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Junction Networks Announces Aastra IP Phones Compatibility with OnSIP Hosted PBX

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September 16, 2008

Junction Networks Announces Aastra IP Phones Compatibility with OnSIP Hosted PBX

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Junction Networks, a provider of OnSIP Hosted PBX (News - Alert) service, has said that Aastra’s session initiation (SIP)-based IP phones are perfectly suited for use as extensions to OnSIP.

For interoperability with the full range of OnSIP features and applications, the company’s lab in New York tested the Aastra (News - Alert) 53i, 57i and the 57iCT model business phones.
OnSIP features and applications include call waiting, call forwarding, auto attendant, caller ID, voice mail, do-not-disturb settings, and more.
While 53i features a three-line display and six programmable buttons, the 57i and 57iCT feature a large, self-labeling display with 12 programmable keys. The keys give access to 30 programmable functions on multiple scrolling pages. In addition, both phones can handle up to nine simultaneous line appearances.
Company officials said that each Aastra IP phone displays a mini browser that provides access to XML applications and services. Aastra’s XML API enables the phones to run customized applications, including call accounting to keep track of billable phone time for multiple clients.
John Drolet, vice president of U.S. sales at Aastra Telecom (News - Alert), said Aastra IP phones are intelligent end points and “we are confident that our new relationship with Junction Networks will take full advantage of that intelligence, in ways including use of the Aastra XML application developer tool kit.”
With the phones programmable keys, users can execute OnSIP-supported functions in the way they desire. Plus, the Aastra 57i CT cordless telephone (CT) allows a user to roam within a 300-foot radius of the 57i telephone.
Officials said the CT handset works seamlessly with the telephone, duplicating features and functionality for the mobile worker.
“We want to give OnSIP customers the greatest possible choice of hardware and software to use as OnSIP extensions,” said Rob Wolpov, president at Junction Networks (News - Alert), “and we know from our testing that Aastra has earned its reputation for reliability, voice quality and ease of setup.”
He also said in a statement that Aastra’s popularity in the SIP space also means that more new OnSIP customers will be ready to use the service the minute their decision is made, without any equipment cost.
Learn more about Aastra at INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO — the biggest and most comprehensive IP communications event of the year. Visit Aastra at booth #OS 07 08 in the exhibit hall. 

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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