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Save on High Cost Data Plans With Offline Apps

offlineIn this unpredictable time with the global economy adversely affected, businesses are looking for ways to reduce their costs. By using offline apps, and even creating your own, your business can save an ample amount on data plans.

Employees traveling between business locations, field workers, and those working offshore can use their offline app to access records, collect data, store images, and upload technical manuals without cell service or WiFi. When a signal drops or is erratic, the offline application functions as if nothing has happened.

Costs of Data Plans Across The Globe

Data costs around the globeData plans prices vary around the world. According to Statistica researcher Anne Fleck, "Regionally, North America is the most expensive overall, with an average cost of $4.98 per GB, which is higher than the global average of $3.12. Canada is the most expensive of the region ($5.94), followed by the United States ($5.62). 

Cost savings can be significant not only from the elimination of cell data charges but also if a company can provide mobile workers with a low-code tablet instead of cellular-capable tablets, which are four or more times more expensive.

This strengthens the argument that not relying on cellular networks (even if available) and using offline mobile forms (such as Alpha TransForm) makes sound economic sense.

How will Offline Apps Reduce the High Costs of Data Plans?

Let's look at the big picture of how much money offline apps can save you.

You can save money if you have a field force of 100 people and can use their phones or purchase a $100 WiFi tablet instead of $400 (cell signal enabled) devices. Additionally, you can also reduce your spending on data plans.

How a Business Saved Big By Developing an App with Alpha Anywhere

Tim Bochard, Director of Information Technology at Glacier Water, used Alpha Anywhere to create an offline application. Instead of constantly connecting to a costly data network, apps with offline capability connect to regional Wi-Fi networks (such as coffee shops) on occasion. This helps to reduce the high costs associated with data plans.

How much Can Offline Support Save Your Business?

Bochard selected Alpha Anywhere to develop an offline app for 400 service technicians who service 20,000 ice vending machines throughout North America. This allowed them to cache data about service calls on their devices while connected to a WiFi network at the beginning of their day.

They used the app in the field without needing to connect to the internet. During the day, if necessary, they could connect to the internet and update their data through any public Wi-Fi network, such as Starbucks or McDonald's, or they could wait until the end of the day to do so via WiFi at work or at home.

How much money did it save? A typical monthly data plan might cost $50. With a workforce of more than 500 people, that equates to $25,000 per month or $300,000 per year. Larger workforces that use offline support will save more money.


Using Offline Apps Will Reduce Your Business Costs

AlphaAnywhereCE2022Apps with offline capabilities enable businesses to be less reliant on large data plans, which increase in cost with the size of a workforce. You will save a significant amount of money if you use a low-code platform like Alpha Anywhere to create an app with offline functionality for your team.

Learn more about offline apps, including how they improve your business app performance and save money.

You can also develop offline apps for free with Alpha Anywhere Community Edition. 

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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