SMBs are more cost-conscious than their larger counterparts. That's why, as I blogged in October, using VoIP as an example, vendors with SMB-oriented tech offerings are generally better off selling on price than features.
AT&T appears to have gotten the message, based on its new calling plan to allows SMBs to pool their employees' phones and minutes. Cost of the BusinessTalk plan ranges from $60 a month for five users and 700 minutes to $1,075 per month for 40 users and 20,000 minutes, reports The Washington Post. There are a total of 10 options, with different levels of service and cost. Extra lines can be added for $9.99 and extra minutes for 25 cents to 45 cents a piece.
BusinessTalk offers an attractive alternative to letting employees pick their own plans and then reimbursing them, a common strategy for SMBs, points out the article.
Demonstrating once again that there is often a fine line between SMB and consumer technology choices, Verizon is pitching a smartphone plan targeted to consumers, including the "multi-tasking moms" mentioned in Verizon's press release (as if there is any other kind). Plans including e-mail, Web surfing and phone start at $29.99 a month and are offered on the SMT5800, XV6800 and MOTO Q9m, notes the article.