If you’ve already got or are thinking of buying a business mobile phone for the first time, you’ll want to make sure you get the best deal.
Whether it’s getting the right number of minutes, having enough data that you can work on your phone without worrying about racking up excessive charges, or simply paying a lower price, there’s a lot to think about.
Most people end up stuck in a business contract because they didn’t know what to look for in a good one, or didn’t negotiate enough to get a better deal.
If you want to get the right deal for your business when buying a business mobile phone, at Communications Plus, we’re here to help.
We can save you money on your existing business mobile contracts.
And if you’re thinking about buying a business mobile phone for the first time, here’s our top tips on what to look for.
Handset or sim-only
The first thing is whether you want a deal that includes a handset, or just a sim card.
Handset deals have the benefit that you can get the newest or best business mobile phones on the market at an affordable cost, and update them at the end of your contract.
Depending on your phone supplier you might have the option to upgrade early.
The downside is that handset deals are more expensive than sim-only deals because the ‘rental’ cost of the phone is built into the contract.
With a sim-only deal you’re only paying the price of the minutes, texts and data.
However, you’ll have to stick to your existing phone and it could get expensive when it comes time to needing a new device.
Should you go to a network directly or a specialist business mobile phone provider?
You always have the option to go to a network directly, but going it alone might end up with you paying more than you need to.
For one, a network won’t work as closely with you to find the right deal for your business.
You’ll have to do most of the research and legwork yourself.
By going to a specialist business phone provider, you could negotiate a better deal.
That’s because specialist providers – like us at Communications Plus – work closely with networks and are able to negotiate better rates for our customers because of the business we can provide to a network.
Because we represent hundreds of customers we’re able to get these better deals for you.
How flexible is your contract?
A typical mobile phone contract will come with a 24 month length.
Some contracts will be closer to 36 months.
But three years is a long time in the world of business phones, especially when the main providers like Apple and Samsung release at least one new phone a year.
It means by the end of a three year contract your phone could be significantly out of date.
You should check about the flexibility of the contracts offered by your provider.
Can you take out a shorter contract, like 12 months for example?
Or is there the possibility to upgrade early without paying additional charges?
Will you have a spend and data cap?
When you’re an individual using a single phone, running over your monthly data allowance once or twice might not seem like a big deal.
But when you’ve got multiple employees with a phone each, your costs could quickly get out of hand if they exceed their data allowance.
When choosing your business mobile phone, you should enquire about any spend caps or data caps that come included.
These will at least reduce the excess charges you could face for overusing your data.
Check your support
When your phones are integral to the running of your business, you’ll want to know you have reliable support working with you to resolve any tech or account issues you might get.
This is another advantage of going to a specialist mobile provider.
When you buy your phones you’ll also get a dedicated account manager who will be on hand to resolve any problems or answer any questions about your contract or deal.
Get the best deal when buying a business mobile phone
Whether you’re getting a phone for the first time, or think you should be getting a better deal from your provider, at Communications Plus, we can help.
We’ve got a full range of deals including all the latest handset deals are cost effective sim-only contracts if you’re happy with your existing phones.
If you want to know more, get in touch and one of our team will be able to help.