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Apple and O2 Try to Appeal To Businesses With New 3G iPhone Business Tariffs

35 Percent of Fortune 500 Companies have signed up and participated in Apple's iPhone enterprise beta programme and Steve Jobs is betting on the diminutive device to spearhead Apple's success in the corporate market where the Fruity brand has not enjoyed as much success as in the consumer market.

And O2's newly published Business Tariffs for the iPhone means that things are getting serious and RIM's Blackberry could soon feel the heat from Apple; the UK telco partner for Apple has lined up a whopping nine separate tariffs to cater for all business needs.

The Best for Business PAYU offers a 8GB iPhone for £84.26 but charges you a whopping 30p per minutes for calls to other mobiles and you would still need to fork out £26.91 per month over two years - definitely not the best deal.

For £4 more per month, the Small Business Regular user is a much better offer with 300 minutes and 50 inclusive texts as well as unlimited O2 calls and unlimited calls to 10 standard landlines.

Moving up to Small Business Frequent User, which costs £34.76 on a 3-year contract, gives you 450 text messages and 700 minutes and a free 8GB iPhone to boot from.

Another intriguing addition to the tariff grid is the iPhone Sharer which allows secondary users to join in a primary user and, as the name implies, share minutes and texts.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Super User package appears to be by far the best package ever to have - £90 per month (with a three year contract) gives you ultimate everything with 1000 minutes of calls to Europe.

Note that you won't be able to combine iPhone sharer and Super User accounts.

You can download the actual tariff PDF document by clicking on the image below.

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.