Bringing personal devices into the workplace is becoming an popular trend in the enterprise world. But bringing your corded, stationary work phone with you outside of the office isn't the easiest task. Nor does everyone want to carry around one phone for work and another for their personal lives.
ShoreTel Mobility steps in as an option to port work numbers to smartphones. The latest update to this solution enables IT professionals to allow employees to connect with the enterprise UC on the smartphones they want and own.
At the same time, ShoreTel is promising that this will reduce costs (up to 70 percent of mobile bills for most smartphones) as the software automatically switches between wireless and cellular networks when able, and it is secure because nothing is written to the phone. That's a lot for one product to boast.
The product is already supported on iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch). Here are the devices that will be ready for ShoreTel Mobility with the latest update:
Native telephony interface integration on Android 2.2 (Froyo) and higher (Motorola ATRIX 4G, Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid X2, HTC Droid Incredible 2, and Motorola Droid)
Full-feature suite available for the latest devices on the BlackBerry OS 6 platform, including the Blackberry Torch 9800, Bold 9700, and Bold 9780
ShoreTel asserts that support will be added to devices within 90 days of release, so expect the iPhone 4S and the Motorola Droid Bionic on this list by the end of the year.
The latest version of ShoreTel Mobility is available to order now, and it will launch in November. The apps themselves are free, but employees can only make use of them if their IT departments have subscribed to this service in the first place. License fees start at $150.