Decide which data apps are most critical to your end users and test them using loaner phones on different mobile broadband networks, says Lisa Pierce, a VP at Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research. Check data transfer speeds and latency, she says.
Offering loaner phones is part of the sales process at Cingular, newly renamed AT&T Mobility, says spokesman John Kampfe. Verizon Wireless offers test phones at the discretion of the sales staff or upon request, says spokeswoman Brenda Raney. The amount of time an enterprise loan a phone for varies. Small projects could get about 10 days while a larger project might need 30 days. (