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CounterPath Brings Enterprise-Class, Carrier-Grade VoIP Softphone To The Apple iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch
VANCOUVER, June 15. CounterPath Corporation, an award-winning provider of desktop and mobile VoIP software solutions, today announced the worldwide availability of Bria iPhone Edition for Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Bria iPhone Edition is a highly secure, standards-based VoIP softphone that works over both 3G and Wi-Fi networks. Bria iPhone Edition integrates seamlessly with other CounterPath desktop and convergence solutions, as well as with enterprise and carrier infrastructure equipment from major vendors such as Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, BroadSoft, Metaswitch, Avaya, Cisco and NEC. Bria iPhone Edition also supports Asterisk-based telephony systems.
Bria iPhone Edition is the latest CounterPath solution for mobile platforms and its first standalone mobile SIP application. Earlier this year, CounterPath launched Linux, Mac and Windows versions of Bria, all of which received strong approval and endorsement from Internet telephony service providers (ITSPs) and telecom infrastructure vendors. In addition to the Bria-branded version, CounterPath will also be developing customized white-label versions of Bria iPhone Edition for carriers, OEMs and enterprise customers worldwide through its professional services team.
One hundred percent compatible with Apple's iPhone 3.0 and new iOS (formerly iPhone 4.0), the CounterPath softphone client takes advantage of the growing number of SMEs, large enterprises and governments that are deploying iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads for mobile workers, many of whom require full access to their communications services while away from their desk or office. Bria iPhone Edition leverages the iPhone's native address book and its embedded Bluetooth technology to provide a seamless calling experience while on the move.
Apple currently ranks third in smartphone shipments, with 16 percent of all units in the category in Q1 2010, according to several analyst firms. For all handset types - smartphones and feature phones - Apple is No. 6, with more than 8.7 million shipped worldwide in Q1. "When you factor in the number of business professionals switching to the iPhone, and add in the iPod Touch user base and the 2 million iPads sold in that device's first two months, this adds up to an enormous opportunity for widespread global adoption of Bria iPhone Edition," said Donovan Jones, CEO of CounterPath.
Bria iPhone Edition's key features include:
-- Full SIP compliance, enabling use with any SIP-compliant server and
hundreds of ITSPs that currently offer CounterPath-based services.
-- Bria iPhone Edition appears as another endpoint to service
providers or PBX equipment, enabling fast, cost-effective
-- Call quality that's superior to circuit-switched wireline and wireless
voice, and based on the G.711, G.729 and GSM codecs.
-- An intuitive user interface that provides one-touch access to
voicemail, call history, speakerphone and other frequently used
telephony features such as 4-digit dialing.
-- Support for DTMF, which lets users enter numbers to access an auto
-- Bluetooth support, enabling hands-free calling for convenience, as
well as safety while driving.
-- Multi-call management options, including the ability to switch
between, merge and split calls, all in ways that are already familiar
to iPhone users so they can start using these features immediately.
-- Signaling and call encryption via TLS and SRTP, enabling
-- Optional customized branding available for enterprises and telephony
"The new Bria iPhone Edition is what a VoIP softphone should be for the Apple iOS family of devices," said Todd Carothers, Vice President of Product Management, CounterPath. "Our customers have asked us to provide a high-quality solution for the mobile device market, and Bria iPhone Edition meets that challenge. As the leading SIP-based softphone for the desktop, we leveraged our experience to release a product that has been built with both the consumer and enterprise customer in mind."
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