28 February 2017
Technology habits are undoubtedly changing. According to StatCounter, internet usage on mobile and tablet devices exceeded that of desktop usage for the first time in October 2016. And, according to Gartner, global PC sales have been down consecutively for the last five years, including Q4 2016.
Now, more than ever, no business can afford to ignore mobile technology. If you’re considering updating your mobile telecoms strategy, here are some tips to help you make the right decisions.
What’s the best handset for employees?
When it comes to choosing the right hardware, businesses need to strike the right balance between functionality, security and design.
Size will matter, as users will need an adequately sized screen to browse, message and edit documents effectively. For this, look for phone screens that measure 4.5 inches across, or more. However, take into account ease of transport. Anything too big might not suit everyone. While phablets can make multitasking a breeze, the extra bulk can be cumbersome to carry around. A survey of your workforce can help determine what size is best.
Also consider processing power and data storage. As a business user, you’ll probably require more space and speed than your average consumer. Expandable storage in the form of a MicroSD slot can help. Battery life will also be important, especially if your workers are on the road for a prolonged period of time. Battery packs, or removable batteries, will prove to be invaluable.
And of course, you’ll also want business-grade security. Fingerprint scanning, advanced data separation and encryption are just a few features that come with modern smartphones, and can add a layer of security to your mobile plan.
Armed with your needs and preferences, you’ll find there are plenty of options on the market to choose from.
Consider a SIM only deal
What if your current fleet of phones are already fit for the job? Or, you rely on a BYOD policy and subsidise your employees to use their personal phones? A SIM only plan could be the right way to go.
You simply choose the minutes, texts and data allowances you need that reflect the required usage patterns. Business-handy features, such as usage alerts, can help keep you on top of your data allowance. While extra add-ons, such as business traveller options for international use, can help you tailor your plan to meet your needs. This method helps you stay flexible. Employees are connected instantly to a high-speed network, and your business doesn’t have to find additional funds to equip your teams with handsets.
The mobile revolution is here. Make sure your employees are equipped with the best tools for the job.
28 February 2017 | Cem Ahmet
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