If you pay attention to mobile phone advertising, you’ve likely seen all the major telecom carriers offering fantastic deals for cell phone unlimited data. It’s easy to want to take a “set it and forget it” solution for your cellphone data, because nobody likes worrying about hitting their monthly cap.
While an unlimited data plan for your personal device may make your life easier, we believe purchasing unlimited data plans for corporate devices is not the best avenue for your business for these reasons:
1. Unlimited data drives up corporate device costs – Having an unlimited data plan on all your corporate devices may (in theory) save you from paying excess data costs per month, but it comes at a heavy base cost for each device. Upgrading to unlimited data can boost the cost to $25-$50 per month, per line. That certainly adds up and can be more expensive than just paying the data overages, because …
2. … Americans only use an average of 1.4GB of data per month – Most of your employees will not come close to hitting a cheaper monthly data cap. Wireless connections are becoming more frequent and business-related apps are becoming data efficient (so they can make their clients happy). Most of your team has no need to use tons of data every month, so it’s in your best interest to take advantage of a cheaper option like shared data pools and monitor usage.
3. Carriers will throttle your connection during peak times of mobile traffic if you hit a certain data cap – Surely you will have a few outlier employees that must use a large amount of cell phone data every month. However, most major telecom carriers will purposely throttle data once you reach about 20GB for the month. “Unlimited” doesn’t mean “unlimited” in this sense.
4. Unlimited data enables unruly behavior – Consider the biggest consequence to allowing unlimited data on corporate devices: loss of production. With no data usage monitoring, your employees can use any app regardless of its business purpose. The temptation allows everyone to spend more time playing on their phone and less time being productive. The loss of production will cost more to your business than the money saved on data overages.
5. No monitoring = No visibility – If you do want to switch from unlimited data to a pooled plan, you’re not going to have a great starting point. Relying on unlimited data doesn’t let you see what is causing the usage and if it can end up being controlled in the long run (like blocking access to Instagram and Youtube).
As you can see, unlimited data sounds like an effortless way to not worry about monitoring corporate devices, but the costs can outweigh the convenience. If we’ve convinced you that a shared pooling plan may be the right solution for your business, feel free to contact us and learn more.