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TalkSwitch Releases New Business Phone

Hybrid phone maker TalkSwitch has released the TS-400, a single-line, analog telephone set for use with all TalkSwitch telephone systems. It features an adjustable backlit LCD display, dedicated headset controls and more than a dozen one-touch feature keys. Other features include hands-free paging and intercom, a 99-name and number telephone directory, caller ID log, data port, a voice mail waiting indicator and message counter. The TS-400 also is hearing-aid compatible. Available through resellers, the TS-400 is priced at $159.

NGT Rolls Out 6DegreesIP Version 4

Wholesale hosted VoIP provider New Global Telecom Inc. has released the fourth version of its 6DegreesIP VoIP voice products, which service providers rebrand for business and residential customers.

6DegreesIP v4.0 now has an enhanced trunk replacement product that replaces traditional PRI and T1 trunks with converged voice and data circuits, enabling any business to benefit from the lower costs of VoIP without having to replace their existing key systems or PBXs. The new version also includes an instant group call for PBX-like paging functionality, hoteling service for businesses with mobile workers, and an E911 pre-sales validation utility that allows service providers to verify 911 coverage from within the online 6DegreesIP Resource Center.

PAETEC Offers Software for Services Financing Program

PAETEC Communications Inc. announced it now is offering financing for customers purchasing software packages through the companys Software for Services (SFS) program. PAETEC will set up financing for a customers software purchase including installation and training through AEL Financial LLC. The monthly lease payment and any subsidy will be included on the customers PAETEC network invoice. This is particularly attractive for agents who also sell software, as customers without the capital to make a software purchase will no longer be out of reach, said PAETEC Vice President Lisa FitzGerald, adding software purchases can be anything from PAETECs own PINNACLE Telecom Expense Management suite to Microsoft Office.

InPhonex Enhances Channel Program

InPhonex, which offers a turnkey VoIP reseller-in-a-box solution, has added several new options to its VarPhonex channel program. InPhonex LiteLine offers pay-as-you-go calling with an incoming number starting at $7.95 per month. In addition, best-quality routing now allows resellers to choose standard or premium routing of calls on a customer-by-customer basis. Finally, InPhonex is offering the NAFTA Special, an unlimited plan for calls among Canada, Mexico and the United States, priced at $44.95 per month.

Plantronics Releases Voyager 510SL Bluetooth Headset System

Ideal for mobile professionals who are constantly juggling cell phone and office phone calls, the Plantronics Voyager 510SL Bluetooth Headset System with WindSmart provides a single wireless headset to seamlessly switch between office phones and Bluetooth mobile phones. The Voyager 510 is the first Bluetooth headset on the market to include both a noise-canceling microphone and wind-reduction technology. The headset features multipoint technology for easily switching between multiple devices, and can automatically detect which device a person is using. The Voyager 510SL Bluetooth Headset System retails for $379.95 and is available through Plantronics authorized resellers.

Citel Adds to EXTender Line

Citel Technologies has added the EXTender IP6000 to its line of EXTender products, which give multilocation businesses a way to migrate to IP telephony. The EXTender IP6000 can be softwareupgraded to accommodate a premise or hosted IP PBX, using the existing handset and wiring infrastructure at each location. It is available in a 12-port configuration, which can be scaled to accommodate the number of stations at each remote site. And, it is compatible with a number of PBX platforms, including Avaya/Lucent Definity and Magix, Nortel Meridian and Norstar, Alcatel, Ericsson, Iwatsu, Toshiba and Panasonic.

Profitec Targets VoIP Startups with Turnkey Bill/Care Package

Profitec Billing Services has released OmniVON a service bureau with low minimums and modest startup expenses tailored to startup VoIP providers. OmniVON combines service bureau billing, CRM, customer care, trouble management, provisioning, online order entry and electronic bill presentment into a single integrated solution paid for on an as-you-drink basis.

Free Service Aids Target Marketing

Marigold Technologies LLC is offering a Central Office Lookup Tool as a free service to help telecom marketers increase the accuracy of target lists by providing information about households and businesses served by specific central offices. Data includes telecom carriers and switching equipment in each facility, location information (including maps), area codes and prefixes (NPA-NXXs), CLLI codes, and list counts for business and household direct marketing targets served by each central office.

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