1. Polycom Introduces SIP Attendant Phone Console
Polycom has introduced SoundPoint IP 601, a SIP
desktop phone that can be used with up to 3 expansion
modules to operate as an attendant phone console.
When configured with all 3 modules, the device can be
used to accept, screen, dispatch, and monitor up to 24
The 601 supports 6 lines. It features multiple call
and flexible line appearances; HTTPS secure
provisioning; instant messaging; presence; custom ring
tones; 3-way local conferencing; and dual-mode, auto-
sensing PoE circuitry. Signaling and power are
provided by the phone.
The expansion modules provide a high-res graphical LCD
and 14 illuminated multifunction keys that can be
automatically configured as a line registration, call
appearance, or speed-dial/DSS. With 3 modules, the
phone features up to 4 high-res LCDs and up to 48
illuminated multifunctional keys.
The 601 is currently available for $399. A module goes
for $299. The attendant phone console is interoperable
with platforms from BroadSoft, Pingtel, and Sylantro.
3. Net2Phone Introduces New IP PBX Solutions
Net2Phone has introduces a series of SMB services including
VoiceDirector, VoiceAccess, and VoiceLine. VoiceDirector is
a SIP-based IP PBX built on open source software combined
with local, long distance and international calling plans.
VoiceAccess is an inbound and outbound calling service for
SMBs with legacy analog PBX/Key Systems. The service
features voicemail, free interoffice calling, and additional
redundancy. VoiceLine is a SOHO voice service that supports
up to 2 lines. Features include 3-way calling, voicemail
with web access and enhanced call forwarding.
5. Freescale Acquires CommASIC
Freescale Semiconductor has acquired CommASIC, a fabless
semiconductor vendor that provides modem processing multi-
mode technologies including OFDM-based solutions such as
802.11 a/b/g. CommASIC is based in San Diego and has 30
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
7. Touch Local to Resell i2Telecom’s VoIP Service in the UK
Touch Local, a local search directory provider, has launched
a VoIP service using i2Telecom’s technology. The service
features a 128 MB USB memory stick that connects to a VoIP
phone as well as stores data.
Touch Local will market the product and service to its
5 million customers.
9. Office Depot Offering Follow-Me Service to SMBs
Office Depot has launched Wireless Office Service, a
find me/follow me service for SMBs that includes virtual
extensions for employees’ cell numbers. The solution
includes a single voicemail box, yet offers options for
changing greetings based on time of day or day of week.
The service also includes disaster recovery capability.
Wireless Office Service is driven by AccessLine’s
softswitch, application platform, and gateway controller.
The service is available for $90.95 per month.