Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division announced this week that its Strata CIX IP PBX is compatible with the Apple iPhone via its uMobility application. Both are available for sale through Authorized Toshiba Dealers.
uMobility, a fixed mobile convergence (FMC) solution from Varaha Systems, was certified interoperable with the Toshiba Strata CIX line in April 2009.
uMobility smartphone compatibility now includes the iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, OS 3.0 and above. It also supports devices running Windows Phone or Symbian operating systems.
When used with Toshiba’s Strata CIX systems, uMobility delivers Voice over Wi-Fi in the enterprise and in other locations where Wi-Fi is available. Where Wi-Fi is not available, uMobility accesses the available cellular voice network.
By allowing the user’s iPhone to function as a business telephone, users get not only the best of both wireless and cellular calling but also are able to access the device’s telephone book contacts and call history functions.
iPhone users may also take advantage of many features of the Strata CIX system, including accessing their office unified messaging solutions, allowing them to receive their business voice messages in their e-mail inbox on their cellular phones. iPhone users registered on the 3G network also can get a message-waiting indicator.
iPhone users may also take advantage of four-digit dialing within the enterprise while on Wi-Fi and on cellular, and with dual-mode devices such as the iPhone, end-users gain full mobility through improved in-building coverage.
In addition, uMobility can helps cut costs by using the enterprise Wi-Fi network for voice calls instead of costlier cellular minutes. uMobility mobile routing applications also help reduce costs by routing international cellular calls over less expensive landline rates and eliminating international roaming charges with the use of a local SIM card.
The application also has the added benefit of helping companies separate business and personal calls, said David Fridley, product development manager of Unified Communications Solutions for Toshiba TSD. “With Varaha’s uMobility and Toshiba’s Strata CIX, iPhone users can now make personal calls from their cell phones and business calls from their business lines using their cell phones, without having to carry multiple phones or buy a special service plan,” he said.