Hamilton councillors make a call for better cell phone contract

News Apr 14, 2015 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

 Hamilton has saved over $1 million in its current five-year cell contract with Bell Mobility

But politicians gave city staff the authority to begin negotiations with Rogers, Bell and TELUS for a new contract after the present one expires Nov. 30, 2015.

“It’s nice to see the $1 million savings of cost avoidance,” said Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson.

The existing contract for the city’s estimated 2,500 cell phones saved Hamilton over $1 million, says city staff.  The contract is exclusively for Blackberries.

The 2014 budget for cell service was $1.5 million, but the city spent $1.4 million.

Under a new cell contract, city staff are looking at updating the service to possibility allow city staff to use their own personal devices, such as iPhones or Androids.

Ferguson said when he is travelling in the United States he notes the roaming costs for data is extremely high.  He turns off his phone’s roaming system.

He requested that staff examine options to keep costs down for data, since there are a number of Hamilton employees who travel in the U.S.

“I try to be like Inspector Clouseau and always be on duty,” said Ferguson.

 

Hamilton councillors make a call for better cell phone contract

News Apr 14, 2015 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

 Hamilton has saved over $1 million in its current five-year cell contract with Bell Mobility

But politicians gave city staff the authority to begin negotiations with Rogers, Bell and TELUS for a new contract after the present one expires Nov. 30, 2015.

“It’s nice to see the $1 million savings of cost avoidance,” said Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson.

The existing contract for the city’s estimated 2,500 cell phones saved Hamilton over $1 million, says city staff.  The contract is exclusively for Blackberries.

The 2014 budget for cell service was $1.5 million, but the city spent $1.4 million.

Under a new cell contract, city staff are looking at updating the service to possibility allow city staff to use their own personal devices, such as iPhones or Androids.

Ferguson said when he is travelling in the United States he notes the roaming costs for data is extremely high.  He turns off his phone’s roaming system.

He requested that staff examine options to keep costs down for data, since there are a number of Hamilton employees who travel in the U.S.

“I try to be like Inspector Clouseau and always be on duty,” said Ferguson.

 

Hamilton councillors make a call for better cell phone contract

News Apr 14, 2015 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

 Hamilton has saved over $1 million in its current five-year cell contract with Bell Mobility

But politicians gave city staff the authority to begin negotiations with Rogers, Bell and TELUS for a new contract after the present one expires Nov. 30, 2015.

“It’s nice to see the $1 million savings of cost avoidance,” said Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson.

The existing contract for the city’s estimated 2,500 cell phones saved Hamilton over $1 million, says city staff.  The contract is exclusively for Blackberries.

The 2014 budget for cell service was $1.5 million, but the city spent $1.4 million.

Under a new cell contract, city staff are looking at updating the service to possibility allow city staff to use their own personal devices, such as iPhones or Androids.

Ferguson said when he is travelling in the United States he notes the roaming costs for data is extremely high.  He turns off his phone’s roaming system.

He requested that staff examine options to keep costs down for data, since there are a number of Hamilton employees who travel in the U.S.

“I try to be like Inspector Clouseau and always be on duty,” said Ferguson.