ATT Offers Corporate Plan for iPhone

Apple is trying to win over business users to the iPhone with a corporate plan.

This week AT&T announced a new plan for business users of the iPhone. Though the iPhone has been a smash hit with consumer users, corporations and enterprise installations have seen some resistance to wholesale adoption of the iPhone.

The new plan requires the same two-year commitment as the regular plan, as well as a voice service and data plan, at a price of $45 per month. This offers the user unlimited data, visual voice mail and 200 SMS messages; a 1,500 SMS message option is $55 per month and a $65 per month plan gives all with no limits.

This does not include the cost of sending and receiving data, such as browsing Web pages in the iPhone's Safari browser. That will run an extra $25 per month with a 20MB limit or $60 per month with a limit of 50MB. The data plan would cover 29 countries around the world.

This plan will not be available to individual users.

Though AT&T's new plan will not overcome users' technical objections (the iPhone's cannot work with closed Microsoft Exchange or RIM BlackBerry messaging services, for example), it could be a step towards lowering corporate resistance.