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Why You Must Attend: Yealink North America Roadshow 2019
Posted by Danielle Bucella on 17 April 2019 04:32 PM

Yealink has recently announced that they will be hosting a series of prospect and channel partner-focused road shows across the globe, including North America. Yealink’s strategic partners are indispensable to the ongoing success of the company and all product families. These roadshows will allow partners to learn about the exciting developments happening over at Yealink.

Why attend?

The Yealink 2019 Roadshow will provide you with an opportunity to explore the latest Yealink innovations, dive deeper into Yealink strategies, and participate in networking opportunities.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Get a sneak peek at 2019 “yet-to-be-released” products
  • Explore Yealink’s latest innovations & features, like the CP930W and T5X IP Phone Series
  • Get first-hand information on Yealink’s market vision, channel strategies, and business practices, as well as beneficial programs that will help you fuel your business growth
  • Interact face-to-face with Yealink leaders & technology partners
  • Enjoy delicious food, exciting entertainment, and surprise gifts provided by Yealink. Every networking event will vary depending on the city it is held in.

Additionally, attendees will be eligible to take advantage of exclusive Roadshow promotions, which include:

  • Receiving a FREE CP930W conference phone when your back order is more than 5K USD for new T5Ws [including demos, valid from 4/18-5/31]
  • Receiving FREE Apple AirPods when fulfilling the order requirement above. Attendees will receive a special support code at the roadshow & can fulfill their AirPods order through their distributor (888VoIP)

For each US roadshow, attendees will begin their day with an introduction to Yealink and an update on the global market. This will follow with a look into 2019 innovations & solutions, as well as a discussion of channel programs and business practices. During lunch, you will have the opportunity to view their extensive solution showcase. The session will conclude with a Q&A session, which will segue into an activity, such as TopGolf, and networking opportunity.

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Patton & Skype for Business: New Opportunities for 888VoIP Partners
Posted by Danielle Bucella on 01 April 2019 09:27 AM

Patton, a US-based enabling solutions provider for unified communications (UC), UC-as-Service (UCCAS) and Cloud — has announced all SmartNode VoIP products version 3.X—including Virtual SmartNode (vSN)—are validated for interoperability with Skype for Business (SfB). Managed partners of 888VoIP, a leading distributor of VoIP hardware & software services, will be able to leverage the benefits of this validation when utilizing applicable Patton products.

Patton SmartNode products are validated by TekVizion, a Microsoft-certified lab, in the SBC and enhanced gateway categories, and are forward compatible with Microsoft Teams. Additionally, with the Patton Cloud edge orchestration service, it is effortless to activate, configure and manage the SmartNode-enabled connection with on-premise or hosted Skype for Business.

“Executives know effective communication with customers, partners, and employees is key to sustainable growth,” said Robert R. Patton (Bobby), President and CEO, “Still, countless organizations operate today using traditional Key System or TDM PBX voice communications. With validated interoperability with Skype for Business, Patton empowers those businesses to connect to the IP world, delivering increased mobility, enhanced teamwork, heightened customer engagement, and higher productivity.”

By installing SmartNode VoIP gateways and enterprise session border controllers (eSBCs), 888VoIP managed partners can reap the cost-savings and productivity benefits of SfB. Investments in working analog or digital PBX and telephony/communication devices (phones, speakers, intercoms, paging) will be preserved. Traditional PSTN connectivity will not be sacrificed.

“888VoIP and Patton Electronics have a successful, long-standing track record of offering and supporting high-quality products to VAR and SP customers,” said David Vance, Chief Business Development Officer and Partner at 888VoIP, “With the new products and interoperability into Microsoft’s SfB platform, there are now new opportunities for our partners to expand their services to net new customers.”

888VoIP partners have already possessed the ability to offer customers Patton SmartNode products, known as the world’s “most interoperable” VoIP CPE. Now, these products will allow companies to seamlessly interconnect hybrid or ALL-IP networks, existing FXS/FXO POTS services, ISDN BRI/PRI lines, and incompatible SIP telephony systems to SfB. The new Patton validation will assist in enhancing teamwork, heightening customer engagement, and upping productivity.

About Patton

Patton is all about connections. It is our joy and mission to connect real-world customer challenges with high-quality, right-priced solutions—complemented by unrivaled customer service and technical support. Incorporated 1984, Patton has built everything from micro-sized widgets that connect “this-with-that,” to carrier-grade Telecom gear that connects subscribers to service-providers. Patton’s specialty is interconnecting legacy TDM and serial systems with new-generation IP-based voice, data, and multi-media technologies.

Headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD, USA, Patton equipment—including VoIP, Ethernet extension, and wireless router technologies—is up-and-running in carrier, enterprise and industrial networks worldwide. Patton works in connection with a growing network of technology, business, and sales-channel partners. To connect with local-market requirements, Patton operates training and support centers in Switzerland, Hungary, Lebanon, India and the USA.

About 888VoIP

Since 2006, 888VoIP has been a leading distributor of VoIP hardware and software solutions. 888VoIP is committed to driving customer success and does so by identifying and understanding customers’ specific requirements and unique needs. By providing customers with the most innovative products, full cycle logistics, wholesale discounts, dedicated staff, and access to the Channel Advantage program, 888VoIP can assure the success of partners’ projects.

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888VoIP Named Grandstream’s 2018 North America Partner of the Year
Posted by Danielle Bucella on 28 March 2019 04:09 PM

BOSTON & BUFFALO, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Grandstream, connecting the world with award-winning SIP unified communications since 2002, today announced that they have named 888VoIP as their 2018 North America Partner of the Year. 888VoIP was chosen for this prestigious award to recognize their sustained excellence, outstanding achievements, accelerated growth and dedication to the Grandstream brand through sales, marketing, training and technical programs. As a result of their outstanding efforts and the synergy between the two companies, 888VoIP more than doubled their Grandstream sales in 2018 and is now one of the company’s leading distributors in North America.

“I am thrilled to honor our friends at 888VoIP with Grandstream 2018 North America Partner of the Year award,” said Chris Turcotte, Grandstream’s North America Sales Manager “We have built a tremendous relationship with the team at 888VoIP around regular communication, brainstorming and sharing of ideas. This award, and 888VoIPs success, is a direct result of the synergy between both companies. We are constantly working together and that allows us to deliver a strong, consistent and proactive offering to the market while quickly reacting to industry trends. We look forward to a continued successful partnership with 888VoIP for many years to come.”

“We are extremely honored to be named Grandstream’s 2018 North America Partner of the Year,” said David Vance, Partner and Chief Business Development Officer for 888VoIP. “Grandstream makes deployments easy for our resellers and service providers by offering complete unified communication solutions to make the design, purchase, deployment and management processes as easy as possible. Their solutions address all of our customers vertical industry needs. We are excited to receive this award and we look forward to further expanding our partnership with Grandstream to deliver powerful UC solutions to businesses throughout the United States.”

About 888VoIP
Since 2006, 888VoIP has been a leading distributor of VoIP hardware and software solutions. 888VoIP is committed to driving customer success and does so by identifying and understanding customers’ specific requirements and unique needs. By providing customers with the most innovative products, full cycle logistics, wholesale discounts, dedicated staff, and access to the Channel Advantage program, 888VoIP can assure the success of partners’ projects. Learn more about 888VoIP by visiting us on the web or following 888VoIP on Twitter.

About Grandstream
Grandstream Networks, Inc. has been connecting the world since 2002 with SIP Unified Communications products and solutions that allow businesses to be more productive than ever before. Our award-winning solutions serve the small and medium business and enterprises markets and have been recognized throughout the world for their quality, reliability and innovation. Grandstream solutions lower communication costs, increase security protection and enhance productivity. Their open standard SIP-based products offer broad interoperability throughout the industry, along with unrivaled features and flexibility. Visit more information or connect with us on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter.

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Grandstream Beta Club: NEW Carrier-Grade IP Phone
Posted by Danielle Bucella on 27 March 2019 10:05 AM

Grandstream has just announced that beta club applications are now open for one of their upcoming carrier-grade IP phones. The model for testing is part of a larger series that will be launched during the upcoming months.

The upcoming carrier-grade IP phone series will be feature-rich and include:

  • Cloud based zero-touch provisioning for mass deployment
  • Industry leading reliability and security, including dual firmware images, secure boot, random default admin password, and unique certificate per device
  • 4-line/4 SIP accounts
  • Dual LCD: 2.8″ primary color LCD plus a 2.4″ secondary color LCD
  • Support for nearly all popular voice codecs, including wide-band codec Opus, G.722, G.711, G.729A/B, G.723, iLBC, etc.
  • Dual Gigabit networks ports with PoE
  • Integrated WiFi & Bluetooth

Are you interested in testing this new IP phone? Submit an application by Friday, April 5th – only 50 applicants will gain a spot in this exclusive beta test! Click here to register now.

To get more information about the upcoming Grandstream phone series, contact an 888VoIP Account Manager at 888-864-7786 or by e-mailing [email protected]

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Meet the Grandstream GXW4500 Series Gateways
Posted by Danielle Bucella on 20 March 2019 09:30 AM

If your customers are looking for a Digital VoIP Gateway that will allow digital PSTN and ISDN trunks to be integrated with VoIP networks, look no further than the new Grandstream GXW4500 Series Gateways. With three models that provide 1, 2, or 4 T1/E1/J1 spans and support of up to 120 concurrent calls, the new Grandstream gateway series will be fit all your partners’ needs.

This new series is ideal for large and medium sized enterprises, allowing for secure encryption to protect calls and accounts. When connecting a GXW4500 series gateway with a VoIP network and a traditional PBX or E1/T1 provider, any business can dramatically increase the amount of PSTN/ISDN trunks integrated with their network.

The GXW4500 series boasts competitive features including:

  • Dual Gigabit autosensing RJ45 network ports with integrated NAT router
  • TLS & SRTP security encryption technology which protect calls and accounts
  • Automated provisioning by HTTP/TFTP with XML config files
  • Supports a wide range of popular voice codecs. Adds echo cancellation, jitter buffer, and silence suppression
  • Supports of 30, 60 or 120 concurrent calls
  • Software configurable E1/T1/J1 ports
  • Supports multi-language voice prompts
  • 2 USB ports, SD card slot for extra memory
  • Advanced defense: Fail2ban, alert events, whitelist, blacklist, strong password indicator

There are an array of deployment scenarios suitable for the GXW4500 Series Gateways, which include education, hotels & hospitality, medium to large enterprise applications, and call centers.

Most businesses want to take advantage of their already existing internal VoIP network. For medium to large enterprises, a GXW4500 can be added to any original telephone system in any office. The cost will be low and deployment quick. The traditional PBX can continue to be used, though, which extends the investment efficiency of the equipment.

Call centers rely on what? The ability to make and receive calls. Their business is entirely dependent on their phone system. In a call center scenario, a center uses the GXW4500 series to integrate additional E1/T1 lines into their network. The call center can the utilize the fail-over option in the case of any Internet outage. Additionally, the GXW4500 series can support up to 120 concurrent calls – allowing the call center to handle the volume of calls it would normally receive.

Hotels, made up of multiple floors and possibly buildings, can benefit from a GXW4500 that will create a seamless hybrid VoIP and Analog solution. A hotel could use the GXW4500 to support both VoIP and Analog technology, while creating a hot-line option for any emergency phone calls.

The newly released Grandstream GXW4500 series will be a valuable asset to add to your product offerings – allowing you to propel your gateway sales. To learn more about this new gateway or any other Grandstream product, contact the 888VoIP sales team at 888-864-7786 or by emailing the team directly at [email protected]

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Why Yealink Video Conferencing is Even Better with Zoom Rooms
Posted by Danielle Bucella on 19 March 2019 10:33 AM
Yealink video conferencing, zoom rooms, cp960 from 888VoIP

Video conferencing is undeniably popular due to its connection capabilities and “in-person” meeting advantages. To continue leveraging on the need of video conferencing, Yealink has released total video device bundle solutions for Zoom Rooms. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution, heavily utilized worldwide in various sized conference rooms, executive offices, and classrooms. Zoom has led modern enterprise video communications by providing an easy, reliable cloud platform for both video & audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, webinars, and more. Yealink will now offer customers a bundle that pairs Yealink hardware (computer, camera, audio devices, and controller) with Zoom software.

Yealink is now customers’ one-stop for full Zoom solutions, with four different bundle options (released throughout ’19) ideal for training, large, medium, and huddle rooms. Additionally, there are a handful of Yealink OpenSIP phones for Zoom Phone, including the renowned T4S series and innovative CP960 conference phone.

CP960, Zoom Rooms from 888VoIP

It is advantageous to utilize a Zoom Room with Yealink. But why? Originally, Zoom Rooms hardware solutions (Gen 1) ran with an iPad and conference phone; however, more hardware was eventually needed (Gen 2). At this point, users needed not only a conference phone to integrate control, microphone, and speaker functions, but the conference phone required multiple cables for deployment. Yealink’s version (Gen 2.5) is a one-cable solution on the. The Yealink CP960 eliminates the USB cable that was originally needed to cross from the TV stand to the conference phone table. The reduction of this unsightly cable and layout issue have greatly simplified deployment.

The Yealink solution is not only compact in cabling, but also in hardware. One CP960 device will act as the Zoom Rooms controller, speaker, and microphone, freeing up the conference table from technology clutter and overload. Users are still able to leverage the power and audio benefits of the CP960 wireless expansion microphones (if needed).

The CP960 is further enhanced by Zoom Rooms with full integration of the UI. The CP960-Zoom Edition integrates the Zoom Room controller app, allows for mute/volume sync, controls the PTZ of the Yealink UVC camera, and also controls meet now/join meeting and presentation.

The Yealink bundles are not solely comprised of the CP960. The mini-PC package is comprised of a small PC with preinstalled software. The mini-PC includes Windows 10 Pro or IoT Enterprise OS and the necessary license. Also included is the Yealink plug-in for Zoom Rooms and the app, which again, make deployment and setup a breeze.

Two UVC camera options are available: the UVC80 and UVC50. The UVC80 is ideal for large rooms with its 12x optical zoom camera, while the UVC50 is better suited for medium rooms and features a 5x optical zoom camera. All Yealink UVC cameras are UVC1.1 compatible and plug-and-play.

When paired together, Zoom Rooms and Yealink are a great option to offer new customers, users who have a CP960 and want to convert to Zoom Rooms, or users who want to use their computers and have yet to try a CP960. No matter the scenario, there is a reason for end-user customers to embrace these new video conferencing bundles.

For more information on Yealink video conferencing solutions or Yealink distribution, contact the 888VoIP sales team at 888-864-7786 or by emailing the team directly at [email protected]. Yealink bundle samples are expected to be released end of March 2019 with more information rolling out soon.

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