Phone Apps for FreePBX? No we aren’t talking about the latest “Words with Fiends” or “Disgruntled Poultry” time killing app for your smartphone, We are talking about apps for your real phone, the one on your desk where business gets done.
FreePBX Phone Apps (also known as REST APPS) allow users to control PBX functions and call settings directly from the screen of their phone. The initial release of applications include Call Parking, Follow-Me Management and Do Not Disturb. We will be expanding to include additional functionality, features and supported devices in the near future. The goal is to empower users to intuitively manage call setting and features directly from their phone, minimizing the reliance upon hard to remember feature codes, and logging into the PBX GUI to modify settings.
Phone Apps connect to your PBX using the newly created FreePBX RESTful API (we’ll have more on our new API in a few weeks). The new API allows us to develop applications that can be supported across multiple phone manufacturers and devices.
Speaking of phones I wouldn’t be a very good sales and marketing guy if I didn’t take time for a commercial break here to make a quick announcement about phones. All of the phones available for use with our new Phone Apps are now also available for purchase from within the FreePBX Portal Store. Purchasing phones directly from FreePBX/Schmooze Com helps support the continued development of FreePBX.
The Parking Application lets users see Parked calls directly from their phone display. It will work with both the standard Parking Module and the enhanced Park Pro module. Users can visually see parked calls, pick up any parked call and park calls with the same application depending on phone support.
The Follow Me Phone App gives you control over your Follow Me settings. Allowing users to enable and disable follow me, change their follow me numbers, ring time and call confirmation. The App will also provide Visual notifications when Follow-Me is enabled.
The Do Not Disturb (DND) Application allows you to toggle your current state of DND between enabled and disabled, and on supported devices will change the BLF notification light for a mapped button, or provide an onscreen notification.
For a limited time we are offering FreePBX Phone Apps for Free, you can log into our portal and pick up a free three month license today. Please note in order to use Phone Apps you will have to have the FreePBX EndPoint Manager licensed and installed. Once you have had a chance to install and use the Apps we would love to hear your feedback. The best place for general feedback or questions would be on the dedicated forum at FreePBX.org http://www.freepbx.org/forums/freepbx-phone-apps or if you find a bug you would like us to address you can visit issues.freepbx.org and submit a ticket.
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