Business Mobile Deals Northern Ireland
Fenix Solutions now have some great value business mobile deals. These deals are available on either the o2 or the Vodafone network. Here at Fenix, we believe all business communication should be as simple and as straightforward as possible.
We like to try and apply that same principle to mobile deals for your business in N.Ireland.
How To Determine the Mobile Needs of Your Company?
If as a company you are considering paying for company mobiles, then this short guide should really help you out. There are lots of companies in N.Ireland who offer mobile deals, and in truth these may often sound complicated when there is simply no need for that to be the case.
Each business in Northern Ireland may operate their mobile telephony in a slightly different way.
- Some NI companies will pay for the mobiles that are used in their business
- Some companies pay for some of the mobiles in their business
- Some companies just do not pay at all for any mobile.
That is of course a decision for each individual business owner.
If your business pays for the company mobiles or is considering having company owned mobiles, then below we have listed what the important considerations are.
Which Mobile Network is Best for Your NI Business?
We have placed the actual mobile network as the first priority. This is in our opinion the most important decision.
Too often many businesses simply look at the lowest price and although that is important, having a mobile that works in your general location is by far the most important consideration. We see little sense in paying for a mobile phone that does not work for the individual user.
The key thing to consider is where will the mobile phone actually be used. The location is vital as different networks have different levels of coverage and this can vary quite a lot. If you have a personal mobile then you will most likely be aware of this.
That should be the key consideration when it comes to deciding on the best network for each employee.
Understanding Mobile Tariffs
This is the area that get confusing as different companies have very different requirements. We have explained the options below, so as you have a full understanding of how mobile tariffs are made up.
Unlimited Calls and Texts
One thing that has changed for the better is that almost all of the networks, including o2 and Vodafone, now offer unlimited calls to UK landlines and other UK mobile networks.
That means that end users can make full use of their phone without having to worry about getting any surprising phone bills, when it comes to telephone calls.
In terms of general pricing, you can usually get unlimited calls and texts for around £10 a month on a SIM only deal, though there will be no data with that.
Just below we have explained the typical data allowances, and what they mean for the individual user.
How Much Data Does a Typical Business User Really Need?
With unlimited calls and texts provided almost as standard these days, the next important decision is how much data do you really need? Data is sold by the mobile networks in Mb and more commonly in Gigabytes. (Gb)
For most business users 3 -5 Gb of data will be ideal.
That amount of data allows you to check emails and use your mobile browser for search as and when you need it. It will also allow you to use various "Apps" such as Google Maps etc. For a typical business user this amount of data is ideal.
Heavier users will of course need more data, and there are a range of higher options available. This type of data is usually operated on the "4G network," which is fast.
Wifi vs Data
It is important though just to understand the difference between Wifi and actual data usage. Most people will know from using their own personal mobile that their mobile can be connected to a Wifi connection at home.
When that is done, then no actual mobile data is being used as the mobile is using the home Wifi network. In other words the online activity is not using any 4G mobile data from your monthly allowance, when running through the home Wifi network.
Most business users can of course use their home Wifi to connect their business phone.
Likewise most business premises will have Broadband and in most cases that will be wireless. If that is the case then anyone with a company mobile can use the Business Wifi to connect their mobile and again they will not be using mobile data.
There are also Wifi spots available in many public areas and in a lot of hotels, cafes, restaurants, airports etc.
The important thing to remember is that your mobile data allowance is only used when not connected to a Wifi network.
When there is no Wifi available, then the mobile phone connects to the 4G network (or 3G if 4G not available). That is when the data allowance is used and ideally each user should have enough data to do their work, and not exceed the allowance.
Exceeding the allowance can be very costly and result in large bills. Good networks will of course have some type of warning in place to alert you when you get close to the maximum of your data being used. In the UK this is about to become a legal requirement.
Picking a Business Mobile Tariff
So far we have covered the calls and minutes, and as stated these are on most networks classed as unlimited. It is however still worth reading their terms and conditions as there are still usage limits on these to prevent misuse or fraudulent activity.
Foe the vast majority of business users, the unlimited calls will include calls to local landlines, national landlines and other UK mobile networks.
We have explained the data tariffs above, so most business users will ideally want to have unlimited calls and texts and then pick a data bundle size.
That is the actual core of the tariff.
Roaming in the European Union
Under legislation passed in 2018, the unlimited calls, texts and data can also be used in the EU. That is great news for most business users and also for consumers.
So when on a typical business tariff as described above, the calls, texts and data can be used if you happen to be in another EU country.
There are two points worth noting about this agreement though that we believe to be very important:
- If you had a UK mobile and were visiting another EU country such as France, then calling someone on your contact list, or someone on a UK landline or UK mobile, then this call would be free (assuming you have an unlimited call package)
- However if you phoned a local French restaurant to their land line number, then that call would still be charged.
It is a small but subtle difference and one we think you should be aware of.
SIM Mobile Deals vs Handset Deals
Most business users will have a handset along with their tariff. For many years the handset and tariff were all wrapped up in the same deal. With the bigger companies, hardware funds were also available, so as handsets could be added or replaced during the contract term.
More and more companies are now moving to a SIM only option for the tariff and then having the handset on a separate contract, or paying upfront for the handset.
We believe that this is a much better option for a business.
Fenix Recommended Mobile Tariffs - SIM Only Deals
Please note that a SIM only deal is an offer where you receive a SIM card only. That card has been set up with a tariff and the deal does not include any type of mobile handset. You can put this SIM into an unlocked existing mobile phone or into a new unlocked mobile phone.
Here are our 2 main deals and they are available on either the o2 network or the Vodafone network, whichever is your preference.
TYPICAL DATA BUSINESS USER
3 Gb SIM ONLY DEAL
£14.50 PER MONTH
TYPICAL DATA BUSINESS USER
5 Gb SIM ONLY DEAL
£15.00 PER MONTH
HIGH DATA BUSINESS USER
12 Gb SIM ONLY DEAL
£17.50 PER MONTH
HIGH DATA BUSINESS USER
40 Gb SIM ONLY DEAL
£25.00 PER MONTH
EU Roaming included on both deals shown above
We offer the same deal on either the o2 network or the Vodafone network. The above deal is subject to a 12 month contract.
The reason we offer this deal is that the end user gets unlimited calls to UK landlines and mobiles. They also get a very generous allowance for data so as they don't have to worry about exceeding their monthly data allowance.
Most other companies only offer 24 month or 2-year contracts, but this offer is a 12-month contract, which means a shorter term commitment for your business.
Mobile Deals with Handsets Included
Some companies want a mobile deal that also includes handsets. Almost every user will want to have some form of Smartphone, and these vary a lot in price. The most popular choices are Apple iPhones and Samsung Android phones. The latest version of these phones cost hundreds of pounds.
If you have decided as a business that you are willing to pay for these, then you can either pay for these as a one-off fee or spread the cost of these over the term of the contract. The bottom line is that your company will have to pay for any handsets.
At Fenix we highly recommend that you purchase your handsets wherever you get the best value. You can then add one of our SIM only tariff deals, and then you will have a good value tariff.
If you want us to quote you for a deal that includes tariff and handsets, then please give us a call on the number above, and we will be happy to do that for you.
This can be another area of confusion for many business mobile users. Typical mobile contracts for business users are set at 2 years. You can of course get 1 year contracts and also 3 year contracts and we have even seen 5 year contracts.
Businesses should always check carefully what the actual contract term is before signing any mobile contract. That term should be clearly stated so as there is no confusion whatsoever.
For example our SIM only deals shown above are all on 12 month contracts. At the end of the 12 month period we continue to bill that amount, and we then require 30 day's notice to end the contract term.
However depending on which phone company you sign with, those rules can be very different, so always ask what happens at the end of the contract period, and what notice you have to give to end that contract.