[posted By Lesley McCreath on voip-news.com] snom technology AG, a leading developer and vendor of IP business phones, began business in Berlin back in 1996 as one of the pioneers in the VoIP sector, and today they continue to develop some of the world’s leading VoIP telephones for business communication based on the open standard Session Initiation Protocol (SIP).
You might think that an old-fashioned military school in Georgia would be the last place to embrace VoIP, but snom phones have been enlisted there in a campaign to save money and improve on old legacy systems that have been hitting the school’s budget to the tune of $11,000 in monthly costs through a local telephone operator. And, all they got for their money was – calls - no bells, well, bells but no whistles – and, if they were lucky, caller ID. The Georgia Military College turned to snom technology AG's OCS edition telephones, designed to work natively with Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and deliver seamless end-to-end unified communications. Going VoIP brought a huge list of features to the college and saves 80% on their telephony bills, bringing the monthly costs down to a little over $2,000. Wow.
snom Phones – Ready Right Out-of-the-Box
Now, snom has announced new auto-configuration capabilities for its snom UC edition 7xx series and snom 821 business phones. These phones will now offer seamless, out-of-the-box configuration with Lync server, directly from the phone for fast, plug-and-play. The phones all feature new base firmware that natively connects to the Lync, enabling rapid and streamlined provisioning in multi-site enterprise Microsoft Lync environments.
Dr. Michael Knieling, Managing Director, snom technology AG, spoke of snom’s new enhancements, “snom continues to find new ways to simplify Lync with Voice deployments by improving connectivity and compatibility of standards-based snom UC edition phones.” snom’s offerings are the first standards-based Lync-qualified phones to offer this plug-and-play integration with Lync. Microsoft Lync Server 2013 is an enterprise-ready unified communications platform that productively connects people, everywhere, on Windows 8 and other devices.
The snom 7xx series as well as the snom 821 employ the company’s Apollo firmware that has helped earn them a full qualification and certification with Lync. All of the phones also feature ergonomic design and support for high definition wideband voice, programmable function keys, and an intuitive user interface. The models bring easy configuration with PIN authentication and manageability features, including automatic updates. snom’s UC Edition IP phones represent the industry’s largest portfolio of full-featured business phones compatible and interoperable with Microsoft Lync Server 2013 and 2010.
Michael Knieling concluded, “We’re excited to continue our unique partnership as Microsoft upgrades to Lync 2013.” snom was even one of the sponsors of the inaugural Lync Conference. Lync Server 2013 voice users utilizing snom UC Edition phones for desktop communications receive a full range of traditional IP PBX and Lync collaboration features, including Boss/Admin, Music on Hold, Call Park and integrated presence buttons. And, it’s all right out of the box.