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The UK government is extending its procurement deal with Orange and Vodafone and claims half a million civil servants are already signed up to the scheme. Customers will get reduced line rental as part of the deal.

The agreement will now run until August 2006. The deal is run by OGCbuying.solutions, the trading arm of the Office of Government Commerce, part of the Treasury. The OGC estimates it will have saved the taxpayer £100m by the end of the contract.

Hugh Barrett, chief executive of OGCbuying.solutions, said the agreement helped half a million people work more efficiently. He said: "Mobile ’phones now play an increasingly important role in our day-to-day lives and we are delighted to have been able to negotiate value for money deals with both Orange and Vodafone. This will deliver significant savings to the public purse for reinvestment in front-line services". ®

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