ShoreTel lands first Skype for SIP interoperability
This morning, Skype announced that ShoreTel has become the first OEM to secure interoperability between its Unified Communications (UC) system and Skype for SIP. This will allow roughly 11,000 Shoretel SIP enabled systems to register to try Skype for SIP in beta and to connect their UC system directly to Skype.
Skype for SIP allows businesses which have a SIP-enabled PBX to:
- Receive and manage inbound calls from more than 400 million registered Skype users worldwide at no additional cost to the Skype user through their existing PBX
- Also, when a business with the ShoreTel system places a Skype click-to-call button on their website, Skype users will be able to call that business directly for free
- Businesses may also complement their existing communications services and leverage Skype’s very low rates by placing outbound calls to landlines and mobile phones worldwide via Skype for SIP
- Separately, businesses will be able to purchase Skype online numbers (aka SkypeIn) to enable callers to contact them from landlines and mobile phones. Skype online numbers are available in over 25 countries around the world
- ShoreTel users still enjoy the benefits of their ShoreTel UC system, including the use of the Call Manager application