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Landline to Mobile Call Charges Slashed to 4.5 ppm

The cost of calling mobile phones is now only 4.5 ppm with Westlake Communications new low cost business telephone call plan.

Traditionally the cost of calling mobiles has always been high, but recent regulation has caused a big price drop for business users that want to reduce the cost of calling mobile phones.  Until recently the average cost to call a mobile phone was around 8 ppm, so this new price is almost 50% cheaper.

Companies that have wanted to reduce their landline to mobile call charges were forced to use a GSM Gateway which was a piece of hardware that could be connected to a business telephone system and used a mobile phone SIM card to enable calls to be made using more competitive mobile to mobile call tariffs.  Using a GSM gateway could reduce business calls to mobiles to around 4 ppm so this new low call charge to mobile phones of only 4.5ppm makes the use of a GSM Gateway obsolete for call cost reduction.

GSM gateways are still widely used as alternatives to telephone lines for remote or temporary offices and also to propvide convenient telephone connectivity for applications such as alarms (lift alarms, care alarms etc) or for connection to a stand alone telephone for expample as part of a taxi phone solution.

Call charges to mobile phones are set to drop even further over the next two years with calls as low as 2 ppm in 2014.

Is your business prepared for the cold weather?

The annual freeze is upon the UK with forecasts of snow and freezing temperatures and of course the possible disruption to business inlcuding staff shortages as employees refuse to struggle through dangerous conditions to get to work.  In this age of high speed internet and multitude of communications options it should be easy for desk based employees to work from home and it is not as expensive as you might think as long as you have made some preperations.

The obvious first choice is using VoIP (Voice Over IP) so that home based employees, even temporarily snowed in ones, can communicate with the office and customers seamlessly.  As long as they have a reliable ADSL connection at home and a PC with suitable headset they can quickly establish a connection with the office phone system to remain a productive member of the team.  Even if your business does not have a VoIP or VoIP enabled telephone system you can plan ahead by installing a VoIP Gateway which will easily upgrade your existing phone system to provide basic VoIP connectivity as a backup for this type of situation.  The Telecom FM Onestream VoIP Gateway will connect to your small business phone system and provide VoIP connectivity for both the office phone system and also allow home workers to connect using an IP softphone on their computer or they could use an IP Phone at home and be able to answer incoming calls and transfer them back to the office.  The Onestream Gateway also fetures a built-in GSM Gateway so the company can reduce their call charges to mobile phones or provide easy, low cost mobile extension functionality for their mobile workforce.

The next thing that a home based employee will need to do is access their office PC and applications from their home computer and this is easily achieved using a basic VNC service or a paid for remote access solutions such as gotomypc or logmein which are easy to set up and allow the user to work as though sitting at their desk.

With a little planning, and maybe a small outlay for items like VoIP Gateways which can provide additional benefits such as reduced call charges throughout the year, most small businesses can easily survive the cold snap.


Calls to Mobiles from 1.75pm – New Business Phone Plan from Westlake Communications

New Business Call Packages from Westlake Communications – Cross Network calls on your landline! 

Westlake Communications have launched a range of simple, fixed line call bundles, to provide businesses with real value where it counts.  The new range of Flex bundles offer bundles of minutes to 01, 02, 03 and mobile phone numbers including 3 mobile, in just the same way that mobile phone companies offer bundles of minutes on their call plans.  The new Flex plan really levels the playing field and enables business to get competitive call rates without the need for GSM Gateways. 

As calls to mobiles now represent over 50% of a typical customers call spend, we have included calls to mobiles within our Flex bundles. 

Our Flex bundles offer customers the same rate to call a UK mobile as to call a UK landline, with calls from an unbelievable 1.75ppm. To compliment the Flex plan we also offer Sharer and Saver bundles to provide even greater value for business lines that do not make alot f calls to mobiles.We all love good value. That’s why we think you’ll love our new bundles…Flex Bundle Pricing 

  • 150 minutes – £4.99 per month (approx 3.33 ppm)
  • 300 minutes – £9.99 per month (approx 3.33ppm)
  • 500 minute – £14.99 per month (approx 3.00ppm)
  • 700 minutes – £19.99 per month (approx 2.86ppm)
  • 1000 minutes – £24.99 per month (approx 2.50pm)
  • 1500 minutes – £34.99 per month (approx 2.33ppm)
  • 2000 minutes – £44.99 per month (approx 2.25ppm)
  • 2500 minutes – £54.99 per month (approx 2.20ppm)
  • 3000 minutes – £64.99 per month (approx 2.17ppm)
  • 3500 minutes – £74.99 per month (approx 2.14ppm)
  • 5000 minutes – £99.99 per month (approx 2.00ppm)
  • 8000 minutes – £149.99 per month (approx 1.87ppm)
  • 10,000 minutes – £174.99 per month (approx 1.75ppm)

To compliement our bundles – here are the terms – nice and easy – no smallprint – and yes – we do have a fair use policy but at least we are honest about it!


  • Approximate cost per minute based on all minutes being used.
  • Bundles exclude Line Rental charges which are additional
  • Flex bundles are applied per CLI and are billed monthly in advance.
  • Calls within the minutes bundle are charged in whole minute increments.
  • Minutes in the bundle can be used at any time, but unused minutes do not roll over at the month end.
  • All calls outside the bundle are charged at our normal rates, which can also be on our saver and sharer plans so still great value and will be subject to a minimum call charge.
  • Only calls to 01, 02, 03 numbers and calls to the main mobile networks (O2, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and 3 Mobile) are included within the bundle.
  • A ‘fair use’ policy applies to Flex bundles with a maximum of 50% of the minutes within the bundle being available to call mobiles.  




Cloud Net adds unlimited calls package to its hosted PBX business phone service

27 October 2010 – Business phone systems company Cloud Net, today launched a new unlimited UK calls bundle that will help business owners keep their telephony costs low and predictable.

For £22 per month, Cloud Net’s Unlimited Calls bundle gives customers 5,000 UK landline minutes (01, 02, 03, 0845 and 0870 numbers) plus 300 minutes of calls to UK mobiles. Calls made outside the bundle are charged at Cloud Net’s standard low rates[i].

Cloud Net’s offer beats BT’s ‘unlimited’ business package[ii] for calls in the UK; not only is the bundle cheaper than BT’s offering, the cost of line rental and additional features is lower with Cloud Net. In addition, Cloud Net is competitively priced in comparison with Vodafone One Net Express, which charges £55 for unlimited call bundles.

  BT Cloud Net
Line rental per month £14.45 £8.50
Bundle price £22.50 £22.00
Handset Extra Included in line rental
UK Landlines 5,000[iii] minutes 5,000 minutes
UK Mobiles 300 minutes 300 minutes
Additional features:
(e.g. Caller display, Call waiting, Call divert)
  • 1 Feature £2.34 per month
  • 2 – 4 Feature £4.67 per month
  • 5 – 8 Features £6.58 per month
Included in line rental
Contract 24 months 18 months


David Hill, Chairman of Cloud Net said, “Some of our customers just want a solid, value for money phone service for their business while others are looking for advanced hosted PBX features, with our unlimited calls bundle they can have both. We offer some of the best business phone deals on the market and this new bundle gives customers a reliable service at a reliable price.

Indeed, for a typical business that makes most of its calls within the UK, our unlimited calls bundle beats BT’s offer hands down.”

The UK Unlimited Calls bundle is the latest in a series of new business phone offerings: Cloud Net recently launched CLASS Live Answering service and the Virtual Number service.

Cloud Net’s inclusive business voip packages consist of:

  • Internet based switchboard (PBX)
  • Management portal – you can configure your system really simply online
  • Free calls on Cloud Net’s network – great if you have offices in different locations or remote workers
  • Geographic telephone numbers
  • Voice mail
  • Fax boxes
  • Call redirect
  • Call recording
  • Ring back
  • Conferencing
  • Caller identification

To find out more about Cloud Net’s business telephone systems, please contact solutions@cloudnetuk.com or call 01922 21 33 33.

[i] Cloud Net UK standard rates start at: 0.9p per minute for landline calls and 9p per minute for mobile calls. International rates start at: 1.3p per minute (for calls to the USA)

[ii] As at the time of writing on BT’s website http://business.bt.com/phone-services/phone-lines-and-calling-plans/phone-line/phone-line-and-calls/

[iii] BT’s 5,000 minutes includes calls to major international destinations