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February 17, 2015

InComm BYOD Starter Kit Makes Bring Your Own Device That Much Easier

The idea is a simple one: allow employees of an organization to work from the devices of said employees' choice, particularly when those devices already belong to the employees in question. Bring your own device (BYOD) has always been a simple concept, but that doesn't mean it's an easy one to put into use. That's a point that InComm wants to help address with the release of its BYOD Starter Kit, a system that makes putting a BYOD system in place a lot smoother, so that the advantages of such a system can be realized more rapidly.

The InComm BYOD Starter Kit package comes with a subscriber identity module (SIM) card, as well as a no-contract wireless plan, allowing those who may want to activate an extra phone, restart an old, off-contract phone, or operate a device without having to take it to one of the major mobile service providers out there. Additionally, it gives the unlocked phone market a little extra breathing room, a great development given the growing popularity of the unlocked phone market, particularly in the United States.

Better yet, the Starter Kits can offer several different breeds of service, from voice to text to data service, and several different price points therein, encompassing several combinations to help users get the best value possible. Should the service prove ultimately ineffective, the lack of a contract means it's easy to simply shut down the service and carry on at a later date.

Carriers even benefit from the Starter Kit service as it allows new customers to come in and try out a wider network's operations before going full contract, or even to come in and try a simpler, more pay-as-you-go approach that comes with the support of a major network. Non-carriers, meanwhile, can offer phone service to customers that previously couldn't be reached with other offerings, making for a whole new pool of business for said operations to reach.

InComm's senior vice president and general manager, Jeff Kiedrowski, offered up some comment on the new platform, saying “We had a unique opportunity to bring a new BYOD product to market within our existing retailer footprint, as well as leverage our Point of Sale Activation (POSA) technology. For consumers, our Starter Kit offers a wireless package with everything they need to start saving. For retailers and carriers, it offers an alternative to stocking phones in stores, helps drive foot traffic and increases new acquisitions.”

Essentially, with a system like this, it becomes extremely easy for an employee to get a device, set up said device, and summarily declare said device to be a “work device”, meaning that it can be readily taken to work, used, and brought home, stored until the next day, where the “work device” would be called upon once more. That kind of clear separation allows the device to be used somewhat more safely, as it will be mainly used for “work purposes,” while at the same time providing some of that necessary separation to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Also, companies can have a hand in the selection of devices, potentially getting access to bulk purchasing, as well as a better understanding of how to secure the network against outside threats.

The InComm Starter Kit may not be what every business needs to establish a BYOD program at work, but by like token, it's likely to go a long way in setting one up.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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