How smart does a phone need to be?

23:18, Feb 20 2013
Mobile decision
Magic in your hands: Smartphones have opened up the world and made it more connected but which one suits your business best?

It's surprising to think that something the size and weight of a brick was once the mark of an up and coming business person. But those "stone age" handsets are only little more than a generation old.

Now almost everyone carries in their pocket a phone that has more power and ability than the computers they used ten years ago.

Having the ability to send and receive pictures and video clips, exchange complex sales reports or talk with clients in Papatoetoe or Panama means that you are more responsive and your work life is more flexible.

When you are reviewing your business telecommunication needs there are a few things to consider if you're to drive down the total cost of ownership for things such as handsets, tablets and modems and the day-to-day operation of a mobile solution.

2degrees has these tips to get you started.

1. Business Plans and Pricing

Your priority is undoubtedly giving your customers the best possible service, which often means ensuring that they can always get hold of you and vice versa.

A mobile business solution offers you exceptional responsiveness and flexibility, but it's essential that you keep on top of the costs and have a plan that best suits you and your team.

You can take advantage of features like 2degrees' Shared Data (sharing your monthly data allowance between devices or people with a 2degrees SIM), Carryover Minutes and Free Calling between team members on the same account.

You could also benefit from services like Frequently Called Numbers which lets your team call a nominated NZ landline or 2degrees mobile as much as they like. All these features could offer you significant savings which you can reinvest into your business.  

2. Handsets and Gadgets

You should also take into account the functionality you need in your handsets or other gadgets you depend on within your business as they can all run a number of different applications that can contribute to business efficiencies which may include email, video, voice activated commands and so on.

With so many different options available on the market, it can be difficult to choose which ones are best for you. Your local 2degrees Business Consultant should be able to talk you through options they have available along with key features that best enable you to stay in touch with the team and your customers.

3. Network

Regardless of where your business is located, it's likely that your customers could be anywhere in New Zealand or even overseas. You need to know that you can rely on a network that covers the country and which can keep you connected in other countries.

The 2degrees network reaches 97% of where New Zealanders work and live, and additionally they offer great roaming rates when you are travelling overseas with voice rates as low as 44c per minute, and 50c per MB in Australia.

4. Making it Easy

Last but not least, if you are looking at changing your mobile provider, you'll want to make sure you have a simple transition with no interruption or downtime to your business. 2degrees will take care of everything for you and ensure a quick, smooth change of networks to ensure as little disruption as possible for you or your customers.

Talk to a 2degrees Business Sales Consultant on 0800 022 BIZ (0800 022 249) to learn more.