Factors to consider when upgrading business mobile phones including checking tariffs, network coverages and what platform to choose whether Android or Apple iOS.
If it’s time to change your smartphones there’s plenty to choose from
Sooner or later it’s time to change your business smartphones. Eventually technology and innovation offer advantages that make upgrading worthwhile, and it’s certainly worth checking you’re on the best tariff possible whether it’s a SIM only arrangement or a multi handset contract.
What to look for in your new phones.
Unless you’re just buying new handsets mid contract, it’s definitely worth checking you’re still on the best possible network contract in terms of facilities and price.
If you think your network provider isn’t competitive enough against the competition, then some basic negotiation is called for. You’ll almost certainly find your provider will work hard to keep you; it’s an ultra competitive market and the last thing they want is to lose existing customers.
If you have basic ‘evidence’ of better deals you could get elsewhere (jotting down prices from websites or from conversations you’ve had with potential suppliers will be enough), ensure you have them to hand when you talk to your provider; they’re likely to try and match them so as to keep you on board.
It can be overwhelming or interesting depending on your point of view but demands some thought and a degree of research – especially if you’re kitting out several employees with a batch of mobiles.
Disposing of your existing phones
Consider how you may dispose of your present handsets; rather than let them gather dust in a long forgotten cupboard there’s an easy way to sell your phones online.
Apart from price, your existing network may not be the best for your needs any longer. Things can change and maybe network coverage in your area is better with another provider.
You can check the latest coverage maps – especially useful when faster services such as the forthcoming 5G appear.
What platform and phone?
The first decision is usually whether to stay with your present mobile platform or move to another; the two main mobile platforms are Android and Apple’s iOS for the iPhone.
Android powers phones from several different manufacturers including Samsung, Nokia, some BlackBerry handsets, OnePlus and Google (the creators of Android) with their Pixel phones. Apple’s iOS is only used to power their own iPhone.
The chances are you’re already using one or the other platform as they have over 95% of the mobile market between them, but you may be using Windows or BlackBerry’s own operating system (although the latter does offer certain models running Android).
You may prefer to stick to the platform you’re using, but it could be worth considering a switch. Android has come on leaps and bounds in recent times and could be said to be at least as appealing as Apple’s iOS now – time was when perhaps Apple had the upper hand – and there’s a lot more choice of phones on the Android side.
As said above several makes use the Android platform so you can choose from various types of handset at different price points. With the iPhone you’re restricted to a handful of models mostly in the upper price brackets.
For example, if you need to equip several employees with handsets but cutting edge technology isn’t key then maybe a batch of Nokia 3’s on Android at around £100 each is better value than iPhones costing at least five times as much.
Your tech infrastructure
You may be ‘tied in’ to either Android or iOS to a degree based on existing factors such as the type of equipment run at base such as Apple Macs or Windows-based PCs.
Android phones can offer a bit more flexibility in terms of behaving like a hard drive when connected to office PCs; it’s possible to view, move and transfer all types of files on and off the phone compared to an iPhone that behaves like a digital camera when plugged into a PC. Media such as photos and videos is the only file type that can be accessed – and then through software such as their own iTunes.
Apple has tended to win out when it comes to security but Android is catching up. The fact Apple make updates to iOS easily and immediately downloadable to all iPhones capable of accepting them means security has always been well managed while, by contrast, new versions and updates of Android were taking some time to reach all handsets that would benefit.
This was down to various makes of phone offering their own ‘flavour’ of Android so making universal updating difficult. Things are improving in that Oreo, the latest version of Android, has a different architecture so making it more straightforward for smartphone makers to add updates to Android onto their phones.
Matching phone specs with needs
The key to choosing wisely is to consider what you really want from your phone – or phones – and select handsets that match your requirements. If you’re upgrading then match up the features you need with phones on the market offering them such as screen size, screen quality, storage capabilities, replaceable batteries, waterproofing, wireless charging and so forth.
The main thing to avoid is getting carried away and spending more on tech you may not ever need.