Voice and Data Plans for Business: What You Need to Consider

In today’s fast-paced world of business, being constantly connected isn’t an option—it’s a necessity. But choosing the right voice and data plan can be daunting. Let’s take a look at what really matters when finding the right plan for your business.

Take a look at the business applications that are most often used—software vendors can typically provide a general estimate of typical data usage within their application. From there, look at all of the other tools, such as e-mail, messaging and map applications and how their usage impacts data. Other applications, such as those that involve streaming music and/or videos tend to use a lot of data. Unless they’re imperative to your business, it may be wise to block these applications using a device management platform, ensuring the data you pay for is used to conduct business.

Take a look at your current voice usage as a starting point. But, if you’re using a new mobile software application, you may be able to predominantly use data instead of voice for everyday tasks.

Pooling plans for both voice and data ensures that all users have access to the connectivity they need, without risking overage fees.

Considering where the devices will be used is crucial to choosing the right carrier. While most tier 1 cellular carriers in the US cover major cities and markets, coverage in rural areas can vary greatly amongst them. If you find yourselves in isolated areas, or even in international territory, looking at each carrier’s coverage area and policies could make a huge impact on your bill.

Most applications can be used with a plethora of hardware options to create the right solution for your needs. But sometimes, when requirements are very specific, there may only be one or two options. For RFID and accessory components, there may only be support for UMTS (AT&T, T-Mobile) versus CDMA (Verizon, Sprint).

Even if you went through all of the above thought processes, just because you chose a carrier and plan doesn’t mean it has to be forever. Be sure to review your actual usage periodically to gauge whether or not it makes sense to make adjustments.

Barcoding, Inc.’s Professional Services Division can help you choose the right WWAN activation.

This article was adapted from 5 Considerations When Selecting Voice and Data Plans for Your Business by Kelly Harris, Director of Program Management, Barcoding, Inc., which was featured in our newsletter.