Aastra Technologies Limited
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Aastra Technologies Limited

July 08, 2008 10:55 ET

Aastra Telecom Announces the Launch of AastraLink RP™, a Microsoft® Response Point™ Phone System for Small Business

Powerful, easy to use and easy to manage system offers three compatible phone models including a cordless option for the North American SMB market

CONCORD, ONTARIO AND HOUSTON, TEXAS--(Marketwire - July 8, 2008) - MICROSOFT WORLDWIDE PARTNER CONFERENCE JULY 8, 2008 - Aastra Technologies Limited (TSX:AAH) - Aastra Telecom, a leading provider of enterprise grade corded and wireless SIP telephones in North America, today announced the launch of AastraLink RP™, a Microsoft® Response Point™ phone system, designed specifically for small businesses that have up to 50 employees.

The AastraLink RP phone system is comprised of the RP 500 Base Unit which hosts the Response Point system software, the RP 540 Gateway with 4 analog telephone ports, and a choice of three Aastra Response Point IP phone models. Setting up features such as auto-discovery and auto-configuration, or changing the system can be done by an average PC user in minutes with no special phone training or additional license fees. In addition to supporting both IP and traditional analog calling, other innovative system features include: a voice-enabled user interface, advanced call routing, built-in voice mail, automated receptionist and contact integration with Microsoft Office Outlook®.

Three different enterprise-grade phones have been developed for the AastraLink RP system; the entry level 6751i RP, the full featured 6753i RP, and the advanced 6757i CT RP which comes with a cordless handset. Offering larger display screens, superior audio, programmable keys, full duplex speakerphones, and POE support, AastraLink RP terminals deliver enterprise level features and functionality to the SMB market. In addition, the 6753i RP and 6757i CT RP models have headset jacks and support up to three expansion modules providing additional choice and flexibility to meet specific small business requirements. The AastraLink RP base unit will ship pre-loaded with the SP1 software release just announced by Microsoft providing a host of new enhancements including SIP trunking.

"The combination of Microsoft's unique voice-enabled telephony software, and Aastra's robust feature rich phones, offers a powerful yet affordable telephone system for Small Businesses that have 1 to 50 employees" said Yves Laliberte, Executive Vice President at Aastra Telecom. "When you add the choice of three phone models to the mix, it allows Aastra to deliver the most comprehensive and complete end-to-end Response Point system solution available in the market today."

We are pleased to welcome Aastra and the AastraLink RP phone system to the Response Point community," said Xuedong Huang, general manager of Microsoft Response Point. "Small businesses and channel partners can benefit from Aastra's industry-leading expertise in telephony and enterprise telecommunications, and their focus on providing leading hardware solutions to meet the changing needs of business."

The AastraLink RP system is now available for ordering from Aastra's authorized distributor Wesbell Technologies. List pricing for a complete starter system bundle that includes a base station, gateway and three phones is $2,400, with additional phones ranging from $139 up to $399.

For further information on the AastraLink RP system, visit Aastra at www.aastralinkrp.com or Wesbell at www.wesbell.com/responsepoint. For more information on Response Point, visit www.microsoft.com/responsepoint.

About Aastra Telecom

Aastra Telecom is a North American business unit of Aastra Technologies Limited ("Aastra"), a global company at the forefront of the Enterprise Communication market. Headquartered in Concord, Ontario, Canada, Aastra develops and delivers innovative and integrated solutions that address the communication needs of businesses small and large around the world. Aastra enables Enterprises to communicate and collaborate more efficiently and effectively by offering customers a full range of open standard IP-based and traditional communications networking products, including terminals, systems, and applications. For additional information on Aastra, visit our website at http://www.aastra.com.

Aastra® is a registered trademark of Aastra Technologies Limited. Microsoft, Microsoft Office Outlook and Response Point are trademarks of the Microsoft Group of companies in the United States and/or other countries.

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