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Penny pinching ideas for your telecoms

My mother said, if you want to save money ask a Yorkshireman how to do it.....So we asked Nigel, and he said....

penny pinching ideas to save money on your telecoms

 

Landlines

Saving money on landlines, might be as simple as asking yourself do you really need a landline? With VOIP systems redirecting the call to a mobile, you can still have that landline number, but with the mobile freedom. Check out our blog from March

If you need to keep a landline, you can still save money on calls. Firstly, stop making calls to mobiles from your landlines. Today. Now. This minute.  They cost up to 12ppm and usually you will get mobile to mobiles calls within your mobile tariff minutes. Shockingly 70% of landline users do not really know what is and what is not included in their tariff. As there are over 300 tariffs today available, you are excused, a little. However, you should check the contract today and consider whether it is still a good fit for your business.

The average per minute rate for calls from a landline is 3pm and most carriers have a minimum call charge, BT for example is 4.5p. Some carriers do say no minimum call charges, however if you can get a carrier with charge per second-with no call setup fee or minimum call charge, take the deal.

Lastly SAY NO TO 0870! Calls are 8ppm; there are websites you can find alternative numbers to call.

Mobiles

You can make some big savings on mobile phones. Tariffs change every 3 months, so consider that when you come to renew your contract.

New phone

Most people cannot wait to get themselves a shiny new phone each time they renew their contract, but if you really want to save money, consider whether you can survive with the relatively new phone you already have in your hand. Sim only deals can be as good as the current (May 2017) 20GB for £20 with unlimited minutes and texts, ask us about it.

Analyse

Do make sure to analyse your phone bills. You will need the last three bills - jot down your mins/texts/data usage for each month and work out the average.  Then check out the tariff choices available. If you do this regularly, when you come up for renewal, you will be sure you can get a better deal for you and your usage. If you signed a 24-month contract, remember there are early upgrades available.

Data

Watch your data usage

We have an example of one of our customers, who refused a £4.25 500mB data bundle that we had advised. They went on to use over 500mB in one month at £2.56 a mB, resulting in a £1,300 bill...

Most mobiles today have a data quota limit with a warning, which you can set to make sure you do not go over your contracted data usage.

Directory enquiries

Directory Enquiries

For those that know us, we do not highly recommend directory enquiries, pleasant and informative as they are, the cost outweighs the use. If you really cannot resist calling them, please never ever say yes to your call being diverted through to the number, as the call on some networks is over £5.00pm with ongoing metering! They will text you the number if you do not have a pen and paper to hand. A 10-minute call that should come from your bundle could end up costing you £50.00 – do that once a week and you have just added £200 a month to your bill...

Non-Geographic numbers

Try not to dial Non Geographic numbers from your mobile – basic rule is anything starting with an ‘08’. They are not included in your bundle and rates are generally 3 times those of calling from a landline...

Broadband

save money on broadband

 

Saving money on broadband is not as easy, though finding a good deal to start with, will get you halfway there. Do you really need to have broadband both at work and at home? Alternatively, could you combine the two with a dongle? Not sure, why not ask us and we will steer you in the right direction.

Instead of hitting the usual comparison sites, try Ukbroadbandfinder.co.uk – put in your postcode and check, which carriers operate in your area and their rates.

Hot Tips for choosing your New Phone

Choosing a new phone is a big deal! It is not only a phone in your pocket these days, but can also double up as your wallet and mobile office.  You want to be able to take pictures, email, and share content on social media channels and so a number of variables will assist you in the decision

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Operating System

This really comes down to, if you want the easiest phone, with regular updates and the latest apps, coupled with less risk of malware or viruses. In which case the Apple iPhone, with the iOS, is the choice for you.

However, if you want a bit more freedom to change and personalise your smartphone experience, then Android is the OS for you. You will have a greater choice of phones, and many manufacturers. The openness of the OS allows developers to bring widgets, apps, keyboards and more to increase your pleasure. Blackberry; have moved into Android territory, now with their new phones.

Size

This matters a great deal, if you just want something to slide into your top pocket, or fill your jeans back pocket, then you will be looking at a phone screen size of 5.4 inches or less. These little phones also have the advantage of only needing one hand to reach the whole screen.  If you want, screen real estate to work on, then a supersized six plus-inches, is going to satisfy you.

Battery

If you require a phone to last longer, then make sure you get one with a battery greater than 3,000maH.

Camera

These days, you take pictures more than ever, to share on social media, to email a client with ideas or just documenting your day. Look at the number of pixels, the higher the number of microns the better, and the aperture, this should be as low as possible. Ignore the mega pixels.

Storage

Unless you store everything on clouds, then you will want more than 16 GB of internal storage, we are expecting phones this year to be 32GB and more. Consider external storage, with SanDisk announcing the new 256 GB SD card  there will be plenty of room on your phone.

Other points to consider:

A few other questions to ask yourself could include ‘Do you need your phone to be waterproof? ‘Does the phone need dual front speakers, for watching video or gaming?’ Would wireless charging be useful?’

We hope these tips will assist you in your choice of smartphone this year; however, we are always ready to answer any queries and help you decide on the right phone for you and your business.

Phone Hacking - Voot Director Nigel speaks to Radio Sheffield...

Following our blog entry, and various tweets and shares on Facebook, Voot were contacted today by our friendly client (and PR rep) Victoria Wood of Fairy Communications (www.fairypr.co.uk) to say that the guys at Radio Sheffield had read the blog and wanted to feature our advice on the Rony Robinson show this morning...

Duly we delightedly agreed - and heres the interview as broadcast at noon today...