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Vodafone One Net Tops 10,000 Users In UK

Vodafone claims UK sales of OneNet have passed 10,000 users and 1,000 business contracts.  Vodafone is upping its marketing spend to help emulate international success.

The success of the Vodafone OneNet product lies in the market trend for smaller businesses to move to a hosted telephony solution for their business communications and paying a small monthly access charge for each telephone extension.  This type of hosted telephone system has already been popular over the last few years and has seen a growing base of small businesses converting to the latest VoIP technology and because the hosted telephony solution is almost the same as having a mobile phone contract where you pay a monthly service charge then it makes sense that the Vodafone Onenet service which combines both VoIP and GSM extensions should do so well.

The other advantage that Vodafone has with it’s OneNet business telephony solution is the fact that it can deliver calls over VoIP and GSM so for office users that do not  have a great broadband connection to enable quality VoIP calls they can use a mobile phone connection for each telephone extension.  You might think that using a mobile phone every day as your office phone might put off many potential users, but with the option of using a 3G Desk Phone such as the Huawei ETS6630 or the new Telecom FM 3G Desk Phone the office user can have a desktop style GSM phone that they can use with the Vodafone OneNet GSM solution.

 

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.

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.

Snom One Plus

Snom have announced the launch of their new IP PBX hardware appliance – the SnomOne Plus.

Snom One Plus

Snom One Plus

The snom one plus is available in two sizes, the entry level snom one yellow plus for up to 20 extensions and the snom one blue plus for up to 150 extensions.  The snom one plus VoIP phone system uses sangoma cards to provide anale, ISDN2e or ISDN30e connectivity to enable easy connection to existing lines and also connects to SIP trunks.

The snom one plus phone system integrates seamlessly with the snom IP phones providing a plug and play installation.

For users who want to try out the features, functionality and quality of the snom one phone system, the snom one free for up to 10 extensions is available to download and run on Windows, Linus or Mac OS and provides a fully functioning PC based IP PBX.

Gigaset DX800A Launched 10th Feb 2011

The Siemens Gigaset DX800A small business phone system will be launched in the UK at an event held in London at the Institute of Electrical Engineering.  Hosting the launch is Provu, a leading distributor of VoIP Phones and associated telecoms equipment.

Gigaset DX800A

The Gigaset DX800A an ISDN Phone System that connects to a single ISDN2e telephone line and also has built in VoIP capability for connection to SIP Trunks.  Additional handsets connect to the main telephone unit wirelessly using DECT, making installation of this SoHo mini phone system a breeze.  The Gigaset DX800 will support up to 4 telephone lines (2 x channels of ISDN and 2 x SIP Trunks) and a total of 6 extensions (main unit plus 5 cordless DECT handsets Gigaset SL78H).

The Siemens Gigaset DX800A is sure to please with it’s ease of installation, flexibility of ISDN and SIP Trunking connectivity, a large system memory and it’s award winning design.

For details of the DX800A small business phone system please visit the Gigaset Website.

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.

IP Genie moves to centre stage

The global economic downturn has increased the urgency among companies of all sizes to reduce costs and find smarter and more efficient ways to do business. From our perspective, this imperative is moving VoIP and open-source telecom solutions, like IPGENIE UCP, to centre stage.

Clearly, the march to VoIP – among customers and carriers – began before the current worldwide economic crisis. Still, for us and other VoIP providers business is brisk as more and more companies rush to implement VoIP solutions. Enterprise customers in growing numbers are turning to VoIP for inter-branch, intra-company calling while more and more call centre’s, hotels and SMBs (small and mid-sized businesses) rely on it for all inbound and outbound international calls.

Another smarter, less expensive way to do business is open-source telephony – specifically, IPGENIE UCP. So far this year, we’ve noted increased awareness and acceptance of IPGENIE UCP among customers in England & Northern Ireland We’ve even seeing PBX procurements by multinational companies where IPGENIE is being considered side-by-side with Cisco and Avaya.

The reason is simple: IPGENIE is a flexible, scalable and reliable solution that offers the same advanced features and functionality as proprietary PBXs but at a fraction of the cost. For these reasons, IPGENIE now has a seat at the table.

In Europe, we’re also seeing keen interest in IPGENIE but for one additional reason: the large, installed base of Nortel PBX. For many years, Nortel was the PBX that many installed for customers throughout the country. Many of these switches are at or near the end of the product’s life-cycle. Compounding the normal anxiety over switch replacement is Nortel’s bankruptcy filing earlier this year. In the meantime, customers are worried about replacement parts upgrades and service and many of them are turning to IPGENIE.

We expect an even stronger second half of the year in IP PBX. In any case, we believe VoIP is moving to centre stage and IPGENIE is right behind it.

VOIspeed connectivity with iPhone, Android and Nokia phones

Using a WiFi connection, you can pick-up, hold and transfer calls in the office and stay in touch with your colleagues for free! With a SIP client calls will be routed to other extensions via your LAN just like all other internal calls. As for the external calls, you can also make low cost calls to international destinations using the VOIspeed VoIP carrier.

Key advantages of using VOIspeed with your smartphone:

  • Receive calls for your business on your mobile device*
  • Make free calls to other internal users*
  • Reduce the cost of your mobile calls to external national and international destinations via VOIspeed SIP carrier
  • Automatically upload all your contacts from your mobile phone directory or Outlook and call them via VOIspeed
  • See the list of all calls made or recieved on your smartphone
  • Hold and transfer calls to all internal extensions

VOIspeed Tip: Make the most of your smart-phone by adding another extension number fully dedicated to your smartphone. This means, for example, that when you leave the office you can set your extension to Voicemail mode, so that any unanswered business calls are automatically diverted to your Voicemail.

* Your smartphone must be within the WiFi area. As for 3G, please check with your service provider that they allow VoIP calls over SIP protocol.

IP GENIE Launched – Is is everything you wished for?

McWilliams Communications Ltd The complete VoIP Specialists July 2nd Coleraine Northern Ireland The communication revolution The telephone has been waiting for:

IPGENIE pure voice over broadband unified communications platform.

Since 2003 two brothers Sean and Paul McWilliams have been developing a new and exciting business VOIP telephony product which is built and designed in the UK , with 40 years of telecoms experience between them they have released IPGENIE a totally unlicensed unified communications platform which is set to take on the major players in the Telecoms marketplace all over the world.

VOIP (Voice over the internet protocol) is set to become a marketplace leader as businesses strive to make savings and unify there communications, one of the challenges of VOIP is the quality of the voice call a lot of VoIP providers and suppliers of IP TELEPHONY use G711 which gives a voice call quality of between 60-80K which businesses will not except in the day to day running as it gives jitter on the call. IPGENIE is set to challenge this as the call is sent out over 15k per voice call and prides itself on crystal clear communications not only that all the features and functions that are normally licensed with a product are integrated within IPGENIE and is set to save companies thousands of pounds on licensing and landline rentals of up to 60% by moving onto the new protocol SIP (Session Initiation protocol).

By using a standard broadband and an upstream of 256k IPGENIE can achieve 6 channels or lines by going over one connection this can be expanded depending on the upstream this will abolish the need for legacy ISDN 2/30 CHANNELS and so it will mean the end user will reduce their line rentals by using one analogue line and a broadband.

IPGENIE has already had success by installing various field trails across the UK and appointed various dealers in England and Northern Ireland who are also having success with the product.

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