Great Business Phone Do’s and Don’ts: A Buyers Guide

8/13/2013 By

Great Business Phone Do’s and Don’ts: A Buyers Guide

It’s a fact that those who shop for phones for business purposes will have to care about different things than those who are interested more in personal use. Things like apps, battery life screen size, features, and everything else will take on a new meaning when you’re shopping for your first business phone. Here’s some advice to help get you started.

Battery Life

The very last thing you need when you’re on an important business call is for your phone to die. This tends to be the Achilles heel for a lot of smartphones. All of that power tends to come at a price, after all. You definitely want to stay away from some of the phones like some of the earlier Droid phones that tend to eat up battery life like crazy and then die in a few hours. Phones like the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G that are known for having a good solid battery life can help a lot. Another good thing to look for is phones that have removable batteries. This way, you can charge up a few batteries at a time and then switch out dead batteries for fresh one as you go throughout the day. You can get pretty much as much time as you want on the phone this way, and you’ll be sure not to miss any important business calls!

Apps

When it comes to smartphones, especially those that are geared for business, it’s all about the apps. It’s important to choose phones that can handle the apps you need. For example, if you do a lot of driving around and find that Google Maps is the best way to go from point A to point B, you’ll want to go with a phone that has that app. Believe it or not, it’s not universal anymore. Apple has decided to move away from Google Maps on their iPhone line, for example. Not all apps will be available on all phones. Some apps are only available for Apple products, an example being the voice app Siri. Some people swear by Siri for finding out stuff they need to know for their business quickly, for example.

Hardware Functionality

Some phones just have physical qualities that others lack. If you need your phone to be very rugged in order to handle the rigors of your business, for example, going with phones like the HTC One that has the light but rugged aluminum case might be a very good idea. If you need to do video conferencing on the go through your phone and for your business, having a big enough screen is also pretty important. The One tends to be good for screen size and quick, clear performance in terms of live video as well.

Cost

Obviously cost is a huge concern when you’re choosing a phone for business. While there are some free phone service options out there, they very well may not be for everyone and there tend to be some restrictions on them in terms of who qualifies. It’s important to make sure that the service you’re signing up for in a new phone meets what you need in terms of minutes and cost. You hardly want to end up being one of those people who doesn’t read the service agreement properly and racks up thousands of dollars in phone bill debt by accident.

Author Bio: Ashley Williamson is a freelance writer and an occasional guest-blogger interested in tech, business and health related topics. When she is not working she likes to travel and read as much as she can. If you have any question please do not hesitate to leave a comment.
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