The complexity of managing all the wireless accounts a large business possesses and the workload it creates is tremendous. Managing all the bills and charges, the devices, all the possible minute and data plans and different permissions would require a number of full time employees. An executive attempting to make a name for him or herself, who didn’t know any better, might suggest that the company turn to a more manageable wireless strategy, one where each employee was provided with a monthly allowance to offset the cost of subscribing to a wireless phone plan.
At first thought the monthly stipend method seems like the perfect way to reduce costs and headaches, require fewer people to manage and everyone walks away happy. However, this corporate wireless expense management solution is typically not successful for the following reasons:
When you look at all the factors, it seems obvious that the company owned approach, when it comes to cell phone use, is the way to go. Companies can improve security, dictate use, control the phone numbers, negotiate with the wireless providers to control costs and since they’re still going to have to support employee owned phones, they can simplify the process. Any company considering the stipend model should consider all these factors before implementing such a plan.
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