Tablets are proving their value in business everyday in situations where neither smartphones nor laptops can match them for convenience or impact. In fact, more than half of all companies are now using tablets somewhere in their organization.
When purchasing tablets for your business, connectivity is an important consideration. Should you choose a 3G, 4G or LTE tablet with a data plan, or will a Wi-Fi only model meet your company’s needs? The short answer: it depends on how you will use them.
Here are three good reasons why you should consider investing in tablets with wireless data.
Harness the full value of your device with wireless data
Wi-Fi only tablets make sense in fixed locations, such as hotels, restaurants, health care facilities and campuses, where a secure Wi-Fi network has been implemented. But wireless data can make your mobile workforce more productive, better able to serve customers, and bigger contributors to the bottom line. Here are some examples:
- Drivers can complete and submit logs using touchscreens while they’re on the road.
- Managers can use remote monitoring solutions to keep an eye on their premises from anywhere.
- Service technicians can download work orders without visiting the office, and update them as the work is completed.
Wi-Fi hotspots can pose a security threat for your business
When employees use public Wi-Fi hotspots, they can introduce points of vulnerability into your organization’s overall security solution. Wi-Fi hotspots are unencrypted and can publicize your login credentials and data – strong security policies can help. But are you prepared to take the risk?
The total cost of ownership of Wireless Data can be less than Wi-Fi
While Wi-Fi only devices typically cost less than versions with wireless network connectivity and don’t require a data plan, paying for Wi-Fi even occasionally can drive up your total cost of ownership.
- A user with Wi-Fi only tablet who is paying for Wi-Fi approximately 3 times a month for 1 year will cost more than a user with a 4G and a $21.81 per month Rogers Flex Rate plan.
- A user with a Wi-Fi only tablet who paying for Wi-Fi 4 times a month for 1 year will cost more than a user with a 4G tablet and a $36.81 per month Rogers Flex Rate plan.
Beyond the cost of using Wi-Fi, what is the cost of not being able to send a proposal, work order or transaction while mobile between hotspots? Can your business afford the “lost opportunity cost”?
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Geoffrey is a regular contributor to Redboard Biz