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7 steps to reduce corporate cell bills

Running a business and building a brand is by no means an easy feat. It takes drive, commitment, and a proactive approach. While you may be on top of the daily operations of your business ensuring that clients are happy and that work delivery is on track, there’s likely one big factor you may be missing out on that’s eating away at your bottom line.

Your corporate cellphone bill.

A seemingly small element that many businesses and brands overlook, but something that, if kept abreast of, can save your company big bucks.

The idea of eyeballing each and every employees’ cellphone statement each month shouldn’t send anxiety through your body, because there are steps you can take. In a new eBook that has just been released, Tariffic outlines seven key factors to consider when it comes to cutting your corporate cellphone bill:

1. Make sure employees aren’t abusing the system
Your employees are your greatest asset, but they can also be a contributing factor to that incredibly high cellphone bill you receive at the end of the month. If you, like many other companies, provide your employees with a cellphone contract, there’s the possibility of them racking up extremely high cellphone bills every single month and expecting you to settle the bill. The reality is that it is so difficult to get a handle on what is really going on with your cellphone bill that you just land up, begrudgingly, paying every month. There are many factors under “employee cellphone abuse” that are addressed in the eBook.

2. Review your extra costs
Are your employees signing up for Third Party Services on their company phones? These
services often appear on the company’s bill as Content Charges and start to add up rather quickly. This happens when employees sign up for services such as horoscope SMSs, daily weather reports, or even pornography. At times employees don’t realise there are re-occurring charges for these services- or that you’ll be paying for them.

3. Check for dormant contracts
Is your desk drawer full of phones and SIM cards that employees gave you on their last day of work? It’s very possible that you’re still paying every month for these contracts, even though none of them are being used.

4. The infamous Out-Of-Bundle shark
Out-of-Bundle data spend is probably the #1 culprit of high cellphone bills. Data rates can easily be over 600% higher when you use up the data allocation of your contract and go Out-of-Bundle.

5. Don’t pay last year’s prices
Did you add a bundle to one of your employee’s contracts in the past few years? Prices for these bundles have subsequently gotten quite a bit cheaper, but it’s possible that you’re still paying the old, and more expensive, prices for these bundles every month.

6. Roam in peace
Nearly everyone has either experienced, or heard of, a horror story involving uncontained roaming costs which can costs tens of thousands of Rands from a single trip overseas. These costs can be curtailed by ensuring that you don’t leave South Africa without implementing a roaming solution appropriate for your needs.

7. Make sure you’re on the right packages for your usage
With more than 10,000 combinations of packages and bundles available in the South African
cellular market, it’s impossible to find the right contract for yourself, and it gets even more
complicated when you have to find the best contracts for your employees!
Tariffic has found that companies are spending up to 40% more than they should be due to employees being on the wrong cellphone contracts for their usage.

For each of the seven steps highlighted in the free-to-download eBook, there are practical examples on what action you should be taking to firmly get on top of your company’s cellphone spend.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of taking control of your company’s cellphone contracts spend each month. Being proactive and aware of the above are but small steps that will make a big difference on your company spend, and ultimately, your bottom line.

Gabbi Rego, Director, Urban Espresso

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