Sprint Expands Options for Cloud-Based Office 365 for SMBs

Sprint Business has changed up the plans available to support cloud-enabled Microsoft Office 365 for small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs), which allows them to collaborate and communicate virtually. Some a la carte options also available too, and the carrier said that Lync-enabled audio conferencing is coming soon.

The Sprint Professional Plus with Office 365 plan provides all cloud-based components of the Office 365 Professional plan as well as the downloadable version of Office 2013 (called Office 365 ProPlus), which includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Sprint Preferred with Office 365 meanwhile combines the most commonly used Active Directory and IT policy management capabilities of the Enterprise plan, with Office 365 ProPlus.

There are also 20 standalone or add-on products for Office 365 now available, including Exchange Online Plan 1 and 2, and new Kiosk plans.

Sprint said that it will soon add Audio Conferencing for Lync Online, powered by InterCall. Options include adding 10, 25 or 50 dial-in attendees by phone with existing Lync Online conferencing capabilities. It will come with Carefree Cloud assistance for the duration of the set-up process.

“We’ve seen strong demand for our Office 365 plans, and our unique Carefree Cloud support clearly is breaking down barriers to cloud adoption by helping to simplify the purchase and onboarding process for businesses,” said John Dupree, senior vice president of business sales, Sprint. “We felt it was critical to build on this successful model by expanding our offers in order to meet the distinct needs of SMBs within a variety of industries and work styles.”

The carrier provides connectivity via Sprint’s 3G, 4G and all-IP Global MPLS networks, and makes solutions available via its channel partners as well as at “consultation centers” at retail locations. Sprint also delivers a private-label cloud services platform to wholesale customers.

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