Telecom launches floppy-disk bills
Hongkong Telecom has launched a billing service for large business clients which it says could save thousands of dollars and mountains of paper.
Companies which subscribe will be given a specially developed computer program and have their itemised bills delivered on computer floppy disk or CD-Rom.
Paper telephone bills for large businesses such as banks can now run over hundreds of pages.
Telecom corporate marketing general manager Paul David said the program would allow managers to manipulate the billing information in a user-friendly way and allow them to detect rapidly areas where savings could be made.
'Some big companies have two or three people permanently monitoring telephone bills - their time could be redirected elsewhere,' he said.
'It would enable firms not just to detect fraud, but also identify areas where they may change their working practices and save money.' For example, firms which made many IDD calls to a single location could switch to a leased line which could be cheaper in the long-run.
About 35 companies, including Hongkong Bank and Cathay Pacific, already are using the scheme, called Bill2000, on a trial basis.