Apple Lets Businesses in on iPhones

Corporate-focused data plan costs $25 extra each month
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2008 4:37 PM CST
Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds up an Apple iPhone at the MacWorld Conference in San Francisco, in this Jan. 9, 2007 file photo. Steve Jobs has a tough act to follow at the Macworld Conference on Tuesday   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Get ready to send a more fashionable Out-of-Office Auto Reply. Apple and AT&T today revealed their first iPhone plans for businesses, allowing for discounted voice plans but charging a $25 monthly premium for data plans. New customers must sign up for a 2-year agreement, and existing AT&T customers must renew for 2 years, AppleInsider reports. 

The so-called Enterprise Data Plans cost $25 more per month than residential equivalents, starting at $45 for 200 text messages and going up to $65 for unlimited messages. A $25 monthly discount will be offered to corporate-liable customers through the end of 2008, however—meaning that their business plans will cost the same as individual ones until Jan. 1, 2009.