Preferred LD Rates

Does Your Mobile Service Provider offer Preferred LD Rates?

Telecom Audits and Expense Management

Mobile Expense Management

As carriers are pressured to bring mobility plan costs down, they constantly find new and less obvious ways to get money out of your pocket.  A long favoured way is to keep increasing the rates they charge for Long Distance calling.  Standard plans now charge $0.40 per minute!

 

Rogers, at least, has gone back to offering a Preferred Long Distance Rate feature that can be added as a $5 option.  This feature will then give you a rate of $0.10 per minute for calling long distance from Canada to Canada or Canada to the US.

 

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Travel Saver Options

Mobile Plan Management with Travel Saver Options

Business trips are nothing new, and have long been a part of how we do business.  Cell phones have become an integral part of our business too… but these two realities of business when combined have for too long been a huge expense with few options for relief.

 

Large company’s with fleets of employees travelling around the world on their behalf  have had to pay upwards of $4 per minute for using their phone when outside of their country. Bills for upwards of $1,500 would not be uncommon for making and receiving calls while travelling.

 

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Flex Rate Plans

Which Mobile Plan is Best for Your New Employee?

When a new employee is issued a phone, you are often left guessing as to what their usage will be like.  Putting a user on a low usage plan when the user actually is a high volume consumer can result in HUGE charges for additional minutes.  I have seen bills where a new user was put on a 100 minute plan, then used 450 minutes.  These additional minutes were billed at $.35 / minute… that means the additional usage cost the company $122.50 on one month of billing.

 

If you are looking to set up a new user and are not sure what their usage will demand, consider one of the Flex Rate plans.   [Read more…]

How to Tether your Smartphone to the BlackBerry Playbook

Tethering your Smart Phone and BlackBerry Playbook!

For some, part of the perk of sitting down in your favorite coffee shop with your ‘For Here, Grande, Non-Fat, No Water, 180 Degrees, Chai Tea Latte’ is connecting your BlackBerry Playbook to the available Wifi network and browsing the web while you enjoy your drink. Your latte isn’t quite the same without perusing your recent emails or perhaps catching up on the latest celebrity gossip).  Best part is that you aren’t using the data included in your plan! (hmmm…. maybe now is a good time to download those large files…)

 

While connecting to Wi-fi is great, it may not always be convenient, particularly if you live in a more rural area( Wifi hotspots can be few and far between) or if you are on the move( while it might be nice, all day in the shop is probably not in the cards).

Since the BlackBerry Playbook was released in a Wi-fi version only, this might pose a problem for you.

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Text Messaging – Are you covered?

Did you notice any increased charges on your mobile billing lately?

 

Text messaging has gotten a little more expensive on two of the big Canadian three.

Bell Mobility and Rogers Wireless have now begun to charge $0.20 for text messaging outside of a text plan.

That means anyone who does not have text messaging included with their cell phone plan or as an added feature, or anyone who exceeds their number of allowed sent messages will be paying $0.20 for each text message.

 

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How to Reduce Data Roaming on an iPhone

How to Reduce Your Data Roaming Charges on Your iPhone While Traveling Abroad

 

If you have an iPhone and are travelling outside your home country you will incur data roaming charges – here are a few tips to lower these costs!

 

Turn Fetch new Data off – Instead of having data pushed to your device automatically, Check your email and calendar manually controlling the flow of data to your device thus reducing the amount of data used.

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Mobile Analysis of Pooling Accounts

Pooling Accounts  and Mobile Expense Analysis

Savings can be achieved in many ways when analyzing mobile expenses.  One key factor is the minute allowance of voice plans, which should be evaluated to ensure they are appropriate for a unit or account’s usage.

 

Pooled plans provide a challenge to understand at times, especially when it means looking at an entire account as a whole instead of each unit as an individual.  This means, for example, [Read more…]

Traveling / Roaming Tips

Travelling Tips for you & your Smartphone!

 

Travelling is a big part of business these days, and let’s face it – none of us wants to be without our cellular phones.

 

Here are a few things that you may not have known about traveling with your phone, along with some helpful tips:

“Travelling With Your Phone This Summer”

In response to a comment on the video “Travelling With Your Phone This Summer”

The COMMENT was:
“Great! could you also talk about cell phone usage abroad and especially electrical converters and charging? I travel or support those who do and it gets dicey. The converter and adapter throws people, changing sims, which carrier and costs. I usually advise skype but that’s not for everyone. Explaining GSM, CDMA and whatever the Japan uses and my audience just turns glassy eyed.  Thanks! Keep up the good work.”

Understanding the Mobile Year Summary Report

The Mobile Year Summary Report by Tele-Watch – A Time Saving Tool!

How frustrating is it to sit at your desk surrounded by months and months and months of bills, trying to find one specific user, on hundreds or maybe even thousands of pages of bills?

 

It’s a literal mobile bill needle in the haystack adventure. And lets face it, mobile bills aren’t always the easiest to understand, so once you finally find what you are looking for, you end up staring blankly at it for a while before throwing your hands up in frustration.

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