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Which office 365 plan for this small business?

I'm having trouble deciding which version of Office 365 would best suit a small business I work with. Perhaps someone here might have a suggestion?

The company
Small insurance company
8 full time employees, 3 part time
Currently running off SBS 08
Some use mobile devices to check email
Use public folders for important email archive - Currently over 15GB (I'm planning on converting these to a shared mailbox that hopefully replicates this functionality, it would also need its own plan because of the size of the mailbox (would love one that can increase beyond 25GB for future proofing))
Not likely to ever approach 50 employees

I'm considering three plans: exchange only, small business (P1), and enterprise (E1) and will list my thoughts about how each of them would suffice.

Exchange only
Does everything they currently use (basically email, calendar and contacts, they use the server as a fileserver rather than use sharepoint for that)
Seems simple to add an exchange account for the public folders
Cheapest
Anti-spam (they currently pay a third party for offsite anti-spam)
AD sync (I don't understand why that's necessary)

P1
They now get sharepoint, instant messaging and a public website, features they do not use at the moment. I'm not certain if they would find these features useful (except for maybe the public website. It's very easy to edit with sharepoint).
Now I'm assuming I'd have to get an additional P1 plan for the public folder archive, is that doable with P1?
Web viewing of documents -might be useful, not sure

E1
Bigger sharepoint, which they don't use at the moment (they have just been using files and folders to store and access documents.)
AD sync - Again, why is this useful? They will still log in to the domain to start the day, I don't understand how AD sync is supposed to help them. Outlook should automatically retrieve and send email for them without typing passwords even without this)

Simply typing this as made me think that just getting them an exchange plan is the way to go. Anyone have any input or see any flaws in my reasoning? Thank you
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Have to ask, for my own edification, why you and/or your customer would forgo a perfectly functioning system that includes all the features for a a different system with a monthly fee in addition to the already (presumably) paid for system.
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The server is running out of room, lifting the mailboxes off of it will free up enough space to last for years. Also, the client will save money in the end because we pay for offsite spam filters and backup everyone's mail currently.