The paid version, which runs from $4 to $2 per line, depending on the number of lines, adds a wide range of more advanced features. For example, administrative rights can be subdivided and assigned to lower-level administrators. Applications can be blacklisted or whitelisted or both. Enterprise documents can be stored, grouped and either held for read-only access or pushed out to some or all of the mobile devices. Also, the paid Amtel service can redirect voice calls to optimize cost savings, such as sending a 411 directory assistance call to a free 411 service. If a user dials an international number, the Amtel client can redirect it to the corporate PBX, having the call go out via a much less costly corporately dialed landline connection.
The paid service also has "group texting" which can replace legacy paging systems, and create a texting option for devices, such as Wi-Fi-only tablets, that lack an SMS listener, according to Amtel.
Both services are the only ones certified under SAS 70 Type II, an audit standard for service organizations' control objectives and activities, according to Amtel.
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