Vodafone announces new business plans and apps

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Vodafone announces new business plans and apps

The telco targets small businesses with its new Business Flex mobile plans and additional Ready Business Apps.

Vodafone has announced new, more flexible plans for small business mobile fleets, along with additions to its Ready Business Apps that make it more convenient to pay for third-party services. 

Its new Business Flex plans allow businesses with at least 10 mobiles to mix and match the inclusions they need.

Vodafone Business Flex plans start at $30 a month per user (SIM only) including unlimited national calls and SMS, and 1GB of data. The 6GB plan is $50 a month, and additional data packs range from 5GB for $35 to 100GB for $265.

Inclusions are shared across all the phones on the same account.

For those making overseas calls, the $105 plan includes 200 minutes to selected countries (as well as 20GB of data). Additional minutes can be purchased in blocks of 120 ($10), 600 ($50) or 1200 ($100).

Another benefit of the $105 plan and its $150 'with a phone' equivalent is that the fee for $5 roaming is waived for the first 15 days use in each calendar year. Vodafone’s $5 roaming means you can use your plan's inclusions when travelling in certain countries for a flat fee of $5 a day.

The $70 and up plans also include membership in the Qantas Aquire business rewards program and at least 4,000 points.

"We recognise that many Australian businesses are paying for inclusions they neither want or need, Business Flex offers an alternative which means businesses are only paying for the essentials and can purchase add-ons as they see fit," said Vodafone executive general manager for enterprise business Stuart Kelly.

"Businesses right across the country, from café owners, retailers and small manufacturers, have told us that they are spending good money on outcomes that don't work for their business."

More Ready Business Apps

Meanwhile, the telco is also expanding its Ready Business Apps lineup, with Google Apps for Work and GoDaddy domain registration and web hosting coming in the next few weeks.

Dropbox Business, Xero, MozyPro, Norton Small Business and Office 365 are all available now through the Vodafone service.

The main benefit is the convenience of managing and paying for a number of subscriptions in the one place – on your phone bill – but it also includes two-month trials of some services.

When Dropbox Business became available through Vodafone late last year, we observed that "$14 per user per month is a modest discount compared with the usual $15."

But it now costs $17 a month, the same as subscribing to the file syncing and sharing service directly with Dropbox. The good news is that the minimum is still two licences rather than five, and the free trial still lasts for two months rather than one.

Similarly, the Norton Small Business security package for up to five devices is $10.83 a month, the same as subscribing directly (except that Norton is currently running a special that reduces it to the equivalent of $9.75 a month) but again there's a two-month free trial.

The other current Ready Business Apps are Microsoft Office 365 (from $7 a month for the Business Essentials plan), MozyPro backup (from $10 a month for 10GB) and Xero accounting (from $25 a month). There are no free trials for Mozy or Office 365.

Later this month the range will expand with the addition of GoDaddy domain registration (for example, $17.98 for a .com.au domain for two years; no free trial) and web hosting ($14 a month for the Website Builder business plan), and Google Apps for Work (from $5 a month per user).

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