Perhaps they think UK business people don’t use Apple devices?Leading UK MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator), Virgin Media has decided to offer public and private sector organisations (ie business only customers) access to 4G through EE. The objective with Business Mobile is, of course, to let business users put their eggs all in one basket as well as providing a degree of fixed and mobile convergence. The company describes this service as being available on the “latest range of leading 4G handsets, including Samsung, Windows, Android and BlackBerry”. We’ve checked the list (see below) and Apple’s iOS based devices aren’t on it. Strange. Perhaps Virgin Media thinks business people don’t use Apple devices? Yet the service supports the latest Nokias.
Anyway, Duncan Higgins, director of products and marketing at Virgin Media Business, says, “CIOs up and down the country [UK] have told us they believe mobile communications will be essential for the future of their organisation.”
He added, “Our new service builds on our existing connectivity, convergence and collaboration services while enabling businesses to give staff safe, secure mobile access to the tools and data they need.”
It’s a shame that Virgin doesn’t spell out more clearly what exact ‘converged’ services it can offer.
The list apparently includes: – mobile email services; the ability to connect your desk phone and mobile seamlessly; online portals for support and billing; plus telephone support for users and customer administrators.
Higgins argues that, “With 4G, you can get more done, work flexibly and bring your professional applications together on a single device.”
“Remote working is now the norm and adding 4G to our services increases our customers’ options for working in a way that suits them,” he added.
Incidentally, Virgin says EE’s network is the fastest; covers 60 per cent of the UK; and for the remaining 4o per cent, they can have 3G for the moment.
Shailendra Pandey, a leading analyst with Informa Telecoms & Media, commented, “EE’s leading position in 4G network coverage in the UK will be a strong differentiator and significantly strengthen Virgin Media Business’ business services portfolio.”
Pandey continued, “Most organisations are looking for services that can increase productivity of their employees by ensuring they are able to communicate using both voice and data services, and are able to do so while being increasingly mobile.”
Here’s the full list of supported handsets: – Samsung Galaxy S4; Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE; Samsun Galaxy S III LTE; Sony Xperia SP; Sony Xperia Z; BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry Z10; HTC One SV LTE; HTC One Silver; HTC One XL; Nokia Lumia 920; Nokia Lumia 820; Huawei Ascend P1 LTE.