Fonality, an Asterisk solution passes 20 million calls

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Fonality, an Asterisk solution passes 20 million calls

Some great news from Fonality, an Asterisk-based IP-PBX that earned a very positive review by TMC Labs in the April issue of Internet Telephony Magazine. Last time I checked, they were at 4 million calls last July. Some nice growth there Fonality! Congratulations!

Fonality, the leader in affordable, enterprise-class IP-PBX phone systems for small and medium businesses and the world’s largest distributed deployment of Asterisk™, today announced that users of PBXtra have placed 20 million calls since the product first became available in October 2004. Fonality has deployed PBXtra to more than 10,000 business users domestically and internationally and has a network of 1,200 resellers in 14 countries. Earlier this year, Business 2.0 magazine named Fonality one of “The Next Net 25” – 25 companies helping to reinvent the Web.

“Open Source is really helping us attack an overpriced telephony market with innovative products at the right price,” said Chris Lyman, Fonality’s founder and CEO. “Our growth over the past 18 months demonstrates how hungry SMB owners are for powerful, yet affordable, business phone solutions.”

Unlike most alternative Asterisk-based PBX offerings, PBXtra is more than a simple front-end designed to make it easier for Linux and Asterisk experts to install and manage Asterisk. Fonality has written more than 250,000 lines of code that dramatically streamline the complex tasks of PBX deployment and management. As a result, PBXtra is the world's first true PBX that can be installed and administered remotely using a Web browser, without any specialized training.

PBXtra's enterprise-class features include telecommuting, branch office support, voicemail-to-email, click-to-call, VoIP, softphones, support for IP and analog phones, call recording, distributed call center queuing and more. Businesses deploying PBXtra pay 40 to 80 percent less than they would for a traditional PBX purchase because the software runs on standard PC hardware and uses layers of Open Source Linux and Asterisk software.

PBXtra is available from Fonality or through a Fonality reseller. Pricing starts at $995 for the PBXtra Standard Edition server with unlimited licenses, or $2,935 with ten phones. PBXtra's Call Center Edition, which allows for distributed call centers, is $1,995.

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