news Vodafone has announced a new range of mobile plans for small and medium businesses (SMBs), along with new additions to its suite of ‘Ready Business Apps’.
Called ‘Business Flex’, the new range allows SMBs to build a custom suite of plans according to their business needs.
Plans are available at a variety of price points, ranging from $30 to $150, and come with the possibility of earning up to 10,000 Qantas Acquire points, the telco said. Total minimum cost for the plans ranges from $720 to $3,600, while additional data is charged at $0.0098/MB (charged per KB).
Businesses can also opt for standard international call or data add-ons for Australian use. This includes access to Vodafone’s $5 Roaming and – on the $150 Business Flex 24 month plan and $105 Business Flex SIM Only 24 month plan – free access for the first 15 days per calendar year. This can save $75, Vodafone said.
Business Flex also allows businesses to share all inclusions among their employees.
Stuart Kelly, Vodafone Executive General Manager for Enterprise Business, said: “We recognise that many Australian businesses are paying for inclusions they neither want [nor] need, Business Flex offers an alternative which means businesses are only paying for the essentials and can purchase add-ons as they see fit.”
“We are also proud to offer Australian businesses with 10 or more connections a single point of contact to focus specifically on serving the needs of their business and delivering best-in class customer service,” said Kelly.
The company is also offering its recently introduced ‘Network Happiness Guarantee’, which gives customers 30 days to decide to decide whether they like their new service (see the terms and conditions here).
An optional Technology Fund has also been created to help businesses purchase “the latest devices”, according to the firm.
Moving onto the new range of Ready Business Apps, Vodafone said they have been “handpicked” to help businesses save time, improve engagement with employees and customers, and boost “operational agility”.
The suite now features Dropbox Business, Xero, MozyPro, Norton Small Business and Office 365, while Google Apps for Work and GoDaddy will launch in mid-June, Vodafone said.
Vodafone offers a portal for customers to access their subscriptions for most of the provided apps, and currently offers a free two-month subscription on selected apps.
According to Kelly, Vodafone selected the apps following a “comprehensive review” of the communication requirements and needs of Australian SMBs.
“We found through our research that mobility and office enablement were common needs across numerous industries and business sizes, so we have designed our Ready Business Apps range to ensure that whether you’re a graphic designer, a plumber, a retailer or real estate agency, your business has the tools it needs to help grow and run more smoothly, all at the touch of a button,” said Kelly.