T-Mobile overhauls Business 1


T-Mobile has announced changes to its tariff for business users. Business 1-Plan will come with unlimited calls to UK landlines and unlimited UK text messages.

The offer will be available on 24 and 36-month contracts and also includes European Shared Call Allowances enabling all users on one account to share roaming charges.

T-Mobile said it has also made improvements to the tariff for BlackBerry users by offering the options of unlimited email in 130 countries on 277 networks as well as unlimited instant email on BlackBerry in the UK.

T-Mobile UK head of business marketing Oliver Chivers said: “We are very aware of the tough conditions that many UK businesses are currently operating under and we hope these changes will provide them with greater peace of mind and better control over their expenditure.

“By reducing the complexity and cost of mobile communications wherever you need to work, we are confident that the new components of Business 1-Plan offer the most comprehensive and best value to the UK market. We know that business customers have other critical priorities which is why we are pioneering clear value without compromising on service.”

• Meanwhile, T-Mobile UK managing director Jim Hyde announced his departure for US regional network operator n-Telos last week. He quits the UK in March. Asked of his biggest achievements during his three years in the UK, he said: “We have repositioned the brand and put the customer at the centre of everything, especially with the value of our Flext and Combi plans. I think we have led the way also with our flat-rate pricing and real open access to internet services.”

Hyde also said T-Mobile UK ought to be “proud” of its job in eliminating distance selling in the UK. “We got rid of it, and T-Mobile has progressed as a brand because of that.”

He also paid tribute to the network share deal with 3 in the UK. “Given the changes over the last few years, and with the economic climate, it has been very apparent to me the industry has needed big, bold changes of this sort. The deal with 3 is revolutionary, ground breaking. It is the way forward for the global market.”