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TalkSwitch Updates Software, Adds Phones

TalkSwitch has released the fourth version of its configuration software and added to its line of PBX telephone systems. The upgraded software allows local extensions on TalkSwitch systems to be enabled as either analog or IP; the functionality converts those platforms to fully hybrid IP PBXs. Users also are able to customize the mix of IP and analog extensions they want.

In addition to enabling IP extensions, release 4.0 adds e-mail notification of new voice mail messages; it sends voice mail messages as .wav files for playback; and it increases to 10 the number of remote extensions on each unit. A programmable holiday mode scheduler also provides call handling settings for specific dates.

Existing TalkSwitch customers can download the new release online. New TalkSwitch systems come with the software.

Meanwhile, the company also has released two new hybrid IP PBXs, the 280VS and the 284VS. Each system accommodates two incoming telephone lines and provides eight local extensions that users can configure as IP or analog and has 10 remote extensions. The 284VS also includes support for four VoIP trunks.

The 280VS and the 284VS are sold through TalkSwitch resellers and through the company directly. www.talkswitch.com


VoxPath Debuts Harmonica connect

Voxpath Networks Inc. announced in November the nationwide launch of Harmonica Connect services through its dealer channel. Harmonica Connect offers small businesses a single number to automatically manage and route their inbound phone calls. A virtual receptionist automatically answers and routes calls to individuals or groups. A company directory can be programmed to include answers to common questions as well as provide callers with direct access to the person or department they need. Employees continue to use their existing mobile phones and land lines, so theres no need for a large upfront capital investment in equipment. In addition, employees can configure their own forwarding and Find Me preferences. www.voxpathnetworks.com


Simple Signal Does SimpleSIP

Simple Signal Inc., a facilities-based VoIP provider that sells through wholesalers and agents, has unveiled its SIP trunking platform, SimpleSIP. The system lets any SIP-compatible IP PBX, PBX or TDM equipment communicate with the companys softswitch. This reduces the number of T1 and PRI interfaces, which means VoIP calls can be processed with the same hardware as one T1 interface. SimpleSIP features include unlimited inbound trunking capacity, free on-net calling and conference calling, low outbound domestic and international long-distance rates, full E911 compatibility, guaranteed QoS and supports for G.711 and G.729. It also includes unlimited local and incoming calls, LNP, voice mail, unified messaging and N-Way conference calling. SimpleSIP is available throughout the United States and Canada starting at $25 per trunk per month.www.simplesignal.com


Digi Releases EV-DO Rev. A Router

Digi International Inc. has introduced a Rev. A version of its ConnectPort WAN VPN, an EV-DO Rev. A Wireless WAN (WWAN) router that promises broadband upload and download speeds. The ConnectPort WAN VPN comes with a Sierra Wireless MC5725 EV-DO Rev. A embedded module that provides download speeds up to 2.5mbps, with averages between 450kbps and 850kbps, and upload speeds averaging between 300kbps and 400kbps. The ConnectPort WAN VPN is network-independent and upgradeable. www.digi.com


Whaleback Systems Intros CrystalBlue 2.0

Whaleback Systems rolled out the second release of its managed CrystalBlue Voice Service, which offers new telephony calling features and hosted applications designed for SMBs.

The Cuttyhunk release features additional KSU and IP PBX calling functionality, including page all, page zones, hands-free answer back, call diversion, call screening, multilevel automated attendant and multiple operator services.

OrcaFax, a secure desktop fax service, also has been added as a hosted option that allows subscribers to send and receive fax messages from Microsoft Outlook or any other POP3 e-mail client. The service costs $49.95 per month for the first subscriber and $5 per month for each additional user. Another hosted app, Multisite Integrated Dial Plans, also is now available, allowing users to dial threedigit extensions to reach colleagues based in remote locations. www.whalebacksystems.com


Avaya Adds Four UC Editions

Avaya Inc. has extended its four unified communications initiative software editions available in the first half of 2007 through its dealer channel. The Essential Edition is for office-based users who need IP telephony and messaging support as well as basic conferencing functionality. The Standard Edition is for mainstream users who benefit from mobility tools, including unified office and mobile communications. The Advanced Edition is for users who collaborate with large teams using integrated voice and whiteboard sessions. And the Professional Edition is for strategic communicators who use video communications and speech recognition, including high-definition video conferences and voice-driven access to messages and other personal applications. www.avaya.com


F-Secure Tightens Security for Mobile Devices

F-Secure Corp. introduced the latest edition of F-Secure Mobile Security, software that combines an anti-virus and firewall protection to safeguard devices from attack. The third iteration of the platform features a firewall that combats mobile malware threats and intrusion attempts. F-Secures software for equipment such as smartphones and multimedia computers is based on S60 Third Edition and Symbian OS version 9. www.f-secure.com

Links
Avaya Inc. www.avaya.com
Digi International Inc. www.digi.com
F-Secure Corp. www.f-secure.com
Simple Signal Inc. www.simplesignal.com
TalkSwitch www.talkswitch.com
Voxpath Networks Inc. www.voxpathnetworks.com
Whaleback Systems www.whalebacksystems.com

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