The successor to 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) is right around the corner. It is called 5G or Fifth Generation. Fifth Generation will be a new technology that will complement and expand upon existing mobile infrastructure and technology.
In our last few posts, it’s become clear that Managed Mobility Services (MMS) don’t just benefit a limited number of departments or employees. MMS helps multiple department leaders in your organization, often in ways you may not have considered. This is also true when it comes to what your business unit leaders stand to gain from MMS. Primarily concerned with keeping costs down, productivity up, and everything running smoothly between departments, they are key stakeholders in your conversation about MMS, who will likely bring many concerns to the table.
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Recently our allocations experts uncovered an interesting statistic: organizations spend thousands of dollars in SMS messaging every year – and about a fifth of the costs come from overages.
You can trim that spending through plan and feature optimization and contract negotiations, but the cost can’t always be eliminated entirely; sending and receiving SMS has proven essential to the enterprise (anyone who begs to differ may want to consider the productivity impact of, say, flight status updates).
Meanwhile, another option has emerged that promises unlimited messaging at no cost. Millions of smartphone users have embraced messaging apps like WhatsApp, Kik and Apple’s iMessage as a free alternative to SMS messaging. In the past year WhatsApp alone was used to send and receive more messages than all the mobile operators in the US combined.
Free messaging apps are clearly one of the hottest mobile trends of the moment. For the enterprise, this means using one little app could eliminate an average of $5.77 in spending per user, per month. That’s almost $70,000 a year for enterprises with 1000 smartphone users. But could this idea - saving on SMS messaging in the enterprise by switching to an app - be to good to be true?
Are you currently handling Wireless Expense Management (WEM) in-house or outsourcing to a one-stop Telecom Expense Management (TEM) provider? Your enterprise could be leaving money on the table, or be falling behind the curve.
If you’ve read part 1, Unlock hidden savings with pooled data plans, then you’re undoubtedly aware that switching to pooled data plans can save your enterprise hundreds of thousands of dollars – and that’s not even counting what you’ll avoid in overage charges.
But could the switch be more hassle than it’s worth? Could you even end up paying more by moving to the new plans?
If your business isn’t taking advantage of carriers’ new pooled data plans, you’re missing out on substantial savings.
The plans, launched by AT&T and Verizon earlier this year, and Sprint more recently, function similarly to pooled voice plans.
Each line on an account is given an allowance of data, and any portion of the allowance that remains unused at the end of the bill cycle is redistributed among the “pool” of lines. The total data usage for the account tends to average out, and as a result, overage charges for data are reduced, or totally eliminated.
Though it might seem that only enterprises with heavy data users and regular data overages stand to benefit from pooled data plans, there are additional hidden savings built into these pooled plans.
Here’s how to tell if your enterprise can unlock these savings:
Need to get international roaming costs under control? Join us, AOTMP and Truphone on April 18 at 2:00PM ET for a free, live webinar “Solving the Cost and Complexity of Global Mobile Roaming While Saving 30-60% on Roaming Charges”.