Since Motorola’s creation of the first handheld cell phone in 1973, the benefits of having a portable cell phone that you can carry around all the time have been obvious. Nowhere is this truer than in the business sector, the business world needs to be constantly connected so the ability to interact with other employees while they are out of the office is critical.
Over the years mobile phones have continued to evolve and improve to give users access to powerful mobile devices that provide more connectivity. This guide will explore some of the main benefits gained through using a business cell phone.
As cell phones have become fundamental to the business world, companies are providing business cell phones to their employees to increase their connectivity and enable them to communicate effectively with the rest of the company. As an employee or even a business owner, you may wonder what the needs of a business phone are. Most employees tend to have their own Smartphone, so why not use one? The main reason being taxes, if employees decide to use their personal cell phones by allowing the company to pay bills, it may seem like a reasonable approach but may cause more problems than many people realize. This is due to the way the business pays for employee contracts. Employees are more likely to include personal cell phones as an expense which will allow them to get reimbursed on every bill. This is where the problem occurs.
Employees who claim their personal telephones for expenses are required to pay national insurance and income taxes, as these charges are considered a taxable benefit. In this way many companies lose the ability to provide more cost-effective cell phones to their employees.
Not only that, providing your employees with identical phones ensures that everyone has the same communicative abilities, eliminating the possibility that some phone models may not interact with others in the desired way. For example Blackberry may not be able to receive video calls from iPhone due to software restrictions.
By offering business phones to all employees in the company, businesses can ensure that all their employees are connected to each other and they all have the ability to communicate effectively which will certainly increase the productivity of any business. The benefits of having mobile devices that are always connected are not only important for calls and communications, but also other everyday business needs, such as reducing the amount of downtime your employees have.
If they’re traveling or traveling to a meeting for example, they can still be productive on their phone. Customer service could also be greatly improved allowing staff to respond to issues in a timely manner and alert necessary personnel to address any issues, without having to return to the office. The ability to create a calendar notifying staff of meetings or deadlines as they occur can also help ensure everyone is on task and understands their schedule.
By having cell phones, staff can also reduce the amount of things they carry daily such as notebooks and diaries. Smartphones all integrate these features meaning your staff have access to all the information they need and when used in conjunction with the Cloud they will always be up to date with the latest information.
As mobile phones increase in speed and technology, the business world will become more and more efficient thanks to the enhanced connectivity that this technology enables. With the recent introduction of 4G from companies like EE, the connectivity afforded by this technology will continue to improve enabling more productive and efficient businesses in the UK and the world.
Andy Morley is a seasoned writer and business owner, currently working for an award-winning telecommunications and mobile business company called A1 Comms based in Alfreton, Derby.