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Monster ISP - America Online - has unveiled details of a new pay-as-you-go instant messaging service aimed at business users.

Using its existing IM service, corporate users will be able to share online presentations and files while chatting to colleagues using a conference call facility.

According to Reuters, AOL has hooked up with California-based WebEx Communications Inc for the file sharing bit of the package, while Massachusetts-based Lightbridge Inc is behind the voice service.

It's estimated that some 14m people use AOL's service while at work and AOL execs have their fingers crossed that these workers will latch onto the service to help their businesses.

The conferencing service costs around about 15 cents a minute per user, while the online presentation costs 33 cents a minute per user. ®

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