SOURCE: Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division

Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division

October 05, 2010 11:00 ET

Toshiba Announces Android and BlackBerry Compatibility Delivering "One Number Reach" to Users of Toshiba Strata CIX VoIP Systems

uMobility Solution Expands Mobile Unified Communications Capabilities, Now for Top Mobile Phone Platforms

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - October 5, 2010) - Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division (Toshiba -- www.telecom.toshiba.com) today announced compatibility with Google's Android and RIM BlackBerry® smartphones for enterprise users of Strata® CIX™ VoIP business communication systems via uMobility, a Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) solution that expands Unified Communications capabilities. Smartphone compatibility also includes the iPhone® as well as devices running Windows Phone® or Symbian® operating systems, including popular models from Nokia, Samsung, HTC and more. Now available nationwide through Authorized Toshiba Dealers, uMobility from Varaha Systems (www.varaha.com) brings smartphone and Strata CIX VoIP system users the cost savings and increased mobility of FMC.

"With uMobility from Varaha, Strata CIX VoIP system users can now receive their business telephone calls directly on their smartphones, including the latest generation of Android, BlackBerry, and iPhone, as well as Nokia and Windows Phone devices," said Brian Metherell, vice president and general manager for Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division. "With Varaha's uMobility 'Mobile Desk, Global Reach' solution, smartphone users with Strata CIX VoIP systems are now empowered with 'one number reach,' providing mobility and unified communications whenever and wherever they need it -- at work, home or on the road."

"With Varaha's uMobility and Toshiba's Strata CIX, Android and BlackBerry users can now make personal calls from their cell phones, and business calls from their business lines while using their cell phones, without having to carry multiple phones or buy a special service plan," added David Fridley, product development manager of Unified Communications Solutions for Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division.

By allowing the user's smartphone to function as a business telephone, users are able to access the device's telephone book contacts and call history functions. Smartphone users can also take advantage of many features of the Strata CIX system, including accessing their office unified messaging solutions. These PBX functions are integrated with the uMobility client, resulting in a single application that meets the user's needs. Since the user is using his or her smartphone, there is virtually no learning curve with uMobility.

In addition, users who are registered on the 3G network have the benefit of a message-waiting indicator light on their smartphones. Smartphone users may also take advantage of four-digit enterprise dialing, regardless of their physical locations. 

When uMobility is used with smartphones such as the Android, BlackBerry or iPhone, international calls are routed through the enterprise telephone system, allowing users to take advantage of corporate international calling plans -- rather than making international calls through higher-priced international cellular minutes.

An industry-leading voice engine is embedded in uMobility for the best possible voice quality. Varaha holds a patent for the uMobility technology.

uMobility Certified Interoperable With Toshiba Strata CIX VoIP Systems
Varaha's uMobility is certified as interoperable with Toshiba's entire family of Strata CIX IP business communication systems. It is compatible with a wide variety of single and dual-mode smartphones, including the Apple iPhone, Google Android devices and RIM BlackBerry. It is also compatible with many devices running Windows Phone or Symbian operating systems, such as popular models from Nokia, Samsung, HTC, and more. 

Supported Android devices:

  • Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, HTC Incredible, HTC Hero

Supported RIM BlackBerry devices:

  • Bold 9000, 9700
  • Curve 8900, 8520
  • Curve 8300, 8310, 8320 in single mode

Supported iPhone devices:

  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 3

Now available, Varaha's uMobility solution is sold and supported nationwide through Authorized Toshiba Dealers. To find an Authorized Toshiba Dealer in your area, visit the Toshiba Web site at www.telecom.toshiba.com. For more information on Varaha and uMobility, visit www.varaha.com.

About Varaha Systems

Varaha Systems is leading the mobile convergence industry through development of technology that expands, streamlines and secures mobile business communications. The mobile desk with global reach is now achieved with the company's cost-effective, comprehensive and scalable software products that give workers the freedom to extend their office, voice, data and video applications to their mobile device and freedom to choose the type of device, wireless carrier, type of network or business communication system. 

Varaha's uMobility products offer Service Quality Aware (SQA), seamless handoff, superior voice quality and enterprise-grade security along with a rich, universal set of mobile capabilities. Varaha is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Additional company and product information is available at www.varaha.com.  

About Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. (TAIS)

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of four business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, Storage Device Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide mobile products and solutions, including industry-leading portable computers; televisions, TV/DVD Combination products, Blu-ray Disc and DVD products, and portable devices; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for automotive, computer and consumer electronics applications; and IP business telephone systems with unified communications, collaboration and mobility applications. TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of products in the United States and Latin America. 

TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. Toshiba is a world leader and innovator in pioneering high technology, a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products spanning information & communications systems; digital consumer products; electronic devices and components; power systems, including nuclear energy; industrial and social infrastructure systems; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 740 companies, with 204,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.3 trillion yen (US$68 billion). For more information on Toshiba's leading innovations, visit the company's web site at www.toshiba.com.

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