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Mobile phone hire guide: How to choose the right handset for your business

Mobile phone rental is a great option for businesses looking to kit out their staff with a secure and smart device. Whether your teams are attending an event and would benefit from all using the same kind of device, if they’ll be doing lots of off-site work or you want to give them access to a specific piece of software, mobile phone hire gives you the option of providing staff with reliable, short-term business mobile.

Whether you need UK mobile phone rental or a device your staff can take on international trips, the following guide will help you understand your options and narrow down to the right phone for you.

What to consider with business mobile phone rental

There’s an enormous range of devices out there and many of them offer comparable levels of power, specs and functionality. So, how to best narrow down to the right handset for your employees?

Choose an operator

Your mobile phone rental device will be unlocked and open to use on any network. When picking your network SIM do consider issues such as:

  • Will the phone be used for international calls?

  • How much data will be required?

  • Is there coverage in your destination?

How will the phone be used?

Different kinds of smartphones are suited to different kinds of situations. Here are some examples:

  • Staff sent to report on a project abroad: Say your employees have been sent on a three-week fact-finding mission to a large infrastructure project to assess progress. They need a smartphone which allows them to take high-definition photos, work easily with spreadsheets and project management software and take notes. What’s more, the device needs to be rugged and withstand various weather conditions.

  • Employees working at an exhibition stand: Your staff are representing your brand on the front line with potential customers. They’ll be taking notes and customer details on their phones, and so you need something that looks smart and cutting-edge. At the same time, you want a device which allows them to use your email system and connect easily with your company’s in-house software or intranet system.

By thinking about the way the smartphone is likely to be used, you can start to make a ‘wish list’ of features.

Decide on the operating system of your mobile phone rental

There are basically two options for a mobile phone operating system: Google’sAndroid, or Apple’s IOS (Windows Phone and BlackBerry are now effectively redundant). Each option is strong – so how to choose between them?

IOS: Apple’s IOS is easy to deploy and easy to use. It’s also well known for being reliable and free of viruses. However, since Apple is a ‘closed’ OS, you might have some issues connecting with systems built by different technology companies.

Android: Google’s Android is a hugely popular system and used on basically all non-Apple smartphones. It’s slightly less secure than Apple, but is also much more open and easier to connect with other platforms.

In the end, choosing between these systems may boil down to your end users’ personal choice – some people are diehard Apple fans, while others don’t mind either way!

Choosing between mobile phone hire handsets

Your last major consideration is going to be which handset to choose from – there are many well-respected brands out there, offering high-quality devices you can count on. That said, Apple and Samsung are regarded as the strongest players in the field – which is why we prioritise them in our UK mobile phone rental offering.

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Apple iPhone 8
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Apple iPhone 8

Space Grey 64GB

Samsung Galaxy S7
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Samsung Galaxy S7

iPhone X
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iPhone X

Samsung Galaxy S8 phone
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Samsung Galaxy S8 phone

Samsung Galaxy S9
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Samsung Galaxy S9

Galaxy S9

iPhone XR
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iPhone XR

iPhone XR

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