Looking to switch to a new mobile network? We outline some of the key considerations and extras you can get from each of the UK’s major mobile providers along with tips and tricks to help you pick the best smartphone and tariff to suit your business needs. Predict Mobile makes it easy to compare and evaluate a range of offers from mobile suppliers.
As mobile infrastructure in the UK improves, many networks have the ambition to expand and adapt to developments in new technology. EE is the current frontrunner – this ambition to expand is made possible by the fact that EE can use BT’s infrastructure as well as their own. That’s because they’ve been owned and operated by BT since 2016. As such, they’ve already been making use of BT’s fibre network to support the switch-on of 4G services in previously uncovered areas. As a result, EE have been named the best performing mobile operator by RootMetrics in their annual performance report for five years in a row.
Which mobile network is best depends on the coverage in the places we live and work. EE have the best UK-wide coverage, reaching more of the population than any other provider. They also offer the best overall network service, with the fastest 4G and potentially 5G speeds. Those living in major cities and towns will likely have access to good coverage from most network operators. Customers in these locations can therefore pick and choose between them depending on package price and other preferences.
Customers in less densely populated or rural areas will have less choice, with often just one or operators that provides decent coverage. But as we mentioned, mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) can offer some additional choice and lower package costs too.
There are five key things to decide when choosing the right smartphone for your business:
Choosing the right network and tariff
There are two key things to consider when searching for the best smartphone tarriff for your business:
The most cost-effective business mobile phone tariffs usually involve signing a contract with a network provider for a minimum of 12 to 24 months. Smartphones can be lost, damaged or stolen, too, so it is important to factor in the cost of insurance when choosing a business tariff.
Here are some of the most common tariffs and options available to businesses and a short description of what they mean: