Mortgage Broker Mobile Office, Myth or Magic?gary
Mortgage Broker Mobile Office, Myth or Magic?
Thinking about the requirements of a small business one of the first “must have’s” that comes to mind is an office telephone, or more specifically a landline. Increasingly however this maybe isn’t as important as you might think. Certainly, for most businesses a landline number is a must. This being particularly important where the business is a financial services one and is public facing since many potential customers would feel concerned in allowing an adviser to look after their investments, mortgage or insurance when the only point of contact they had with them was a mobile number.
Having said that however a landline and a landline number are not necessarily the same thing. There are now a number of telephone services around now that can provide you with a landline number which will automatically re-route a call to you mobile seamlessly and, without the caller even being aware that this has happened. Importantly in this scenario, we aren’t talking about an 0845, 0855 or 0800 number here, these firms can supply you with a normal geographical number that fits in with the location of your company. In the case of Which Network Ltd for example Tamar Communications can provide you with a regional number linked to your mobile for £6.99 per month which includes the price of redirecting any incoming calls so your client isn’t aware that they have been redirected and more importantly they don’t have to pay any additional costs or use up any contract minutes more than if they had rung a standard landline,
Jumping ahead slightly now but even more exciting is the fact that certainly with EE and I believe all other providers roaming charges ceased for Europe. This means that the communication company should now able to redirect calls within the standard mobile framework, so you could work in France or Spain at no extra cost. Having checked with our redirection provider I only use the word “should” here because our provider allows this but I haven’t carried out extensive research on other communication service providers so be sure to check before you sign anything.
Currently data transmission may be the real problem since not only is this restricted on most plans but data speeds over mobile networks are still very variable with 15mb being the average in many locations but reducing significantly especially in the countryside or in many parts of Europe. You could of course use non-mobile broadband provider but this rather defeats the flexibility aspect of going mobile for the office telephone.
Because of data restrictions I would think that maybe the crucial element in deciding whether or not the mobile office route is right for you depends upon how much data your business transmits. If for example you have constructed and maintain a large website then the number of images you upload will be a big factor in deciding your needs. If on their other hand you contract this aspect of your business to a contractor or web development firm then it’s got to be worth at least considering?