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BlackBerry MVS 5 for Avaya Phone Systems Now Available

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At BlackBerry World, RIM announced plans to make its Mobile Voice System (MVS) 5 with voice over WiFi calling available for more corporate phone systems. Recently, RIM announced that BlackBerry MVS 5 is now available in North America and the UK for Avaya phone systems.

The list of phone systems that work with BlackBerry MVS now includes:

  • Avaya Aura 6.1
  • Avaya Communications Manager
  • Avaya CS1000 Communication Server
  • Cisco Unified Communications Manager
  • Mitel Communications Director

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WES 2010: RIM Announces BlackBerry MVS 5 with Voice over WiFi Calling

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BlackBerry MVS is a great system for seamlessly integrating a company’s PBX land-line system with the employees’ BlackBerry over the BES. In a nutshell, MVS provides enterprise users a way to receive desk calls to their BlackBerry. The calls are routed and anchored in the PBX and once calls are initiated from the BlackBerry, they use your land-line caller ID, allowing you to have a single office ID. You can set your office number as the default, so if you have to make a call on the weekend, you can use your office number.

With BlackBerry MVS, you have the standard features of any PBX system, allowing you to transfer, hold, route a call and forward the call. You also have a single voicemail box. Today, RIM has announced an update to MVS with MVS 5. MVS 5 comes with voice-over-WiFi calling as well as being SIP compliant and higher availability.

The new WiFi calling feature is probably best described as an anecdote. When you walk into your office in the morning, you device logs on to the corporate WiFi network. You should have your corporate and home WiFi profiles set up among others. Your MVS 5 client will immediately recognize your corporate WiFi network, and all your calls will be made with your office phone over WiFi as the default. If you leave WiFi coverage, MVS will recognize this and shift to the voice network. As you go home, it will then switch to your home WiFi network. The MVS will use a VPN to route the call through the office PBX.

There are some tangible savings to enterprise that MVS 5 will be able to provide. When you’re overseas, you can be using the WiFi in the hotel, and making WiFi calls on MVS. MVS is connecting with corporate PBX over the network and therefore you don’t incur roaming charges. You will also be able to take advantage of the company’s land-line long distance roaming rates, which are far cheaper than the rates while abroad.
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