Monthly Archives: November 2010

Free IP handsets for UK small businesses using VoIP thanks to Cloudnet

Cloudnet saves small companies from £70 – £200 per handset to encourage wider use of VoIP

17 November 2010 – To celebrate a successful first year, telephone systems company Cloudnet, today announced that it is giving away free Grandstream internet phones and Siemens Cordless DECT business phones to help small companies to benefit from the low call costs of VoIP through professional pre-configured internet phone handsets.

For a 10 person company, Cloudnet predicts that with its free phone offer, typical savings are between £700 – £2,000 for equivalent VoIP handsets.

Cloudnet is offering new subscribers to its Cloudnet Connect service, free handsets until 1 January 2011. 

Cloudnet Connect, which starts at £8.50 per month plus calls, is for businesses that are looking for a phone system without the huge setup costs and includes:

  • Plug and play VoIP – free phones and online PBX – no capital expenditure
  • All inclusive advanced business telephone features, such as voicemail, call divert, call recording
  • Free calls within the Cloudnet network and branch to branch
  • Low national and international call charges

David Hill, Chairman of Cloudnet said, “while call costs for VoIP are attractive the cost of IP phones has inevitably been high, from £70 to over £200 per handset.  We believe that we have created the most attractive internet phone package for businesses which includes free handsets to accompany a full online switchboard, and we believe to be much more cost effective than our VoIP service provider rivals. With the Cloudnet Connect system, we provide the easiest to install and use VoIP system for small businesses.

We are also expanding the range of phones we offer and have just signed a deal to offer Snom, Yealink and Cisco Linksys phones to our customers.”

Cloudnet also offers call bundles where companies can benefit from fixed rate calls, a virtual answering service and a Flexinumber service, which provides a landline number for mobiles.

The free phones being offered under Cloudnet’s deal include:

Cloudnet’s entry level business phone – IP01

  • Full integration with the Cloudnet system
  • Large graphical LCD display with privacy features
  • Intuitive menu system
  • Dual ports – no need for a spare network socket
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Hands free
  • Address book
  • CLI
  • Call number memory
  • And much more

Grandstream GXP-2000 operator phone

  • Intuitive user interfaces
  • 4 individual lines
  • Dual Ethernet ports
  • Graphical LCD display
  • Secure central configuration
  • And much more

Siemens Cordless DECT business phone

  • Multiline for up to 6 handsets and 6 sip accounts
  • 210 hours standby
  • 25 hours talk time
  • 50m indoor radius
  • 150 contact storage
  • Hands free calling
  • Up to 3 parallel calls
  • Brilliant sound quality for internet calls (HDSP)
  • Illuminated handset

To find out more about Cloudnet’s business telephone systems, please contact solutions@cloudnetuk.com or call 01922 21 33 33.

McWilliams Communications The complete VOIP Specailists Launch IPGENIE VOIP ROVER

IPGENIE VOIP ROVER On the iPhone 3&4 and Android mobile VOIP client.

IPGENIE UCP (Unified Communications Platform) offers a true UC (Unified Communications) package to the end user by offering a complete end to end solution.

The iPHONE and Android Edition is a highly secure, standards-based mobile VoIP Client that works over both 3G and Wi-Fi networks.

Using the device’s existing contact list, iPHONE and Android Edition facilitates easy and effective communication management with an easy to use interface. Desk top-class calling functionality which includes the ability to hold and transfer between two calls, conference calls and perform all of the other features the IPGENIE UCP offers.

The iPhone and Android Edition incorporates advanced security settings which allow for secure call signalling. It also contains enhanced audio features including 711a/u,, GSM.G729 (Additional license required) The Android Edition requires Android 2.1 or later and has been tested, and is fully supported, on the following devices. Please note that the Android Edition may operate well on other non-supported devices.

•     HTC EVO
•     HTC Incredible
•     HTC Desire
•     Nexus One
•     Samsung Galaxy S (i9000, Epic, Vibrant, Fascinate, Captivate)
•     Motorola Droid 1,2,x
•     Motorola Charm

In addition to the above IPGENIE offers a call back* feature an enhanced service for the Blackberry handset or other mobiles which cuts mobile roaming charges whilst travelling around the world.

It is a simple and effective way of communicating to work colleagues or customers by using IPGENIE We simply set up an internal DDI (direct dial inward), you dial the ddi from the Blackberry handset IPGENIE will hang up your call and then call you back, you enter a secure PIN number and you will have access to the IPGENIE system this will enable you to dial an internal extension to a colleague or make a local or international call from the IPGENIE saving on mobile roaming charges.

*Note Call back can also be used from any landline telephone line.

Redwood Telecommunications encourages organisations to embrace smartphones in enterprise communications

Redwood Telecommunications, the Unified Communication specialist, is encouraging organisations to embrace the benefits smartphones can bring the enterprise. Flexible working, information sharing or opening a new route to market are just some of the ways smartphones are delivering significant benefits.

Managing Director, Charlie Whelpton, explains: “For many, a smartphone, like an iPhone, is highly desirable, whether for personal or business use. Businesses need to enable their applications to work with their users’ device of choice’. In January, Forrester predicted smartphones would explode into the enterprise in 2010 because of the increased functionality that they offer. Organisations need to be ready for the impact that these devices have on their communications platforms.

According to Gartner recently, smartphone sales doubled in a year and 19% of global mobile device sales are smartphones. In the enterprise market, BlackBerry is by far the enterprise smartphone platform of choice. It claims to have the most robust security and the most comprehensive management features. It has also gained an excellent reputation in the business community. However, the iPhone is more desired by business users but it hasn’t yet won the hearts and minds of the IT department for enterprise rollout.

“You can’t get away from the fact that smartphones are a very powerful business device that can help take your organisation to another level,” continues Charlie. These are just some of the ways that smartphones are revolutionising the way organisations can do business:

1.    Flexible, organised working

With a smartphone, it doesn’t matter where you are you still have access to your email, calendar, contacts, tasks lists and a multitude of other apps. The ability to communicate through any channel, and review and edit documents, means you can work on the train, whilst waiting for a colleague or in your own time when needing to respond to a client or your boss.

For organisations, this means that employees can be always available.

For individuals, they can still be in touch with the office even when they are on a beach with their family. The smartphone is helping those that need to stay in touch, to be in touch more effectively.

2.    Access to information and information sharing

With immediate, fast access to the internet through your smartphone, you are able to find information quickly when you’re on the move.

Taking the internet to the mobile device gives employees the ability to respond to client needs much faster as well as help themselves to information such as train timetables and local Wi-Fi hotspots.

Being able to send and receive considerably more data on a smartphone, collaborative working is possible. Smartphones allow the sharing of large files such as tender responses, design files and contracts, and the functionality to take photographs or video while onsite and send them to colleagues back at the office. Sharing these files and enabling them to be viewed and edited on a smartphone means response times to a client can be much faster and remote workers can communicate with office-based staff instantaneously, dramatically reducing time to complete a task.

3.    New route to market

With the smartphone being so desirable at a personal level, the smartphone can provide a new route to market. Whether that is in the creation of a relevant app for customers or promoting a product or service through MMS (Multimedia Messaging Services), for example, the smartphone makes engaging with customers wherever they are more possible.

4.    Multi-channel communications

Fundamentally, a smartphone can enable an employee to communicate anywhere, anytime and on any channel. From a voice or video call, to email and SMS, through to communicating using instant messaging and social networks, such as Facebook and twitter. Different people, whether clients, suppliers or colleagues, want to communicate in different ways. The smartphone allows this to happen using just one device.

 There is no question that organisations have got to make the move to be able to deal with the impact that smartphones will have on their organisation; both internally and from customers interacting with them.

Panasonic expand their DECT Phone Range with the KX-WT115 Entry Level DECT Phone

Panasonic have added an entry level handset to their range of Integrated DECT Handsets.  The Panasonic KX-WT115 works alongside the KX-TCA175, KX-TCA275 and the Rugged KX-TCA364 DECT Handsets and connect to the Panasonic DECT Base Stations providing a great value wireless telephony solution for the range of Panasonic Phone Systems.

Panasonic KX-WT115 Entry Level DECT Handset

The Panasonic KXWt115 DECT Handset will work with the Panasonic KX-TDA, KX-NCP and KX-TDE business telephone systems in conjunction with the integrated DECT base stations.