Telecom Expense Management Industry Association Says New Mobile Unlimited Flat-Rate Plans Can Actually Cost More

February 22, 2008 – The Telecom Expense Management Asssociation (TEMIA) today issued a warning to those corporations that may be tempted to adopt the new unlimited flat-rate cellular plans. The plans, announced by Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T this week, offer unlimited wireless voice plans at a fixed price.
The Association warns corporate mobile users of false savings. While certainly offering a fixed budget amount, the Association estimates that a corporation’s telecommunications savings would be between 30-50% over these fixed priced costs, by evaluating their specific usage and retaining pooled or individual plans. The Association affirmed that a well managed corporate pool plan of voice minutes would average between $50 and $70 per user, whereas these unlimited flat-rate plans are being offered at a fixed rate of $99.

“As a consumer plan, these offers make sense for some users. But for a corporation with more than 100 subscribers, it generally does not. That organization is going to end up paying significantly more per year on mobile telecommunications costs by adopting these new unlimited flat rate voice plans for all mobile devices,” said David Spofford, president, TEMIA. The Telecom Expense Management Association membership currently has 6.7 million cellular accounts under management across its membership’s client portfolio. Collectively its membership manages $2.5 billion worth of mobile telecom expenses for corporations worldwide.


The largest Telecom Expense Management (TEM) service providers founded TEMIA, the Telecom Expense Management Industry Association, in 2006. Since that time, TEMIA has grown to 38 members with international corporate headquarters managing over $36 billion of telecom and data spend.


TEMIA’s mission is to raise awareness and knowledge of the values and benefits of Telecom Expense Management TEM, Wireless Expense Management WEM, and Mobile Device Management MDM solutions, to improve the quality and value of these solutions through the development and promotion of open industry standards, and industry knowledge among Solutions Providers, business partners, telecom service providers, and enterprise clients.