Communication is a vital part of any business, and these days, being reachable on the go is key. That’s why having a business mobile phone is standard practice for the vast majority of businesses, but how can you be sure you’re getting the best deal? Read on for an overview.
If you run a business, then yes, you should probably get a business phone. At the most basic of levels, it can help keep your business and personal life separate, but it can do so much more than that: it can help give your business extra credibility (particularly if you’ve got your voicemail inbox set up correctly), can give you more control and can allow you to share responsibility when you’re unavailable, allowing you to forward business calls to a partner or employee – without forwarding your personal calls as well. Then there’s the fact that a smartphone can come with tools to actually help your business, as we discuss below.
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You can, but it may not be the best option for business purposes, particularly if your company is expanding. If you change your mind at a later date and decide to switch to a business number, you’ll then have the issue of how to let your current clients and customers know, which could pose its own problems – and could potentially mean you miss out on business if someone still has your old number.
The smartphone revolutionised the business world, and continual developments in technology and apps only enhance its appeal as a valuable business tool in its own right. From the basics of allowing business owners to reply to emails on the go, to apps that can make everything from accounting to project management more streamlined, a smartphone really has the power to help any business.
Now we’ve established your need for a business phone, your next step will be deciding which mobile will be best for your business. As discussed, a smartphone should really be your only option, but from there your options are almost limitless. Some would argue that the open source flexibility of Android makes it the best choice for a professional setting, while businesses who are Apple-heavy in terms of hardware may prefer an iPhone, but a lot of it will come down to a combination of personal preference and budget.
However, there are a few key features that you should bear in mind when choosing your business mobile phone, including battery life, screen size and versatility. There are a lot of mobile phones that bridge the gap between phone and tablet to offer a usable writing surface, for example, and others that are known for fast charging and exceptional battery life, so it’s worth doing your research to see which one would be right for you and your business. Then there’s connectivity to think about – do you want to future-proof your phone with 5G, or are you happy to stick with the slightly cheaper 4G handsets for the time being?
However, perhaps a more pressing concern will be which network to choose, which again could depend on whether you want the option of 5G. BT Business Mobile, for example, offers 5G connectivity in some of the busiest cities across the UK, but you’ll need to check whether the area you’re in has coverage.
There will always be plenty of business mobile deals available from a variety of networks, with contract lengths and inclusions varying according to your needs and budget. Looking for deals that come with unlimited minutes and/or data could be particularly useful in a business setting, and you may want to consider options that form part of a wider business broadband package , allowing you to combine contracts and payments for ease of use.
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