Wednesday, 19 August 2015

New mobile phone agreements to save £££s whilst providing a superior service

We’ve negotiated a new mobile phone arrangement with O2 that will save the University up to £150,000 each year whilst providing a superior service for people who use work mobiles.

The new arrangement will give you unlimited calls and texts within the UK and 4G broadband as standard. It costs £3.75 per month for 500MB data and £4.75 per month for 1GB. Our closest Vodafone contract for even the lower level of service would have cost £9.50 per month.

Usage reports indicate that 75% of University mobiles use less than 500MB with a further 20% using less than 1GB per month. However, if you need a higher data allowance we can accommodate that. The arrangement is so flexible that tariffs can even be changed on a monthly basis. As usual, if you know you will be using your work mobile at an event abroad, please contact us with as much notice as possible so we can implement the most suitable tariff.

If your phone is due an upgrade you will be transferred to the new arrangement as a matter of course, if you are not due an upgrade we will contact you in due course to support the transition of your existing phone to O2.

We don’t even need to migrate all University mobile over to O2 to realise the savings. We are only required to move 75% of phones over within 2 years. That means if you have a pressing need to remain with a different network we can work around that.

The new arrangements were put in place via a Public Services Network framework involving Crown Commercial Services, consisting of Government bodies and public sector organisations. Along with some other universities and hospitals we took the option to generate further competition via a secondary tendering process and won a further 25% cost reduction as a result.

Once we have migrated the majority of our 1500 work mobiles onto the new arrangement we should realise a saving of £150,000, equivalent to 60-70% of our current expenditure.

For further information about the phones available via the new O2 arrangement and the tariff options available see our new website at


If you have any questions please email mobiles@sheffield.ac.uk