Everyone has a mobile phone. They’re such an integral part of modern day communication, that businesses often choose to provide their employees with a business mobile and business SIM.
As you might have guessed, each of these business mobiles require a SIM card. These SIM cards are slightly different from regular, consumer SIMs, as you might expect.
What is a Business SIM Card?
A business SIM is a SIM card that is linked to your businesses mobile account. If your company has a business mobile contracts, then you’ll be provided with a business SIM for each user.
The alternative to business SIMs are consumer SIMs. These consumer SIM cards are provided by network for individual mobiles. These SIM cards have set texts, calls and data allowances loaded onto them.
However, business SIMs are linked to business accounts, and often have shared plans or packages. Business SIMs are also provided by business mobile providers (like us), rather than consumer networks such as O2, EE or Vodafone.
What is the difference between a business SIM and a consumer SIM?
Now we know what business SIMs are, it is important to understand how they differ from regular, consumer SIMs. By ‘consumer SIMs’ we mean the kind that you can get from your standard phone shop on the high street, such as O2, Vodafone or EE.
Here are the main differences between consumer and business SIMs:
1. Customisable tariffs
With a business SIM, you can have more customised tariff options. Standard consumer SIMs often have set tariff options to choose from, whereas business SIMs can be customised to suit your business.
2. Shared data
While some consumer SIMs do use shared data, it is relatively uncommon. Often, businesses choose to have a large pool of shared data, that all of their SIMs can use when they need to. This means that you don’t have to worry about a single user going over their data limit.
3. Business account
Your business might need hundreds of mobiles. This can be a nightmare to keep on top of, both in terms of admin and cost. Having all of your businesses mobiles with one provider, using business SIMs, eliminates the administration hassle. It also allows you to keep track of your bill, and make adjustments to your account if necessary.
4. Bulk upgrades
We all know how much of a pain it can be upgrading your mobile tariff and device. Imagine having to do that for every single one of your employees, at different times throughout the year. Business SIMs keep things nice and tidy, and allow you to do bulk upgrades and tariff changes to all of your SIMs at once, rather than having to do each one individually.
Benefits of business SIMs
There is a wide range of benefits that come with business SIM cards. These include:
1. Cost saving
By linking multiple business SIMs to one plan, with one provider, your business can save money on your mobiles. Having multiple SIMs in one account means you can reduce your businesses running costs and administration pain. Businesses that choose Bytes Digital also have access to some customisable and reduced rate tariffs from the UK’s leading providers such as O2, EE and Vodafone.
2. Shared data
As I mentioned before, business SIMs can make use of shared data. This data can help reduce your businesses running costs, and prevent bill shock. Each business SIM can pull data from the shared pool, so if one of your users is data hungry, you won’t get charged out-of-bundle data charges.
3. Kit funds
Using a kit fund is a great benefit to businesses. Kit funds are a designated amount of money that your business can use to purchase your physical mobile phones. Depending on the number of mobiles your business requires, and the tariffs that you choose, you might well be able to receive free devices with your business SIMs. For questions about kit fund, give our team a call on 03331 301 021.
With more and more businesses choosing to work remotely from home, business mobiles are becoming increasingly popular. From cost saving, to shared data and easy administration control, business mobiles offer a great solution to those looking to save money and provide their staff with mobiles for business use.