BT has launched what it considered its most comprehensive business broadband packages which range from £19.99 per month to £65 per month (all prices exclude VAT). Three basic options exist in the BT Business Total Broadband range, named Option 1, 2 and 3. Full details of the new packages and particularly the extras aimed at business users can be found at the BT News Centre.
BT Business Total Broadband Option 1, is usually £21.99 per month, but a current offer means the first three months are charged at £19.99 a month. A 10GB (GigaByte) monthly usage allowance is provided, an 0800 support desk, basic Internet security pack (firewall and anti-virus software) for all your office PC's, free Broadband voice line, a Business Essentials Pack which includes 10 email addresses and 20MB (MegaBytes) of webspace and Workspace Lite that can be used to securely store documents online, managing projects and collaborative working. Option 1 users have to pay for broadband hardware at £49 for a BT Voyager 220V, or £79 for the BT Business Hub.
BT Business Total Broadband Option 2, costs £26.99 if a 24 month contract is signed, or £29.99 on a 12 month contract. The extra money brings unlimited usage allowance, 250 minutes of free BT Openzone Wi-Fi access per month and a wireless BT Business Hub.
BT Business Total Broadband Option 3, weighs in at £40.50 for a 24 month contract, or £45 if the 12 month option is taken. The extras compared to Option 2 are, five free licences for the Internet Security pack and one free licence for the IT Support Manager.
All three options are provisioned using an up to 8Mbps service, and can be installed by an engineer visit priced at £99 for those that would rather have someone set-up the service. Sign-up details and more information is at http://www.btbroadbandoffice.com/broadband.
With broadband becoming more and more essential to all businesses, one thing often overlooked is what happens when a telephone line breaks or the broadband fails. The weather over the last few days is a good example. It is always wise to install a back-up option, be that a dial-up service, 3G data card, Wi-Fi hotspot access or agreements with other businesses to share a connection in an emergency, and checking that services like email and any other business critical applications still work over the backup medium periodically.
Update 23rd January 2007: Price alteration on Total Broadband Option 3, from £58.50 a month down to £40.50 to reflect pricing on website versus original press release.