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Sprint reduces rates for voice and data plans
VITA and Sprint have recently agreed to rate changes that will potentially lower customer costs and have added a new smartphone plan that fills a gap in VITA offerings. The per minute cost for overage calls (those calls that exceed the plan’s included minutes) has been reduced from $0.46 per minute to $0.29. This change will reduce the monthly bill for individual users or agencies exceeding their monthly plan minutes.
VITA is offering the PRO Pack 400 and PRO Pack 1,000 plans as replacements for the existing Blackberry 400 and Blackberry 1,000 pooled voice and data plans on Sprint. These plans provide pooled minutes for smartphone users, including Blackberry, Android and iPhone. VITA also has added a PRO Pack 700 plan that provides 700 shared minutes at a price point between the 400- and 1,000-minute plans. All of these plans can share minutes with existing Sprint Business Essential plans and now include all of the features of the Sprint PRO Pack, which previously was an added cost feature for Sprint customers. The PRO Pack 400-, 700- and 1,000-minute plans all include free Sprint mobile-to-mobile calling, unlimited nights and weekends (starting at 7p.m.), roaming, long distance, unlimited Web, navigation and unlimited text messaging. These plans are available immediately. Customers may elect to remain on the existing Blackberry 400 and 1,000 plans.
Existing customers will see the overage rate decrease on all existing rate plans without having to take any proactive steps. In order to take advantage of new features of the PRO Pack plans, existing Sprint customers, including those on the Blackberry 400 and Blackberry 1,000 plans, must subscribe to the new PRO Pack plans. To elect to switch to these new plans, customers can submit a telecommunications service request (TSR). Agency telecommunications coordinators can assist individual users with these orders.
For more information, customers can contact email@example.com, or J.B. Edmonds, (804-416-6159).
US Cellular adds services to VITA contracts
On Nov. 12, US Cellular added Apple iPhone and iPad equipment and service to VITA’s state contract for cellular services. The contract number is VA-090320-USCC and the on-line equipment list had been updated on the VITA website. With the addition of US Cellular, all state contracts for wireless services now offer Apple iPhones as an option. More information users can contact JB Edmonds, VITA Telecommunications Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Ann Fisher, US Cellular, email@example.com.
Reminder to Verizon Local Services DSP (Direct Service Plan) customers
As published in the October 2013 edition of the "Network News," VITA denied Verizon's claim that the commonwealth should be paying Federal Universal Service Fund (FUSF) fees for contract services under its local services contract. VITA will reject such amounts as invalid and erroneous should Verizon invoice VITA for FUSF fees.
Verizon may still pursue invoicing FUSF fees to DSP customers. VITA recommends that DSP customers which are invoiced directly for services by Verizon closely monitor their invoices for FUSF fees and consult their legal counsel for specific guidance or advice.
Please direct specific questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
US Cellular backup service for smartphones
Effective September 30, 2013, US Cellular will no longer offer My Contacts Backup Service for Smartphones. Any customers currently using My Contacts Backup on Android, Blackberry or Windows Phone will need to choose an alternative method to backup their contacts by September 30, 2013.
New Printer/Copier/Managed Print services contracts
VITA has awarded eight new printer/copier contracts and of those, seven were awarded the option to offer managed print services. These contracts offer users the choices of inkjets, b/w color lasers, multiple function devices, wide format and high speed production devices.
Awards were made by manufacturer and by category. Details surrounding each supplier’s award can be found by clicking on “What is the contract scope” once you have clicked on the contract number. All new contract numbers began with VA-130405. Authorized users are encouraged to request multiple quotes from suppliers when acquiring multiple units or seeking to engage in a managed print service agreement.
Until further notice, Executive Branch agencies are not to engage with suppliers regarding managed print services. You may still work with suppliers for non-networked devices and if you want to use a supplier for networked connected devices, you must first get permission from NG to proceed with an order for a connected device.
Contract related questions can be directed to Greg Scearce via email at: email@example.com
VITA adds Unlimited Message at no cost on AT&T Wireless
VITA is pleased to announce that effective with the January bill, all VITA customers with AT&T Wireless service will receive unlimited messaging, at no charge, on all COV Voice plans except the Basic (Pay-As-You-Go) plan. This change can result in savings of up to $23.00 per month, per phone, for users of AT&T plans under the state contract. This service will be automatically included for existing and new customers. No customer action is necessary.
AT&T has also agreed to offer Enhanced Push to Talk service to VITA customers at the existing contract rate.
iPhone now available on most VITA wireless contracts
VITA is pleased to announce that nTelos Wireless has joined AT&T, Sprint and Verizon in offering the Apple iPhone to customers utilizing VITA's statewide wireless contract. A broad range of both feature phones and Smartphones are available to customers at attractive pricing. Contact one of the State Account Team representatives or email VITA at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Verizon FUSF fee claim under commonwealth contract rejected
Back in the spring, Verizon asserted that the commonwealth should be paying Federal Universal Service Fund (FUSF) fees and that it intended to start billing contract users for FUSF fees. VITA denied Verizon's claim because the state contract provides that the commonwealth will not be billed for FUSF fees. Under the Virginia Public Procurement Act, Verizon had six months from the date of the denial of its FUSF claim to appeal, but it has not done so. Accordingly, VITA recommends that all customers closely monitor invoices for FUSF fees and consult their legal counsel for specific guidance or advice.
APR changes do not impact procurement delegation - see link
Procurement Savings Opportunities
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CIO Approval for Cooperative Procurements
Reminder: Agencies and institutions can not conduct cooperative procurements for IT goods and services without having such procurements approved by the Commonwealth CIO as required by §2.2-4304 of the Code of Virginia. Agencies and institutions cannot establish IT contracts for use by other public bodies without prior CIO approval. In addition, only VITA may establish IT contracts for statewide use.
Price Shopping for Cellular Services
Looking at ways to stretch your wireless budget? Check out VITA's current comparison of all contracted carriers. The chart provides details on pay as you go plans, individual plans, pool (shared minutes), voice and data and mobile data.Click here for the comparison chart
What is Supply Chain Management?
VITA's Supply Chain Management (SCM) is the Commonwealth of Virginia's Information Technology (IT) procurement and sourcing hub. If we were to overly simplify our mission, we would say we strive to consolidate and leverage the Commonwealth's buying power. And, if provided for in the solicitation or contract, all public bodies can utilize statewide contracts developed by VITA.
SCM's procurement professionals are committed to developing value-driven IT contracts that enable users of these contracts to benefit their organizations and the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our services include:
- Consolidating and leveraging the Commonwealth's buying power;
- Announcing, awarding, and maintaining statewide contracts for the purchase of information technology and telecommunications goods and services;
- Providing sourcing expertise and contracting assistance for state agencies and institutions procuring IT and telecommunications goods and services; and
- Providing market analysis, supplier analysis and sourcing consulting for state agencies and institutions;
- Inviting, promoting, and sustaining increased access, participation, and partnerships with small, minority- and women-owned businesses.
Who can use our contracts?
All public bodies can utilize statewide contracts developed by VITA, if provided for in the solicitation or contract.
What are the benefits of using VITA IT contracts?
There are some very obvious advantages of using the VITA IT contracts.
- Your organization is able to get the best value for your purchases. And, as more and more organizations utilize these contracts, we are able to aggregate more and more demand. The result is we will be able to continually develop contracts with vendors that bring more value for you.
- Not having to bid your items will save valuable time and effort. All you have to do is order from the 300 IT and telecommunication contracts that are available for you.
- Use our database to research thousands of vendors if you are looking for something that is not on contract.
- Subscribe to our email service that routinely updates you as new contracts are made available for your use
- Virginia's Total e-Procurement Solution
- Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise
- National Institute of Governmental Purchasing
- Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing
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