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T-Mobile targets business users with mobile extension service

Convergence & VoIP Alert By , Network World
January 25, 2013 12:29 PM ET
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Network World - T-Mobile has announced a new service that incorporates mobile devices as part of a fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) solution targeting the business customer. The company also announced an equipment financing program.

The T-Mobile Office Connect solution is integrated into T-Mobile's nationwide 4G mobile network, extending desk phone capabilities to mobile phones. Among the benefits that are built into the solution:

  • employees have only one phone number and a single voicemail box to manage
  • smoother transitions between mobile and desk phone transfers
  • companies can route international calls using the least expensive option and have mobile long-distance calls billed at business rates
  • capital investments are minimized by reducing the need for desk phones, PBX upgrades and software licenses

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Office Connect is now available nationwide via T-Mobile's B2B sales force. Offered as a managed service, Office Connect is available for $9.95 per month per line including hardware, software licenses and installation.

Concurrent with the Office Connect portfolio, T-Mobile also launched its new Mobile Device Payment Solution (MDPS), offering businesses the ability to finance the cost of devices over time at competitive rates and at no interest based upon credit approval. Eligible customers can arrange for financing through CFS, a third-party lender specializing in commercial financing focused on wireless solutions. T-Mobile's MDPS is also available now.

Commenting in a statement, Frank Sickinger, T-Mobile's senior vice president of B2B, said, "Today, mobile devices are critical extensions of an organization's business infrastructure. Therefore, making and protecting strategic mobile investments are more pivotal than ever before. Our new unified communications and equipment financing solutions demonstrate T-Mobile's commitment, as the 'Un-Carrier', to challenge the status quo for our B2B customers."

Read more about voip & convergence in Network World's VoIP & Convergence section.

Steve Taylor is president of Distributed Networking Associates and publisher/editor-in-chief of Webtorials. Larry Hettick, an independent analyst and consultant, is a 30-year industry veteran. He has covered VoIP and UC at Network World for 12 years.

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