Vodafone is to offer business owner/managers free fixed-line calls to 2.2 million mobile numbers as part of its move into fixed-line services, the company said today.
As reported on siliconrepublic.com yesterday, Vodafone has entered the fixed-line business and is offering broadband, fixed and mobile bundles as part of the Vodafone Office service.
The company cited research which estimates 64pc of small business owners/managers believe increased cost would prompt them to reconsider their service provider.
Vodafone has designed its Vodafone Office product to meet the needs of Irish small businesses, offering the typical small business customer savings of up to €650 a year.
As well as voice services, Vodafone Office also includes a 3MB and 7.6MB DSL line.
“We are the No 1 mobile operator for business customers and we will be the No 1 total telecoms operator for businesses,” said Vodafone’s enterprise director, Anne O’Leary.
“We know 80pc of all businesses are interested in a total telecommunications solution and we are responding aggressively to meet this need. We have the best-value mobile offerings for business, and we will replicate that success in our fixed-line services.
“Vodafone Office will deliver the strongest value for these customers with free calls to over 2.2 million Vodafone customers, and free local and national calls with our new single-line fixed offering,” O’Leary added.
Vodafone Office will be available from next month for €49.99 per month. Existing Vodafone customers will receive the first three months for €25 per month.
Businesses that opt for Vodafone Office will have the option to avail of Vodafone’s Mobile Broadband Instant Connect for free with the purchase of a modem for €40.33, a once-off fee, until its DSL line is connected.
By John Kennedy