The logic seems impenetrable: Most employees, even those travelling, are never far from a Wi-Fi hotspot, so why invest in Wireless WAN-enabled tablets? With the sheer accessibility of Wi-Fi only increasing, does it make sense to outfit employees with 4G LTE-enabled tablets?
If you’re employing enterprise-level IT management, the productivity gains, cost savings, and security enhancements from using highly secure, always-on 4G LTE connectivity are solid reasons to take a good hard look at some Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor powered tablets.
It’s true that a lot of the time employees are near a Wi-Fi source. It’s also true that they aren’t near a Wi-Fi source all of the time. Aye, there’s the rub. With only a Wi-Fi tablet, road warriors are unable to get work done while in taxis, on trains, or in the multitude of situations where they’re trying to work and not near an internet connection.
Let’s say an employee, Carol, is headed to a meeting straight from the airport. She’s working on refining a presentation with the rest of her team back at home base. Sure, they could trade feedback over email, necessitating the need for Carol to juggle a network-connected smartphone and a laptop, or she could use something like a Samsung GALAXY NotePRO 12.2 LTE—which features a 4G LTE connection—and arrive at the meeting fully prepared and ready to present on the same device.
The world is imperfect. In some places the Wi-Fi is free and complimentary and in others it either isn’t free or simply isn’t available. And it’s not always easy to predict nor plan for Wi-Fi related expenses. If Jim is out at a conference in Chicago and the conference center charges $15 a day for a serviceable Wi-Fi connection—well, looks like the company is just going to have to pony up the fee.
But you’re a smart IT manager. You can predict how many tablets you’re going to need, how much data they’ll use and only spend as much as you need. You can outfit employees with the Sony Xperia Z2 and opt for flexible data plans – either pay-as-you-go, or now the popular $10 incremental fee for new 4G-connected devices – that are continuing to fall in price. No need to keep a Wi-Fi-fee slush fund handy.
What’s more, Snapdragon powered tablets with integrated Qualcomm® Gobi™ modems are designed to support reliable, strong, and fast connections, including 4G LTE Advanced connectivity.
Ask yourself this: Is your company’s Wi-Fi network encrypted? Of course it is. I know, silly question. Here’s another: Are you okay with your employees connecting to public hotspots? Probably not.
It’s hard to control the types of people your employees share a wireless network with, but with a 4G connection, you don’t have to. Technically, yes, you’re sharing spectrum, but otherwise invisible to everyone else.
With a 4G LTE-enabled tablet—such as a Nokia 2520—employees now have always-on, secure access to the cloud and all that offers.
If you’re still not convinced—or are totally onboard and just want to see some concrete data—head on over to our Gobi ROI Calculator to see how a connected tablet could benefit your business.
For example: If a company with 12,000 employees (five percent of which average 25 trips a year, another 10 percent averaging 15, and another quarter tallying around 5—most of which are domestic travel) makes the switch over to 4G LTE-enabled tablets, they’re looking at saving just under $4 million over three years.
Wi-Fi tablets might seem like a sound financial decision in the short term, but if your employees are travelling a fair amount, a 4G LTE-enabled tablet makes sense in just about every way possible. To get started check out our tablet finder.