When considering purchasing a new mobile phone for business use, the number of choices that are available may seem overwhelming. One particular phone might boast of being the “lightest, thinnest phone ever” while another will brag about its lightning-fast processor speed and how many gigabytes of memory are included. However, affordability is one of the first issues many business owners must consider when looking at a new mobile device, whatever its attractions and facilities may be.
Contracts and payment methods
With the cost of the latest and most desirable technological devices rising rapidly, buying a new, heavily subsidized device whenever an old contract runs out might seem like the only available option. The lengthier contracts with their high-payment terms can, however, be a drain on business resources. Other options include pay-per-use plans, but those devices might not offer all the features that business owners need in a phone. Pay as you go sim cards may be the most affordable and sensible option. With a sim card plan, the card and service are included in the contract, while the user provides the device of their choice. This plan allows users to maintain greater control over their choice of phone, and opens up more features and options.
Of all the mobile devices on the market today, Apple’s iPhone line is undoubtedly the most popular and ubiquitous. With the release of the latest incarnation, the iPhone5, users are flocking to upgrade to the new device. With a larger 4-inch display and a longer period between battery charges, the iPhone 5 is a good choice for business users. With the virtual assistant, Siri, the iPhone is a very handy business tool.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note
Not to be outdone, Samsung’s Galaxy Note has added the S Pen, to increase flexibility of input. With a large 5.3-inch touch screen, a 1.4GHz dual core processor, 4G and 16GB of internal memory, the Galaxy Note is a powerful tool for the business user. A variety of available apps make the Note customizable, creating a very flexible tool for business users who need a highly adaptable phone.
At the more expensive end of the scale, the Asus PadFone offers a three-in-one transformable design that makes it an indispensable tool for many business owners. The device can be used as an independent handset, or users can add the display and keyboard docks to create a powerful, and highly portable tablet computer.
For those that prefer the classic “business” mobile phone, the original mobile device company, Blackberry, is still a strong contender in the marketplace. The Bold 9900 offers a full QWERTY keyboard in addition to a touch-screen, providing users with input options. Blackberry’s Balance technology helps users to keep their business and personal information separate while storing it all on one phone.
Nokia 800 Lumia
Finally, for Windows users, the Nokia 800 Lumia is an affordable, effective choice. Being a Windows 7-OS phone, the Lumia merges seamlessly with Sky Drive and Share Point apps, allowing users to merge documents and files seamlessly with a PC and other devices. Documents can even be edited, and access to e-mail, calendar, contacts and shared documents make this phone a handy tool for the Windows-dependent user.