The Telecom Expense Management Industry Association (TEMIA) has issued a warning to corporations against new unlimited flat-rate cellular plans. The plans, recently announced by Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T, offer unlimited wireless voice and data plans at a fixed price.
The association warns corporate mobile users of false savings. While certainly offering a fixed budget amount, TEMIA estimates that a corporations telecommunications savings would be between 30 percent and 50 percent more than these fixed priced costs, by evaluating their specific usage and retaining pooled or individual plans. The association said a well-managed corporate pool plan of voice minutes would average between $50 and $70 per user, whereas these unlimited flat-rate plans are being offered at a fixed rate of $99.
As a consumer plan, these offers make sense for some users. But for a corporation with more than 100 subscribers, it generally does not, said David Spofford, president of TEMIA. That organization is going to end up paying significantly more per year on mobile telecommunications costs by adopting these new unlimited flat rate voice plans for all mobile devices.
The Telecom Expense Management Association membership currently has 6.7 million cellular accounts under management across its memberships client portfolio. Collectively its membership manages $2.5 billion worth of mobile telecom expenses for corporations worldwide.