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11 August 2020

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How eSim for Business is Empowering a Mobile Workforce

Business Wireless by Tom Collins

What if you could give all your employees a cell phone without buying a single piece of equipment?

A few years ago, adding a mobile business line meant purchasing mobile phones, cellular plans, and all their accessories — all so your employees could make calls away from their desks.

But then eSIM technology arrived and gave you the ability to allow your employees to use their personal cell phones and still have access to a business line on-the-go.

There are many benefits to using an eSIM for business, and we're going to share the top reasons you’ll want to adopt this technology.

5 Benefits of Using an eSim for Business

 

 

What is an eSIM? SIM cards are how carriers identify and authenticate customers when they access the mobile network. An eSim is an embedded SIM card that doesn’t require a physical slot and card to work.

1. No Additional Hardware Required

An eSIM is embedded inside your phone, so you don’t need to purchase any additional hardware or visit a retail location to make it work.

With an eSIM and an unlocked phone, you’ll be able to connect your phone to any carrier network that you prefer — including private networks like Atlantech wireless.

What does it mean to have an unlocked phone? When you purchase a new smartphone through a carrier, the carrier “locks” the phone so you can’t use it on a competitor’s network.

This forces you to stay with the original carrier until you’ve paid off the phone. And just paying off the balance won’t automatically unlock your phone. You’ll need to call the carrier and request it to be unlocked before you can use another carrier.

The most significant benefits of having an eSIM vs. the traditional SIM cards you have to insert are:

  • Your phone is less likely to get stolen. Thieves can’t simply remove the SIM card and replace it with their own, so your phone will be useless in their hands once your carrier shuts off service to it.
  • Water has fewer places to get inside and ruin your phone because it renders the SIM card slot obsolete, eliminating the extra opening.
  • Phones with eSIM have more room for additional components, which means better performance.
  • Phone designs can be thinner and smaller because they no longer have a SIM slot.

 

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2. eSIM Adoption Rate is High Because it’s Intuitive to Use

Who wants to download yet another app to their phone — right? There are so many apps to choose from that offer the same functionality that it’s a pain to download and test them all to find one you like that actually works.

Softphone apps like DialPad or Grasshopper can be buggy and typically have a low internet signal, making them a pain to use.

With eSIM technology, simply dial the number you want to call on the keypad and choose the number you wish to use to make the call (your business or personal number).

With an interface that’s this intuitive, you’ll be making calls and sending texts from business and personal numbers from your smartphone in no time.

As a bonus, you can even use the built-in calling features available on your phone and connect to the mobile network via standard wireless towers.

 

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3. You Have Access to Data Plans

The internet has evolved into a necessity for our everyday lives.

Without access to mobile data that allows us to connect to the internet wirelessly on the go, we wouldn’t be able to use GPS systems in our cars, play music from our favorite streaming stations, check our email, or make and receive calls and texts anywhere we happen to be.

eSIM is so powerful because it doesn’t just work for smartphones. In the coming years, eSIMs will be used in tablets and laptops to connect wirelessly without a mobile hotspot.

This makes working while you travel so much easier and more convenient. Because eSIMs take up less space, as mentioned before, laptops and tablets can become even slimmer and smaller or have more components included that couldn’t be integrated previously.

4. You Can Select Your Provider

Being locked into a contract with a provider you don’t like is the worst — especially when their customer service is lacking, and you’re paying more than you should.

The ability to bounce around from one provider to another, or to use more than one provider at a time, makes your life easier and your wallet happier.

When you purchase an unlocked phone with an eSIM inside, you can quickly and effortlessly turn on and turn off service with a carrier whenever you want.

New phones purchased directly from the manufacturer — like Apple or Samsung — give you the option to buy an unlocked phone from the start vs. starting with a phone that’s eSIM is set up for a specific carrier.

If you already have a smartphone you want to use, and your phone is locked, you’ll need to pay off the remaining contract balance and contact the carrier to have it unlocked before you can use another provider.

Another option is to use your current carrier for personal service and have your eSIM set up to use a new carrier for business service to use both carriers at the same time for different services.

 

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5. eSIM Extends (or Replaces) Your Desk Phone

Desk phones are quickly becoming a thing of the past with the latest shift to remote work, thanks to the recent global pandemic.

If your staff is tied down to a desk, it keeps them from working from home or on the go — reducing productivity.

When you use an unlocked smartphone with eSIM technology, you can have the same phone number your customers call to reach your desk phone, so they won’t even notice a difference.

Another upside to using eSIM technology to extend your desk phone is that you can use the same headset/earphones for your business and personal phone without needing to switch between them all day.

 

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How to Find a Wireless Provider for Your Business

Finding the right wireless provider for your business is crucial if you want to get the services you need with the features you want at a price you can afford.

Not just any carrier can meet those stipulations, so you need to take the time to compare your options. Don’t get ahead of yourself and choose the first one you can find because you're pressed for time.

Big-name companies such as Verizon or AT&T might seem like a good choice since they’re carriers you’re familiar with. In most cases though, a local provider can offer you more reliable services and integrated features you won’t get from big brands.

At Atlantech, you’ll receive personalized service, and you can talk to a real person when you need extra help from support instead of cycling through pre-recordings and following prompts that never answer your questions.

“I have been a loyal customer of Atlantech Online, Inc. for many years now. It is critical to my business that we have extremely reliable connectivity services and AOI deliver. And, if an issue does arise, AOI’s customer service is some of the best I have ever experienced.” - Michael Cogan

So, what are you waiting for? Contact us to find out how to get the best wireless service for your business.

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About the author:

Tom Collins (Twitter, LinkedIn) - is the Director of Enterprise Sales & Marketing for Atlantech Online. He has over 20 years of professional experience in the Internet Service Provider industry and is known for translating technology into positive results for business. A native of Washington, DC, a graduate from University of Maryland (degrees in Government & Politics and Secondary Education), Tom is also a five-time Ironman finisher.