, the chances are it will prove more lucrative than if you were to fork out for individual consumer plans.
Unlike consumer mobile plans, decent business alternatives will come with additional services such as a rapid phone delivery service. If your phone is lost or stolen, as a consumer, it’s highly annoying—but if you find yourself without a device as a business it can be critical. It’s small but important perks like this that make investing in a mobile business plan a good idea.
That said, if you are a SME you might not be at a stage where you need a mobile business plan in place. These days, nearly all of us own a smartphone, so a BYOD (bring your own device) model which uses a standard consumer contract may be perfectly sufficient for a business which is still finding its feet.
Is your business international?
If you are looking to go global or already have markets overseas, the chances are you’ll benefit from a mobile business plan that specialises in global enterprise.
These kinds of plans will typically offer a singular point of contact across your whole mobile estate. If you have staff in multiple territories, it would be nearly impossible to consistently keep track of activity or data use via individual consumer contracts. With an international business service, that is typically all part of the plan.
When choosing a global mobile plan, look out for eSIM and dual SIM capabilities. eSIM does away with the plastic SIM card that ties us to a singular provider and lets users easily switch between operators to get the best overseas deals. It also means that you only pay local roaming fees, not the typically huge charges that hit us as soon as we step off the plane on a regular consumer contract. With eSIM in place, you can also host more than one number on your device, so if you’re making a lot of local calls abroad, you can do so on a country number.
What is your budget?
If you’re a growing business and are trying to save on cost, an international business mobile plan might not be on your list of priorities just yet. In this case, sticking with individual consumer contracts could be a good idea—particularly if your workforce is smaller and you’re only working in one territory.
That said, businesses should always make the effort to compare mobile phone plans. What might initially seem like the cheaper, easier option could be creating more costs for your company. Even if you’re a smaller business, if you travel a lot or use high amounts of data that could take you out of bundle, the cost-efficiency of a business mobile plan might surprise you.