As the working world continues to change and rely more heavily on mobile solutions, business mobiles have become an essential ingredient of many business operating models. Some companies with a large number of employees based in one building are even providing business mobiles for people who are stationed in the office but move around the building a lot. This means that even when someone is away from their desk they can still be contacted.

Just as there are any number of business broadband packages available, there are plenty of business mobile packages to choose from, and competition between providers means you should be able to find a package that suits you on an affordable monthly tariff.

When you’re looking around at the different packages on offer, here are just some things to keep in mind.

Calls versus texts: Some mobile tariffs will offer you more of one than the other depending on how you actually use your phone. As a business customer you are probably going to spend most of your time talking to clients and suppliers rather than texting them so you should keep an eye out for a tariff that offers you plenty of free minutes rather than free texts. Of course you may need to send the occasional text to colleagues to let them know what your movements are when you’re out of the office, so don’t discount them altogether.

Roaming and international calls: If you have clients overseas or you spend a lot of time travelling to different parts of the world for work then a good roaming package is essential. International calls are not cheap with most providers, so if this is a key issue for you then you may need to do a bit of research before you find the best deal. And remember, fees for data roaming while you’re abroad can be pretty hefty too, so if you do need to access your emails on your phone when you’re in another country, then you’re going to need a great deal on roaming.

Upgrades: If you’re the kind of person who likes to have the latest handset at all times then you should find out how often you’ll be able to upgrade your phone. Usually the more money you spend every month the more often you can upgrade your phone to a newer model.

And finally, don’t forget to do a bit of haggling if you need to. You might just get more than you were expecting!