Orange data bundle accommodates employee skives

Orange has launched a new data tariff aimed at giving small companies enough bandwidth to accommodate employee recreational surfing during office hours.

According to new research commissioned by Orange and carried out by YouGov, there are more than three quarters (77%) of employees admitting to jumping online, either on their PC or mobile device, to entertain themselves during gaps in their working day.

The research showed that one quarter of women would spend work downtime catching up with friends and family via social network sites and email, while one in ten would use the time to shop online. In contrast, half of men would fill a lull in their working day surfing the internet.

Orange hopes to ease the pressure on small and medium businesses with a new data tariff, giving them enough data to accommodate all their business needs plus more, without incurring any nasty hidden costs.

Martin Lyne, director for SME at Orange UK, stated: “In today’s economy, businesses and their employees need a break. We know everybody’s working hard so there’s enough capacity in our new data bundle to combine work with some fun such as social networking and entertainment that doesn’t penalise either staff or the bill payer. This bundle also serves as the perfect package for an increasingly growing customer base who are adopting a variety of multimedia services.”

This competitive new tariff, priced at £4.25 per month for 500MB of data, will replace the 10MB and 250MB (currently priced at £5.00 and £6.38 respectively) packages and will be available to pay monthly business customers with new or existing voice packages.