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October 06, 2010

Toshiba Confirms Compatibility with Smartphones for Strata CIX VoIP Users

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

Toshiba, a manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products, announced compatibility with Google’s Android (News - Alert) and RIM’s BlackBerry smartphones for the users of Strata CIX VoIP business communication systems via uMobility.

The uMobility solution is designed to expand mobile unified communications capabilities. uMobility from Varaha Systems is available through authorized Toshiba (News - Alert) dealers, and it is purported to bring smartphone and Strata CIX VoIP system users the cost savings and increased mobility of FMC.

Toshiba claimed that with uMobility, Strata CIX VoIP system users can now receive their business telephone calls directly on their smartphones, including the latest generation of Android, BlackBerry, and iPhone (News - Alert), as well as Nokia and Windows Phone devices.

uMobility lets users make/receive office phone calls directly from their cell phone, while seamlessly roaming between enterprise and cellular networks. There is no need for them to carry multiple cell phones or buy a special service plan. The solution’s “Mobile Desk, Global Reach” feature enables Strata CIX VoIP systems to have the “one-number reach” ability, which in turn provides mobility and unified communications wherever and whenever users need it – at home, work or on the road.

Also, when uMobility is used with smartphones, international calls are routed through the enterprise telephone system, allowing users to take advantage of corporate international calling plans – rather than making international calls through higher-priced international cellular minutes.

Compatible smartphones will also allow users to take full advantage of the many features of the Strata CIX system, including access to its office unified messaging solutions. The uMobility client comes packed with PBX functions – so a single app can meet all of users’ needs.

Brian Metherell (News - Alert), vice president and general manager for the telecommunications systems division of Toshiba American Information Systems, spoke Monday in a session called “Making the Business Case for SIP Trunking in the SMB” at ITEXPO (News - Alert) in Los Angeles. The session focused on the business case for SIP Trunking, and participants explored deployment scenarios, the flexibility it provides and the cost-savings that can be realized through its implementation.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf


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