With more and more critical work taking place on mobile phones – making the right choice of mobile phone can have a significant impact on your business. A missed call can mean a missed business deal and if you’re someone that does most of your work on your phone, your remaining battery life becomes your most pressing deadline.
You need to take the time to weigh all the factors involved when selecting a mobile phone. The best phone will differ for every company and every user – there is no on-size-fits all solution. However, we’ve compiled a list of some key question to consider when choosing a business mobile phone.
What Will You Be Using It For?
Of all the factors to consider, the first to think about is what you are actually going to use your business phone for most of the time.
Consider questions like; Do you make a lot of international calls and need a package with international minutes included? Do you write email on your phone all day and would benefit from a physical keyboard? Do you need significant storage space onboard or do you rely mainly on cloud services? Do you post to your business’s social media all day and need the best quality camera?
Clearly there is a lot to think about but making a list of your priorities is the first step to finding a phone and phone contract provider that matches your needs.
Choosing The Brand
If you’re willing to bravely move outside of the Apple/iPhone ecosystem there is a wealth of different phone brands to choose from.
Every operating system and manufacturer will have has its own particular strengths and weaknesses in certain areas. For example, iPhones are the only phones capable of running Apple’s iOS operating system which is widely considered to be the easiest to use. Alternatively, Google’s Pixel range of phones offer a clean “stock” Android experience and have some of the best cameras available.
Consider what tech you already have in your business. If everyone in your office currently uses MacBooks then the iPhone probably is the best choice for your business given the greater degree of interoperability between Apple devices.
If on the other hand, your business uses G-Suite and is accustomed to using Google’s software products, you would be better served by a phone running stock Android.
It can seem daunting to compare the various types of phones, so it’s nice to have an idea of the sort of thing you want to use your phone for before you start looking. You’ll probably already be aware of one or two major phone brands but now is the time to explore the rest.
When researching, don’t rely solely on tech review and specification comparison sites. It is always recommended that you speak with real users who use the phone in the way you do. Utilise networks like LinkedIn to speak to other business owners about their experience with business mobiles.
Just like any other tool for your business, like a new printer or a replacement server, you will need to allocate a sensible set budget to your business mobile handset and contract.
That doesn’t mean you should choose the cheapest option, but you should always keep in mind that this is a business expense. Don’t just choose a phone that you wish you could have if it doesn’t actually serve your business needs.
Once you have chosen a handset that you want, try to find the best deal on it from a business mobile supplier. You should also remember that although it costs more in the short term, it is often cheaper to buy your preferred handset outright and then a sign up for a SIM only plan.
Many business mobile phone suppliers will also supply other services that could be of interest. If you are also in the market for business broadband, managed IT support or business phone landlines it is worth investigating whether the providers you are choosing between also offer these additional services. Combining multiple technological services into a single package can get you some great discounts, it also lets your have all your business tech in a single monthly bill and give you a single point of contact if something ever goes wrong – No more being passed back and forth between different providers’ all centres.
We hope this has given you a good overview of the factors to consider when choosing a business mobile. Making the right choice can make a real difference to your productivity and your enjoyment of your work.