If you own a business, you’ll be eligible for a company handset and it makes sense to take this option. There are plenty of fantastic reasons to choose a business mobile phone and you’ll be able to benefit from a number of terrific perks.

There’s loads to choose from as well – with contracts incorporating calls, messages, data, WiFi hotspots and loads more. Thanks to the number of providers available and the range of contract plans to choose from, you’re effectively spoilt for choice.

In this guide we’ll run through some of the crucial things to take into consideration and help you get a better understanding of the fundamentals for choosing your next business mobile phone.

Speak to the Aerial Direct team

Before we dig further into the various considerations you’ll need to make, it’s worth noting that Aerial Direct is a specialist mobile phone provider. We can provide the help and support you need when comparing contracts, enabling you to get the best deal possible. If you’re looking to discuss your options or simply want to have a chat to our expert team, call today on 0330 019 3660.

Costs of a business mobile phone

Whether you’re looking to go down the route of a business contract or would rather a SIM-only deal, one of your primary concerns will be the price you pay each month. As you would probably expect, this is going to be one of the major differences between providers.

The mobile phone world is hugely competitive in both the handset you can choose and the provider you pick, so it’s always worth shopping around and speaking to someone in the know. In the UK, your four major options are O2, Vodafone, Three and EE. There are a few up and coming providers worth your thoughts too, such as Tesco Mobile and giffgaff.

When settling on the price, consider the fact there are a number of contributing factors that’ll make up the final cost. This of course includes data, texts and minutes included.

The various allowances included

What is included in your contract? Think outside the box and don’t just consider the data, minutes and text limits applicable. Find out what the ramifications would be if you exceeded your allowance on any of the three and compare providers in this way. Also consider which phone numbers are included in the contract and how much premium numbers cost to dial.

Data is likely to be a major player in determining the right business mobile phone provider and extra usage can be charged in Megabytes or Gigabytes. It may not be to the same rate as your usual in-allowance tariff either, so this should be a point to consider.

The coverage area of your provider

If you’re struggling to make calls or get a decent 3G or 4G signal, the money paid on your contract or SIM-only deal is simply going to waste. This isn’t beneficial in the slightest. It has to be said that O2 is one of the country’s leading providers when it comes to their network coverage, thanks to the TU Go app and thousands of WiFi hotspots around the UK. There’s also a £3bn programme to ensure 98% of the UK population can make calls, texts and receive 4G data on their network.

Switching over to 4G coverage

Nowadays the hype is surrounding 4G and the access to their super-fast data, rather than the older 3G. 4G is being rolled out across the UK and the latest handsets are being equipped with these capabilities. If you’re in a rural area, there’s less chance of getting access compared to towns and cities.

However, there would be little point in paying extra for the privilege of 4G, if you’re simply using some of the basic apps like Facebook or Twitter. Web browsing and downloading videos is where 4G pays its way, so consider your usage and find out whether 4G is available where your business is located.

Choosing the handset for you

The handset you decide on will play a factor in the overall costs, but can also help you save a few bob when it comes to pairing this with a suitable provider. Regardless of whether you’re going down the contract route or opting for SIM-only, consider the possibilities of getting exclusive deals on certain networks.

Understanding the terms of each contract

If you’ll be having a business mobile phone over a period of time, it makes sense to take a look at the terms of the contract and drill into what the key differences are. Most contracts are over an 18-24-month period, but there is the option for one-month deals too.

For instance, if you want to leave a contract early you’ll most likely need to buy your way out. For many providers this would simply be paying what’s owed, whereas O2 Refresh only asks for the remaining handset price to be paid off.

For more information on business mobile phone contracts or to have a chat with the team about your options, give Aerial Direct a call today on 0330 019 3660.