Wireless and cell phone services savings, almost always possible but rarely taken - Top 10 Ways to Reduce Your Business Cell Phone Bills
Wireless and cell phone services savings are almost always possible but are rarely taken. Organizations everywhere blindly over-pay for their wireless and cell phone services and, the cellular companies do little or nothing to prevent it. The reason is simple. It generates billions of dollars in incremental revenue annually for them!
Large or small, public or private, for-profit or not-for-profit, heavy user or light user; the fact is, most organizations (more than 80%) are over-paying by 18% to 28% on average for their wireless and cell phone services.
For most businesses today, cell phones and wireless broadband access have become a critical component of their day-to-day operations. For many, cell phone and wireless acquisition/deployment has evolved over the years as a decentralized function. And in an over-whelming number of companies, even some very large ones, no one really knows exactly how many cell phones and wireless devices they have or who is actually using them.
I hear it from clients almost everyday, “Our cell phone bills are completely out of hand! Last year we spent x, this year we’re spending more than twice that amount. Can you help us figure out what we have, what we need and where we need to go?” High-energy, fast-paced companies that desperately need mobile technology to facilitate their business often find it hard to dedicate the time and expertise it takes to truly optimize and manage their cellular, mobile phone and PDA wireless services.
If you have the time and expertise, here are 10 of the best ways to save money on your cell phone and wireless services bills:
Start a corporate account.
Ask for free phones.
Downgrade plans for low-end users.
Upgrade plans for high-end users.
Use a carrier that automatically upgrades your rate plan monthly.
Upgrade from analog to digital service.
Switch wireless long distance to your long distance provider.
Use prepaid wireless.
Ensure proper discounts, rates and tariffs and taxes are applied.
Switch to a different wireless provider.
Another significant area to focus on is phone bill errors. A report by the Gartner Group shows that 80 percent of phone bills have errors on them. Most (98%) of these errors are never found or reported. The 2% that are found and reported typically get resolved and receive a refund from the phone company very quickly.
The ten ideas listed above only represent a small fraction of the potential ways organizations can save money on their wireless and cellphone services bills. Constant changes in tariffs and plans create new opportunities for savings virtually every day. The true key to long term wireless and cell phone services optimization is either dedicating the time yourself to keep up with the continual changes or hiring an expert to do it for you.
About the Author: Frank Stoczko is the President of TeamNCTY, Inc. (Telecom expense analysis and management, No Cost To You). They offer many other money savings ideas on their web sites www.TeamNCTY.com and http://www.LowerPhoneBills.net. Frank also publishes a blog at telesave.blogspot.com. TeamNCTY offers a 100% contingency-based solution, TeleXam, to help companies and larger organizations spending more than ,000 a month optimize and manage their telecommunications expenses. TeamNCTY is not associated with any telecom vendors and does not try to sell clients new services. They are independent consultants providing unique and unbiased recommendations for their clients.