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Mitel MiVoice Microsoft Lync IP Phones

Mitel MiVoice Skype for Business IP Phones

Mitel MiVoice Skype for Business IP Phones augment Skype for Business’ capabilities with reliable voice and mobility. Best of all, it integrates seamlessly with the Microsoft application you already know!

If you’ve been using Microsoft Lync (now Skype for Business) and need mission-critical voice service, you need a solution that fits within the Microsoft framework, is reliable and doesn’t introduce complexity.

Mitel’s MiVoice IP phones allow users to extend the Skype for Business client to Mitel voice call control features, such as click-to-call, incoming call device selection, and more. It includes in-call features like forward, transfer and embedded conferencing and gives employees the ability to control their desk phones, mobile devices and move calls between those devices, all within the Microsoft Skype for Business client.

Aastra / Mitel 4400 IP Phone Series

Mitel completed its takeover of Aastra Technologies on January 31, 2014. At the time, one of Aastra’s popular models of IP phone was their 4400 series. With companies starting to transition to IP telephony, the 4400 series of IP phones represented a good value.

mitel-4400-series-ip-phone-family-600Now known as the Mitel 4400 Series IP Phones, they are compatible withe MiVoice MX-ONE, BusinessPhone and MD Evolution telephony systems. All updates take place over the network so administrators can easily keep them up to date with the most current software remotely.

Practical, functional, pleasing design and good ergonomics are also some of the hallmarks of the 4400 series phones. For companies looking to migrate to a VoIP telephone system, Mitel offers a number of solutions for enterprises of all sizes. Perhaps the 4400 series will find their way to your office soon.

Cisco 7800 Series IP Phones – Solid Performers

It was exciting to write about the Cisco 8800 series of IP phones. I mean, they have nice colour monitors, Gigabit connections, HD video cameras. Those are SEXY phones!

Then, there are the Cisco 7800 series IP phones. Solid, feature-rich, reliable, secure, ergonomic, cost-effective, which is all great. They’re affordable phones that are a super choice for companies who are using digital or analog phone systems and considering switching to an IP-based phone system to take advantage of different features VoIP has to offer.

Cisco 7800 series IP phones

Cisco’s 7861 IP Phone – 16 lines, great for call managers and executives who spend a lot of time on the phone.

Great. Wonderful. But sexy? Not really. Still, a lot of people are going to find these phones attractive because of their simplicity. They don’t use much power, have a decent feature set, are ergonomic and are nicely designed. The wide-band audio and full-duplex speakerphones will be appreciated, I’m sure.

Does it matter if a business phone has a large colour monitor, or enables video conferencing from your desk? If it matters to you, then Cisco’s 8800 series is probably for you. For those looking for a dependable, reliable desk phone that’s got the features the majority of businesses will need, the 7800 series is for you.

Just one piece of tech can add years and quality to your life

Smiling headset guy

Having a job is great. A desk job is seen as cushy by a lot of people. Unfortunately, sitting at a desk all day is not great for your health. Fortunately, there’s a piece of tech that can make a huge difference in the quality of time you spend at the office and even add years to your life. Can you spot it in the above picture?

Of course you can. It’s the headset the smiling guy’s wearing. If you make the switch from using  a handset to a headset for your calls, you’ll probably be smiling too. Here are some of the benefits of headset use.

Reduce or Eliminate Pain: Numerous studies have confirmed that headset users have fewer headaches, neck aches, and less upper back and lower back pain than non-headset users. These benefits can be had with regular corded headsets, but even more benefit can be had with wireless headsets. Why? Because wireless headsets allow you to get up and move freely while on the phone, allowing users to stretch and even go for a walk while they’re on the phone.

Lose Weight: One might not think about a headset being useful for weight loss, but having a wireless headset can be important if you sit a lot during the day. Your metabolism kicks into very-low gear when you’re sitting and this can lead to significant weight gain. Having a cordless headset gives you the freedom to get up and move around. Even getting up from your desk every 20 minutes helps boost your metabolism.

Increase Productivity: Maybe you haven’t thought about it, but having two hands available to work is going to make you more productive. Holding a phone’s handset with your hand is like wearing a handcuff. Worse though is holding a phone handset or a mobile phone between your ear and your shoulder.

Lower Stress: In surveys, many office workers report a contributing factor to their daily stress in the office is feeling they can’t leave their desks. A wireless headset allows people to get up and walk around while still being productive. Leaving your desk gives you a bit of new scenery and a fresh perspective and can lower your stress, making you happier and more productive.

Headsets reduce or eliminate pain, make users healthier, more productive and less stressed. In all, they’re probably one of the smartest investments you can make for your business.

If you need help choosing the most appropriate headset for your workplace, please give one of our headset specialists a call at 1-855-929-9199 and they’ll be happier to walk you through the options.

 

 

What is DECT?

If you’ve been looking at any kind of wireless product, chances are you’ve seen the acronym DECT at some point.

DECT stands for “Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications” or “Digital EUROPEAN Cordless Telecommunications”. The standard originated in Europe, which is why the two variations on the meaning of the acronym.

DECT is a wireless technology used in consumer and commercial wireless products. In North America, you’ll see DECT 6.0, which is the US (and therefore Canadian and Mexican) standard. It is different from the European standard due to US radio frequency regulations.

A wireless phone using DECT is going to give you a range of up to 100 meters (330 feet). Keep in mind that range is affected by the environment the phone is operating in. This “up to” range is important for all wireless products as there are many physical and electronic barriers to a product achieving its maximum potential range.

A challenge in an office that has a large number of wireless devices is interference. The DECT 6.0 standard supports up to 60 channels on a base station, which means if you have more than that number of devices within range of each other, you could have significant interference between units. Careful planning is required to minimize interference. If the majority of your workers don’t need to be wandering too far from their desks, you can also turn down the maximum wireless range to help minimize interference.

Is DECT Secure?

Yep. DECT uses 64-bit encryption. When a wireless headset or handset is paired with its base station, the encryption makes it very, very difficult to intercept and listen in on a conversation.

DECT or Bluetooth?

If you’re using only one device like a desk phone or a computer’s softphone, a DECT wireless device may be all you need. If you’re a multi-device user, you may want to consider a Bluetooth device as they can connect to smartphones, deskphones, tablets, laptops and PCs. Many Unified Communications software systems allow for automatic hand-offs between mobile and computer-based softphones, so if that’s something you’re looking for, a Bluetooth device might be a better solution for you.

If you’re looking for a wireless headset supporting DECT or Bluetooth standards, check out our Wireless Headset page for options available.

EnGenius DuraFon SIP Long Range Cordless for IP-PBX Systems

EnGenius DuraFon SIP Long Range Cordless Phone SystemIf you’ve been looking for a long range cordless phone that will work with your IP-based PBX, look no further than the EnGenius DuraFon SIP system.

EnGenius is one of the most trusted names in the North American long range cordless phone market. Their DuraFon multi-line long range cordless phone system has been satisfying customers for years. Now, you can add the DuraFon-SIP long range cordless phone to your existing IP-PBX system.

It’s a pretty cool system, supporting up to four concurrent conversations (either 4 SIP calls or 3 SIP calls + 1 PSTN) and a range of up to 12 floors in-building coverage, up to 250,000 sq. ft. in warehouse settings or up to 3000 sq. acres in open range settings.

The DuraFon-SIP system supports up to 10 long range cordless handsets, each of which feature 2-Way Intercom and Broadcast features. More than one DuraFon-SIP base station can be added to your IP-PBX, but there are some limitations on phone conversations between handsets registered to different base stations. Most notably, the 2-Way Intercom and Push-to-Talk features won’t work, but you can still make handset to handset calls by using PBX extension-to-extension calls.

If you have questions about the DuraFon-SIP, check out our extensive DuraFon-SIP FAQ section or call one of our sales reps at 1-855-929-9199 and they’ll be happy to find the answers to your questions.

Changes to Voyager’s Alpha Wireless Phones

Following with our theme of “discontinuation”, the Voyager Alpha long range cordless phone has been replaced by the Voyager CL-2200XP AS. The newest generation of phone from Voyager has a new RF module providing more stability and the same range (or greater) than the Alpha series.

The handset is more rugged than the Alpha and is sure to become a favourite in factories, farms, oil rigs and everywhere long range cordless phones are required.

So, welcome to the world, Voyager’s CL-2200XP AS!

Plantronics CS50, RIP

We all knew it was coming, but it’s done. The Plantronics CS50 wireless headset has been discontinued by Plantronics to make way for the new 1.9 GHz Plantronics CS55 wireless headset.

Thank you, CS50, for all the great years of service you provided and still provide thousands of happy customers.

Welcome, CS55. We’re going to introduce you to as many people as we possibly can.

Have a great day.