You’re going to be bombarded in the near future. You’re going to hear a lot of pitches, look at a slew of figures and claims, and it’s going to be about the hottest wireless internet plans. Maybe in the back of your mind you knew this day was going to come; maybe it’s taken you by surprise. Either way, it could transform your business in a countless number of ways. Will you be ready to pull the trigger when you see the right plan?
Unless you have studied each proposition, you don’t want to make a move on what you consider a valid deal. There are five questions you should ask yourself before taking on a wireless internet plan and moving your business ahead.
1. What type of technology is the company using? You probably don’t need to know information about lines and pathways, but they have easily understood abbreviations for the big picture concepts. Are they operating with 4G capabilities? That’s the bottom line. Anything that is coming out in the coming time period is going to be surpassed soon by 4G wireless internet. There is little point in signing for something that can’t compete on the highest level.
2. Will the hardware prove to be the downfall? Tech support is becoming an increasingly dicey area for businesses. Naturally, the less you need the better, so find out how each wireless company plans to lay lout the system in your office. If you have a staff that is somewhat intimidated by advanced technology, try out a test on your least savvy employee. If he or she can’t master the system right away, you should ask yourself if the change will be worth it.
3. What’s the commitment? In a time when technology is being surpassed on a regular basis (hence the potential to switch), you don’t want to get locked into a plan that’s going to be obsolete in nine months. Find out what’s on the horizon after this technology and try to envision the possibility of a more advanced system soon enough. Base the time you want to commit on the amount of time you think it will take for new technology to come into play.
4. What’s the track record? You’re going to see the usual telecom and internet companies marketing the new technology, but have you been pleased enough with them so far? Chances are, if you’re still looking, you haven’t gotten everything you’ve desired out of an ISP. Check out the new companies along the way. You might be surprised who is backing a “rookie” company in this line. You might see some of the most trusted names in tech.
5. How fast will it go? It’s impossible to determine exact speeds when the company is making its claims. However, you can apply the variables to your own business and make an estimate. Internet is about speed and reliability after all, right?