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Have you tried Wi-Fi? It can save you unwanted telecom costs...

Posted by Chris Thierry | November 24, 2011 8:30 AM

Author: Kim Leahy

No Wireless Data Plan? Use WiFi...

And I thought I only had to worry about the meaning of BFF, LOL or OMG……

I work in the industry but it still took my children to point out the Wi-Fi option available on the smartphone devices.   Sometimes we get too used to doing things by rote without considering changes around us that are transformational.   We are truly creatures of habit and we adhere to the adage; “ If is isn’t broke don’t touch it.”  But when it comes to technology, if organizations do not constantly review the industry changes that are shaping the way we conduct business, “broke” isn’t the issue, but “going broke” is!

Using WiFi for Mobile Data Access

It was a trip some time ago to the USA and an iPhone without a carrier service plan in my kid’s possession,  that drew my attention to an important change occurring in the corporate world – the proliferation of Wi-Fi as an acceptable protocol for connecting company devices.  Even though we had no carrier service, that iPhone was as much a preoccupation for my children as were our carrier activated phones we had disabled when crossing the Canada/ US border.   The kids were frantically texting, skyping and browsing   - all without a carrier data plan.   Jolted into the realization that a smart phone is also a computer, I grabbed my disabled BlackBerry and activated the available Wi-Fi service in the establishment where we were staying.  Worked like a charm!  My company email started flowing and all without roaming charges that would have landed me in hot water when the bill came in.  My anxiety decreased, and my blood pressure returned to normal and I vowed to get the word out. 

YOU TOO CAN FIND RELIEF IN WI-FI without roaming costs!!!

With the proliferation of tablets, smartphones, superphones and aircards combined with international travel, this has never been so important. There are 3 things organizations can do immediately to control wireless costs:

  1. Develop and communicate a corporate policy regarding the use of wireless devices and services.
  2. Educate, Educate and Educate - How many organizations train their staff to use their Smart devices? I rest my case.  
  3. Show them where they go wrong – and reward them when they use their devices in adherence to policy and best practices (…also known as management by objective).

On the latter, point, TEM software offers great options for visibility into the costs of wireless usage.  If you are a medium size organization and you do not have a Telecom Expense Management Tool, you need to consider one.  If your current TEM cannot provide visibility to the end user and their managers, you need to reconsider your provider. 

If you are ready for a better Telecom Expense Management solution? 

 

Kaizen eBook - A Guide to IT & Telecom Management

Topics: Wireless management, Roaming, Wi-Fi

Written by Chris Thierry

Christopher is the president, founder, visionary, and driving force behind Cimpl, which first started in 2000 as Etelesolv: his goal is to bring holistic enterprise solutions to companies of all shapes and sizes. Moreover, Christopher’s devotion to the well-being of his employees has made Cimpl one of Canada’s Top 50 Employers. He’s also dedicated to giving back to his community, by serving in multiple industry associations. He’s a mentor for the Canadian Youth Business Foundation and a member of the Young Presidents' Organization, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, the CIO Association of Canada, and the Telecom Expense Management Industry Association. Christopher holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and Marketing from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. He is also a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Entrepreneur’s Master’s Program – a program specifically designed to optimize the skillsets of founders of high growth companies.

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