Saving money on your business telecoms, broadband and mobile is always a good idea. However, unlike insurance and other costs, many businesses fail to review their telecoms as they’re a feature that’s easily forgotten about.
Many people discredit the number of costs that could actually be saved, with the average business not reviewing its telecoms for five years. Recently released data from Onecom shows that SMEs are spending, on average, 2, 052 per year on telecoms.
Is that figure worth doing something about?
How do you save money on your telecoms?
1. Number of lines
If you have an ISDN-based phone system, how many lines are you paying for?
If your business has changed you may be paying for lines you are no longer using. If you are still in contract, you may not be able to change things, but if you are past your minimum term, youll be able to.
2. Call Patterns
Do you make lots of very short calls or more long calls? Fixed-line call tariffs are, generally, either cost per call- or cost per time-based. If you make lots of calls and pay per call, you are almost certainly paying much more than you should and would be better off with a cost per second tariff.
3. don’t let your contract switch to standard terms
Many telecoms contracts are for an initial term, perhaps two years.
After this, the terms, and prices can change for the worse. Review your options before the contract’s initial term finishes. Do this early enough so that, if necessary, you can give notice to your current telecoms supplier. Many companies try to add long notice periods so that you are tied in for the long term.
4. Switch to VoIP
Openreach aims to stop all ISDN-based services by 2025, so you will have to switch fairly soon.
However, the benefits of VoIP mean you are highly likely to save money by switching sooner rather than later:
Lower call costs
Ability to change line count, up and down, as needed
Making maximum use of your internet connection will also deliver economies of scale
Still paying for your handset?
Once you reach the minimum term on your mobile contract, you have paid off the hardware part of the monthly cost.
If you don’t yet need to upgrade the hardware, you should talk to your mobile operator about paying for calls, texts and data only.
Gary Young is the director of independent telecoms brokerage Equinox. Gary works with companies, charities and other organisations to help them choose the right telecoms packages for their needs and thereby reduce their costs. He is particularly knowledgeable on the integration of IT and telecoms in business.?