In the coming years, the vast majority of your employees will go mobile (if they haven’t already). IDC research found that the mobile workforce will grow to over 105 million people by 2020—over 70% of U.S. employees.
Whether you have to bring your own device (BYOD) or corporate owned, personally enabled (COPE) program in place, there’s a lot for enterprises to gain (or lose) in device trade-ins.
And yet, so many enterprises are maintaining the same phone refresh processes from years or decades ago.
If you’re saving a closet full of old mobile devices for a rainy day, it’s time to make a change.
Common Misconceptions About Enterprise Mobile Device Trade-ins
As employees come and go within your business, it’s common for corporate-owned mobile devices to change hands multiple times. That’s why it seems wise to take every spare phone and keep it in a closet—just in case an employee breaks a device or a new worker needs one ASAP.
However, devices lose value every day they sit in storage. It’s no different than your personal device. An iPhone 6 today will always be worth more than an iPhone 6 tomorrow or two weeks, months, or years from now.
Despite the ability to trade in enterprise mobile devices to get immediate credits toward a bill (whether it’s for equipment or wireless bills), companies still avoid trade-in programs. Here are a few common misconceptions that might be keeping you from realizing the true value of your old devices:
- You Have to Go to a Retail Store: Do you think mobile trade-ins are a hassle for enterprise customers? You might think you have to pack up all your devices and take them to a local retailer or mall kiosk to trade them in, but it’s just not true. At HYLA, we offer OEMs, carriers, and retailers an Enterprise Mobile Device Trade-in Platform that takes makes the process as easy and convenient as possible on your end.
- You Have to Spend Time Evaluating Devices: Even if you know you can trade devices in from the comfort of your office, you might be wary of having to evaluate and ship the phones. Collecting devices from many remote offices and employees, evaluating their conditions, and packaging them for the partner can be time consuming. The HYLA platform makes it easy to collect devices from remote locations, saving you valuable time.
- You Can’t Risk Exposing Corporate Data: Security is top of mind for every business leader and shipping used devices to a third-party might feel like a surefire way to put corporate data at risk. Part of the HYLA processing procedure wipes the data from devices and ensures your information is safe.
These are just a few of the reasons enterprises have traditionally avoided mobile trade-in programs. But when these concerns are taken care of, is there any reason why you’d willingly let mobile phones sit in a storage room losing value?
Smoothing Out Enterprise Mobile Device Trade-ins
Another year brings another new iteration of the iPhone, giving you an opportunity to make the most of the devices you have in storage. The more old equipment you can unload (including tablets, WiFi cards, and other corporate devices), the more cost effective your hardware refresh will become.
This even works for businesses that reimburse employees for personal device usage. As long as you collect the trade-in value when employees upgrade their devices, you can cut costs for maintaining the mobile workforce.
However, enterprise mobile device trade-in programs do more than just cut costs. The HYLA Enterprise Mobile Device Trade-in Platform ties directly into partnered enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions so you can improve every aspect of device lifecycle management—not just the last mile of trade-ins and upgrades.
But the key to maximizing mobile trade-in value is choosing a carrier program that makes the process as easy as possible for you. If you want to learn how you can optimize mobile device value and get more out of enterprise mobility management platforms, contact us todayfor more information about enterprise mobile device trade-in programs.