Small business owners are always looking for smart ways to keep costs down while achieving useful practicality. Whether it’s running a business from your home office to avoid renting an office or completing administrative tasks sometimes best outsourced to a hired hands, business owners seek balance in profitability and efficiently running their businesses.
Additionally, US cellular service providers over the last few months have been rolling out “unlimited plans” that offer an unlimited bucket of minutes for one flat monthly rate. In most cases, $99 a month will give you unlimited chatters a way to talk all you want. Sprint’s plan is very attractive because it includes unlimited voice, data, and SMS.
However, T-Mobile put a new spin on the unlimited plan by offering an unlimited family plan. For example, if you have a $99 T-Mobile unlimited plan, you can add additional lines for just $49/month that will include unmetered national voice minutes, SMS, MMS, and instant messaging.
Small business owners may not know this, but this “Family” plan is not only usable by those who share genetic bonds. This is applicable to small business because for about $250 (not including taxes), you can have unlimited wireless minutes to run your business with. This type of value makes the offering very competitive and could be comparable to Internet telephony (VoIP) offerings. However, the beauty of this T-Mobile unlimited family plan is that you have access to your minutes no matter where your cell phone happens to be.
For more information about the new plans, see T-Mobile’s website.
Would you consider running your small business on cell phones? What tradoffs can you think of?