Skype woos small businesses

The pioneer of free calling over the internet is offering a dedicated service package to small businesses.

Skype says its new Small Business Pack gives a micro company everything they need to get started and make calls over the internet at low cost.

The package comes hot on the heels of the company’s own research showing 95% of users running a business saved money with the downloadable application.

Positively for expanding companies, business users of Skype also say that productivity of workers has increased thanks to the package, the survey found.

Even more reassuring for newcomers to VoIP software, is the London-run company’s figures showing that in some countries more than 30% of its total users run Skype for their business.

The package includes Skype for Business – an enterprise version of the consumer package, which has a control panel so managers can monitor and assign calling credits to up to 10 staff members.

Also included is 10 five month subscriptions to Skype Pro – an application that costs €2 a month (plus VAT), allowing users to make international calls at low cost rates from their mobile phones.

The Pro version also includes a call transfer facility, voicemail and a €30 discount on an always-on phone number that lets global contacts call the user at local rates.

As standard, the Small Business Package credits users with €50 of Skype credit that can be used for calling landlines and mobiles anywhere in the world. Users can also call other Skype usernames free of charge.

Users are reminded that all Skype Pro calls are subject to a small connection fee of up to €0.039 per call, and 15% VAT is added where applicable, Skype says.

Earlier this month, Skype suffered an outage, thought to be the first in the provider’s history, for about three days.

Business experts have warned that company owners should not rely entirely on a single mode of communication for their business needs.

For further details on the costs of the Skype Small Business Pack please see the company’s website.


 

30th August 2007

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