Happy Holidays from your friends at Schmooze & FreePBX

Happy Holidays from your friends at Schmooze & FreePBX


Tango says Merry Christmas, 2008

CLOSED: December 24th & 25th

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day we will be closed. Our FreePBX and PBXact support teams will be available for our clients experiencing systems outages with 24/7 FreePBX or PBXact Peace of Mind Contracts only.


Pomps Platinum
24 x 7 outage support

The POMPS Platinum package is the ultimate peace of mind for your business. This support add-on for both FreePBX and PBXact systems, provides you with priority support, 24x7x36. Support is provided for service impacting emergenices. Steps to purchase support credit & Pomps.



Tango says Happy New Year
CLOSED: December 31st and January 1st, 2015

New Years Eve and New Years Day we will be closed. Our FreePBX and PBXact support teams will be available for our clients experiencing systems outages with 24/7 FreePBX or PBXact Peace of Mind Contracts only.

View our guide on how to open a support ticket on our wiki. If you have a 24×7 POMPs plan you can find your after hours PIN code located in the deployment section of your portal account.

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The SIPStation support team will monitor incoming tickets for critical outages and respond as necessary. Our Sales office and number porting department will be closed. Please feel free to open any non-emergency support tickets that will be attended to once we re-open. The SIPStation store will be fully functional, as all processes are generally self service.

We are back in sunny Miami in January, make plans to join us for Asterisk World and ITEXPO where Schmooze and FreePBX will be Platinum Sponsors- We expect to be sharing a lot of great new information about the continued development of FreePBX 13, and provide demonstrations of our new M3 Multi Machine Management Platform for managing multiple instances of FreePBX. Take a break from the winter weather, sign up here for a FREE VIP Pass.



Preston McNair 
VP of Sales & Marketing

1351 Kimberly Dr.
Neenah, WI 54956





FreePBX EndPoint Manager

FreePBX EndPoint Manager
FREE WEBINAR that will provide an in depth view of managing devices using EPM. December 30th 2:00 pm EST
Space is limited register early


ITEXPO Miami – Schmooze is Platinum Sponsor of ITEXPO and Asterisk World
Miami – January 27-30, 2015


Free VIP Pass for ITEXPO!


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Cyber Monday 50% off FreePBX Commercial Modules, and other news!


Cyber Monday 50% off FreePBX Commercial Modules! One Day Only!



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UNIDEN- EXP1240B Base- Sale Price $170 The Uniden SIP Dect Wireless platform was certified for FreePBX earlier this year. The Uniden phones support seamless roaming between base stations, and a single access point can support up to 8 handsets, with up to 200 handsets on a single network.


Mitel 6755i – Sale Price $155

The 6755i supports exceptional voice quality of HD audio, backlit LCD display and advanced capabilities to support FreePBX Phone Apps, and ships with a power supply.




Obihai OBI1032 – Sale Price $150 (add wifi for +$20)
Features Large Color Display, and will be supported by a BETA release of FreePBX Phone Apps to be released within the next week.


Obihai OBI504 – 4 port Gateway – Sale Price $220.00

Obihai OBI504 – 8 port Gateway – Sale Price $260.00
Obihai gateways are supported and can be autoprovisioned directly in the FreePBX EndPoint Manager.


Use the promo code “CYBERMONDAY” on Monday Dec 1st to receive 50% off FreePBX Commercial modules. (see sale prices below)

PBX EndPoint Manager $37.50 | UCP for EPM $12.50 | High Availability $750 per PBX | Appointment Reminders $397.50 | Xact Dialer $397.50 | QXact Reports $397.50 | Call Recording Reports $62.50 | Pin Set Pro $22.50 | VirtualQueue Plus $237.50 | Park Pro $62.50 | Paging Pro $47.50 | Conference Pro $15 | Voice Mail Notify $37.50 | Caller ID Management $32.50 | Web CallBack $25 | Extension Routing $19.50 | SysAdmin Pro $12.50 | Outbound Call Limiting $97.50 | Fax Pro $75 | FreePBX Phone Apps (REST Apps) $87.50 | Class of Service $49.50 | XMPP Chat $10.00

The FreePBX Portal is your one stop spot to purchase all add-ons for your FreePBX system including Commercial Modules. Sign up for a Free Portal Account, for instructions on how to purchase Commercial Modules Please view this guide. Or watch this video on Steps to Purchase & Install Commercial Modules.

Promotion valid for one day only, 12:01 am until 11:59 pm Central Time. Not valid on prior purchases, all transactions must be completed, checked out and paid in full by the cut off time. No extensions or exceptions will be made. Discounts valid on 25 year licenses only, bundles and 1 year licenses are not included in promotion. All prices are listed in USD, and priced as listed at time of checkout, not responsible for typo’s or ommisions in prices listed above, module purchases are subject to the commercial module EULA. Purchases must be made directly in the Portal store, as promotion codes are not integrated into Module Admin Purchasing within the FreePBX GUI.


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Visit one of our FreePBX Hosting Partners to try out a Hosted FreePBX instance RISK Free for 30 days to ensure that it’s the right fit for you. See the FreePBX Website for a full list of official certified partners. Or view a recent webinar to discover an overview of the services and options offered by FreePBXhosting.com, the webinar reviews topics such as package pricing, server hardware, networking and support. View Recorded FreePBX Hosting Webinar.


UCPforEPMNew Commercial Module Launched ‘UCP for EPM’
The UCP for EPM module allows end users to change and overide their phone button configurations directly in the User Control Panel ‘UCP’ of FreePBX 12. This module is an add-on to the hugely popular FreePBX EndPoint Manager.

UCP for EPM button configuration changes will overide templates configured using EPM. Users can be enabled to manage their own buttons, via permissions in the User Management module. Button changes made will only impact the single users devices and will not be reflected in the EPM template. View the full user guide in the wiki.



FreePBX Localization and Translation for a Global Audience, presented by Kevin McCoy, Research and Development – QLOOG
In this FreePBX World 2014 presentation Kevin provides an overview of the FreePBX Project’s new strategy for brining accessible croudsourcing translation and localization to FreePBX. He highligts the creative challenges that need to be overcome in software localization and why the open source codebase of FreePBX gives us a definitive edge over closed solutions that struggle with diverse needs of a global audience. He provides suggestions for developers on “border free” coding strategies. We invite multilingual community members to participate in expanding the scope of FreePBX’s multilingual capabilities. Watch Video.




m3logo.pngFreePBX Contact Management
The FreePBX Contact Manager module is currently under development. This module will let you create contact groups to be utilized within other modules and FreePBX applications. The current roadmap provides integration into the Contact FreePBX Phone App (REST APP), and various User Control Panel ‘UCP’ functions, such as SMS, Call Origination and Conferencing. Contacts can be grouped under Internal or External contacts, and will also automatically create a group of users from the internal users loaded into the User Management module. You can view more about the Contact Manager Module in the wiki.


We are back in sunny Miami in January, make plans to join us for Asterisk World and ITEXPO where Schmooze and FreePBX will be Platinum Sponsors- We expect to be sharing a lot of great new information about the continued development of FreePBX 13, and provide demonstrations of our new M3 Multi Machine Management Platform for managing multiple instances of FreePBX. Take a break from the winter weather, sign up here for a FREE VIP Pass.




Preston McNair 
VP of Sales & Marketing

1351 Kimberly Dr.
Neenah, WI 54956




Cyber Monday Special

Cyber Monday Promo
December 1st
One Day Only! Use PROMO CODE: CYBERMONDAY to take 50% off FreePBX Commercial Modules!


FreePBX High Availability – is a commercially developed HA solution that enables automatic mirroring and failover between two FreePBX Systems.
FREE WEBINAR – December 10th 2:00 pm EST
Space is limited register early



FreePBX Phone Apps (REST APPS)– are a suite of IP phone applications that integrate directly with FreePBX and are compatible with devices from several popular manufacturers. FREE WEBINAR December 17th 2:00 pm EST
Space is limited register early



Channel Partner Programs and Products Overview
Learn how to partner with Schmooze to get your piece of the Billion Dollar Open Source Telephony Marketplace! FREE WEBINAR December 23rd 2:00 pm EST
Space is limited register early.


FreePBX EndPoint Manager

FreePBX EndPoint Manager
FREE WEBINAR that will provide an in depth view of managing devices using EPM. December 30th 2:00 pm EST
Space is limited register early


ITEXPO Miami – Schmooze is Platinum Sponsor of ITEXPO and Asterisk World
Miami – January 27-30, 2015


Free VIP Pass for ITEXPO!

FreePBX SIPStation : Store Schmooze

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FreePBX 12 Release and Astricon

HI Folks!

I’m sitting in the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas about to head back home to attend a wedding from a wonderful Astricon which is still going (until Friday!). Just wanted to send you all a quick note that today we finalized FreePBX 12 with the release of Framework 12.0.2. This means we are officially certifying it “stable”. Bug reports are always welcome and can be filed at http://issues.freepbx.org.

It’s been a long couple of weeks (with lots of hair pulling) leading up this to announcement and with over 12,000 people already using FreePBX 12 we decided it was time to go stable. I can’t wait to work with all of you on FreePBX 12 and in the future. It’s a great release and FreePBX has come very far (technology wise) with it (and if you don’t know what we’ve done then scroll down to check it out). I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and the community seems proud as well:


If you didn’t see my full break down when we released beta you should go check it out right now, otherwise I’ve broken down the important points here: http://community.freepbx.org/t/freepbx-12-beta-1-and-some-really-cool-stuff/22782/1

FreePBX 12

A few of the features included in the FreePBX 12 release are:

Asterisk 12 Support Allow a system to run both chan_sip and pjsip

Allow Extensions to be able to be switched between the two – Added an Asterisk Rest Interface Manager module to add users to be able to utilize Asterisk’s new Rest Interface New User Control Panel that replaces ARI

UCP (Please check online and download the module *after* upgrading to FreePBX 12)

– Presence
– Call History
– Widgets/RSS Feeds
– Modular design allows FreePBX hook into UCP
– Settings
– Find Me/Follow Me, VmX Locator, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, Do Not Disturb
– Voicemail
– WebRTC
– Conference Pro
– Fax Pro
– SMS Support in UCP for SIPStation customers 

Brand New DashboardUpdates to Module adminCDR Reports now support html5 playback, no need to have quicktime player Parking now supports direct slot parking (Meaning you can transfer a call directly into a slot) Secure Module Signing (http://wiki.freepbx.org/display/F2/Module+Signing) The full list of features can be viewed here: http://wiki.freepbx.org/display/DC/12+Planned+Changes+and+Features

The requirements for FreePBX 12 are simple:

– Asterisk 1.8 through 13
– PHP 5.3.3 or higher


Upgrade and Download Plans

The easiest way to get access to the Release Candidate is by downloading the FreePBX Distro at http://schmoozecom.com/distro-download.php and following the steps in http://wiki.freepbx.org/display/HTGS/1.+Install+FreePBX. You can also download the tarball of just FreePBX manually from http://www.freepbx.org/download-freepbx and run through the setup processes documented in http://wiki.freepbx.org/display/HTGS/Version+12.0+Installation.

Whats Next?

So where do we go from here? What’s in the woodwork for FreePBX 13 and above? There are a few things we’ve all hashed around but nothing is set in stone yet, hopefully in the next few weeks we can start working with you on what will be included in FreePBX 13. One last thing, something that is important to me that I think we need to do more of is community blogging. Perhaps going over features or giving you more updates about what we are doing internally along the same lines as what Philippe did in years past. I’d like to engage more with you and get opinions and ideas about what you’d like to see in future versions of FreePBX. Remember that feature requests are always welcome at http://issues.freepbx.org. So won’t you join me on this crazy ride we call VoIP?

Andrew – On Behalf of the FreePBX Team!

FreePBX joins forces with Bria Cloud to let freedom ring anywhere

A guest blog from Jim O’Brien, Vice President of Server Engineering for CounterPath.

A little while ago, we got together with our friends at Schmoozecom and hatched a plan.

The goal was clear: Let’s make it very simple and straightforward for FreePBX end users to communicate with Bria clients on any device using their company’s phone system.

And what was born was a brand new capability we are offering to Bria Cloud Solutions customers, effectively bringing enterprise mobility to millions of FreePBX users worldwide.

Behind the scenes, Schmoozecom and CounterPath have worked together to make our products and services very complimentary. By making it simple for managers of FreePBX systems to connect their systems to Bria Cloud Services, they can provision users into FreePBX and for these users to be auto-magically provisioned into Bria Cloud Services.

So what does this mean for SMBs and enterprises using FreePBX? It means employees can communicate on any device they may have access to at any time, from any location.

Do you generally work from the office? Load Bria on your office computer. Going on a road trip? Load Bria on your smartphone. Working from the beach? Load it on your tablet. With FreePBX and Bria, employees can stay connected like never before.

Now, I’m a technical guy, so I can’t talk about this without going into a bit of detail. In a nutshell, the solution comprises:

  • FreePBX has a new module called Bria Cloud Solutions.
  • CounterPath has released a Provisioning Interface (based on our Stretto Platform) to the Bria Cloud Service for this FreePBX Module.
  • This module supports an Application Programming Interface (API) that allows FreePBX to provision users into CounterPath’s Cloud Service.
  • IT Managers [or System resellers or even Normal Humans J ] running their own FreePBX phone system add this new module to their FreePBX installation.
  • IT Managers then purchase subscriptions to Bria Cloud services for clients their organization will use (or purchase some and add more later).

The great part about this is, though, that end users see none of the above.

They are told “Go download the red Bria client and install it on your device (from iTunes for iPhone/iPad, from GooglePlay for Android smartphones/tablets, from BlackBerry World for Blackberry 10, and from CounterPath for Windows and Mac). Then login with a username and password that matches your FreePBX credentials.”

And it’s as easy as that!

The solution is also an IT manager’s dream. IT managers can see the usage of devices across their population and purchase more subscriptions. They can set limits for users and if someone gets a new computer or phone, the IT manager can remove an old device and the employee can then use Bria on their new device.

Another key feature is that the IT manager controls the configuration of the device(s). End users have access to preferences, but not the real settings that connect their Bria clients back to Free PBX for Voice or Voice, Video, Presence and Instant Messaging. The normal end user will have a much harder time breaking things, which means less time spent supporting end user configuration issues and typos, etc.

We hope that this first collaboration with the FreePBX team provides value to our mutual and newly-mutual customers.

For more information please check out our Press release, our Product Page, our Knowledge Base, and the Free PBX wiki.

This post originally appeared on blog.counterpath.com

About Jim O’Brien

Jim O’Brien is the Vice President of Server Engineering for CounterPath and directs his team in architecting, building and supporting server solutions that work closely with CounterPath softphone applications. Jim designed, launched, and supported wholesale and enterprise VoIP networks for GTE, Genuity, and Level(3). Jim joined CounterPath with the acquisition of BridgePort Networks in 2008.

Latest News From FreePBX: FreePBX 12/OTTS Training, AstriCon, FreePBXhosting.co.uk, Mitel and Stable FreePBX 12 News!

FreePBX Training

 Open Telephony Training Seminar- Milwaukee, Wisconsin!

Tuesday, November 18 – Friday, November 21, 2014 (Optional Packer’s Football Day Nov. 16th!) EARLY BIRD PRICING AVAILABLE UNTIL OCTOBER 31st!

Register Now

Who Should Attend– These sessions are usually attended by participants wanting to utilize FreePBX to get their part of the billion dollar open source telephony market, as well as end users wanting to further their knowledge of FreePBX and the FreePBX EcoSystem. You will attend sessions with FreePBX Integrators, Resellers and those using FreePBX or PBXact within their business or call center environments.

Learning & Course Objectives– This instructor lead four day course will be taught utilizing the latest and greatest version of our software FreePBX 12 and will provide advanced training and in depth labs on everything from initial FreePBX configuration to advanced sessions on various components of FreePBX. We will teach advanced topics to market, sell, deploy, troubleshoot, customize and administer Open Source Telephony Solutions based on FreePBX. The labs are designed to progressively provide a base of technical knowledge and telephony know-how.

What to Bring – Some basic Linux knowledge, and a laptop.

What to Take Away– A fully loaded FreePBX Demo Kit, which includes a Classic 50 Appliance, a Digium D70 and licensing for all FreePBX commercial modules and most importantly Certification on the World’s Most Popular Open Source PBX platform FreePBX!

(Optional) Packer Football Special – November 16th, 2014 is a Green Bay Packer home game against the Eagles. Schmooze has access to a handful of Packer tickets at a price of $250-$400.00 per ticket for anyone interested in joining us at the game that Sunday. Green Bay is only a 1.5 hour drive from Milwaukee and historic Lambeau Field is a place all die hard NFL fans need to visit once in their lifetime. Call us at (920) 486-6301 for more information on attending the game.




 FreePBX 12 is a significant leap forward, providing huge internal upgrades, improved functionality and new features for years to come. We expect to announce the release of the stable version within the next week or two. In the above video, Andrew Nagy (Software Developer for Schmooze Com Inc./ FreePBX) explains What’s New in FreePBX 12 during his presentation at FreePBX World in Las Vegas.

New Features available in FreePBX 12:

  • Support for Asterisk 12 & 13
  • Support for extensions to switch between chan_sip and pjsip
  • Continued support for Asterisk 1.8, 10 and 11
  • Support for Asterisk Rest Interface Manager Module
  • Brand New Dashboard, with security notices, and realtime and historical FreePBX Statistics


  • Call Parking now supports direct slot parking, allowing you to transfer callers directly into individual slots
  • Secure module signing to protect the integrity of your system.
  • Call Detail Reports now support html5 playback of call recordings, (no need to have quicktime player installed.)
  • Updated Module Administration, allowing system administrators to choose between stable and beta versions of modules, and even roll back module updates if needed.


  • New User Control Panel “UCP” that replaces the legacy ARI (Asterisk Recording Interface)
  • UCP uses a modular design allowing features to be easily added as the product develops
  • UCP Presence
  • UCP Call History – with html5 recording playback
  • UCP Customizable Widgets/RSS Feeds
  • UCP Settings Management: Find Me/Follow Me, VmX Locator, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, Do Not Disturb
  • UCP Visual Voicemail – with html5 recording playback, and in browser recording upload of messages and prompts
  • UCP WebRTC Softphone – plug-in free browser based softphone
  • UCP Conference Pro – full control of conference rooms
  • UCP Fax Pro- send new and view incoming faxes
  • SMS Support within UCP for SIPStation Customers
  • UCP XMPP Chat client for UCP

Install or upgrade your existing system to FreePBX 12 by visting freepbx.org!


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View our recent interview with Adam Hobach, President of CyberLynk Network discussing FreePBXhosting.com.




Schmooze is a Gold Sponsor of AstriCon 2014- Las Vegas 

Oct. 22-24, 2014 make plans to join us at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada for three days of conferences, exhibits and new product announcements and demonstrations!  To see some things to look forward to at AstriCon please see our recent FreePBX World interview with Billy Chia from Digium.

Using the FreePBX EndPoint Manager– 11 am on the 22nd

FreePBX Phone Apps Presentation – 1:45 on the 22nd

FreePBX Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow– 3:30 on the 23rd

FreePBX High Availability – 10 am on the 24th

Elastix, FreePBX and Asterisk panel. 2:25 pm on the 24th

The FreePBX/Schmooze Com team will be available on the exhibit floor (Booth 27), networking events and by appointment please contact us to schedule a time to meet.



Product Discontinuance Notice: 675xi Phones 

Mitel has announced the discontinuance of all variants of the Aastra 675xi SIP phones.

Schmooze still has some stock on hand of the 6753i and the 6755i for those interested in acquiring these before they are gone.

The newly released 68xxi series of SIP phones are great alternatives to the 675xi models, providing significant improvements including enriched functionality, superior audio quality, and enhanced color LCD display.

For clients who wish to stay within the 67xxi family for similar form factor the 673xi series offers suitable substitutions as well.

These models and more are available in the Schmooze Portal for purchase at competitive prices.

Do your part: Purchasing hardware from Schmooze helps provide funding for the continued development of FreePBX!


Stay tuned to our blogs and forums for upcoming announcements about a new certified WIFI phone, FreePBX Integrated Cloud-Based Provisioning for desktop, tablets and smartphones and more exciting additions to the ever expanding FreePBX EcoSystem!

Preston McNair follow @prestonmcnairPreston McNair(link is external) 
VP of Sales and Marketing 
FreePBX/Schmooze Com, Inc. 
Voice (920) 886-8130

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