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3 Looks to Entice SME with Free Skype and Business Mix and Match

3 Business is beefing up its offerings by introducing a more competitive range of new deals for small businesses; the new plans, called Business Mix and match will see the introduction of new services like mobile Skype.

3, which has more than three million active users in the UK, will offer plans starting (opens in new tab) from £12.77 + VAT per month and offer 300 minutes anytime any network, 300 free 3-to-3 minutes, free Skype-to-Skype calls, free voicemail and free Instant Messenger; which roughly mirrors the price of similar consumer offerings.

Businesses will be particularly interested in Skype to Skype calls which could help them save money and time by slashing the price of international calls and by staying online all the time.

3 has also pledged to give a 25 percent discount to customers who signed for a two-year contract on top of additional potential bonuses like 2000 3-to-3 minutes, 1000 UK texts or 2000 UK landline minutes.

3 has been the first mobile phone service provider to offer a mobile broadband/mobile contract bundle and it will be particularly interesting to see whether they extend it to their business customers as well.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.