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Vodafone business mobile review
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What you need to know about Vodafone's business mobile plans
Vodafone caters to a wide range of company sizes with its business mobile plans. For small businesses requiring fewer than 10 connections, Vodafone's standard business plans offer all the same inclusions as the telco's personal mobile plans and are available both as SIM-only plans and as bundles including a new handset. SIM-only plans support month-to-month, while phone plans can span month-to-month, 12-month, 24-month or 36-month contracts.
As an added bonus for these small business plans, all monthly data is shared among your employees, allowing for workers with higher data needs to make use of the GBs that other employees don't.
For larger businesses, Vodafone has its Business Flex mobile plans. Designed for companies requiring more than 10 mobile connections, all Business Flex plans come with unlimited national talk and text and are available on 24-month contracts both with a new phone and as SIM-only plans. More pertinently, signing up for a Business Flex account gets you a personal account manager who'll help you pick out a mobile solution that suits your business' unique needs. And like Vodafone's standard business plans, Business Flex plans benefit from a shared data pool among all your employees.
What are the different Vodafone business mobile plans?
If your business requires fewer than 10 mobile connections, you can choose from a range of plans available as standalone SIM-only services or bundled with a new phone as you require. All these plans include unlimited national calls and texts, and range from $40 a month up to $120 a month, excluding any handset repayment fees. Data caps start at 10GB a month and top out at 150GB a month. Select plans also come with an allowance of international minutes to use every month calling eligible countries.
Vodafone's Business Flex plans operate on 24-month contracts and differ in price and data inclusions depending on whether you want a SIM-only plan or a plan bundled with a new phone. Pricing ranges from $30 a month up to $130 a month, while data caps stretch from 2GB a month up to 50GB a month.
Outside of the monthly costs, there are two types of fees you want to be aware of with Vodafone's business mobile plans. If you sign up for any term other than month-to-month, you'll be hit with an early exit fee if you want to cancel your service before the full term has wrapped up. For Business Flex plans, which are only available on 24-month contracts, the maximum this fee can set you back ranges from $360 to $1,200 depending on which plan you go with.
You should also bear in mind that Vodafone charges automatically for any data you or your employees use over your shared monthly cap. On Vodafone's mobile and SIM-only plans, excess data is automatically added in 1GB chunks at $5 apiece. For Business Flex plans, excess data is charged at a rate of $0.0098 per 1MB.
What additional services are offered?
If your business deals with a lot of international clients, Vodafone offers an international call pack for $10 a month that gets you discounted call rates to more than 200 countries, with some rates as low as 5c per minute. If your team spends a lot of time travelling overseas, on the other hand, Vodafone's business mobile plans support $5 roaming in over 55 countries, letting your employees use their call, text and data inclusions as if they were in Australia for just $5 extra a day.
To complement its mobile plans, Vodafone offers a range of business apps it dubs ReadyApps. These include productivity software like Microsoft Office 365, security suites like Norton Security and collaborative storage services like OneDrive for Business. Any apps you add to your business plan can be distributed and managed through a single interface, too, making it simple to keep track of how they're impacting your employees' performance.
For peace of mind, Vodafone provides insurance options for any handsets purchased through its business mobile plans. At $10 a month, the basic Keep Talking insurance covers accidental damage to a maximum value of $2,000. For $15 a month, the Keep Talking Plus insurance covers the same accidental damage along with stolen or lost handsets, including up to $500 cover for any unauthorised calls placed on the lost or stolen device. The terms and conditions surrounding Vodafone's insurance policies are detailed, though, and you'll want to read them for yourself if you plan on paying for them.
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