Bring your own device is a now a normal part of the workplace. And while BYOD brings advances into the workplace it also brings its own set of challenges. One challenge that BYOD brings that is usually overlooked is the impact of BYOD on carrier contracts.

An enterprise’s carrier contract changes when BYOD moves into the mix. At first glance it would seem that with less individual users there would also be less cost and complexity with the carrier contract. But that isn’t always the case and sometimes the carrier contract can actually be negatively impacted.

Therefore, CIOupdate.com came up with 3 things to consider while creating your BYOD strategy:

1. Respect your carrier contract: This contract isn’t going away anytime soon so it is important to respect it. You should know how many devices are being used in your enterprise and what the usage is for each line. Keeping an accurate inventory of your services will make it easier for you to negotiate for better discounts and services.

2. Be cautious of early termination fees: Terminating devices outside of your carrier contract can result in major fees that could have been avoided otherwise.

3. Carriers are new at this, too: BYOD isn’t only a new thing for enterprises, but also to the carriers. They are still trying to figure out how to deal with it just like each company is. Making it more important than ever to benchmark carrier pricing and discounts in order to eliminate overspending.

Do you agree that companies need to consider their carrier contracts when it comes to BYOD and this is ripe? Or is this all hype?
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