Mobile Phones for Small Businesses

Choosing a Mobile Phone

With a wide choice of handsets available, it’s important that you buy a phone that matches your needs.

All types of handsets ranging from the most basic to the latest 3G devices are available through the mobile networks (e.g. 02, T-mobile, Orange, Vodafone, ‘3’ and Virgin), who market the product and service ranges through specialist mobile phone stores and via their websites.

However you buy your phone, it is worth obtaining advice from an experienced sales person or business advisor who should be able to answer your questions and make recommendations.

Standard mobile phone

A standard mobile phone is cheap and effective if you only use it for keeping in touch when you’re out of the office.

Most handsets today offer the following as standard:

  • Voice calls to mobile and fixed networks
  • Voicemail
  • Text messaging
  • Call diversion
  • Calendar, diary, address book
  • International roaming

A host of extras are available, including:

  • Camera
  • Video Camera
  • MP3 player
  • Bluetooth wireless connectivity
  • FM radio

…and many more

Smartphones

Smartphones are ideal for email and internet access whilst away from the office. They look like standard mobile phones, with a relatively small screen and numeric keypad. In addition to standard phone services, smartphones can send and receive data, enabling access to the internet and management of email. These are powerful communication tools with the memory and processing power of a small computer. With a smartphone you can receive and reply to emails, browse the Web at high speed and run some business software, such as word processing. It can be synchronised with your desktop PC or laptop to transfer data such as appointments or business contact details from one to the other.

Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)

PDAs have evolved from the original electronic personal organisers into handheld units that can do anything desktop PCs do. The Blackberry is a well-known brand. Using the smartphone technology, they have internet connectivity for browsing the Web, email handling, word-processing and spreadsheet software, diary and address book, as well as serving as a mobile phone. They have a larger screen than a smartphone and a touchscreen keyboard, which makes typing and reading easier. Most PDAs can connect to a desktop PC or laptop with a cable connection or through Bluetooth. Some models include wireless network (Wi-Fi) connectivity for high speed internet connection.

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