Competition in the enterprise space has been heating up lately, even going as far as a battle over some of the core technologies used to service business customers, such as point-to-point wireless and encrypted backend networks. With U.S. telecoms of all shades fighting over who will provide the network for businesses and tons of firms fighting over who will provide the software and hardware, it's safe to say that enterprise is a hotbed of competition at the moment. Among wireless carriers servicing enterprise, shared data plans that cover an entire company are becoming fairly popular. Sprint unveiled their own take on such a service in an announcement on Monday.
Sprint's new data sharing plan for enterprise customers, dubbed 'Business Share More Plans' is aimed squarely at Sprint's direct competition, even being blatantly labelled in the announcement as more simple and flexible than competing plans. The main draw of the plan setup is a bulk discount on data, with the price per gigabyte going down as the amount purchased goes up. The plans range from a 20GB pool for up to 10 lines all the way to 500GB per month with an unlimited number of lines allowed to share the data. Customers can also change plans with minimal fuss as their business needs dictate. There is also no minimum service term, making it easier for businesses to give Sprint a try and decide whether or not it's right for them.
Some of the universal highlights across the spectrum of plans include unlimited non-roaming talk and text, unlimited outbound international texting and the ability to add Sprint's international roaming plan, Sprint Open World, at no extra cost. From 300GB onward, there are also no limits on how many lines can be added. Theoretically, this means that a business with 900 employees could allocate a bit over 300MB for each employee, so long as there's Wi-Fi in most places to get work done and the mobile data is only used sparsely on the road, for things like email and document sync for smaller projects. With the prime point of the plan being flexibility and prices being as low as $90 for 20GB of data (and an extra $10 per line), Sprint is clearly looking to undercut the competition.