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NEC Adds 9.5″ SV9100 Chassis For Small Business Clients

NEC recently added the smaller 9.5″ SV9100 phone system chassis, matching it’s predecessor, the 9.5″ SV8100 cabinet for small business customers.

NEC SV9100 9.5 inch chassis

Compact NEC SV9100 9.5″ Chassis for Small Business

Telephone Magic Inc. has been installing these smaller chassis SV9100 systems for a few months now and the verdict is in… WE LOVE IT! The 9.5″ chassis offers small businesses a cost-effective way to get the high end features of the award winning NEC SV9100 platform.

While the SV9100 is based on the solid foundation of the SV8100 platform, it has a much more powerful processor. It does away with the need for the PZ-VM21 Voice Mail card holder and the PZ-ME50-US Expanded Memory card, The InMail voice mail packake is now stored on a micro SD card which clicks right into a slot on the main control card (GCD-CP10). Like the SV8100, this system is hybrid in nature. It handles both digital and IP phones, has the capability to network between sites and add SIP trunks as bandwidth grows and QoS become more stable.

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The UT880 combines the ease of a touchscreen tablet and a familiar telephone keypad!

Customers are RAVING about the new UT880 Tablet Phone which combines the look and feel of a tablet with a standard telephone handset interface. This phone terminal combines touchscreen capabilities with a familiar phone keypad and video options – it is simply breathtaking!

NEC’s UT880 Universal Client is a multiline telephone application that emulates an NEC 32-line DESI-less telephone, comes standard in the SV9100’s user licensing packages. The interface of the UT880 Universal Client is designed to improve the overall user experience, while remaining intuitive—with no extensive training needed. You can see at-a-glance if you have new voice or instant message notifications, missed calls, meetings and new emails plus it provides access to all of the standard system features.

The UT880 and NEC's SV9100 create a powerful combination of innovation and user features!

The UT880 and NEC’s SV9100 create a powerful combination of innovation and user features!

Additionally, the UT880 enables access to the UC Suite Client – corporate directory, presence, instant messaging, unified messaging and call control – right on your desktop phone.

When NEC first release the SV9100 they created the UNIVERGE SV9100S and SV9100E Communications Servers. While they are both robust, feature-rich, Unified Communications enabled systems that are ideal for small and medium-sized businesses, the added introduction of the 9.5″ chassis offers the smallest of business clients to take advantage of the powerful SV9100 platform. Each server is designed to help solve today’s communications challenges and is built with your migration path in mind, so you can scale your communications as your business grows.

Because it is so future friendly and upgraded by frequent software improvements, NEC's SV9100 is likely the LAST communication system your business will ever purchase!

Because it is so future friendly and upgraded by frequent software improvements, NEC’s SV9100 is likely the LAST communication system your business will ever purchase!

The one thing we love about NEC’s SV9100 is that it is likely the last communication system your business will purchase. Unlike previous “in the box” phone systems that had a certain amount of set features that became antiquated and redundant over time, the SV9100 is future friendly – it’s a server that will regularly be improved going forward via software updates. As new features are invented and brought to market they will become available to your business team as you keep your SV9100 current with the latest Software Assurance,

The SV9100 also comes with a simplified user-licensing structure, which allows you to only pay for what your business needs, as you need it. Gone are the days of paying for 40 voice mail boxes when all you needed was six! Gone are the days of having to buy voice mail ports to be able to handle more calls. This system is provisioned for sixteen ports that will handle as many or as few calls as necessary. The SV9100 also easily integrates with your existing NEC technology.

In short, we are VERY impressed with the SV9100 communication system, and our initial experience with it tells us you will never regret a move to this platform. It is built on a solid foundation and will grow in just about any way you wish as your business changes and expands.

NEC SV9100 phone system

Telecom News from NEC ~ The SV9100 is Here!

They’re here! NEC has announced the release of their new line of PBX systems, including the SV9100, which was designed as an upgrade path for the current SV8100 phone platform. The SV9100 supports up to 1,360 ports but a scaled down version supprts up to 48 ports for small businesses.

The SV9000 phone systems also have two new phone series. The new IP telephones are the DT800 series, replacing the DT700 sets, while the look-alike digital models are now called DT400 sets, replacing the DT300 phone series. The IP models now boast Gigabit models that sell for little more than 10/100 models, a big change from the Gigabit adapters NEC formerly required. Also, the digital models will sell at the same price points as the 10/100 IP models, and both product lines include 12, 24, and 32-button models with a choice of black and white or color displays.

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The new NEC DT400 digital phones and DT800 IP telephone sets make the SV9100 even more powerful!

Also announced was the touch-screen Android-based UT880. This is a video-capable desk set (the tablet component is not removable) whose screen presents a typical DT-Series interface. One interesting feature, addressing the concern that hackers could potentially take control of the camera, is a manual switch that buries the camera’s lens behind a physical shroud when not in use.

The new NEC UT880 is an awesome communication tool for the busy executive!

The new NEC UT880 is an awesome communication tool for the busy executive!

NEC plans to open its own app store for the UT880, which will offer enterprise-oriented vetted apps to protect against malware, which seem like a prudent idea. Partnering with a mainline Android supplier like Samsung may have been a wise choice, as Samsung is years ahead of all of the UC suppliers when it comes to delivering what enterprises need in mobile devices.

Clearly malware is an issue with Android devices. In a 2014 report, Cisco Systems indicates that, “Ninety-nine percent of all mobile malware in 2013 targeted Android devices. Android users also have the highest encounter rate (71%) with all forms of web-delivered malware.”

Unfortunately, Apple’s tightly controlled developer environment leaves Android as the only available platform for mobile O/S-based desk sets. To address the malware threat, Samsung has come up with its own enhanced security mechanisms with its KNOX offering. Samsung will also be offering its own enterprise app store. I’d prefer to be tied into that Samsung ecosystem, rather than trying to crack the Android nut on my own.

NEC has also developed the DT770G iPad cradle with talk of potentially significant enhancements. The DT770G includes an app that emulates a PBX station, and the cradle connects the iPad via Bluetooth and provides a handset and speakerphone.

The DT770G operates over the customer’s in-house Wi-Fi network. That means that the Wi-Fi infrastructure will need to be voice-capable, but as the device is stationary, at least it will not face the problems we have seen with access point-to-access point handoffs. As the docks use the iPad’s Wi-Fi interface, they operate on 2×2 802.11n radio interface. NEC was talking about an enhancement that would allow the iPad to operate over an Ethernet connection when docked, and over Wi-Fi when mobile, but no date for this feature has been announced.

NEC also has a range of DECT-based wireless devices, including a communication badge, that would be capable of dialing a single pre-programmed number with the push of a button. They have also created a prototype of an Android-based smartphone-like device that would support voice over DECT and data over Wi-Fi.

NEC has demonstrated its’ WFAZ wireless adapter. The WFAZ can attach to any of NEC’s IP desk sets and allows it to operate over a Wi-Fi network. This could be a handy way to install stations in areas where it is difficult or expensive to install cable drops, assuming there is adequate Wi-Fi coverage. A PC can be connected to the data port on the IP desk set, allowing for voice and data support over the Wi-Fi connection.

NEC’s dealers like Telephone Magic Inc. love all the new developments from our primary phone system supplier. Business has been strong and we are very enthusiastic about all of the new developements in the product pipeline. However, mobility continues to confound the UC market, so it may be some time before we see tangible benefits and significant revenues coming out of the mobile side of UC.

Everyone Seems to be “Hung up on VoIP”

It is AMAZING how many of our clients are all about “Don’t we need VoIP phones?” and “Don’t we need to get cheap VoIP truncks?” and “Aren’t SIP trunks cheaper?”.
Well, to answer ALL these questions… “YES”… under the right circumstances. Not everyone NEEDS more expensive IP phones. That’s right, I said it. I would LOVE to sell you more expensive endpoints and, WOW, I would REALLY LOVE to invoice you to rewire your entire building for Ethernet phone extensions, but, to be honest, YOU DON’T NEED THEM! (darn)…

You heard me. MOST small to medium sized businesses do NOT require IP phones. More importantly, their site Internet access will not SUPPORT loads of VoIP traffic with SIP trunks or phones either!

Most small businesses, EVEN WITH MULTIPLE BRANCHES, can take advantage of less expensive digital terminals and STILL utilize SIP trunks to save money by connecting their hybrid phone systems, such as the NEC SV8100 telephone system via IP daughter boards, such as the IPLB32 – opening a VPN tunnel between the sites where phone calls can be transferred back and forth. Again, this can be done with DIGITAL phones because the SYSTEMS are tied together with VoIP technology!

Before YOU make the mistake of spending an arm load of dough to buy fancy IP phones and swithces that, OMG, don’t work with your limited Internet bandwidth (ouch! YES, there’s the site limitation!) – call someone who REALLY knows their stuff that takes ALL of the environmental and carrier service capabilities into consideration before selling you what you THINK You need. It’s that simple.

Hey, don’t get us wrong – we LOVE the BUZZ words – they sell a TON of new equipment. But don’t sell yourself short and get a huge disappointment when you find out your new phones do not even work. Listen to a professional that can save you loads of money and aggravation by not only listening to what you want, but telling you EXACTLY what you NEED based on your requirements and local site capabilities.

New Year, New Phone System Gear!

Is YOUR business phone system 5-10 years old? God forbid it is not OLDER than that as it simply qualifies for display at the Smithsonian in that case.

The biggest improvements in telecom systems in the past 5+ years are things like #BYOD, Mobile Extension, Voice Mail to Email, improvements to integrated #UC (Unified Communications), SIP trunking, etc. If your business telephone system is older than that, there is a good chance it does NOT include capabilities for these advanced but necessary features in the age of improved accessibility from clients, suppliers, and co-workers.

In the spirit of New Years Resolutions, it’s time to propose a new telephony platform for YOUR business!

Here’s some choices in a varied range of features and pricing:

Avaya IP Office – After purchasing the SMB platforms from Nortel, Avaya captured an “Upgrade with us” capability and have been porting clients over to the Avaya IP 500 phone system by allowing Nortel users to keep their existing phones. This prevented the Nortel ICS line from eventually becoming a dead end for users. Expansion is a snap as well, with IP 500 Expansion cards and modules. Users can eventually add to and/or replace phones with a wide range of choices of new Avaya IP Office phones.

NEC SV8100 phone system – This system has all of the features mentioned below. We love Voice Mail to Email and Mobile Extension to keep in touch with your clients, even when you are not in the office.

Avaya / Nortel BCM – When Avaya took over the Nortel SMB lines, one of the exciting acquisitions was the Business Communication Manager – or BCM. The BCM starts with the small business BCM 50, a compact but powerful IP capable telephone system. The other currect BCM brought over initially to Avaya was the BCM 450 for enterprise clients. Both of these platforms are easily expandable with a variety of optional hardware, referred to as BCM Media Bay Modules, and software, often called BCM Key Code Licenses.

Regardless of which phone system you choose to upgrade to, think about all the things you wish to do with your business telephones and then call Ryan Altseimer toll-free at 1.855.929.9199, extension 3007, to match your requirements and budget to an appropriate system. Happy New Year from all of us at Telephone Magic – we hope to assist you with YOUR New Year’s Telecom Resolution!

#Telecom #News – July 7th- July 20th, 2013

Telephone Magic Continues Support for Nortel/Aastra Meridian Centrex Phones

July 19, 2013 — Telephone Magic now offers replacement Nortel Meridian M5000 Centrex MBS 2 telephones with “As New” warranties at wholesale prices to enterprise clients. New Aastra Centrex phones are also available to ensure an ongoing supply to Cental Office controlled phone networks.

Telephone Magic Continues Support for Nortel Meridian 1 and Option 11C Phones

July 17, 2013 — As enterprise phone systems age, the first things to go are the phones. Telephone Magic now offers replacement Nortel Meridian M2000 and M3900 phones / Avaya 3900 series digital telephones with “As New” warranties at wholesale prices to large enterprise clients.

New Nortel/Avaya Phone Headsets Provide Direct-Connect Options for Business Users

July 16, 2013 — Business office staff can avoid the added expense of purchasing headset amplifiers with Telephone Magic “Direct-Connect” phone headset options for Nortel/Avaya Norstar, Meridian, and BCM phone system telephones.

Polycom SoundPoint IP SIP Phones – the Most Interoperable for IP-PBX Platforms

July 12, 2013 — The new Polycom SoundPoint IP phone Series from Telephone Magic is an enterprise-grade family of SIP desktop phones designed to make voice communications effective and productive.

NEC SV8100 Phone System Represents the Utimate in Unified Communications

July 11, 2013 — New NEC SV8100 phone system platform meets business demands for efficient, seamless communication to enable rapid decision-making and customer responsiveness. Telephone Magic offers the SV8100 to help small to medium-sized businesses succeed by placing people at the center of communications.

New Avaya 9500 Phones Ideal for Mixed Digital/IP Telephone Deployment

July 08, 2013 — Avaya 9500 Series digital telephones look and function like the Avaya 9600 Series IP Deskphones and can be deployed in mixed digital/IP telephony environments – the premium choice for businesses to add digital endpoints from Telephone Magic with a consistent appearance and user experience.


Keeping up with the Social Media "Jones’s" a Full Time Job

At Telephone Magic, we sell business phones at wholesale prices.

We are currently in our 25th year in business and we love what we do – it’s exciting, always changing, we get to work with cutting edge phone system technology from worldwide leaders such as Avaya, NEC, Cisco, and Nortel.

Nortel BCM50 Avaya BCM telephone systemThe new world of Internet marketing does not just require additions, changes, and updates of HTML code and pages for our websites though. Now as much time is being spent updating the many and varied sources of Social Media Marketing.

Like other savvy and successful online companies, Telephone Magic is on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, and – oh yes – we also Blog!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s actually quite a bit of fun reaching out and touching the people who utilize our business telephone products every day in their day to day life. We appreciate our clients and we strive to give them the best personalized service in the industry. We feel, more than others, we create long-lasting relationships with our customers and they tend to come back time and time again due to the personalized rapport we forge with them.

On the other hand, Social Media is, in itself, a full time job, equal to, and in many cases, much more work than our websites they drive. I am certain many of you, as small, medium, and even large businesses, struggle to find the time in the day to juggle all of their social media sites, trying to be as responsive as possible while also trying to get their regular work done in a timely fashion.

I have talked to many business owners/managers/CEO’s that wonder how anyone is supposed to do all that social media demands without employing the full time efforts of a dedicated person. No doubt, it is tough. On one hand you don’t want to drop the ball, fail to make regular posts, and not get back to potential customers when they come knocking at your various social media outlets. On the other you have to deal with real world financial constraints driven by the economy which prevent you from carving out yet another salary from a potentially diminishing pie.

On top of this, your products are almost always evolving and new information is coming out regularly and needs to be updated on your actual website. Now let us try to keep up with as much of that work as possible to ensure the site you wish to promote with all your social media venues is not itself becoming stale and outdated, causing it to fall in the rankings of our friends at Google, and other search engines.

The Social Media challenge is certainly a real one and we all have to either deal with it in the best way we can with the limited time we have or, God forbid, simply ignore it and the world around us that has embraced and promoted it. Right, that is not an option. Time to get back to our Facebook page!

Phone System Manuals & User Guide Links: Nortel Meridian Norstar, Avaya IP Office, and NEC SV8100

We get TONS of calls each week for technical assistance with Nortel Norstar and Meridian phone systems. Ditto for Avaya IP Office and NEC SV8100 telephone system platforms.

While we DO supply limited technical support to clients that purchased their business phone equipment from Telephone Magic Inc., there is no way for us to be on site or offer no-cost help to non-clients. In a nutshell, how would we stay in business if we gave away the farm (time and technical staff) to callers that never purchased their telephone system from us directly?

That out of the way, Telephone Magic DOES have a wealth of information readily available on our website that is FREE for visitors to access and/or download to assist them with minor technical issues or for educational purposes related to their business phone system.

Telephone Magic’s main phone system manuals page contains user guides, brochures and information related to the Nortel Norstar and Merdian telephone systems, Avaya IP office IP 500 platform, NEC Univerge SV8100 IP phone system and much more. We encourage everyone to utilize this vast resource as a means to help with minor programming issues, etc.

Telephone Magic has long since been a leading source for wholesale business phones, telephone system parts, cards, equipment, etc.. On the other hand, when it comes to actual service related to major problems with your telephone system, we always recommend that you contact a authorized dealer in your local area.

While local telecom dealers not always competitive when it comes to pricing for wholesale system phones and hardware, they usually offer prompt and efficient service on the brand they specialize in. They can keep your business telephone system running efficiently and handle any adds/moves/changes you may require.

NEC SV8100 "Mobile Extension" Allows Two-Way Communication with your Smartphone!

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SV8100 Mobile Extension Feature

System functionality straight to your mobile!

The SV8100 Mobile Extension feature is like being in when you’re out. Treat your mobile like your desk phone and enjoy system features while you are on the move.
Best of all, Mobile Extensions are BUILT IN at no extra cost when you invest in the SV8100. You can be more reachable and maintain high customer service levels at all times. Save on voicemails, save on call backs and stop playing “telephone tennis”. What’s more, you can be contacted on the same extension number.
For organizations to thrive, they must be flexible. Customers have come to expect full service from their retailers, care providers, hospitality services and educational institutions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Now NEC can ensure you have the tools to stay competitive – wherever you are– with UNIVERGE SV8100 Mobile Extension.
Mobile Extension gives you access to all of the features of your desktop phone from nearly any external communications device. It enables you to use a mobile phone, home phone or other external device to simulate an extension of your office phone. And customers never know you’re not at the office! One number access lets them reach you wherever you are.

Mobile Extension Key Benefits:

  • Embedded at no extra cost!
  • Increase sales – by missing less sales calls you can help prevent your customers going elsewhere
  • You can use your mobile like your system phone, wherever you are
  • You can be contacted away from your desk with your same extension number
  • You can access system features away from the office
  • You can maintain high service levels when on the move

Mobile Extension Features:

  • Conference Call
  • Caller ID
  • Call Waiting & Call Forward
  • Paging
  • Hold & Transfer
  • Speed dialling
  • Voicemail access
  • Hotel features
  • Camp On
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NEC Univerge SV8100 Internet Telephony Product of the Year award

SV8100 Mobile Extension – Related Brochures:

 NEC Univerge SV8100 Mobile Extension Brochure

Nik Wallenda walks over Niagara Falls!

Way to #WalkTheWire, Nik!

Just a few blocks from our offices at Telephone Magic and Hotel Telecom, Nik Wallenda made history tonight, walking across a high wire over Niagara falls!

Wire walking over Niagara Falls was outlawed in 1890, and many thought this day would never come, but a couple of months ago Nik Wallenda received permission to attempt the feat.

This was the first time in history that a wire walk was actually performed over the Falls. Previous attempts were made farther down the lower Niagara River or lower in the Niagara gorge. Wallenda had his wire about 20 stories above the Niagara River and walked right over the American Falls and all the way to the Niagara Parkway on the Canadian side.

Nik Wallenda is from the famous first family of funambulists. The signature performance of the group in the 1940’s was the seven-person chair pyramid in which two pairs of performers walk the wire, each supporting another aerielist on a pole. Those two aerialists, in turn, carry a pole upon which the seventh member of the troupe balances in a chair.

Wire walking danger is not unfamiliar to Nik Wallenda. The family patriarch and Nik’s great-grandfather Karl Wallenda fell to his death in 1978 while attempting to walk between two hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Tonight the biggest challenge was the thick mist rising up from the water below Niagara Falls and pushed by a swirling wind, drenching the wire and causing visibility problems for Nik Wallenda. The water literally POURED off the wire as Nik carefully put one foot in front of another in what was termed “The Wet Zone”.

Congrats to Nik Wallenda on his historic walk across Niagara Falls… in a world where we have become jaded to the spectacular, this was truly an amazing thing to watch… All of us at Telephone Magic feel truly lucky to have our offices located just a short walk from this tremendous event.

SV8100 Phone System – The ultimate in Unified Communications!

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The NEC SV8100 business phone system is the BOMB! There is officially NO GOOD REASON to keep hanging on to your old Nortel Norstar or Avaya Partner telephone system when you can trade-in and get a hard cash credit towards a new NEC SV8100 system. 
I just LOVE the new features like “Voicemail to Email” – when I am out of the office my voice mail messages show up on my smart phone! I can listen to them without wasting mobile minutes as it uses my data plan to deliver the messages as email attached audio files. I can then save or delete the messages and they automatically do the same back at my office! 
Another awesome feature is Mobile Extension – which allows your calls to ring on your office phone AND your smart phone – so your clients can reach you no matter where you are. When you need to stay in touch and want to avoid telephone tag, Mobile Extension is perfect for you – and here’s the best part – it’s built in at NO EXTRA COST!
The NEC digital phones and NEC IP Phones are incredibly well designed – with modular construction that allows you to add function keys, DESI-less displays, and even a Bluetooth wireless handset so you NEVER outgrow your phones.
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Business today demands efficient, seamless communication to enable rapid decision-making and customer responsiveness. NEC’s SV8100 helps small to medium-sized businesses like yours succeed by placing your staff at the center of communications.

NEC SV8100 Telephone System

The SV8100 phone system is a unique IP communication solution for any small and/or medium businesses today.

Whether you are 5, 25 or up to 500 employees… just getting started or already established… have a single office, a home office or multiple stores/sites.

The Univerge SV8100’s expandability means it can work at any level, from a technically superb phone system, to a truly advanced unified communications platform.

The SV8100 phone system unifies your communications, providing your employees with a solution that lets them handle all their business communications on the device of their choice: their laptop, mobile phone, office phone or home phone — all this while using wired, wireless or broadband connections.

SV8100 phone system - Internet Telephony Product of the Year award
NEC Software Assurance

Suitable for growth: Modular construction

The UNIVERGE® SV8100 Communications Server is a key component of this foundation and is the ideal system for businesses that wish to compete and grow.. You can deploy a pure IP solution or any combination of IP and traditional circuit-switched technology with a single SV8100 system.

Free Mobile Extensions

System functionality straight to your mobile. The SV8100 Mobile Extension feature is like being in when you’re out. Treat your mobile like your desk phone and enjoy system features while you’re on the move. Best of all, Mobile Extensions are built in at no extra cost to the SV8100!

Customisable terminals and handsets

UNIVERGE® SV8100 terminals and handsets are like no other. Their modular construction means you can chop and change the design for exact business requirements. They can then be upgraded at a later stage without having to replace them – a great investment protection.

Serving Customers Effectively with Unified Communications

UC for Business helps unify an entire organization, enabling individuals, departments and locations to work more efficiently by ensuring seamless internal and external communications. Users can connect and show presence from wherever they are via phones, PCs, mobile devices, faxes and the web – effortlessly.

True Business Mobility

The SV8100 range of IP DECTs offers a more flexible way of working. Access to the main system features mean employees are more reachable, more quickly.

NEC Software Assurance for your SV8100 Phone System

With NEC Software Assurance, your SV8100 telephone system will NEVER grow old – it will always be up to date with the latest software version and features.

Summary

The SV8100 business phone system from NEC is flat out the best telephone system I have ever come across – and I have seen a ton of system come and go over the nearly quarter of a century I have been in this business. Call us today for a quote at Telephone Magic Inc. @ 905.356-9199. We will custom configure a system to your exact requirements.