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:
- You’re using MDM (Mobile Device Management).
Previously, AT&T and Verizon required an enterprise variant of their standard data plans for users connecting to corporate email on their smartphones. These enterprise plans generally cost $10 more than an equivalent “personal” data plan.
But, if your organization uses ActiveSync, MobileIron or almost any other MDM products (other than BES or GOOD) to synchronize corporate email, you won’t need the enterprise variant of the pooled data plan.
An organization with 1,000 smartphones using standard enterprise data plans can save $120,000 a year, just by switching to pooled plans. The bad news is this doesn’t apply to enterprises using BES or GOOD – you’ll still need an enterprise data plan to synchronize with those platforms.
- Your users are tethered.
Tethering, personal hotspot, mobile hotspot – whatever term you use, it’s included in the pooled data plans at no additional charge. If your enterprise had been paying for this feature on users’ smartphones, switching to pooled data plans will net about $15 in savings each month for each user who was using the feature. At $180 a year per user, that’s not cash you’d want to leave on the table.
There are soft savings associated with this as well. Adopting pooled data plans can remove a substantial administrative burden if your enterprise has been managing tethering on an as-needed basis – adding the feature for travel, for example, and removing it when it’s no longer needed, and perhaps requiring special approval to add a hotspot feature to a line.
The bottom line:
An organization with 1,000 smartphones that meets these 2 requirements could cut spending on mobility by up to $300,000 a year – not even counting the data overage fees avoided - just by switching to pooled data plans.
How to do it:
So how do you make the switch?
Stay tuned next week for part 2, Jumping into pooled data... without drowning.
We’ll let you know everything about the important prep-work to be aware of, including the one detail that could cost you more, if you don’t do it right!