Mitel Extends Wi-Fi Calling Capability to BlackBerrys

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Mitel has introduced a mobility offering for BlackBerry smartphones that enables users to access the unified communications features of Mitel systems over both cellular and Wi-Fi networks.

Mitel Mobility for BlackBerry Mobile Voice System 5, or BlackBerry MVS, offers users the ability to send and receive calls over the Wi-Fi network, saving on cellular costs and extending the features of Mitel’s communications systems to workers on the go. Employees can have one shared number between their desk phone and their BlackBerry, ensuring availability, and calls within a user’s ring group can be handed off seamlessly, so if a call is answered from the desk phone, for example, it can be transferred to the BlackBerry without the call dropping.

Calls are routed through Mitel Communications Director, enabling users to have access to the same features as they would with their desk phone, including extension dialing. What’s more, BlackBerry MVS offers call routing over both cellular and Wi-Fi networks, helping companies keep their cellular bills in check. Using any Wi-Fi network, employees can use their BlackBerry as they would their desk phone.

“Making and taking desk phone calls on a BlackBerry smartphone is a simple yet powerful concept and we see great opportunity for our customers to leverage the native BlackBerry experience and Wi-Fi capabilities with BlackBerry Mobile Voice System 5 integrated with Mitel Communications Director, said Stephen Beamish, vice-president of marketing and business development at Mitel in a release announcing the technology. “This can lead to greater gains in responsiveness, productivity and cost savings across their organizations. The BlackBerry platform made it easy for us to extend the Mitel unified communications experience in a secure and intuitive way on BlackBerry smartphones."

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