Sangoma Launches New IP Phones Designed for FreePBX and PBXact

Zero Touch installation makes phones easy to provision

Today we are announcing the launch of a new family of IP phones. Designed exclusively for use with FreePBX and PBXact and featuring Sangoma’s Zero Touch technology, which means they connect and operate quickly and easily, right out of the box.

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The product line includes the entry-level s300, mid-range s500, and the s700 for the most demanding business environment. Each phone in the three model series features Power over Ethernet (PoE), so no power cable or outlets are required. They have full duplex speakerphones, dual Ethernet Ports, multi-way conference calling, high definition voice, and have built-in Virtual Private Network (VPN) capabilities.

“VoIP telephones can be complex to install, and manually configuring many different parameters with dozens or hundreds of extensions can take hours,” says Bill Wignall, President and CEO of Sangoma. “With Sangoma’s unique Zero Touch installation there is no complexity, since phones connect automatically with Sangoma’s PBX solutions and can be used as soon as they are plugged into the network. Zero touch provisioning saves customers significant time, frustration and money.”

When customers buy and install any of these Sangoma phones, the redirection server automatically sends the phone line to the Sangoma Private Branch eXchange (PBX) for configuration. Other vendors have redirection servers, but they have to be pre-programmed with the IP PBX.

Sangoma’s PBX solutions are available in two versions. FreePBX, an open source variant and as the PBXact brand, a commercial version. Both are available as software or can be pre-installed on telecom appliances. Only Sangoma can provide Zero Touch provisioning with FreePBX and PBXact.

Each phone also comes integrated with Sangoma EndPoint Manager Software. The software enables users to control global settings, program phone keys, map extensions to MAC addresses and templates, upload images, download new firmware, and scan the network for non-provisioned phones. Sangoma phones also feature Plug and Play deployment; native VPN for secure connections; phone and user management from the PBX control panel; and soft key functions like call flow management, queue management, presence, etc. Since the VPN client software is included with the phone, remote users can easily and securely access an office-based PBX. There’s no need for a VPN router at the remote or home office location. The system also traverses firewalls automatically.

Once Sangoma’s phones are installed, users can control advanced features directly from the phone. There’s no need to remember feature codes. There’s also no need to log in to the PBX panel to control the feature set.

User applications include: Call Parking, Follow Me, Do Not Disturb, Conference Rooms, Call Forwarding, Time Conditions, Presence, Queues, Queue Agents, Transfer to Voice Mail, Visual Voice Mail, and Log in/out.

Other model-specific features and prices include:

 

Sangoma s300 Phone

s300

2 Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Accounts, dual Ethernet capability, headset compatible and an MSRP of $89 (USD).

Sangoma s500 Phone

s500

4 SIP accounts, a 3.5 inch full color display, 28 programmable soft keys, headset compatible, dual gigabit Ethernet capability and an MSRP of $149.

Sangoma s700 Phone

s700

Featuring 6 SIP Accounts, a 4.3 inch full color display, 45 programmable soft keys, headset compatible, dual gigabit Ethernet capability and an MSRP of $229.

 

Accessories such as headset adapters and power supply units (for networks without PoE) are also available. All Sangoma telephones come with a 1-year warranty and extended warranties are also available.

With this new line of smart VoIP phones, Sangoma can provide all the appliances, software and functionality a business needs for a sophisticated IP and Unified Communications system.

Sangoma is taking orders now for delivery in March 2016. You can purchase directly from one of the company’s stocking channel partners, or from within the Sangoma Portal.

Learn More about our New Phones.

 

Happy New Year, FreePBX 13 out of RC

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2015 was a great year for FreePBX with over 6,300 commits from 50 contributors. Through the contributions of the community and with the strong backing of Sangoma, FreePBX has made great strides to being the best PBX platform and a great open source project.   

 

We started working on FreePBX 13 over a year ago and have touched almost every aspect of the GUI. We have also made great strides in the internal plumbing.  We have made FreePBX faster and more secure.   Internally we have been “dogfooding” FreePBX 13 and from a development standpoint we have treated it as release.  We have watched the adoption of FreePBX 13 grow to over 11,000 installs and have caught and fixed many small edge case bugs.  We are happy to remove the RC badge and make FreePBX 13 officially stable.  Users running FreePBX 13 don’t need to do anything. Users of FreePBX 12 can use the FreePBX Upgrade tool to update to FreePBX 13 automatically.

As adoption grows there may be things we missed. If you find any issues please open a bug at http://issues.freepbx.org.

Thank you for using FreePBX and we look forward to what develops through 2016