How to Avoid the Five Costliest Mistakes Companies Make With Cellular Phones
Deciphering your company's monthly cellular phone bill is about as easy as understanding the theory of relativity. The task is so daunting, many controllers and telecommunications managers are tempted to toss it aside in frustration. Month after month, companies throw away hundreds or even thousands of dollars on their cell phones while they struggle to cut costs in every other area of operations.
Cellular and wireless services are quickly becoming a large business expense. In an average year, U.S. businesses spend a total of more than $22 billion on pagers, cellular telephones and other wireless communication devices. Cellular phone costs especially are not managed effectively. Companies unwittingly overpay for cellular service because of outdated and inappropriate calling plans and a lack of time and expertise to deal with the complexities of the problems.
Outsourcing cellular phone management is an option for companies with more than 50 cellular phones. The service is joining the ranks of payroll, insurance auditing and human resources as outsource alternatives for the same reasons: there is a need to keep up with the rapidly changing knowledge base and outsourcing provides convenience along with bottom-line cost savings. Outside cellular management companies can analyze cellular usage, uncover billing discrepancies, stay abreast of new options, and maintain a cost-effective monthly service. Unbiased third-party experts help companies maneuver through the mine-fields of service options, numerous calling plans, and complicated and coded billing statements. For companies, not only does the service bring focus and specific knowledge to the task but it also allows a controller's valuable time to be applied to core competencies.
Third-party cellular management companies find that the following five mistakes are the most common errors companies make with their cellular service
Just as with cellular phone providers, be sure to check for a reputable cellular phone management company. The firm should be able to determine the condition of a cellular program by reviewing at least one month's cellular bill or bills. After completing the review, the firm should be able to show how much money it can save your company and how it can increase your company's cellular phone efficiency. Also, the firm should be capable of presenting ongoing management programs tailored to your specific needs.
Cellular management firms may offer their services on a contingency basis, at a flat fee, or a combination of both. Some management companies take a percentage of money saved off the old cellular bills for the first couple of months of the contract, then set a flat fee for monthly management programs. Be sure to ask for the terms and fees to project savings in real costs as well as staff time.
Outsourcing a company's cellular phone management can prove to be a major time and cost saving decision. It can become a routine function for many organizations that rely on cellular technology for their business and for their profits.
About the Author
Author Paul Jennings, CEO and founder of Public Communications Services, is recognized as a leader in the telecommunications industry. The company has launched Cellular Management Services, a new cellular telephone management service for companies with greater than 50 cell phones that want to achieve the most cost effective and efficient use of their phones. For more information, visit www.teampcs.com.