Dialing up savings: Where cell phone use has been reduced

Mobile phone cuts hit Connecticut; Corpus Christi, Texas; and Campbell, Calif.

California is not the only state to look to its cell phone programs for quick cost savings. Other state and local agencies that have made significant cuts to their cell phone use include:
  • Connecticut. In 2009, Gov. Jodi Rell directed all state executive agencies to eliminate any cell phones that were not critical and essential to the agency’s core mission and services. At the time, the state was paying for 10,000 cellular devices, including cell phones, BlackBerrys and air cards. “Technology is a wonderful thing — but it comes with a price, and that price is too high for the state to support right now,” Rell said at the time. “Like any family on a budget, we are going to have to cut back — fewer phones, cheaper calling plans and less airtime.”
  • Corpus Christi, Texas. Officials cut the city’s cell inventory in half in May 2010, canceling 450 of 900 cell phones in use, in hopes of slashing $100,000 from their annual bill. The city also transferred the financial and daily management of the devices from Municipal Information Systems to individual departments.
  • Campbell, Calif. City officials reduced their annual cell phone costs by 50 percent, from $48,000 to $24,000, by eliminating cell phones for employees whose jobs were at desks or didn’t require close contact with the office. They then consolidated all remaining phone contracts under one provider.

About the Author

H.B. Hatter is a freelance technology writer.

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