Category Archives: IP Phone

VoIP Mobility With New Grandstream DP715 / D710 DECT Cordless IP Phone

For residential, small office/home office (SOHO) and SMB/SME users wanting a digital wireless mobile VoIP telephone with high quality audio, the new Grandstream DP715 and DP710 DECT Cordless IP Phone is now available.  The Grandstream DP715, which includes the DECT handset and the VoIP base station with integrated charger, supports up to 5 distinct SIP accounts and is expandable to a total of 5 handsets and 4 concurrent calls. The Grandstream DP710 or expansion unit, which includes a DECT phone and charger unit, is used in conjunction with the DP715 base station unit and is situated throughout the home or office for added user convenience. The Grandstream DP715/DP710 offers wide range indoor/outdoor radio coverage, affordability, TLS and SRTP security protection, and works with various major IP PBXs and supports, thus giving users the ability to enjoy the benefits of mobility and VoIP for minimum investment.

Grandstream DP715

The Grandstream DP715/710 is the next generation of powerful, affordable, high quality and simple to configure VoIP DECT phones for small business and residential users. Their compact size, superb voice quality, rich feature set, market leading price-performance and wide range radio coverage enable consumers to maximize the power of IP voice application and mobility for a minimum investment. DP715/710 is SIP and DECT compliant and field proven for flexible deployment.

  • DECT base station registers up to 5 DECT handsets and talks to up to 4 handsets concurrently
  • Advanced telephony features including Caller ID, Call Waiting, 3-Way Conference, Transfer, Forward, Do Not Disturb, Message Waiting Indication(Stutter Tone), auto answer, multi-language voice prompt, flexible dial plan
  • Secure and automated provisioning using HTTP/HTTPS/Telnet/TFTP, multiple SIP accounts, SIP over TCP/TLS, SRTP

Panasonic NS1000 Update

The eagerly awaited Panasonic NS1000 Phone System is now available from stock from most UK Panasonic Phone System dealers.

The Panasonic NS1000 is a market leading VoIP Phone System from the leading small phone system manufacturer.  The NS1000 phone system uses the latest Voice Over IP Technology enabling easy deployment of Panasonic IP Phones including the KX-NT range (KX-NT321, KX-NT343, KX-NT346 and KX-NT366) and the new KX-UT range of Panasonic SIP Phones (KX-UT113, KX-UT123, KX-UT133 and KX-UT136).  The Panasonic NS1000 Telephone System can also be used with other SIP Phones including Aastra IP Phones, Grandstream IP Phones, Cisco IP Phones, Yealink IP Phones, Snom IP Phones, Polycom IP Phones and Linksys IP Phones making the NS1000 an ideal choice for customers with existing handsets that might want to migrate their IP Telephony to the Panasonic NS1000 Communications Server Platform.

Panasonic NS1000

The Panasonic NS1000 can utilise SIP Trunk services and can also use legacy ISDN telephone lines if require.  Put the Panasonic NS1000 is your diary.

Is your business prepared for the cold weather?

The annual freeze is upon the UK with forecasts of snow and freezing temperatures and of course the possible disruption to business inlcuding staff shortages as employees refuse to struggle through dangerous conditions to get to work.  In this age of high speed internet and multitude of communications options it should be easy for desk based employees to work from home and it is not as expensive as you might think as long as you have made some preperations.

The obvious first choice is using VoIP (Voice Over IP) so that home based employees, even temporarily snowed in ones, can communicate with the office and customers seamlessly.  As long as they have a reliable ADSL connection at home and a PC with suitable headset they can quickly establish a connection with the office phone system to remain a productive member of the team.  Even if your business does not have a VoIP or VoIP enabled telephone system you can plan ahead by installing a VoIP Gateway which will easily upgrade your existing phone system to provide basic VoIP connectivity as a backup for this type of situation.  The Telecom FM Onestream VoIP Gateway will connect to your small business phone system and provide VoIP connectivity for both the office phone system and also allow home workers to connect using an IP softphone on their computer or they could use an IP Phone at home and be able to answer incoming calls and transfer them back to the office.  The Onestream Gateway also fetures a built-in GSM Gateway so the company can reduce their call charges to mobile phones or provide easy, low cost mobile extension functionality for their mobile workforce.

The next thing that a home based employee will need to do is access their office PC and applications from their home computer and this is easily achieved using a basic VNC service or a paid for remote access solutions such as gotomypc or logmein which are easy to set up and allow the user to work as though sitting at their desk.

With a little planning, and maybe a small outlay for items like VoIP Gateways which can provide additional benefits such as reduced call charges throughout the year, most small businesses can easily survive the cold snap.

 

Panasonic NS1000 VoIP Phone System

Panasonic have announced today that the new Panasonic NS1000 SIP based VoIP Phone System will be available in the UK from all leading Panasonic resellers from January 2012.

The Panasonic NS1000 is a SIP based Communications Server that is suitable for most businesses that want to take advantage of unified communications and the latest VoIP technology.

 

Gigaset N510 IP PRO

Gigaset N510 IP PRO – The new DECT IP Base Station from Gigaset.

The Gigaset N510IP is the latest offering from the popular VoIP and DECT manufacturer and is not going to disappoint.  The Gigaset N510 IP DECT Base Station offers connectivity for up to 6 VoIP Accounts, 6 x DECT Handsets and can handle 4 simultaneous calls.

Gigaset N510 IP PRO

For a powerful DECT mobility solution for small business the Gigaset N510 IP PRO, DECT IP base station provides great calling options and productivity advantages.

GIGASET N510 IP PRO – KEY FEATURES

– Up to 4 external calls in parallel
– Up to 6 handsets
– Up to 6 VoIP accounts
– Compatible with Gigaset’s wide range of DECT handsets
– Exceptional HD sound with HDSP
– Local network directory and public online directories
– Email notification and reader
– Future-proof software
– Professional zero-touch auto-provisioning setup
– Desktop or wall mountable
– Energy-saving ECO features
– Integrated power over Ethernet

 

Snom 760

Snom have announced the launch of their new Snom 760 IP Phone

Snom 760

The snom 760 phone addresses office users that require excellent audio, PBX-style keys, and rich visual information. It combines a state-of-the-art hardware with the proven snom SIP software.

The snom 760 not only provides you with comprehensive IP telephone functionality, but also a whole range of extra features which really put it in a class of its own compared to similar products.

Snom 760 Main Features

  • High-resolution 3.5”color display
  • 12 LED function keys
  • LED function keys
  • Wideband audio
  • Hands-free operation
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • WLAN ready
  • VLAN
  • 2 x USB (Type A)
  • 2 Gigabit LAN ports

 

 

Snom 720

Snom have announced the launch of their new snom 720 IP Phone.

Snom 720

The snom 720 phone addresses office users that require excellent audio and a large number of programmable PBX-style keys. It combines a state-of-the-art hardware with the proven snom SIP software.

All in all, the snom 720 raises the bar for VoIP phones in its class both in terms of voice quality, available features and day-to-day usability.

Snom 720 Main Features

  • 4-line B/W display
  • 18 LED function keys
  • 12 identities
  • Wideband audio
  • Hands-free operation
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • WLAN / Bluetooth Headset ready
  • VLAN
  • 2 x Gigabit LAN ports

 

Panasonic NS1000 Phone System Pricing Announced

Panasonic have released the prices of their exciting new NS1000 SIP Phone System.

NS1000

The Panasonic NS1000 is a leading edge business communications platform utilising the latest SIP VoIP communications technology to deliver business class telecommunications for all businesses.  The NS1000 is suitable for all types of business including small business, medium business and large corporate.  With it’s flexible licensing and integration options the Panasonic NS1000 Phone System is sure to help Panasonic continue it’s success in the business phone system marketplace that it has led for over 20 years in the UK.

For details about the NS1000, please click here to view the KX-NS1000 UCC starter bundles where you can also download the full RRP price list showing all the available system components and licensing prices.

 

How virtual phone systems help start-up success

The key to success for any new business lies mainly in their ability keep overheads to a minimum, whilst remaining flexible and projecting as professional an image as possible. A new business owner will wear many hats and will often need to travel around frequently promoting their business and generating sales.

First impressions go a long way when it comes to business relationships, therefore many entrepreneurs will strive to adopt the image of a much more established business from day one. Possibly one of the most important things for any start-up to get right is how they handle their calls.

The ideal phone service for start-ups is one which is inexpensive, instantly scalable, allows them to create the impression of depth, and offers seamless communication between workers even when they are not in the same office. Most importantly, they should not be tied down for a specific time period or to one location so as to allow for growth and portability.

A virtual phone system allows even the smallest of start-ups to instantly sound more professional, without breaking the bank. By starting small and adding features on demand, a virtual phone system will grow easily and seamlessly with the business. What’s more, with the capability of receiving calls anywhere, either over the internet using a VoIP softphone or physical handset, or by call forwarding to a mobile phone or landline it’s business as usual, whatever may be occurring in the entrepreneur’s daily life.

Here is a summary of what I believe to be the main benefits of a virtual phone system for start-ups:

  • No equipment required, therefore no capital cost and no maintenance or finance charges.
  • Add or remove extensions as needed.
  • Publish a local number for each area in which you wish to have a presence and receive those calls anywhere you like, or choose a non-geographic ‘03’ or ‘08’ number.
  • Route calls to the most appropriate place depending on the time of day or week.
  • Connect users in different locations seamlessly while making/receiving calls from a central number, eliminating the need for physical office space.
  • Don’t let callers go straight to voicemail (unless you want them to) – ensure calls are answered by the relevant person every time.
  • Give callers the option of reaching different departments or extensions on the same number.

Furthermore, Sipcentric offers:

  • Instant activation.
  • No setup or cancellation charges.
  • Absolutely no commitment – cancel some or all of your services at any time.
  • The most user-friendly management portal around (we believe).

In conclusion, a virtual telephone system enables a new business owner to keep initial costs low and remain flexible, allowing them to sound professional and stay connected wherever they are. As the business grows, they can easily add phone numbers, extensions and features to accommodate that growth, without fear of geographic restrictions or onerous contracts.

On-demand phone service for UK startups launched

Having worked together previously and sharing a passion for Internet communications, Kevin and I have teamed up again after identifying a gap in the UK market for a phone service tailored specifically for home-based startups and entrepreneurs.

SipcentricThe launch of our new ‘on-demand’ phone service marks the beginning of a new era of telephony services for business people. A virtual phone system from Sipcentric can instantly make a small business sound more professional yet requires no commitment whatsoever and is remarkably easy to start using.

Traditionally, if someone required a second line to be installed in their home for their new business, they would have to pay for installation, wait around 2 weeks for it to be installed and then pay rental of around £10-15 per month for a minimum of 12 months. Not ideal, as many new businesses need to remain flexible, and portable, particularly in the early months.

Or they could sign up for one of the many hosted VoIP services around. Most of these seem to assume the user is already familiar with VoIP or that they are technically savvy. These, too, tend to come with setup charges and minimum contracts, although the rental costs are typically lower than their traditional counterparts.

Our exciting new service is ideal for those who have heard about the benefits of VoIP but either don’t know where to start or wish to try it out without committing themselves to long term contracts or paying for features they really don’t need. Anyone can sign up for an account for free via our website and take a look around the system, watching the tutorial videos and getting to know their way around.

When they are ready to get started, they can start to add features on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis. Rental is paid monthly at the beginning of each month until the feature is removed. A feature can be removed at any time prior to the end of the month and we will not charge for it again. It really is that simple.

Users can start with a single phone extension which can be used anywhere in the world from just £3 per month plus VAT. They can add a UK telephone number from almost any area code, instantly, and send calls to different places depending on the time of day from just £2 plus VAT.

By providing business owners with an on-demand, instantly adaptable system with which to professionally handle their calls, we aim to establish ourselves as the only provider fully committed to enabling startups and small businesses to grow their communications in their own way and without barriers.

Our service has been created by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. We know the challenges faced by small business owners. Therefore, our customers can rely on us to provide a personal service with awesome support and 100% belief in what we do.