Once you have identified the right satellite equipment, it’s time to consider the right service plan to meet your voice and/or data requirements. BlueCosmo offers a wide range of plans that can help you manage your budget, avoid unnecessary expenditures, and meet all your critical communication needs.
Depending on the satellite equipment you are purchasing, you will have a different set of options. For example, if you have an Iridium phone, BlueCosmo offers you a range of different Iridium plans. BGAN devices have specific plans, as do IsatPhone, and Inmarsat FleetBroadBand. Make sure your plan matches your equipment.
Next, you should consider how you intend to use your satellite solution. Will it be used regularly, by a predictable set of people? Or, is your solution a back-up, disaster planning or business continuity solution only meant to be used intermittently, at unplanned moments when other equipment fails? If you look at how you and your team already communicate, how often you communicate, you”ll have a better idea of the plan that’s right for you.
You should look at your plans closely, and consider all the options offered. Getting the right plan is a key part of your satellite solution and we want to help you get the one that’s right for you and your team. If you have any questions, BlueCosmo is here to help.
There are basically two types of satellite service plans: Pre-Paid Plans and Monthly Rate Plans.
Pre-paid Plans are an excellent option for users who need predictable costs. You can’t exceed your budgeted amount because you can only use the minutes or data that you have already purchased. This helps you avoid any unexpected costs.
When you need more minutes, or more data, you purchase another exact amount. Its a good tool for team leaders, or program managers, who need to set a ceiling on their ongoing costs, and don’t want any additional charges when usage spikes. Pre-paid plans have no activation fees, and no regular monthly charges. However, prepaid minutes and data have expiration dates, typically 6, 12 or 24 months, so its important to purchase the right number of minutes for the period in question. With some prepaid plans, you get the option of extending the expiration date of your minutes for a fee. This ensures that you do not lose a large amount of unused minutes when your expiration date arrives. And of course, you always have the option of purchasing more minutes at any time - the key advantage of going prepaid.
The key to saving money over time with any prepaid plan is to accurately estimate your usage. If you are able to gauge the number of minutes or amount of data you are likely to use over a 6 month period, then you can purchase the right amount of minutes to avoid running out, or leaving any unused when your expiration date arrives. And, the more Prepaid minutes you buy at one time, the lower your per-minute or per-megabyte costs. This is a key consideration for managers or team leaders with multiple users and multiple satellite devices.
If you are using your satellite solution as a business continuity tool, or as part of your disaster planning, Pre-paid Plans can be a good option, but there are some drawbacks. By making a one-time purchase that covers a sufficient amount of minutes or data, for a specific interval of time, you can keep your budget predictable. However, you do not want to be caught in the middle of a crisis and have your data-minutes run-out, without a simple, immediate way for you to purchase more. When a disaster strikes, your usage can spike unpredictably. So, for crisis planners, you may want to consider a monthly plan. This way you can ensure that there are no interruptions in your minutes when you need them most.
Like the name implies, when you purchase a monthly rate plan, you pay each month for a set number of minutes or data at a set per-minute rate. The more data you include in your monthly plan, the lower your per-unit rate. Plans vary: some include a set per-unit rate for overages beyond your monthly amount. Other plans will give you a base amount of miutes or data included in your monthly fee, and then lock-in a set per-unit rate for any additional minutes or data you use, and you only pay for what you use.
Monthly Rate Plans are excellent options for users who will be regularly using their satellite equipment because they lock in the lowest per-minute rates available. As long as you stay within your allotted amount each month, your costs are predictable, and generally at a good per-minute or per-megabyte rate. Monthly Rate Plans are also good if you are managing a team of regular users, because once billing is set-up, it is simple to administer. There is no constant need to authorise the re-purchasing of additional minutes; billing is made at regular intervals, so there are no unexpected interruptions in service. This can be critical for users who need the peace of mind knowing that they and their teams will always have access to data and data-minutes.
In the case of business continuity, or for disaster planning, it is a good idea to consider a monthly plan because it ensures that your team has the access they need when a crisis hits, and your usage suddenly spikes. Identifying a plan that keeps your monthly costs minimal, but ensures that your system is always ready, is an important consideration for disaster planning and business continuity solutions.
Whatever plan you choose, BlueCosmo can help you with any questions you have along the way. Contact us whenever you need to, and we’ll help you build the solution that’s right for you!