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Mobile love affair costs UK businesses billions

Firms could save by clamping down on mobile usage

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UK businesses could save billions by clamping down on workers using mobile phones at their desks.

Almost half of the UK business managers surveyed by IP communications firm Mitel admit to using mobiles in the office, at often double the cost of the landline right in front of them.

Mitel estimates that reducing calls by just five minutes a day would slice £2.5bn off costs every year. “With more and more businesses handing out mobiles to their employees, the research identifies a major lack of control over their usage,” says Graham Bevington, UK managing director at Mitel.

“Organisations should think about supplying employees with a single number that follows them, regardless of location or device.”

This was first published in September 2006

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