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BYOD or Dual-SIM phones?

Posted by Patricia Turchyn | July 9, 2013 11:00 AM

The Pros and Cons for the right choice

So many people today are either using company-issued mobile devices or going the BYOD-route. There are some pros and cons to both: from control of applications, to cost factors, to the long-time question of “how do we support these devices?”Telemanager

Going the company-issued route:

Those employees using company-issued devices also use them for personal use – of course, who doesn’t and who wouldn’t? This saves the employee of having to pay his/her own phone bill. BUT…. If your company doesn’t have a good corporate plan, then issuing corporate phones to employees could end-up costing the company dearly. Another question is how to control these extra costs? How can you budget for your wireless costs or, even sometimes explain them? Note, many companies don’t have a TEM, so have no idea what their employees are costing them for mobile usage – especially for personal calls. For those who have a TEM, you know exactly where your costs are, can easily find over-usage or abuse.

Companies going the BYOD-route:

They have no hardware to buy (instant apparent cost-savings), but have to contend with many different devices, and the demands of support (yes, yes, we all say we don’t support BYOD devices, but when does any one of us actually say “no” to helping out a colleague?!). As well, in a BYOD environment, how would you control hardware to ensure people are using the Dual-SIM phones?

Although they have been around for many years, now finally gaining in popularity outside the Western World, Dual-SIM phones seem to be the logical solution for the enterprise. These phones have 2 SIM card slots: one for your corporate SIM card, and another for the employee’s personal SIM card. Corporations can buy the dual-SIM phone from their provider (usually at little or no cost of you have a good corporate-contract negotiator), put their corporate SIM card in it, and hand the mobile over to their employee. The employee, after putting in his SIM card, no longer has to carry 2 devices, no longer has to use the corporately owned phone to make calls or stream movies. The billing is “split” between the 2 SIM cards – one personal, and one corporate. For those of us who insist on keeping personal and work lives separate (yes, I carry 2 phones), the Dual-SIM phone seems like the logical answer. The one drawback I can see, is that by carrying one device, you are never “away” from work.

Another use for a dual-SIM card phone is travel. Travelling for work or personal, many corporations add a roaming plan to the employees’ phones – employees who need to use the phone for personal reasons, incur costs. You can insert a pay-per-use SIM from another country and actually use your phone while abroad.

Sensing the growing popularity of the Dual-SIM card phones, the big providers are working on adding this functionality to their most popular models. Keep your eyes peeled!! (I know I am!)

Both BYOD or Dual-SIM card phones can be managed by Cimpl's telecom expense management software. Whatever choice you make to can track employees movements, usage and cost trends. You can now TAKE BACK CONTROL of your company’s Telecom Expenses and manage all your IT assets in real time from Cimpl's self-service portal. Well you can actually even do more. Ask us how!

 

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Topics: Company Culture, Telecom Expense Management, BYOD, Mobile Devices, Resources, Tips, Solution, Smartphones

Written by Patricia Turchyn

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