ShoreTel intros iOS-optimized 'Dock' for enterprise mobile employees

Summary:ShoreTel taps Apple-friendly trends in the enterprise space with a new docking station directed at iOS mobile users.

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ShoreTel is introducing a new docking station intended to satisfy mobile employees whether or not they are using personal or work-given devices -- so long as they are running iOS.

With the debut of the ShoreTel Dock, the unified communications provider is tapping into a wider industry trend that has seen many enterprise users favoring iPhones and iPads for work.

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As further evidence, ShoreTel reps pointed toward a recent report from Good Technology that found 77 percent of all new smartphones and tablets activated in the enterprise during Q4 2012 were Apple devices.

Thus, the Dock supports iPhones and iPads, enabling them to serve as business desk phones and business conferencing hubs while also being charged.

When running ShoreTel's Mobility app, the iOS devices can serve up ShoreTel's video, instant messaging and other UC services.

But note that the initial shipping model of the ShoreTel Dock sport the 30-pin connector and will require the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter to work with the iPhone 5 -- or it can connect through Bluetooth.

ShoreTel said it is working on a Lightning connector model, expected to be available by the end of the year, to work natively with the iPhone 5.

Priced at $349, the ShoreTel Dock is scheduled to roll out this summer for both on-premise and cloud-based deployments.

Images via ShoreTel

Topics: Unified Comms, Apple, Collaboration, Enterprise 2.0, iOS

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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