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New Digium Switchvox 80 and 300 Series Appliances – Now Smaller and More Powerful

Digium recently released new Switchvox 80 and 300 series appliances for the SMB market, replacing the older Switchvox 65, 305 and 355 appliances.

The new Switchvox 80 and 300 series have updated technology, smaller form factor, green design and are competitively priced.  Switchvox 80 replaces 65, 310 replaces 305, and 360 replaces 355.  The older Switchvox appliances (65, 305, 355) are discontinued as of July 30th (limited stock remains, check with us for availability).

If you’re a current user of the older Switchvox appliances, you can upgrade by purchasing a cold spare of the appliance that you choose instead of purchasing Switchvox with the software license.  Then you can upload the last backup to the new appliance and be back up and running!  Just make sure the Switchvox software version is 5.7.1 or newer. The old appliance can be put to good use as a failover cold spare for your disaster recovery plan.

See which one of the Digium Switchvox appliances is the best fit for you via the convenient comparison chart below.  You can build your custom bundle via our easy system configurator or simply contact us today for quote!

Digium Switchvox Comparison

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*About Digium Switchvox phone systems:  Digium Switchvox offers a single powerful set of features you can afford.  You pay one low price for all its communication power – it’s an United Communication system that integrates all office communications including phone, fax, chat and web mash-ups.  Business that wants to do more than just talk can count on Switchvox to help them easily transition from simple telephony to a feature-rich UC solution.  Business users can improve productivity no matter where they are – on a mobile phone or in the office.

Phone System Recommendations for Small to Medium Sized Businesses

From time to time we get questions from customers asking “we just need a basic phone system, what would you recommend?”  Many of the phone systems we carry are great for small to medium sized companies just starting out, so you really can’t go wrong with any of them.  We’ve organized a quick overview on some of the popular phone systems here as a starting point for your search.

Aksys Konnect

Aksys Konnect


  • No PBX, server, or hosted service required.  As simple as it gets with no need for an installer
  • Good for small businesses who just need a simple phone with basic features
  • Budget friendly

Things to consider:

  • If you need anything beyond basic phone features or need to grow past 30 users, this is not the phone system for you
  • Only supports up to 30 users and up to 14 concurrent calls

Epygi Quadro

Epygi Quadro


  • Cross-certified with wide range of IP phones and has auto-configuration options so phone setup is easy
  • Packs lots of powerful phone features into an unit about the size of a router –help your company appear possibly bigger than it is
  • Robust dial plan so you can enable Least Cost Routing (LCR) via multiple VoIP providers
  • Built in STUN server solves NAT transversal issues with remote phones
  • Quality product and made in the USA

Things to consider:

  • Configuration menus may be a bit complex, but that could be easily solved by hiring an installer for initial system setup
  • Auto attendant menu options are configured thru XML file, so it’s not as convenient for users who need to make frequent changes
  • No built-in overhead paging, but you could possibly add it with additional hardware


3CX Software IP PBX

3CX Software PBX



  • It is software based, easy to manage, allow you to use any SIP based phones
  • Easily scalable to grow with your business – most phone features available for any sized packages, just pay for # of simultaneous calls needed – all editions support an unlimited  number of extensions
  • Support Unified Communication
  • Has free “lite” version you can try out before purchase

Things to consider:

  • It’s currently only available for Windows
  • It’s software based so you’ll need to load it onto your own hardware / server appliance
  • If you let the upgrade insurance expire, you will need to purchase it again at near full price in order to meet the next upgrade


 Digium Switchvox SOHO/SMB

Digium Switchvox Phone System



  • Feature-packed “all in one” quality phone system
  • Asterisk based, support all SIP based phones including its own Digium IP phones
  • If phone features are needed, they’re more affordable than comparable proprietary phone systems
  • Simple to use and manage, possible to self-install without an installer for someone with DIY spirit
  • Integrated for Unified Communication
  • Annual subscription makes Switchvox “future-proof” – include product upgrades and technical supports for your growing business

Things to consider:

  • Requires annual subscription fee which that entitles user to Digium support and upgrades
  • Although it’s possible to self install for more tech-savy users, it may still help to have an installer



Xorcom Phone System



  • Good budget-friendly pricing
  • Full featured Asterisk based open source IP-PBX, use any SIP VoIP phones
  • Reliable and quality hardware
  • No subscription needed

Things to consider:

  • No manufacturer programming support for the Elastix version, so if you need support make sure to ask us about the complete PBX version

These are just a few of our favorites based on quality, function and price point, but there are also other SIP based and proprietary phone systems we can recommend as well based on your business communication needs.  Contact us today to discuss how we can help.

Save with Digium Switchvox UC Solution

Are you a small or mid-sized business (SMB) looking to implement Unified Communication for your business?  With the right Unified Communication solution, your business could gain great efficiency, raise revenue and increase customer satisfaction.

Digium Switchvox UC

We realize it can be overwhelming as you begin your search for a new phone system not knowing where to start with so many options.  If you would like great features and flexibility all for a reasonable investment, we’d like to suggest Digium Switchvox as a starting point in your research.  Why?  To start with, Frost & Sullivan the current leading industry analyst have researched the Unified Communications market and did all the work for SMB consumers.  As a result of their findings, they’ve awarded Digium Switchvox their 2011 Customer Value Award winner as the best value solution for Unified Communication for SMBs.

Digium’s Switchvox phone system offers a solid UC solution including enhanced features and significant cost savings for SMBs compared to similar solutions offered by other vendors such as Avaya IP Office or ShoreTel ShoreGear VoiceSwitch.  And according to the graph below by Digium, a company with 100 employees could gain around 40,000 additional hours a year by utilizing the productivity tools offered by their Switchvox UC platform – that’s like adding another 18 employees to your staff!  Whether you’re trying to do more with less, or trying to be more efficient to fuel growth, the hours and dollars saved can be significant.

Switchvox Efficiency Gains Chart

Let’s take a closer look at Digium Switchvox and why they ranked best value for SMBs:

  1.  Competitive UC Features

  • True UC system – integrated PBX, unified messaging, conference bridge, fax server, instant messaging, presence, video calling, mobility, call queues, recording/monitoring, and call logging software functions onto a single rack mount or desktop appliance.
  • Customizable Switchboard UC client provide access to all features/applications in one place with personalized view.
  • Support SIP standards based phones (Digium also offers IP phones designed for Asterisk for best integration)
  • Excellent scalability, applications support and applications integration.

  2.  Value-added Capabilities at Competitive Price

  • A single activation license provides users access to all embedded applications and features including the Switchboard UC interface
  • Various applications and server hardware supports charged as extra add-on with alternate solutions are already included with Switchvox.
  • Software update subscription plans to receive new features and technical supports starting at only $10 a year per user.
  • No charge for Digium APIs.  MS Outlook and Firefox plug-ins, CRM interface panels, social media integration tools, and additional web mashups are included and built-in with Switchvox.
  • Develop CEBP integration by downloading software development kits or access Digium’s developer website and forums for free.

3.  Great Value

  • Cost-effective over system lifecycle including ongoing support/maintenance costs and upgrades
  • Single appliance reduces power, real estate and hardware requirements compared with multi-box alternatives with similar functionality.
  • Reduced training and time managing applications by using a simple, common Switchboard interface.
  • IP phones can be deployed with auto-provisioning features which reduce set-up time and frustration.
  • Save time and boost productivity with Switchvox UC.

For additional savings on your business investment, also check out the tax savings you could get via Section 179 for business equipments purchased during 2012.  Furthermore, as an additional bonus, we’re also offering a free iPOD Shuffle with each purchase of Digium Switchvox phone system or Switchvox system bundles now through end of 2012 (see full offer for details).

Sounds good?  Explore Digium Switchvox on our site or feel free to contact one of our helpful consultants for more information.  Due to manufacturer MAP restrictions, don’t forget to log in or contact us for our special pricing on your Digium Switchvox systems!

Introducing New snom 710 IP phone

Introducing snom 710 IP phone, an affordable entry-level business phone with exceptional design, performance and advanced IP communication features, and the latest addition to snom’s 7XX line of quality business phones.  A perfect blend of performance and value, the snom 710 is ideal for SMBs, hosted service provider of VoIP deployments and larger scaled multi-site installations, as well as small to large scale deployments in a multitude of business environments.

snom 710 phone

Some outstanding features include:

  • Affordable and competitive pricing
  • Sleek ergonomic design
  • Supports broad range of wideband audio (including TIA-920 and G.722) for enhanced high-def voice quality
  • Advanced audio system with high fidelity audio speaker and microphone
  • Address book with 1,000 possible entries
  • Hands-free speakerphone
  • Power over Ethernet (POE)
  • 2x Ethernet connections
  • Ringtone selection
  • LED call indication
  • Blocking of anonymous calls
  • 3-way conference on the phone
  • Four context-sensitive function keys on easy-to-read phone display
  • Five freely programmable keys with built-in LEDs for quick view of programmed functions such as one-touch speed dial, forward, transfer etc.  Or use to conveniently monitor status of other extensions
  • Four SIP identities provide multiple phone lines for separate business functions or handling high call volumes
  • Friendly menu-driven user interface for simple access to core telephony features
  • Utilize snom’s 5th generation SIP firmware which provides interoperability with various popularly used SIP-based IP PBXs and soft-switches
  • Quick and secure phone provisioning with pre-installed security certificate without manual interaction for simple deployments
  • Advanced remote management and provisioning, including support for TR-069/TR-111 – perfect for VoIP hosted service providers, larger scale multi-site installations or SIP-based IP PBXs in variety of business environments

The snom 710 phone is now available at The Telecom Spot for pre-order (ETA October 2012).  Questions?  Contact one of our helpful consultants or leave a comment below, we love to hear from you!