To successfully choose the best option for your business mobiles, you will need to come at the options from a few different angles.
Think about how they will be used, who is going to see them, and how much you realistically want to spend (or are allowed to spend!).
First element to consider while choosing mobile phones for business
Do you have engineers in a factory? Office workers sat at desks most of the day? Field sales staff who are constantly on the move? The job roles your employees do should help inspire your business mobile phone choice. Those with physical jobs will ideally be supplied with tough and/or water-resistant hardware – pre-empting the inevitable accidents and saving you time and money sorting out smashed, crushed and soggy handsets. The CAT range of handsets are designed specifically for this type of use.
Desk-based personnel will need something less sturdy and more efficient. Perhaps you will just have the one phone in your office for back-up in case your landlines have issues, or for sending texts to other sites. The best option in this case will be something inexpensive yet reliable, with a dependable standby battery. The latest Nokia range includes great value models such as the Nokia 3 which has big battery at a little price.
Field sales representatives live on their phones. Even if they also have a laptop or tablet for business use, you can guarantee a lot of business mobile phone use for calls and emails at the very least. They are going to need an all-singing, all-dancing piece of kit that works as fast as they do and looks the part too. Your field sales staff probably dress incredibly smartly and have an impressive mode of transport – to complete the look they need an up-to-date and powerful corporate device. A high-end Samsung will be hard-working and good-looking at the same time.
Does your company use particular apps or software? You will need to consider which operating systems will support your needs best, and if the hardware specification matches the application requirements. The size of apps needed, for example, will dictate how much minimum storage you need your business handsets to have.
What type of business mobile should you choose?
As mentioned earlier the look of your employees’ phones is also important to consider – reflect on the impression it gives your customers or clients. Your sales staff will look well prepared and switched on producing an up-to-date and swish business mobile phone as part of their daily equipment. Your builders will look hard-working and ready to get stuck in with a specially made tough phone in their arsenal.
Choosing handsets for Directors or other senior staff? Supplying them with the most recent and top of the range models can invoke respect from clients and peers, adding to a professional and affluent image. Currently the iPhone X is the ultimate status symbol as it’s notorious for being one of the most expensive handsets ever sold. Its huge shiny screen makes quite an impression too.
Businesses in the creative or technological industries can use their business handsets to show off digital skills, and advance knowledge of the latest hardware and mobile system updates – a great way to inspire confidence in prospective clients and contribute to the learning and development of your staff.
How much should you spend on each business mobile?
All business decisions are influenced by money, and the best business mobile phones for your employees don’t have to be the most expensive.
There are many excellent mid-range handsets available from major brands, and good value high-specification phones from relative newcomers to choose from.
You may decide that the performance of a particular handset is worth the high cost after considering the specifications, or that the work environment for some of your users is far too dusty to spend lots of money on phones that may well need cleaning out after a few months’ use.
You may want to supply the same model of handset to all employees so as not to play favourites, and so that you as a company get to know the handsets which can help with troubleshooting and assisting each other with operation going forward. Equally you may want to give managers high end smartphones and the remaining staff basic call and text handsets if they don’t need internet access specifically. Either way you will need to find a solution that works with your budget in the most cost-effective way.
To make the right decision it’s always best to speak to an expert – at Challenger Mobile we are knowledgeable on all manufacturers, operating systems and models. We deal with the intricacies of business use devices on a daily basis and are directly trained by networks and vendors in order to be able to give our customers the most accurate and up-to-date advice.
If you are looking for a mobile solution to fit perfectly with your company’s individual requirements and financial plan, please call us on 0330 002 2111.