Monday, October 10, 2011

Verizon Wireless Accelerates Bring-Your-Own-Device Trend with Mobile UC Client, Docking Station

Verizon Wireless introduced a Mobile Unified Communications Client (Mobile UC) for Android smartphones, making an employee's personal mobile number and business landline number both instantly accessible from the device. There is a $7 per month charge to use the client.

Calls initiated from the mobile phone's business identity are routed through the existing corporate IP PBX system and display the employee's business number to callers. Employees can access voicemail and other frequently used desk phone features, such as call hold, transfer and conference capabilities, from their smartphones, which helps increase productivity and support the mobile office experience.

Verizon Wireless' Mobile UC Client is compatible with leading IP PBX manufacturers, including Cisco Unified Communications Manager 6.1.4 and above and Avaya Communication Manager 5.2 and above.

Verizon Wireless is also offering an enterprise-class Mobile UC Docking Station (sold as a complementary accessory) to connect Android smartphones to a business' Ethernet. Similar to a traditional office phone with standard functions, such as enterprise directory access, "do not disturb," speakerphone and voicemail, the docking station leverages Android smartphones to power the office phone experience. When the mobile phone is docked, it doesn't use wireless minutes for calls. The docking station is available for a one-time purchase price of $125 per station.

"The Mobile Unified Communications Client from Verizon Wireless revolutionizes the concept of the office phone," said Bill Versen, director, Advanced Mobile Communications, Verizon Wireless. "Convenience is key, especially when a professional spends time both in their traditional office as well as going on the road. The Verizon Wireless Mobile Unified Communications Client makes it a seamless, easy-to-use experience that satisfies the customer needs for simplification and lower cost solutions. In addition to being backed by the nation's most reliable network, the whole package is easy to deploy and to manage, so enterprises can reap the benefits of fixed mobile convergence without the need for additional hardware or sacrificing information security."

For more information about Verizon Wireless' Mobile Unified Communications Client, visit

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