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Packet8 Adapts Its Virtual Office Business Phone for SMB Market

January 6, 2005


packet8The new Small-to-Medium-Business-oriented version of Packet8’s Virtual Office offers a three-line IP-PBX with full functionality for under $200 initial cost, plus $120 per month service with unlimited calling to the US and Canada.

Packet8‘s specially packaged retail version of its Virtual Office business phone system is designed to meet the needs of traditional storefront merchants as a replacement for a traditional PBX or Centrex service.

The Virtual Office retail package consists of a broadband phone adapter and hands-free business telephone for $99.95. A minimum of three Virtual Office extensions is required. Monthly Packet8 service for Virtual Office costs $39.95 per extension, and includes extensive PBX functions along with unlimited local and long distance business calling in the US and Canada.

PBX functionality includes customizable auto-attendant with dial by extension, name or by group; DID (Direct Inward Dial) phone number with any desired area code for each extension; conference bridge, music-on-hold, call park/pick-up, and hunt groups; voicemail including voicemail-to-email alerts; extension-to-extension dialing anywhere in the world; and one-touch controls for three-way calling, forwarding, do-not-disturb, voicemail, distinctive ringing, call waiting, caller-ID, and call transfer.

Optional extra services include receptionist console, virtual phone numbers for any extension, and toll-free phone numbers and service. Virtual Office users anywhere can group multiple Packet8 VoIP lines into a virtual business telephone system, providing geographic independence to even small and medium businesses.

Sonus Selected by NetVision for International VoIP Calling

December 16, 2004


sonusIsraeli ISP NetVision will deploy Sonus infrastructure for new international VoIP services network.

Sonus Networks (NASDAQ: SONS) announced that NetVision, Israel’s largest ISP, had selected Sonus’ GSX9000 Open Services Switch and its Insignus Softswitch to deliver VoIP services that would enable any owner of a telephone in Israel to make VoIP international calls using the prefix 017. The program was launched on 15 November 2004.

NetVision was established in 1994 and is co-owned by Elron Electronic Industries and Discount Investment Corporation. It was a pioneer of Internet use in Israel, and in expanding its business to international calling over IP, anticipates toll-quality voice and high call volume capacity from the Sonus packet voice infrastructure.

Sonus’ Open Services Architecture (OSA) has achieved wide interoperability throughout the VoIP industry. It addresses carrier applications including trunking, residential access and Centrex, tandem switching, IP voice termination, andenhanced services, and its harware platforms include media gateways, softswitches and network management systems.