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The best business phone plans: Reliable 5G for work

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When I started writing for ZDNet 15 years ago , mobile phones were being used by 74% of the US population, but only 14% of those people were using these basic phones to access the internet. The latest data shows that 97% of Americans own a mobile phone, with 85% of those being smartphones that access the internet multiple times a day.

Smartphones and wireless cellular services are now essential for businesses to compete in today's market and broad coverage is an expectation. After T-Mobile's recent acquisition of Sprint, the US market is dominated by Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T. Each of these carriers offers various plan options for businesses of all sizes.

5G continues to roll out across the US, but reliable LTE service is still essential to getting work done. The pricing for business service is competitive, and as someone who has been in the industry for decades, it is amazing to see the reasonable pricing for such fast service that reaches across the nation.

Verizon phone plans for businesses

Verizon Wireless has the most subscribers in the US and is popular with businesses. Three Business Unlimited plans make it easy to find the perfect option for your business. All three  Business Unlimited plans  from Verizon include unlimited talk, text, and data. Support for 5G, mobile hotspot, and tablet use differentiate the three plans. Pricing is also for five or more lines, targeted for business and not for family usage.

Business Unlimited Start

$30 per line per month.

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While there are no limits on minutes, texts, or data, in times of congestion data may be slower with this Start plan. Nationwide 5G, low-band spectrum 5G, is supported with the Start plan and a compatible smartphone.

Tablet, smartwatch, and hotspot options are available for additional costs on the Business Unlimited Start plan. The price also includes $5 per month savings for paper-free billing and auto pay.

Pros  

  • Nationwide 5G coverage
  • Able to add additional devices (watches, tablets) to the account
  • No support for mmWave, high-band, 5G
  • Data speeds slowed down during times of congestion

Business Unlimited Plus

$40 per line per month.

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For $10 more per line per month, Verizon adds 100GB of premium network access, 5G UWB (mmWave) support, and unlimited mobile hotspot service. In addition, Verizon's Business Mobile Secure is included at no additional cost. This enhanced security bundle includes lookout mobile endpoint secure, mobile device management, Wi-Fi protection, and tech support.

  • Nationwide 5G coverage, including mmWave spectrum
  • Enhanced security bundle included
  • Unlimited mobile hotspot service
  • 100GB limit during high usage time periods

Business Unlimited Pro

$50 per line per month.

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The highest level Verizon Business Unlimited plan provides twice the amount of premium network access, 120GB, along with 50% off on Business Unlimited Pro tablet plans.

This plan may be perfect for businesses using connected tablets out in the field and smartphones that are using data throughout the day away from Wi-Fi service.

  • Nationwide 5G coverage with mmWave support
  • 50% cost savings on tablet plans
  • $50 price per line higher than other tiers

T-Mobile phone plans for businesses

After the purchase of Sprint, T-Mobile is now the second largest (in terms of subscriber count) carrier in the US. While T-Mobile has long been known for its consumer-friendly cellular plans, it also has one of the most extensive  libraries of business offerings  for small companies, large companies, and government agencies. Its new  Business Unlimited plans  are presented below, but other options require  direct discussions  between businesses and T-Mobile.

Business Unlimited Select

$25 to $60 per line per month.

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Business Unlimited Select plans are designed for small business customers who need 1 to 12 lines of service. A one line plan is the most expensive, at $60 per month. Two lines are priced at $45 per line per month, four lines are $30 per line per month, and six or more lines are just $25 per line per month.

These plans include 5G network support, 5GB of high-speed mobile hotspot data, as well as unlimited calling/texting/data in Mexico and Canada.

  • Very affordable small business plan
  • Unlimited service in Mexico and Canada
  • Unlimited streaming is limited to SD content
  • Included data in Canada and Mexico is 128kbps speed

Business Unlimited Advanced

$30 to $70 per line per month.

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If the employees of your small business travel by airplane and need Microsoft apps, then you should consider the T-Mobile Business Unlimited Advanced plan. This service plan includes 40GB of high-speed hotspot data, Microsoft 365, one hour of Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi, and 5GB of high-speed data in Canada and Mexico.

  • Affordable per line price point
  • Microsoft 365 productivity service included
  • One hour of in-flight Wi-Fi service
  • 40GB of high-speed hotspot
  • 100GB of premium data

Business Unlimited Ultimate

$40 to $85 per line per month.

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For small businesses that want it all at reasonable per line prices, the new Business Unlimited Ultimate plan is for you. In addition to the unlimited talk, text, and data (with 5G included) small businesses also get unlimited premium data, 100GB of mobile hotspot, and Microsoft 365.

Streaming content is provided with unlimited 4K UHD quality, WiFi on your flight is unlimited, and data in 210 countries is twice as fast (256kbps) as the other T-Mobile small business plans.

  • Unlimited premium data
  • Unlimited WiFi on your flight
  • Microsoft 365 services included
  • 5GB of high speed data in Canada and Mexico

AT&T phone plans for businesses

After T-Mobile added Sprint subscribers to its total subscriber base, AT&T dropped to third in total subscriber count. However, AT&T is also well established as an enterprise service provider with  four enterprise options  available to customers. AT&T also serves as the backbone for the  FirstNet network  optimized for first responders.

Unlimited Your Way for Business

Starting at $30 per month.

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The Unlimited Your Way for Business plans allow up to 10 devices per plan group and are designed for small to medium-sized businesses. The more lines you add, up to 10 lines, the less expensive the starting price is for AT&T Business Unlimited Starter, Business Unlimited Performance, and Business Unlimited Elite. For 10 lines, the starting price is $30, $35, and $40 per line per month, respectively. For just a single line, these prices are $65, $75, and $85 per line per month, respectively.

Hotspot data allotments, priority data transmission, and higher definition streaming are features that improve as you move from the Starter tier to the Elite tier of service. Select the number of lines on the Unlimited Your Way website to view pricing for your company.

  • Price per line decreases with additional lines
  • Multiple tiers of service are offered
  • Limited to 10 lines of service
  • Priority data transmission restrictions
  • Hotspot data limits

AT&T Mobility Select - Pooled

Starting at $35 per month.

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Unlimited calls and text messages in the US, unlimited calls to Mexico and Canada, and unlimited texting from the US to more than 120 countries are included in the  AT&T Mobility Select - Pooled  plan service. Data is served up to each employee from a single shared pool for each business account.

Plans start at $35 per month, but potential customers need to contact AT&T to discuss specific details and plan pricing.

  • Affordable plan pricing
  • Unlimited calls to Mexico and Canada
  • Shared pool requires management to allocate

AT&T Mobile Share Plus for Business

Starting at $50 per month.

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The AT&T Mobile Share Plus for Business plan supports from one to 25 smartphone lines with various monthly data caps, ranging from 3GB to 120GB per phone. Pricing per phone starts at $50 per month for 3GB and goes up to $615 for one phone with 120GB of data.

Shareable data, rollover data, unlimited talk and text, mobile hotspot service, and international talk, text, and data are provided with these plans.

  • Support for up to 25 lines of service
  • Rollover data support
  • Mobile hotspot service included
  • Data caps allocated by service option

AT&T Business 4GB

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Unlimited talk, text, and 4GB of data per line are provided with the AT&T Business 4GB  plan. Hotspot data and standard mobile security services are also provided with the plan. Pricing for smartphones starts at $50 per month, but further pricing requires consultation with an AT&T representative.

AT&T Business 4GB is available for tablets for $20 per month and for wearables for $10 per month. AT&T advertises this plan as best for small businesses.

  • Unlimited talk and text
  • Controlled pricing per each phone
  • Service options for tablets and wearables
  • 4GB data limit per each line

MVNO options for businesses

While the three major carriers offer focused business plans, there are also a few MVNOs that offer attractive per line plans that may work well for small businesses. MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators) are companies that use establish wireless carrier infrastructure to provide no or minimal contract options for customers. The MVNOs do not openly advertise which wireless carrier infrastructure they are using, but as soon as you insert a SIM into your phone, you can see which carrier is connected to which MVNO. MVNOs are optimized for consumers looking for phone service with no contracts and prepaid options, but these same elements may help small businesses control costs and adjust to market demands.

US Mobile for business

$9 per line and $2 per gb per month.

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Most MVNOs offer attractive per line prices with each account limited to five or six lines. US Mobile is one MVNO that actually provides shared data plans for companies of any size. Enter the number of lines you need and the amount of shared data to view your total monthly payment. 

A couple of examples include 50 lines with 100GB of data for $674 per month or 30 lines with 50GB of data for $385 per month. We had the opportunity to test out the two available US Mobile SIM cards and found the service to be fast and reliable.

  • Specific service offering for businesses
  • Scalable to your business size and line needs
  • Competitive $9 per line base fee
  • Verizon and T-Mobile serve as network providers
  • Data price per GB may be higher than unlimited plans

Mint Mobile

$30 per month per line.

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Mint Mobile is one of the most popular MVNOs thanks in large part to advertising by one of its owners, Ryan Reynolds. While there are no specific business plans, three/six/twelve month plans for individual phones are available starting as low as $30 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data.

T-Mobile provides the network for Mint Mobile's service so you will need GSM handsets for the service.

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data plan options
  • Flexibility for less expensive data limit plans
  • No specific business service plans
  • Limited to T-Mobile coverage area
  • Three available contract period options

Cricket Wireless

Starting at $25 per line per month.

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Cricket Wireless is an established MVNO, service provided by AT&T, that has retail stores around the country so you can get support and establish service in person if you desire. One to five lines can be setup for each account with measured data or unlimited data. Mobile hotspot data can also be added to each line.

4G LTE and 5G data is provided, along with international support, cloud storage, and more.

  • Established, trusted MVNO
  • Physical retail stores around the country
  • Unlimited and measured data plan options
  • No long term contract required
  • Service coverage area limited to AT&T network
  • Five line limit per account

What steps should a new business take to establish wireless service?

While this buying guide provides current pricing and service options from the three primary US wireless carriers and MVNOs, specific pricing for your business requires a conversation with the carrier to fully define your company needs, available service discounts, and contract lengths.

One of the first things to figure out is where you will need service geographically in the US as all three carriers have slightly different coverage maps. Your geographic operating area may remove one, or more, carriers from your viable candidate list. 

The next step is to determine how many lines of service you will need and then the data needs of those lines. Calling and text messages are unlimited in all cases, but data speed and amount of data will drive your costs.

Most carriers also offer additional incentives and services, such as hotspot, in-flight coverage, Microsoft 365, and more. Make sure to account for the value of these incentives in your decision-making process.

What are the disadvantages of a MVNO?

Most MVNOs are focused on the consumer market so business plan offerings for more than six lines of service are rare. Pricing can be very competitive and with no contracts these MVNOs may be attractive to businesses just getting started that do not want to lock in long-term contracts.

Account management may require more time from businesses given the consumer focus of MVNOs. MVNOs are also subject to the infrastructure provided by the big three US carriers, but there are several established MVNOs with solid reputation and a record of high-quality service and support.

What is the best business phone plan?

We analyzed reliability, coverage, and price to compile a list of the best phone plans for your business which includes: Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.

Does the choice of my smartphone model limit wireless service?

In the past, the US wireless market was split into GSM and CDMA service technologies with two carriers supporting each of these technologies. Modern smartphones support LTE and 5G service without CDMA technology your choice of smartphone is not as limited.

The most popular smartphones in the US, Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones, support all wireless technologies in the US wireless market so there are no limits on using these phones with any US carrier. If you purchase these phones directly from Samsung and Apple, then you can choose to purchase unlocked models.

Some phones are sold in a locked state so they can only be used on one specific carrier. This may be changing soon and there are processes to unlock your phone from your carrier if you decide to switch carriers. There used to be incentives for purchasing locked phones, but in today's world purchasing unlocked phones gives you the most flexibility for choosing your service provider.

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T-Mobile Small Business Cell Phone Plans

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T-Mobile is a major international cell phone provider with coast-to-coast coverage in the United States and small business cell phone solutions to help businesses stay connected. In 2020, T-Mobile merged with Sprint Corporation, allowing the company to expand its network and customer offerings.

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Pros: Fantastic mobile device management and awesome coverage.

Cons: Not all devices are compatible with T-Mobile.

Bottomline: Excellent platform to enable efficient business communications.

Key Information:

What are t-mobile's plans.

T-Mobile has a variety of plans for phones, tablets and hotspots, wearables and lifestyle devices, and prepaid plans.

What solutions does T-Mobile offer for business?

  • Mobile point-of-sale (POS) .
  • Fleet management.
  • Help desk for small businesses.
  • Mobile device management .
  • Productivity solutions.
  • Internet of Things network solutions.

What are the T-Mobile business plans?

  • Magenta for Business.
  • Military Plan for Business.
  • T-Mobile Simple Choice.
  • T-Mobile 13+.
  • T-Mobile Amplified.

Does T-Mobile allow my business to bring my own device (BYOD)?

Yes. BYOD saves your business money and gives your business the flexibility to use company-owned devices or allow employees to use their own. You can just add T-Mobile's plan.

Can my business keep it's existing number if I bring my own device?

Yes. Most phone numbers can be transferred to T-Mobile. You need to check the transfer eligibility of your existing number from your current service provider.

What information does T-Mobile require to port my business number?

  • Previous carrier's name.
  • Previous carrier's account number.
  • Account pin number.
  • Phone number to be ported in.

How do I contact a T-Mobile business sales representative?

If you are interested in T-Mobile business plans, you can talk to a T-Mobile business expert by calling 1 (844) 428-9675.

Does T-Mobile offer a small business discount?

T-Mobile does not have a specific small business discount, but you pay less per line with every line that you add, and veteran-owned small businesses can qualify for special rates and plans.

What is T-Mobile ONE business?

T-Mobile One is a plan for Military veterans who own small businesses. As long as you verify your military status, you can get a discount of between 20% and 50% off per line.

What are the account benefits for this plan?

  • Coast to coast 4G LTE coverage.
  • 24/7 customer support.
  • Online account management and bill payments.
  • Unlimited data options.

What is T-Mobile Business Care?

T-Mobile Business Care is a customer service department of T-Mobile that is dedicated to business support. You can dial 611 from your T-Mobile phone to reach the T-Mobile business care line, or you can call the T-Mobile business number at 1 (877) 347-2127.

What is the T-Mobile Business Family Discount?

The Business Family Discount is a discount that T-Mobile offers to the family members of someone who is already on a T-Mobile business plan. With this discount, you can save up to 50% on the first two lines in your family plan.

What are some alternatives to T-Mobile's Small Business cell phone plans?

  • Mint Mobile .
  • Metro PCS .
  • Cricket Wireless .
  • Xfinity Mobile .

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T-Mobile for Business puts the spotlight on small businesses across the country

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Earlier today, T-Mobile for Business revealed three new small business plans under the name Business Unlimited. In addition to these new plans, T-Mobile for Business has announced its new fixed wireless internet, Facebook Advertising on Us with digital advertising, and digital marketing resources exclusively for small businesses. This is T-Mobile’s way of helping the small business owners cope as they go through the economical effects of the pandemic. 

Here is more information on these new developments:

T-Mobile Business Unlimited Plans

These are the three small business plans that T-Mobile for Business has unveiled today. As of this writing, these are the only small business plans available in the country. 

  • Business Unlimited Select $25/line/month – This plan comes with unlimited talk, text, and 50GB of “Premium Data”, 5GB high-speed mobile hotspot; unlimited texting and 2G data overseas; and unlimited talk, text and 2G data in Canada and Mexico. The plan, however, reduces the speed during times of network congestion. 
  • Business Unlimited Advanced $30/line/month – This plan comes with unlimited talk, text, and 100GB of “Premium Data”, 40GB high-speed mobile hotspot, 1 hour of Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi; unlimited texting and 2G data overseas; unlimited talk, text and 5G high-speed data in Canada and Mexico; HD video streaming; and Microsoft 365 on Us.
  • Business Unlimited Ultimate $40/line/month – This plan comes with unlimited talk, text, and “Premium Data”, 100GB high-speed mobile hotspot, 1 hour of Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi; 4K video streaming; Microsoft 365 on Us; and 2x faster data internationally (256Kbps). 

T-Mobile Small Business Internet

The need to stay online is greatly experienced by small businesses. Thankfully, T-Mobile for Business has introduced a way to address this need with its new fixed wireless internet service that costs $60/month with AutoPay and no annual contracts. It also doesn’t include any caps or overage penalties. 

Once you sign up for this service, T-Mobile will ship a state-of-the-art Nokia 5G router to your business location, included in your monthly price with no added equipment fees. You can then perform the installation in minutes, without the need to pay for hookup fees. The service also comes with access to a team of dedicated experts who you can call whenever you need them.

For a limited time period, T-Mobile for Business is running a promotion on this service. When you sign up for the service between June 1st and June 30th, you can enjoy $10 off on the monthly rate. This means that you will only have to pay $50/month (with AutoPay) throughout the duration of the qualifying line. You can learn more about this offer here .

Facebook Advertising on Us

T-Mobile knows that in order to help your business succeed, you need to take things to social media. And one way you can do that is by doing ads the right way. This is why T-Mobile for Business has teamed up with Facebook experts to help improve your business’ digital marketing strategy. 

The partnership gives small businesses three one-on-one consultations with a Facebook marketing expert. It also gives access to educational resources and thought leadership content to help you make the most out of your Facebook advertising strategies. 

Not only that, every small business on T-Mobile with three or more lines will get $200 in digital advertising to use to market their business on Facebook and Instagram’s platform. 

T-Mobile for Business’ Opportunity Sweepstakes

Lastly, T-Mobile for Business is running an Opportunity Sweepstakes for small businesses throughout the country. 

When you join, you have a chance to win a 5G makeover for your business. You can be among the winners of the following:

  • Six small businesses will win a 5G smartphone or tablet
  • Five small businesses will win a package of five 5G devices
  • Two small businesses will win a full 5G makeover with five 5G smartphones, a 5G tablet, and $5000 to spend on anything

You can join this sweepstakes between June 1st and July 16th. For more information, visit this page . 

These new developments will be available starting June 1st. To kick off its launch, T-Mo will be hosting a Facebook Live conversation with FUBU founder & CEO/ABC’s Shark Tank, Daymond John and T-Mobile for Business’ EVP, Mike Katz. The talk will take place virtually on June 1st at 11:00am PT. You can learn more about this here . 

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T-Mobile Magenta Business: Advantages for business customers

Many businesses are turning to mobile technology to keep up with their employees. An efficient workforce is essential to a productive business. Do you want to give your business a professional boost? T-Mobile for Business offers tailor-made solutions for your business. There are various ways your business can enjoy Magenta Business.

Data volume with T-Mobile for business

You never have to worry about going over your limit and getting charged extra for mobile data. It also means that you will always be able to use 5G internet in any way you want. With the T-Mobile “Unlimited” phone plans, you have a complete package with unlimited high-speed data volume within the T-Mobile network.

A T-Mobile business mobile plan is the perfect solution to help you keep in touch with customers, employees, and your entire team. Your T-Mobile business tariff for the mobile plan will provide all the tools you need to stay connected, including unlimited calls, SMS, and a Multi-SIM option.

Whether you are on the go or in the office, T-Mobile for Business offers a high-performance 5G network experience. It offers bandwidth from 100 Mbit/s up to 1,000 Mbit/s. You’ll never have to worry about your employees using too much data or your customers using it all up.

Your business will never run out of bandwidth again! Magenta T-Mobile offers unlimited data volume at no extra cost. It’s easy to see why many companies choose this service over others.

The T-Mobile mobile tariffs for businesses help companies save more money by offering more services and special packages at lower prices. By providing mobile phones as employee benefits , we can give your employees the freedom to work wherever and whenever they want.

Fixed network to a mobile flat rate

The fixed network to mobile flat rates option lets you make free calls to any mobile phone from your landline. It applies to up to eight voice channels. You can reach your customers at any time and enjoy inexpensive telephony with low basic fees.

If you want to save yourself from an expensive fixed network contract, then a mobile flat rate is suitable for your business. As a business customer with this service, you can enjoy the following benefits.

  • 5G speeds are faster than DSL
  • It includes unlimited calls and roaming
  • All-Net Flat: unlimited calls to all networks
  • Free SMS and MMS

What type of T-Mobile business mobile plan is right for your business?

The development of new technologies and the growth of the mobile internet are leading to new forms of communication. To be available for your customers at all times, you need a strong partner who can guarantee fast and reliable connections.

Business Unlimited Select

This package gives you the most affordable way to increase your company’s productivity. You can now connect all your devices to a fast and reliable mobile network. It will be a great advantage when working from home or while moving.

Suppose you already use a T-Mobile business mobile plan for your company. Thanks to your status as an existing customer, you will receive an extra price advantage when booking another product for your company. As an existing T-Mobile customer, you can save on extra monthly products at your company price.

Business Unlimited Advanced

Business Unlimited Advanced offers you a comprehensive package for your telephone needs, including unlimited talk and text, unlimited 5G and LTE data on the T-Mobile network and some extra benefits such as free in-flight Wi-Fi an Netflix account (as of 2022).

With this package, you can also choose either to get subsidized phones and tablets and buy accessories such as headsets and speakers.

T-Mobile Business Phone Plans - Subsidized Devices

The subsidized devices may require an initial down payment 

Business Unlimited Ultimate

“Ultimate” is the largest T-Mobile Business package in the US. It boasts unlimited text and talk, unlimited 5G and/or 4G connections as well as +100 GB of high-speed data. With unlimited premium data, you can be sure not to be slowed down if your data connection has been exceeded.

You get an overview of your costs thanks to monthly billing in advance. So there are no unpleasant surprises when you receive your bill at the end of the month. Now you can use your company smartphone for phone calls and messages without any worries about the costs.

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T-Mobile phone plans: SIM-only and BYOD

Naturally, T-Mobile also offers SIM-only phone plans without a subsidized device. At Everphone, we generally recommend to keep phone plans and devices separate in organizations. This usually allows for more flexibility in selecting the phone plan, more cost transparency and overall lower costs and expenditures.

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T-Mobile business mobile plan vs. Verizon business mobile plans

If you’re looking to get started with a new mobile phone plan, one of your first decisions is to choose what type of plan you want. Two popular options in the US are T-Mobile business mobile plans and Verizon business customers’ phone plans . And of course, there is also AT & T and Sprint.

All of these carriers and their business phone plans have their upsides and downsides. For example, Verizon business customers’ phone plans are known for their flexibility, but they may not offer what you need if you’re looking for a specific set of features.

On the other hand, T-Mobile business mobile plans might be more limited regarding what features you can pick and choose. Still, they offer an excellent value for your money with included features that might otherwise be add-ons with other providers.

If you’re trying to decide which plan is best for your needs, there’s no single correct answer. You’ll have to weigh your budget and priorities against the different types of plans available on the market today.

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A data plan is the amount of data your business can use each month for online roaming, streaming and browsing. Data plans come in many shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: they are designed to keep your company connected to the internet.

When you select a data plan, you’re choosing how much data your company will be able to use each month. Some companies may only need 200 MB/month, while others require 1 TB/month or more. You choose a T-Mobile business mobile plan that gives you enough data to power your business without overpaying for something you don’t need.

Some companies offer unlimited plans, but these plans can be fairly expensive—and if you don’t need unlimited data, they aren’t worth the extra cost. If you aren’t sure how much data your company needs, talk to an expert! They’ll be able to help you figure out what kind of plan is best for your business’s needs and budget.

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Are you looking for a mobile phone plan that offers great value for money? Look no further than T-Mobile! With a wide range of plans to choose from, T-Mobile has something for everyone. Whether you need unlimited data, international calling, or family plans, T-Mobile has got you covered.

In this article, we will explore the different T-Mobile plans available and break them down to help you find the perfect fit for your needs. From the budget-friendly essentials plan to the feature-packed Magenta Max plan, we will discuss the various benefits and features of each plan.

Stay tuned as we dive into the world of T-Mobile plans and help you make an informed decision for your mobile phone needs. Let’s get started!

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The T-Mobile ONE Plan is a comprehensive mobile phone plan that offers unlimited talk, text, and data. It is designed to meet the needs of those who require a seamless and unlimited connection without the worry of running out of minutes, texts, or data.

With the T-Mobile ONE Plan, you can enjoy unlimited calls to any number within the U.S., as well as unlimited text messaging to both domestic and international numbers. This means you can stay connected with your loved ones, friends, and business contacts without any restrictions or limitations.

Furthermore, the T-Mobile ONE Plan provides unlimited data for all of your internet and app usage. Whether you’re streaming videos, downloading large files, or browsing the web, you can do so without worrying about reaching a data cap or incurring additional charges.

One of the key features and benefits of the T-Mobile ONE Plan is the inclusion of additional perks and services. Subscribers get access to T-Mobile Tuesdays, where exclusive deals, discounts, and freebies are offered every week. Additionally, users can enjoy unlimited streaming on popular platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, without it counting towards their data usage.

When it comes to coverage and network quality, T-Mobile has an extensive nationwide network that stretches across the country. Their network is constantly expanding and improving, ensuring that you have a strong and reliable signal wherever you go. Whether you’re in a major city or a rural area, you can expect a consistent and fast connection.

In terms of pricing and payment options, the T-Mobile ONE Plan offers flexibility and affordability. The monthly cost of the plan includes all taxes and fees, so you won’t be hit with any unexpected charges. Additionally, T-Mobile offers the option to finance the purchase of a new phone, making it easier for you to upgrade to the latest device without a hefty upfront payment.

Overall, the T-Mobile ONE Plan is a comprehensive and feature-rich mobile phone plan that offers unlimited talk, text, and data. With its extensive coverage, additional perks, and flexible payment options, it provides a seamless and hassle-free mobile experience for individuals and families alike.

The T-Mobile Essentials Plan offers a straightforward and affordable option for those who need the basics of talk, text, and data without any frills or extra features. This plan is ideal for users who primarily use their phones for communication and don’t require extensive data usage or additional perks.

With the T-Mobile Essentials Plan, you will enjoy unlimited talk and text, ensuring that you can stay connected with friends, family, and colleagues. Whether you’re having a quick chat or sending important messages, there are no limits on your communication.

When it comes to data, the T-Mobile Essentials Plan offers a generous amount for everyday use. While it may not be unlimited like some other plans, this plan provides enough data for typical tasks such as browsing the web, checking emails, and using social media.

One of the key features of the T-Mobile Essentials Plan is the inclusion of T-Mobile Tuesdays. With T-Mobile Tuesdays, you get weekly perks and deals, including freebies, discounts, and special offers from popular brands. It’s a great way to get extra value from your plan and enjoy exclusive savings.

Another notable inclusion of the T-Mobile Essentials Plan is the ability to use your plan while traveling in Canada and Mexico. With this plan, you can make calls, send texts, and use data without incurring any additional charges in these countries. It’s a convenient feature for those who frequently travel to these areas.

As with any plan, there are pros and cons to consider before making a decision. One of the main advantages of the T-Mobile Essentials Plan is its affordability. This plan offers a budget-friendly option without compromising on the essentials of talk, text, and data. It’s ideal for individuals or families who want to keep their monthly expenses low.

However, one of the downsides of the T-Mobile Essentials Plan is the lack of additional features. If you’re someone who relies heavily on services like hotspot tethering, high-definition video streaming, or international data roaming, this plan may not be the best fit for your needs. In that case, you may want to consider other T-Mobile plans that offer more comprehensive features and options.

When it comes to pricing, the T-Mobile Essentials Plan is competitively priced compared to other plans in the market. It provides value for those who prioritize basic communication and don’t require extravagant data allowances or additional perks. However, it’s always a good idea to compare different plans and their pricing structures to ensure you’re choosing the plan that aligns with your usage and budget.

The T-Mobile Magenta Plan offers a wide range of features and benefits designed for individuals and families who need advanced talk, text, and data capabilities. With this plan, you can enjoy unlimited talk and text, along with generous data allowances to keep you connected no matter where you are.

One of the standout features of the T-Mobile Magenta Plan is the advanced data options. Not only do you get unlimited data, but T-Mobile also offers prioritized data speeds, which means you’ll experience fast and reliable connectivity even during peak network usage times.

In addition to the advanced data capabilities, the T-Mobile Magenta Plan also includes a variety of add-ons to enhance your mobile experience. These add-ons can be tailored to your specific needs and preferences, allowing you to customize your plan to suit your lifestyle. Whether you need extra data, international calling options, or device protection, T-Mobile has you covered.

When it comes to international benefits, the T-Mobile Magenta Plan truly shines. With this plan, you can enjoy unlimited texting and data in over 210 countries and destinations worldwide, at no extra cost. This means you can stay connected with friends, family, and colleagues while traveling abroad, without worrying about hefty roaming charges.

Pricing and promotions for the T-Mobile Magenta Plan are competitive and designed to provide you with the best value for your money. T-Mobile frequently offers promotions such as discounted rates, free add-ons, or device deals for new and existing customers. It’s worth keeping an eye out for these promotions to take advantage of even more savings on your mobile plan.

As a business owner, it’s essential to have reliable and efficient communication services. T-Mobile offers a range of business plans tailored to meet the needs of small, medium, and large enterprises. Whether you require basic voice and text services or advanced data solutions, T-Mobile has you covered.

Overview of Business Plans

T-Mobile provides several business plans designed to cater to different business sizes and requirements. From individual plans to shared data plans for multiple employees, you can choose the option that best fits your organization. These plans offer a variety of features and benefits to enhance productivity and connectivity.

Key Features for Business Customers

T-Mobile business plans come with a host of features specially curated to support businesses. These features include unlimited calling and texting, flexible data options, and the ability to share data among multiple devices. Additionally, T-Mobile offers advanced security features, mobile device management solutions, and priority customer support to ensure your business operates smoothly.

Additional Services and Support

In addition to the standard features, T-Mobile provides additional services and support to meet the unique needs of businesses. This includes device financing options, trade-in programs for upgrading devices, and dedicated account management teams for personalized assistance. T-Mobile also offers business customers access to a broad range of business applications and integrated solutions to boost efficiency and streamline operations.

Pricing and Customization Options

When it comes to pricing, T-Mobile offers competitive rates for their business plans. The cost varies depending on the number of lines, data usage, and additional services you choose. T-Mobile provides flexibility in customization, allowing you to select the features and add-ons that align with your business requirements. This ensures you only pay for what you need.

Furthermore, T-Mobile frequently offers promotions and discounts for new business customers, making it even more cost-effective to switch to their services. With transparent pricing and customizable options, T-Mobile makes it convenient for businesses of all sizes to find a plan that suits their budget and operational needs.

In conclusion, T-Mobile offers a wide range of plans to cater to the diverse needs of mobile phone users. Whether you are a casual user, a heavy data consumer, or someone who needs unlimited talk and text, T-Mobile has a plan for you.

With their affordable pricing, extensive coverage, and fast network speeds, T-Mobile stands out as a competitive option in the mobile phone market. Their plans come with numerous additional perks, such as free streaming services and international roaming, making T-Mobile a popular choice for frequent travelers.

Whether you prefer a postpaid plan or a prepaid option, T-Mobile provides flexibility and convenience. With their customer-focused approach and commitment to innovation, T-Mobile continues to be a top choice among mobile phone service providers.

So, whether you’re looking for a simple plan to stay connected or a feature-packed bundle, T-Mobile has you covered. Explore their plans and choose the one that best suits your needs.

Here are some commonly asked questions about T-Mobile plans:

1. What are the different types of T-Mobile plans available?

T-Mobile offers a range of plans to suit various needs. These include postpaid plans, prepaid plans, unlimited plans, family plans, and data-only plans.

2. What is the difference between postpaid and prepaid T-Mobile plans?

Postpaid plans require a contract and are billed monthly, while prepaid plans do not require a contract and require payment in advance. Postpaid plans often include additional features and benefits, while prepaid plans offer more flexibility and control over spending.

3. What are T-Mobile’s unlimited plans?

T-Mobile’s unlimited plans provide unlimited talk, text, and data. These plans are popular among customers who use their phones heavily and want the peace of mind of not worrying about data limits.

4. Can I share my T-Mobile plan with my family?

Yes, T-Mobile offers family plans that allow you to share a single plan with multiple lines. This can be a cost-effective option for households with multiple users.

5. Can I get a T-Mobile plan for my tablet or mobile hotspot?

Absolutely! T-Mobile offers data-only plans specifically designed for tablets, mobile hotspots, and other connected devices. These plans provide the convenience of staying connected even without a traditional phone.

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Overview: Business Plans by T-Mobile (Cellular Data Plans)

Released Around: March, 2019 / Last Updated: January 18, 2024

T-Mobile Business is a potential option for RVers, cruisers, and nomads because of they are the easiest carrier to get a business account and offer several easily obtainable plans for sole proprietors and small business customers.

Plan Information

T-Mobile offers various plans for business customers that are generally very similar to consumer postpaid plans but with some different features & benefits.

You must have a "qualifying" business account and approved credit to sign up for a business plan.  Plan eligibility, the number of lines on an account, and other factors can vary depending on credit rating.

Typically, a business account will get tax-inclusive pricing for accounts with five or fewer lines.  More than five lines may get the account (and associated plans) switched to tax-exclusive.

**TOP PICKS**

Top Pick Notes : T-Mobile Business offers a few plans that we consider Top Picks worth focusing your research on. Here are the highlights of the plans we recommend and why we consider them top picks:

Business Unlimited Ultimate and Unlimited Ultimate+ for iPhone

  • Device: Smartphones, Tablets
  • Data: Unlimited On Device
  • No network deprioritization and 100GB-200GB of high-speed hotspot data. This plan is priced like the consumer Magenta MAX plan , which only offers 40GB of high-speed data (with add-ons for up to 100GB). 
  • Price: $85/month for Unlimited Ultimate;  $95/month for Unlimited Ultimate+ for iPhone
  • Business Unlimited Ultimate offer different perks depending on your needs - no network management or high-speed hotspot caps.
  • Business Unlimited Ultimate+ no longer available online as of 11/16/23, but it is still available via Business customer service reps. Requires an Apple Business Essentials subscription.
  • More Info: View the 'Smartphones Plans' tab

Business Internet

  • Device: Routers and Hotspots
  • Data: Unlimited
  • Price: $60/month
  • Top Pick Notes: These plans are eligible for BYOD, including most mobile routers. These plans are intended for fixed business use, but T-Mobile advertises them as options for remote and "popup" locations. T-Mobile has not enforced any geo-location restrictions. The Unlimited plan is available only in limited areas but capped data plans are also available in other locations. Often confused with the Home/Small Business Internet plans.
  • More Info: View the 'Business Internet' tab 

Small Business Internet

  • Device: T-Mobile Home/Small Business Internet Gateway Device
  • Top Pick Notes: This plan can only be used with the provided Home Internet Gateway Device and is the same as the consumer Home Internet option, only on a business account. These plans are intended only for fixed home/business use, but T-Mobile has not enforced this.
  • Tiered Plans: 10GB $25/month; 25GB $45/month; 100GB $50/month; 300GB $70/month
  • More Info: Unlimited Home and Business Data Plan and Gateways by T-Mobile

Business Tablet Promo Plans

  • Device: Tablets
  • Price: $10-15/month
  • Top Pick Notes: These plans are promotional and tend to come and go without warning. They can generally be purchased BYOD, standalone, or with a tablet from T-Mobile, depending on the promo details and restrictions.
  • More Info: View the 'Data Plans' tab 

Smartphone Plans

Currently available plans.

  • Business Unlimited Ultimate - $85/month **TOP PICK**
  • Business Unlimited Ultimate+ for iPhone - $95/month **TOP PICK**
  • Business Unlimited Advanced - $70/month
  • Business Unlimited Select - $60/month
  • Go5G Business Next: $100/month
  • Go5G Business Plus: $90/month
  • Go5G Business: $75/month
  • Note: Go5G Business plans are only available in stores.

Note: Unlimited Ultimate+ is not available online anymore but is supposed to be available as an option through business telesales representatives. Requires an Apple Business Essential subscription.

Pricing reflects autopay and paperless billing discounts.

Plan Specifications:

  • Carrier Networks Used: T-Mobile
  • Carrier Relationship: Direct
  • Plan Types Available: Phone
  • Device Types Permitted: Phone
  • Unlimited: Yes
  • Business Unlimited Ultimate: 100GB
  • Business Unlimited Ultimate+ for iPhone: 200GB
  • Business Unlimited Advanced: 50GB
  • Business Unlimited Select: 5GB
  • Go5G Business Next and Plus: 100GB
  • Go5G Business: 50GB
  • All hotspot data is prioritized behind smartphone data.
  • Throttling: None on device
  • Business Unlimited Ultimate: None 
  • Business Unlimited Advanced: 100GB
  • Business Unlimited Select: 50GB
  • Go5G Business Next and Plus: None
  • Go5G Business: 100GB
  • Business Unlimited Ultimate/Ultimate+: 4K UHD
  • Business Unlimited Advanced: 1080p
  • Business Unlimited Select: 480p
  • Go5G Business Next and Plus: 4K UHD
  • Go5G Business: 480p (Can enable 720p)
  • 5G Access: Yes, with a compatible device and in an area where 5G service is available
  • Device Purchase Required: No
  • Plan Period: Monthly
  • Business Unlimited Plans: 5GB in Canada and Mexico and 5GB in 215+ other countries; then 256Kb after 5GB
  • Go5G Business Next and Plus Plans: 15GB in Canada/Mexico; unlimited at 256Kb in 215+ countries
  • Go5G Business: 10GB in Canada/Mexico; unlimited at 256Kb in 215+ countries
  • Domestic Roaming: 200MB
  • Data Roll Over: No
  • Overage Charges: None
  • Lines permitted per account:  Up to 20
  • Business Unlimited Ultimate/Ultimate+: Microsoft 365 OR Netflix; Apple TV+
  • Business Unlimited Advanced: Microsoft 365; Apple TV+
  • Business Unlimited Select: None
  • Go5G Plans: Microsoft 365

Business Internet Plans

  • Business Internet Unlimited - $60/month **TOP PICK**
  • Business Internet 300GB - $70 (deprioritized)  or $150 (no deprioritization) /month 
  • Business Internet 100GB - $50/month 
  • Business Internet 25GB - $45/month
  • Business Internet 10GB - $25/month
  • Carrier Networks Used:  T-Mobile
  • Carrier Relationship:  Direct
  • Plan Types Available:  Data
  • Device Types Permitted: Data Devices
  • Unlimited:  Yes
  • High-Speed Mobile Hotspot Use:  Yes - all
  • 600 Kbps after cap. Can purchase more for $2/GB.
  • Always Deprioritized
  • 300GB $150/month plan - Normal priority
  • Video Streaming Resolution:  Up to 4k
  • 5G Access:  Yes
  • Plan Period:  Monthly
  • International Roaming:  None
  • Domestic Roaming:  None
  • Data Roll Over:  N/A
  • Overage Charges:  None
  • Lines per account: Not specified
  • Extras: Static IP addresses available.  Some plans come with Business Internet Filtering , which can be removed by calling T-Mobile.
  • Note that these promos frequently come and go without warning but are often available. Specific terms and conditions depend on the promo.
  • Magenta+ Business Tablet 20GB hotspot - $75/month, or $25/month if added to an unlimited phone plan
  • Magenta+ Business Tablet 10GB hotspot - $70/month, or $20/month if added to an unlimited phone plan
  • Magenta Business Tablet - $60/month, or $20/month if added to an unlimited phone plan
  • 100GB - $50/month (5G devices only)
  • 22 GB - $90
  • 18 GB - $75
  • 14 GB - $60
  • 10 GB - $45
  • 500 MB - $5

*All plans with "Magenta" in the name include taxes. All other plans, taxes are extra.

All prices reflect autopay discounts.

  • Plan Types Available: Tablet 
  • Device Types Permitted:  Tablet
  • Tablet Promo plans - 10GB, then unlimited 3G
  • Magenta Business Tablet - Unlimited but all data capped at 3G speed
  • Magenta+ Business Tablet 20 GB hotspot - 20GB, then unlimited 3G
  • Magenta+ Business Tablet 10GB hotspot - 10GB, then unlimited 3G
  • Hotspot Plan - 100GB, then unlimited 3G
  • All hotspot data is prioritized behind on-device data.
  • Throttling: None for on-device data usage
  • Network Management : 50GB 
  • Video Streaming Resolution: 480p
  • 5G Access: Yes
  • eSIM:  No
  • Device Purchase Required: Varies by plan and business account status
  • Promo Plans: Usually 5GB in Canada/Mexico
  • Magenta Business Plan: 5GB high speed data in 11 European countries; Unlimited data at 256 Kbps in 215+ countries; Unlimited 2G data in Canada and Mexico
  • Magenta+ Business Tablet plans: Unlimited data at 256 Kbps in 215+ countries; Unlimited 2G data in Canada and Mexico
  • Hotspot Plan: 5GB in Canada/Mexico. 5GB in 215+ countries.
  • Magenta Tablet Plans: 200MB
  • Hotspot Plan: 200MB
  • Extras : None

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As the workforce has become more mobile, businesses are increasingly dependent on cell phones to stay connected to employees while they’re working from home, commuting to the office or traveling.

With so many business cell phone packages available, however, it can be tough to sort through all the options. We’ll take a look at all the essential features and compare prices to help you choose the best cell phone plan for your business.

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  • Best for Businesses on a Budget: Zoom
  • Best for Hybrid Workers: RingCentral
  • Best for Small Businesses: Google Voice
  • Best for Heavy Data Usage: AT&T Wireless
  • Best for Large Organizations: Verizon Wireless
  • Best for Road Warriors: T-Mobile
  • Best for Sales Teams: Nextiva
  • Best for Solopreneurs: Teltik

Best Business Cell Phone Packages of 2024

There are several different types of cell phone packages for businesses. Some allow you to use your existing devices, while others come from more traditional carriers that require a dedicated phone. Here are some of the most best options on the market right now.

Best for Businesses on a Budget

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Monthly Price

Compatibility

iOS, Android

International Calling

19 countries with add-on

Zoom has three core plans, and each plan charges the same price whether you pay monthly or annually. The top tier costs only $20 per user per month, making it the most budget-friendly option.

  • Centralized admin portal for call management
  • HD-quality calling and noise cancellation
  • Voicemail with transcription
  • Call recording with transcription
  • Auto-attendant tools
  • International use is unlimited for regional calling in 48 countries and territories with Global Select plan
  • Detailed call reporting
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Easy signup for existing Zoom subscribers
  • Integrates with popular apps, including Slack and Salesforce
  • Unlimited outbound calls not available to lower tiers
  • Some top features require pairing with other Zoom products

Best for Hybrid Workers

RingCentral

t mobile business plan vs personal

Yes – additional fee

If you need to take your work on the road with you, RingCentral makes it easy to move a call from your desktop to your phone. You can also rent Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) desktop phones and share the same number between all devices.

  • Toll-free numbers available at no additional cost
  • Various integration options, including Google, Microsoft and Salesforce
  • Visual voicemail with transcription
  • AI-powered noise cancellation
  • Advanced meeting tools
  • Virtual numbers available for international use in limited countries
  • Access to detailed reporting with higher-tier plans
  • 14-day free trial available
  • Easily move call from cell phone to VoIP desktop phone
  • Wide range of integrations
  • Volume discounts available if you have 50+ users
  • Automatic call recording only available on higher tiers
  • Customer support AI difficult to navigate

Best for Small Businesses

Google Voice

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Limited locations

Small businesses can’t go wrong with Google Voice. Anyone with a personal Google account can use the free version to adopt a local number and make unlimited domestic calls and texts across the U.S. and Canada from your phone or computer. The lowest paid subscription tier is limited to 10 users, but it includes a full suite of features and support for a wide range of devices.

  • Customizable call handling
  • Integrates with Google Meet and Calendar
  • Full-featured basic tier
  • Voicemail transcription
  • International use is only available to the Continental U.S., Canada and Europe
  • Usage and activity reporting
  • Ring groups available for higher tiers
  • Minimal setup required
  • Works seamlessly with other Google Workspace apps
  • Unlimited calls to Canada and Europe
  • Basic paid plan limited to 10 users
  • Does not offer toll-free numbers

Best for Heavy Data Usage

AT&T Wireless

Unlimited text to 200+ countries

AT&T Wireless offers nationwide access to its 5G network and unlimited data. Although data speeds slow when the network gets congested, you’ll still find this option is best for streaming, hotspot usage and fast internet use. Scam and security protection will help keep your information safe.

  • Business expert provided for setup
  • Limited hotspot data included
  • Unlimited international texts
  • Unlimited data with all plans
  • Scam and security protection included
  • Day pass can be purchased for international use
  • Detailed usage reporting
  • Protection against security threats
  • Smartphones available for purchase
  • Access to nationwide 5G network
  • $10 per month per user discount when you enroll in autopay and paperless billing
  • Data speeds drop when network is busy
  • Pricier plans than competitors
  • Long wait times for customer service

Best for Large Organizations

Verizon Wireless

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Unlimited to Canada and Mexico

Verizon’s admin dashboard and full features make it ideal for larger businesses. You’ll get unlimited data and live tech support to help with setup.

  • Call filter blocks unwanted calls
  • Business Mobile Secure provides enhanced security
  • Robust admin dashboard
  • Live tech support
  • TravelPass available with purchase for international use on higher-tier plans
  • Price discount with autopay setup
  • Unlimited talk, text and data
  • Highest streaming speeds require top tiers
  • Difficult to reach a live representative for customer support

Best for Road Warriors

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Available for purchase

For busy professionals who move around the country, T-Mobile has plenty to offer. Although its unlimited calling is largely limited to the U.S., the 5G network packs enough punch to keep things moving wherever you are. You’ll also get an unlimited hotspot and extra premium data.

  • Third line is free
  • Unlimited hotspot
  • Scam Shield blocks unwanted calls
  • Massive 5G network
  • Extra premium data
  • International Data Passes support unlimited talk and text in 200+ countries
  • Less data throttling than competitors
  • 5G access nationwide
  • Unlimited free in-flight Wi-Fi with highest tier
  • Bonus features like Apple TV+ access
  • Limited reporting
  • Long customer service wait times

Best for Sales Teams

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Per-minute charge

Nextiva makes it easy to integrate your helpdesk software and sales customer relationship management (CRM) system, making it a great solution for businesses with sales teams. You’ll also get unlimited video and voice calling and toll-free numbers to make it easy for customers to connect with you.

  • Unlimited video and voice calling
  • Toll-free numbers
  • Helpdesk and sales CRM bundling
  • Conferencing and collaboration tools
  • Variety of integrations
  • International use is for U.S. only
  • Real-time intelligent reporting
  • Integration with popular business solutions
  • Easy to use
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Lowest tier is limited
  • Setup can be challenging
  • Call quality can be lacking

Best for Solopreneurs

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Free to Canada and Mexico on top three tiers

Teltik operates as a reseller for T-Mobile, with basic plans available for personal and business use. If you’re merely looking for unlimited talk and text, Teltik stands out for its $6 monthly basic plan. However, it has relatively few business-friendly features, so it’s best for solopreneurs or small startups with one or two employees.

  • Low-price plan offered with basic features
  • Hotspot included with most plans
  • Unlimited talk and text with all plans
  • Easily port existing phone
  • 24/7 customer service
  • International use is for U.S. Only
  • Unlimited talk and text
  • Great customer service
  • Low-price basic plan available
  • Most price tiers have data limits
  • Limited business features compared to other plans
  • Limited international options

Vault’s Viewpoint: Compare the Best Business Cell Phone Plans of 2024

Business cell phone plans introduction.

As businesses have become increasingly mobile, technology providers have seen an increasing demand for business cell phone plans. But what differentiates one type of cell phone plan from another? Let’s take a look.

What Is a Business Cell Phone Package?

A business cell phone package provides voice, text and data capabilities that support professionals in their daily activities. Typically, these plans are priced to accommodate smaller businesses, with per-user monthly pricing. They’ll emphasize the features that are most important to business owners and their employees, including high-speed data, unlimited hotspots and call handling management.

How Does a Business Cell Phone Plan Work?

There are multiple types of business cell phone plans, so it’s important to consider the setup you want. With some business cell phone plans, you can bring your own device and connect using an app, while others require you to connect a phone to a provider or purchase new devices. Your number of employees, budget and communications needs will likely drive your choice.

Who Is a Business Cell Phone Service Best For?

Business cell phone packages are typically geared toward small businesses. They work best if you want to conduct business on your existing devices or if your business is willing to purchase new dedicated smartphones for your workers. If you’re a solopreneur, a business cell phone plan can separate your personal and business phone use without requiring you to buy a dedicated device.

Types of Business Cell Phone Plans

  • VoIP phone systems: With VoIP, your calls, texts and data use a combination of internet and telephone networks to connect you with others. VoIP can be used with a desktop phone, a computer or a mobile device. You’ll either connect through an app or a dedicated account issued by your provider.
  • Phone number forwarding services : These business cell phone packages issue a phone number that then forwards to a number you designate. They also typically come with text messaging and voicemail. One downside to these services is your business name might not show up on the Caller ID of the person at the other end, but these are often the most affordable options.
  • Wi-Fi calling: With many phones, you can now make Wi-Fi calls using internet data. Apps like Skype and WhatsApp specialize in this. One of the biggest benefits of Wi-Fi calling is that many apps support free international calls, as long as you use a wireless network to make the call. App-to-app calls are typically included in Wi-Fi plans, but you’ll need to rely on VoIP to reach landlines and cell phones outside the app environment.
  • Cell phone service: Most cell phone providers now offer small business cell phone packages. With this option, you’ll either buy a new cell phone or bring an existing phone over to the carrier, known as “porting.” This can be the priciest option, but you’ll also have a dedicated device devoted to your business.

How to Choose a Business Cell Phone Plan

With so many business cell phone plan options, your search can feel overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you choose the best plan for your small business.

How Unlimited are the Plans?

Most cell phone plans have limits, but your communication habits can help determine which features you should look for. If you use texting more than calling, unlimited texting might be more important to you than some other features. If you’re choosing a plan with unlimited data, understand that many providers may slow your plan down if you cross a usage threshold each month.

International Availability

Many business cell phone packages are priced based on domestic use. If you communicate with clients and colleagues around the world, you’ll want a plan that provides generous international calling options. If you regularly travel internationally or have team members outside the U.S., look for a provider that offers affordable service while you’re away. For occasional international travel, some providers offer day passes that give you a set number of days of international use per year.

Per-Line Pricing

Often, business cell phone plans price by the line. If you look closer, though, many plans reduce the rate with additional lines. If you’re bundling five lines on your business plan, for instance, you might pay less per user each month than if you’re only buying one line. Some providers throw in a free phone if you purchase a minimum number of lines, so if you’re buying smartphones, desk phones, headsets or other items, check into these offers. You may even be able to negotiate a deal if you’re buying many lines at once.

Free Phone or Other Perks

Some providers offer equipment with their plans. Whether it’s a cell phone or VoIP desk phone to use when you’re in the office, this could make a plan a better deal than if you chose a provider that requires you to buy equipment. If you are in the market for desktop equipment, renting might be an option. Look for a business cell phone plan provider that lets you lease your desk phones, headsets and other related items.

Mobile Security and VPNs

Security is an ongoing concern, as scams and viruses continue to torment business owners. Look at the security and encryption options a provider offers, as well as any spam blockers. Some plans come with built-in filtering that blocks unwanted callers, while others include encryption that ensures your information is protected. If you regularly use public Wi-Fi, a built-in virtual private network can be one of the best ways to protect sensitive information.

Conference Calling Options

What happens when you need your team to hop on a group chat with a client? Some business cell phone plans build in teleconference ability, such as Zoom’s videoconferencing option or Verizon’s audioconferencing capabilities. Pay close attention to the limitations of those conferencing capabilities. You may find you’re maxing out the allowed number of participants or that the feature doesn’t work across all your devices.

Other Business Cell Phone Plan Alternatives

Microsoft teams.

Microsoft Teams is an all-in-one workplace collaboration solution, featuring communication and collaboration tools, file sharing, conference calling and more. Businesses can use Teams to conduct calls from any device, and you can even call external parties using the built-in dialpad. Microsoft offers two options for external calling using the app. The best thing about using Microsoft Teams is that it integrates with other Microsoft 365 products for a seamless experience.

The cloud-based version of Microsoft Teams Phone is only $8 per user per month, but it limits you to Wi-Fi calling. To use Microsoft’s VoIP feature and call external phones, you’ll need to upgrade to a premium plan, starting at $15 per user per month. For international calling, you’ll be charged international dial-out rates, which are subject to change from one month to the next.

Long before businesses were using Zoom for video, Skype connected businesses with clients around the world. For years, business have used Skype to make free international phone calls using their Wi-Fi network. Skype is now a division of Microsoft, but you don’t need Microsoft to start making calls in the app or through the website.

However, if you want to call a landline or mobile device, you’ll need to purchase credits or a monthly plan . You’ll simply choose the country you want to call, and Skype will give you the option to buy a subscription or credits that you can use at any time.

Another free international option is WhatsApp, which lets you call, videoconference, text and send files across the globe. While you don’t need a subscription to use it, WhatsApp does offer business plans with enhanced features.

WhatsApp business plans charge users by the conversation thread, making it a great choice if your communication needs are sporadic. If you only occasionally chat with customers, clients or team members, this could be an affordable alternative to other business cell phone plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

Each business is different, so the best cell phone plan will depend on your communication needs. If you have existing equipment, a VoIP option or forwarded phone number might work better, while a business without equipment may gravitate toward a solution that comes with devices.

Traditional telecommunications providers can be pricey. For many small businesses, the most affordable cell phone packages will come from companies specializing in communications solutions. If you can use your personal devices for cell phone service, a solution like call-forwarding or VoIP will always be more affordable.

If you’re using your phone for business, you’ll want to make sure your company name displays at the other end. Some free solutions won’t allow you to control the name that appears on caller ID, which is why purchasing a business plan is usually necessary. Make sure you emphasize the importance of having your phone number in your business name when you’re signing up for a service.

There are free tools for communicating with clients and team members —like Googe Voice’s freeware — but most of them aren’t ideal for long-term use. If you want features like call routing, ring groups and admin dashboards, you’ll need to sign up for a paid plan. Security is also a consideration. A free plan might not keep your conversations and messages as private as you’d like.

You can find basic business cell phone packages for $10 to $30 a month, but as you add employees, those prices multiply. If you’re a one-person business or you only have a couple of employees, you can find a plan that won’t break the bank. Make sure any plan you choose will scale with you as your business grows.

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Business vs Personal Mobile Plans: Key Differences Unveiled for Your Communication Needs

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When deciding on a mobile plan, it’s crucial to analyze one’s communication necessities to determine whether a business mobile plan or a personal mobile plan is more suitable. For individuals and families, personal mobile plans usually provide the flexibility and simplicity required for everyday use. They offer a range of options tailored to personal communication habits with the added benefit of promotions and deals that make them financially appealing. However, for companies that need to equip their employees with mobile services, business mobile plans are typically the go-to choice. Businesses can take advantage of features like shared data pools, enhanced security, and dedicated customer support to ensure their operations stay connected and protected. Additionally, the potential for customized billing options and bulk pricing can significantly reduce overhead costs for organizations.

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What is the Main Difference Between Business and Personal Mobile Plans?

The main difference between Business and Personal Mobile Plans lies in their tailored features and scale of services. Business mobile plans are designed for organizations and offer benefits such as shared data pools among employees, enhanced customer support, custom billing options, and the ability to add or remove lines as needed. These plans may also provide features like international roaming deals suited for employees who travel frequently for work or integrated solutions for mobile device management. On the other hand, personal mobile plans are typically catered to individual or family use, providing a set amount of data, calls, and texts for a fixed number of lines, without the complex customization options or scalable solutions that businesses require.

Business vs. Personal Mobile Plans

Mobile plans are essential for staying connected, and both business and personal plans offer a variety of features tailored to different needs. Business mobile plans are designed for companies and organizations, providing services and features that support the functionality and operations of a business. They generally include options for multiple lines and devices, as they often need to accommodate numerous employees. Business plans may offer shared data pools, enhanced security features, advanced customer support, and customized billing to help manage costs across an organization.

On the other hand, personal mobile plans are targeted towards individuals or families. These plans are structured to cater to the typical usage patterns of personal users, which might include a mix of calling, texting, and data usage for social networking, video streaming, and other personal entertainment. Personal plans tend to have a simpler structure and may offer fewer options when it comes to the number of lines or bulk pricing but are often more flexible in terms of contract commitments and are tailored for individual or family use.

Distinctive Features of Business and Personal Mobile Plans

  • Number of lines and devices: Business plans often support the addition of multiple lines and various devices under one account, suitable for employees in an organization.
  • Data management: Business plans may provide shared data pools, allowing employees to draw from a collective data allocation.
  • Customer support: Business accounts frequently have access to specialized customer support services that cater to the operational needs of a company.
  • Billing options: Business mobile plans often come with more complex billing and account management options to handle corporate expenses efficiently.
  • International features: Business users generally require more comprehensive international calling and data options to stay connected while traveling for work.
  • Priority services: Some business plans offer prioritized data speeds and call connectivity due to the need for constant, reliable communication.
  • Security features: Enhanced security options may be available with business plans to protect sensitive corporate information.
  • Custom plans: A higher level of customization is usually possible with business plans to align with specific organizational requirements and usage patterns.

Commonalities Between Business and Personal Mobile Plans

  • Basic services: Both plans typically include a mix of talk, text, and data services.
  • Contract structures: Similar types of contract structures, including postpaid and prepaid options, can be found across both personal and business plans.
  • Network coverage: Business and personal plans both utilize the same cellular networks, offering similar coverage areas and network performance.
  • Device options: Both plan types allow customers to purchase or lease smartphones and other connected devices.
  • Online account management: Users can manage their accounts online, including checking usage, paying bills, and changing plan features for both personal and business plans.
  • Promotions and deals: Carriers may offer special promotions, such as discounts on devices or bonus data for both business and personal customers.

Advantages of Business Mobile Plans Over Personal Mobile Plans

  • Cost Efficiency : Business mobile plans often come with better rates for calls, texts, and data, due to bulk purchasing and corporate discounts, providing savings at scale.
  • Dedicated Customer Service : Prioritized customer service is commonly offered as part of business plans, meaning faster response times and specialized support for business clients.
  • Enhanced Security Features : Many business plans include additional security measures to protect sensitive company data, which are not always available on personal plans.
  • Flexible Payment Options : Business mobile plans may offer more adaptable payment schemes, such as invoicing, that cater to corporate accounting practices.
  • Customizable Plans : There is often more room to tailor the features of your plan to meet the specific needs of your business, such as international roaming or add-on services.
  • Multiple Lines and Shared Data : Business plans typically enable the pooling of data, minutes, and texts across multiple lines, making it easier to manage company usage.

Limitations of Business Mobile Plans Compared to Personal Mobile Plans

  • Higher Costs : While rates can be lower when purchasing in bulk, the starting price for business plans can be higher due to the enhanced features and services they include.
  • Complex Contracts : Contracts for business mobile plans can be more intricate, possibly requiring a longer commitment and incurring penalties for early termination.
  • Limited Plan Flexibility : Though customized to businesses, these plans may lack the individual flexibility found in personal plans, such as pay-as-you-go options.
  • Credit Requirements : Businesses often need to have established credit or provide a deposit to qualify for a business plan, which is not typically a requirement for personal plans.
  • Focused on Multiple Users : Business plans are designed for multiple users, which might not be cost-effective for solo entrepreneurs or very small businesses.
  • Device Selection : The choice of devices available on business plans can be limited, especially if the provider focuses on offering handsets that are only geared towards business use.

Pros of Personal Mobile Plans Over Business Mobile Plans

  • Flexibility : Personal mobile plans often offer more flexibility in terms of contract length and cancellation policies. Individuals can choose from various month-to-month or prepaid options, which can be changed or terminated without significant penalties.
  • Cost-effective : For individual users or small businesses with minimal mobile needs, personal plans can be more cost-effective. They typically require less commitment and may have lower monthly fees compared to business plans tailored for larger organizations.
  • Simplicity : Personal mobile plans are generally straightforward and easier to understand. They come with fewer complex features and add-ons, which is ideal for users who don’t require advanced business services.
  • Promotions and deals : Consumers often benefit from a wide array of promotional offers and deals that are regularly advertised to individual users, such as discounted phones, bonus data, or reduced rates for family members.
  • Credit requirements : Personal mobile plans can be easier to obtain for individuals with limited or no business credit history. Approval for these plans often relies on personal credit, which can be more accessible for new users.
  • Customization : Personal plans can often be customized to fit the specific needs of an individual, allowing for the selection of features that are most relevant to their usage patterns, like international calling or additional data.

Cons of Personal Mobile Plans Compared to Business Mobile Plans

  • Limited support : Personal users typically receive less comprehensive customer support compared to business clients. Support lines for personal plans may have longer wait times and less priority over business customer inquiries.
  • Scale : As businesses grow, the scalability of personal mobile plans can be an issue. They are not designed to handle the increasing demands of a growing company, which may necessitate switching to a business-focused plan.
  • Fewer features : Business plans often come with essential work-friendly features such as advanced conferencing capabilities, business apps, and security features that are not available with personal plans.
  • Inadequate data allowances : Personal plans may have lower data limits, which can be quickly exhausted, especially with multiple devices or heavy usage patterns typical of business communications.
  • Device selection and upgrades : Business mobile plans might offer a wider range of devices geared towards professional use along with more frequent upgrade options to ensure that employees have the latest technology.
  • Tax and accounting advantages : Business plans can offer certain advantages when it comes to taxes and accounting, as they can be cataloged clearly as business expenses , possibly making them more financially efficient in some settings.

When Business Mobile Plans Take the Lead Over Personal Mobile Plans

  • High Data Usage : If a company’s employees require significant amounts of data for work-related tasks such as video conferencing, large file transfers, or constant online presence, a business mobile plan usually offers more generous data allowances.
  • Multiple User Management : Businesses with multiple employees can streamline their billing and management by having all users on a single business plan, which also makes it easier to allocate and monitor usage.
  • Customer Support : Business mobile plans typically come with specialized customer support designed to handle the complexities and urgencies of business operations.
  • International Communications : Firms dealing with international clients or having a presence in multiple countries may benefit from business mobile plans that offer better international calling and roaming options.
  • Scaled Discounts : As the number of lines increases, businesses can leverage economies of scale and potentially receive better pricing or additional features, which are not as readily available with personal mobile plans.
  • Security Features : Enhanced security measures such as the ability to remotely wipe a device if it’s lost or stolen, and additional layers of data protection, are often included in business plans for safeguarding sensitive information.

Situations Favoring Personal Mobile Plans Over Business Mobile Plans

  • Cost-Effectiveness for Individuals : Individuals paying for their own service will often find personal mobile plans to be more cost-effective than business plans with services they may not need.
  • Simplified Billing : Personal mobile plans usually come with straightforward billing and no commitment to long-term contracts, offering more flexibility for individuals.
  • Customizable Data Plans : Personal plans allow for a level of customization and flexibility with data usage that might be more in tune with an individual’s specific needs as opposed to preset business plans.
  • No Minimum User Requirement : Business plans often require a minimum number of users or lines, which is not a factor for personal mobile plans, making them suitable for solo users.
  • Loyalty Incentives : Personal mobile plan users sometimes enjoy loyalty incentives, rewards programs, and promotional offers that are generally not extended to business accounts.
  • Ease of Setup and Use : For those not needing the complexities of business plans, personal mobile plans are usually easier and quicker to set up and use, with less paperwork and immediate activation.

FAQs: Business vs. Personal Mobile Plans

Can i use a business mobile plan for personal use.

Although you could technically use a business mobile plan for personal use, it may not be cost-effective or optimized for individual needs. Business plans are tailor-made for corporate requirements and may include features that are unnecessary for personal use, potentially leading to higher costs.

Why would a small business owner choose a business mobile plan over a personal plan?

A small business owner might choose a business mobile plan due to its ability to scale, provide dedicated customer service, and offer business-oriented features such as shared data pools, customized billing, and enhanced security, which help to streamline operations as the business grows.

Are business mobile plans always more expensive than personal plans?

Not necessarily. Business plans can be more expensive upfront; however, they often come with cost savings when used at scale and can offer bulk discounts and other financial incentives that personal plans do not, which may result in lower overall costs for companies.

Can I get international roaming on a personal mobile plan?

Yes, many personal mobile plans offer international roaming options. The coverage and costs may differ from those in business plans which are typically designed to cater to frequent international travelers.

How do I determine whether my mobile usage requires a business plan?

If you find that your mobile usage involves extensive data consumption, the need for multiple lines for a team, or if you require advanced business features such as enhanced security and international communications, you may need to consider a business plan. Otherwise, a personal plan might be sufficient.

What should I do if my business grows beyond the scope of my current personal mobile plan?

If your business needs exceed your personal mobile plan’s capabilities, it is essential to re-evaluate your requirements and possibly transition to a business mobile plan. This plan will provide the scalability and features needed to support continued growth and efficiency.

Can I switch from a business mobile plan back to a personal plan if my needs change?

Yes, it is generally possible to switch from a business to a personal mobile plan if your needs change. However, be mindful of any contractual obligations or early termination fees that may apply when making the switch.

Business vs Personal Mobile Plans Summary

Evaluating business mobile plans versus personal mobile plans is imperative for making an informed choice that meets communication requirements efficiently . Business plans cater primarily to the needs of organizations, offering features that promote productivity, security, and cost management, making them ideal for enterprises of all sizes. Contrastingly, personal mobile plans attract individual users with their simplicity, cost-effectiveness, and flexibility, thereby serving the day-to-day communication needs without the complexity of business-focused services. Ultimately, the decision hinges on the user’s specific needs, whether it be for streamlined corporate communications or for personal, casual connectivity. Understanding these nuances ensures one can leverage their mobile plan effectively, aligned with their lifestyle or business strategy .

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Verizon business phone plans: What are they and are they worth it?

If you're on the search for Verizon business phone plans, here's a look at what the carrier offers

Verizon business phone plans

When it comes to business phone plans, Verizon stands out as one of the best options around. Filled with features, backed by some excellent coverage and heavy on the discounts for added lines, there's a lot to like about what Verizon has to offer.

As with standard Verizon phone plans , the best Verizon business phone plans won't be the cheapest option. But if you're looking to stack up on lines, you could end up with some pretty affordable prices for your business.

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Verizon keeps things simple, offering just three cell phone plans in its business section. All three options offer unlimited data, calls and texts; the more you pay, the more features that get chucked in.

These extras include security features, mobile hotspots, more advanced 5G and priority data. Verizon also offers business phone deals and 5G internet service. In some cases, Verizon business phone plans can also get you discounts on tablets and phones when you sign up for different plans.

What Verizon business phone plans are available?

The choice in Verizon business phone plans is pretty simple: You can choose between three options, all with unlimited data — Unlimited Start, Unlimited Plus or Unlimited Pro. You can stack the plans up for added discounts with the price falling by $5 per line the more you add.

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Verizon Business Unlimited Start Verizon's cheapest business plan, the Unlimited Start offer, features unlimited calls, texts and data with 5G nationwide and 4G LTE. While you do get unlimited calls, texts and data, the plan is otherwise pretty limited. A Call Filter is included for screening potential spam), but you won't get mobile hotspot data or access to Verizon's faster Ultra Wideband 5G network.

Verizon Business Unlimited Plus Jumping up in cost, the Unlimited Plus plan sits in the middle of the Verizon business phone plan offerings, blending features and affordability. You'll get the same basics as the above plan — unlimited calls, texts and data — but you'll also get 60GB of premium network access, giving you priority when there is congestion. You'll also get a unlimited mobile hotspot, access to Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband and, enhanced security features with Verizon's Business Mobile Secure .

Verizon Business Unlimited Pro

Verizon Business Unlimited Pro Finally, Verizon's most expensive business plan — the Unlimited Pro. This plan, just like the two above, includes unlimited calls, texts and data, but it brings your premium data up to 120GB. Other than that, this is almost identical to the Plus plan above with the only other difference being that you can also get 50% off Business Unlimited Pro Tablet plans.

Why choose Verizon?

As the biggest carrier in the U.S., Verizon has the infrastructure, speeds and connections to offer impressive wireless performance. It takes the number 2 spot in our best phone carriers guide and for good reason.

While Verizon has some pretty pricey plans, that's in part because Verizon offerings tend to be packed full of features across all of its plans, including its business options.

Through our tests, Verizon has come out on top for LTE speeds and its Ultra Wideband 5G connections reach more than 80 cities, capable of reaching 1 Gbps download speeds. Verizon's nationwide 5G network isn't that fast, but it does bring coverage to 230 million people.

Among the features included with Verizon business phone plans are Call Filters, enhanced security features and the possibility of additional plans for devices and internet service.

Which other carriers offer business plans?

While Verizon does have some of the best business plans around, it isn't the only provider catering to businesses. The other two major wireless services and many MVNOs offer business plans in some form, some focusing on affordability and others on features.

Like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile put their priority on feature-filled business plans...at a high cost. With unlimited data, add-ons and a host of features around data prioritization, these are the options if you've got a bit more budget in your business.

Alternatively, if you're looking for something more affordable, a number of MVNOs offer plans that will work well for a business. Mint Mobile for example is one of the cheapest providers in the US and while it doesn't offer specific business discounts, it will likely be the cheapest option for smaller businesses; just don't expect discounts on multiple lines like you'd find with Verizon business phone plans.

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Have you ever wondered how ‘business’ mobile plans differ from ‘personal’ plans? 

Well, quite often for small businesses, the only significant difference is the name, according to our research.

We compared a number of business plans with equivalent consumer plans, and found some curious anomalies. In a couple of cases, for example, the fine print for ‘business’ mobile plans indicated they could only be used for personal use.

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At Optus, its $40 consumer plan provides unlimited standard national calls, unlimited SMS and MMS within Australia and to certain countries, and up to 300 voice minutes to those selected countries. Plus 7GB of data. 

And the $40 business plan? As far as we can see, the inclusions and terms are pretty much the same. The consumer plan rules out ‘non-ordinary’ or ‘commercial purpose use’ but bizarrely the critical information summary for the business plan makes the same exclusion.

So we turned to the Optus Fair Go policy for clarification.

“If you are a residential customer our services are for your personal use only,” the policy said.

“If you are a business customer, including a small to medium business customer, our services are for your use in the ordinary course of business.

“You may not use the service in a manner which is ‘unreasonable’ or ‘unacceptable’.”

That seems to mean that you aren't allowed to make or take business calls on a personal plan, or personal calls (“should I buy some milk on the way home?”) on a business plan.

An Optus spokesperson explained: “Our consumer plans are designed for personal use while our business plans are for use in the ordinary course of business plus some personal use where needed.

“We understand there will be certain circumstances where a customer needs to use their service outside its primary intended purpose. In these cases, we offer a level of flexibility for customers to make a judgement on what is reasonable and acceptable use of their service based on their contract.”

So the good news is that the way most of us use one plan for business and personal purposes is acceptable, providing the selected plan reflects the main use.

It might not be obvious from the everyday use of the terms, but Optus (and probably other carriers) distinguishes between ‘business’ and ‘commercial’ use. The company confirmed that ‘commercial use' refers to levels of voice or data use normally seen only in call centres, or to mobile data used to access enterprise-style services rather than those associated with micro to medium businesses.

And although the inclusions and price may be the same for consumer and business plans, “Our SMB plans offer a number of benefits for business customers including billing made out to your registered ABN for tax purposes, access to business specialists in over 120 of our retail stores, premium support from our dedicated SMB team when you bundle two or more services, and invitations to exclusive business events,” said the Optus spokesperson.

The Optus Fair Go policy does goes on to give several examples of unreasonable use, most of which seem quite reasonable, such as not allowing automatic diallers, resale and bulk messaging. But the prohibition on using a ‘mobile voice’ SIM card in a non ‘mobile voice’ device seems odd. What difference does it make to the carrier whether you tether a tablet to the phone or temporarily move the SIM from a phone to a tablet?

The reason, according to the Optus spokesperson, is that requiring separate SIMs “allows us to optimise their service for the device, the network and billing purposes”. Optus does allow data pooling between plans, but you’re up for at least $10 a month per additional device, though that does include 1GB of shareable data.

Over at Vodafone, it’s pretty much the same situation when it comes to distinctions between personal and business customers.

The $60 personal plan provides unlimited standard national calls, unlimited standard national and overseas SMSes, 120 standard international minutes to selected countries and 6GB of data (a special offer running at the time of writing boosts that to 12GB).

The $60 business plan has the same inclusions.

But the personal plan is for “personal use by approved customers only” while the business plan is for “personal use by approved customers with an ABN/ACN only”.

We asked Vodafone to explain how a business plan can be for personal use only, but received no reply more than a week later. The only interpretations we can suggest are either that it essentially the same as Optus's business/commercial dichotomy but using different words, or that you can’t use that plan on a phone that’s used by more than one person (for example, the phone carried by whichever member of a team is on call over a particular weekend).

Telstra's personal and business plans are slightly different. For example, $50 a month gets personal customers ‘$1000 worth of calls’, unlimited SMS and 2.5GB of data, while business customers pay $55 for ‘$1200 worth of calls’, unlimited SMS and 5GB of data.

Bear in mind Telstra’s call values are calculated on what we consider to be an inflated tariff of $1 per minute. By comparison, even a $19 Virgin Mobile prepaid recharge can have a rate as low as 15c per minute.

A Telstra spokesperson* said that customers must have an ACN or ABN to qualify for a business plan, but business customers can opt for consumer plans if they consider the price and inclusions are a better fit.

"For example, we provide our small business customers with more voice value, because we know they make calls more frequently than our consumer customers," the spokesperson said, adding that the business plans also allow for free calls between mobiles on the same account.

Other benefits of the Go Business Mobile plans include a free data SIM for use with a tablet or dongle, with both devices sharing the same pot of data, and the ability to put cloud services such as Office 365, Symantec Endpoint Protection and Deputy rostering and workforce management onto the same bill.

Data sharing across multiple services is available on Telstra's consumer and business plans.

Mobile virtual network operators – the companies that provide mobile services based on third-party networks such as Telstra, Optus or Vodafone – generally make a clear distinction between personal and business usage.

For example, the conditions for amaysim's Unlimited plans flatly state they are “available to individual customers only (not companies or businesses), who use their mobile phone for personal use only. If we determine that you are using Unlimited 3GB other than for personal use or if we determine that you are using the Plan in a way that does or may, in our opinion, adversely affect the network, we reserve the right (at our option) to transfer you to the amaysim As You Go Plan, or to immediately suspend or cancel your access to the Service”.

We asked amaysim what it considers ‘personal use’ to be, and its compliance and service operations manager Chad Heininger responded: “We see personal use as individuals using their amaysim service primarily for private use in a way not connected with carrying out a business activity. As per our Fair Go Policy, our customers are unable to use our service for ‘business purposes’ as this falls outside of personal use. We aren’t specific about what constitutes as business use, because we trust our customers to use their judgment and play by the rules. For example, we would not expect our customers to use our service to support a large business or organisation as this clearly would be for ‘business purposes’. We also expect our customers to use our service in a reasonable and acceptable manner.”

It sounds to us that there's a certain amount of wriggle room – if your small-business ‘business use’ is similar to that of a personal customer in terms of the number of calls and texts, how would Amaysim tell the difference, and why would it be bothered? That said, we're not encouraging anyone to breach the T&Cs.

While large organisations can receive volume pricing, the benefits of business plans for small businesses are hard to quantify. In fact, the differences between many personal and business plans in terms of inclusions and costs are so insignificant that we can’t help feeling that the distinction is mostly arbitrary.

However, that also means there’s rarely any downside to opting for a business plan rather than the corresponding personal version.

So if a phone is going to be used primarily for business purposes, you might as well opt for a business plan and be fully compliant with the plan’s terms and conditions. It’s likely to cost much the same – and it reduces the admittedly slight risk that your service will be terminated because you went outside the T&Cs. 

* Note: This article was updated on 21 April 2016 due to Telstra responding to our request for more information after the article's publication.

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