How to Cut LTE Costs by 50%

How to Cut LTE Costs by 50% — but Lose Zilch

[A Short Story] Once-Skeptical Manager Saves Portland Business $7500 per Year

Matt wanted to make it exceptionally clear…

“I’m glad to meet up and have a chat, but there’s nothing your business can do for mine.”

Until I showed him how he was throwing away up to $7500 annually.

If your company uses multiple mobile devices with LTE  — this article will show you how to cut your internet bill by 50%.

Networking Over Coffee With a Skeptic

I didn’t know Matt. And I didn’t have anything in particular to chat about.

We’d been connected through a mutual acquaintance, who encouraged us to grab coffee.

Portland Business Meeting

So we did — and like most business owners — Matt’s learned that people are usually trying to sell him something.

That’s why he cordially let me know there was absolutely nothing we could do for him. It was strictly a social coffee — or as I like to call it: “Punching the Clock.”

Super cool guy. Great family. They moved to Oregon to be a part of their family business, and have been here since.

And like most of these meetings go, eventually he asked: “Hey, can I bounce an idea off you?”

Matt had hired 4 new employees, and he wanted to know if we had some iPads to supply them with. He explained how his guys get mobile phones for communication, and iPads to “check out” customers in the field.

“Sure, we’ve got iPads.”

It’s what he said next that caught my interest…

“Cool. They all have LTE, right?” (built-in internet.)

Who Could’ve Guessed Telecoms Don’t Care About Your Financial Best Interest?

Wait…

“Why do you need LTE iPads if all your guys have iPhones? You can just ‘tether’ the internet from an iPhone to an iPad and save $10-45 per employee every month,” I asked.

Matt had thought of it, but when he asked Verizon, they said it would overheat and ruin his iPhone batteries.

Oh, boy… Here’s the thing:

Paying for LTE on every iPhone and iPad just to protect your iPhone batteries is like stepping over hundred dollar bills to pick up pennies.

Because based on my experience owning a store that’s repaired thousands of iPhones — Verizon’s claim is absurd…

Yes, increased power consumption will wear down your batteries over time — but that’s already happening with ordinary use — that’s how lithium-ion batteries work. (They lose a % of total capacity every year with regular use.)

Even if this wasn’t true—iPhone batteries are cheap and easily replaced.

Let’s look at some numbers, so you can see what I mean:

Here’s Why Your Company Doesn’t Need “Double LTE”

To setup an iPhone hotspot:

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(Go to Settings, and click Personal Hotspot)

If you’ve got 25 employees, and you’re paying $10-45 per month for LTE on your iPads, that’s an extra $250-1125/month. To make things simple, let’s just say you’re paying $25, or $625 per month for LTE on your iPads.

That adds up to $7500 per year. And LTE iPads cost about $100 more than WiFi iPads — so you’ve also gotta pay an extra $2500.

Now you’re on the hook for $10,000 every year for LTE you don’t even need.

By contrast, iPhone batteries cost about $100 to replace. Assuming you plan on keeping your 25 devices for a standard 2-year period — in a worst case scenario — you’d be on the hook to replace $2,500 in batteries.

Most likely, you won’t have to replace your batteries at all within that time. And car-chargers or portable power banks can easily keep your employee’s devices charged all day long.

But even if you did replace every iPhone battery, you’d still be saving $7500 every year by not having LTE on your iPads.

Cut Your LTE Costs by 50%

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have any skin in this game.

But as a Portland business owner, I hate to see our community wasting money.  And when you don’t know your options — it’s the telecoms like Verizon that reap the rewards (at your expense).

When you look at the economics of having LTE on every iPad and iPhone you use, the numbers are very clear: it’s like like stepping over hundred dollar bills to pick up pennies.

By the end of our coffee, Matt was stunned. And thrilled to immediately cancel the LTE on his iPads and stop wasting up to $7500 every year.

And if you can relate to Matt’s situation — now you can save 50% on your internet bill, too!

Authors Note: Did you like my article? If you’d like to get more free content like this, just click the button below to “Like” Phone Love on Facebook.

Thanks for reading! – Brian Engelhard

iPhone hotspot setup, part 2:

Why-Verizon-Hates-me

(Then, simply set a password, turn on your personal hotspot, and connect to it—just like WiFi)

If you’ve got 25 employees, and you’re paying $10-45 per month for LTE on your iPads, that’s an extra $250-1125/month. To make things simple, let’s just say you’re paying $25, or $625 per month for LTE on your iPads.

That adds up to $7500 per year. And LTE iPads cost about $100 more than WiFi iPads — so you’ve also gotta pay an extra $2500.

Now you’re on the hook for $10,000 every year for LTE you don’t even need.

By contrast, iPhone batteries cost about $100 to replace. Assuming you plan on keeping your 25 devices for a standard 2-year period — in a worst case scenario — you’d be on the hook to replace $2,500 in batteries.

Most likely, you won’t have to replace your batteries at all within that time. And car-chargers or portable power banks can easily keep your employee’s devices charged all day long.

But even if you did replace every iPhone battery, you’d still be saving $7500 every year by not having LTE on your iPads.

(To setup a hotspot on iPhones, go to Settings, and click Personal Hotspot)

Why-Verizon-Hates-Mw

(Then, simply set a password, turn on your personal hotspot, and connect to it—just like WiFi)

Why-Verizon-Hates-me

Cut Your LTE Costs by 50%

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have any skin in this game.

But as a Portland business owner, I hate to see our community wasting money.  And when you don’t know your options — it’s the telecoms like Verizon that reap the rewards (at your expense).

When you look at the economics of having LTE on every iPad and iPhone you use, the numbers are very clear: it’s like stepping over hundred dollar bills to pick up pennies.

By the end of our coffee, Matt was stunned. And thrilled to immediately cancel the LTE on his iPads and stop wasting up to $7500 every year.

And if you can relate to Matt’s situation — now you can save 50% on your internet bill, too!

Authors Note: Did you like my article? If you’d like to get more free content like this, just click the button below to “Like” Phone Love on Facebook.

Thanks for reading! – Brian Engelhard

2018-10-03T00:45:37+00:00August 6th, 2018|Blog, Device Lifecycle Management|