NEC is offering free Unified Messaging licenses with a range of new unified communications bundles targeted at SMBs.
The UNIVERGE and UNIVERGE SV8300 solutions come bundled with a Communications Server, hardware to support VoIP and traditional services, Unified Messaging (UM) software and free UM licensing.
As an example an NEC spokesperson said that starting from $4000 a customer could buy a UNIVERGE SV8100 Communications Server with 16 ports of UM and all components, excluding handsets, to support up to 20 phones with free UM software licenses.
The bundles include free licensing for NEC’s ‘In-Skin’ Active Voice Unified Messaging products and, depending on the bundle, include 16, 48 and 96 free UM licenses which are valid indefinitely. The offer will be available until the end of June, but NEC said exact bundles may vary after March 31, 2009.
“Customers can also take advantage of purchasing 10 handsets of their choice and receiving 12 handsets for the same price,” the spokesperson said.
“For customers with existing NEC enterprise solutions we are also offering reduced price upgrades, enabling most NEC phone systems built after 1994 to be migrated to VoIP, allowing customers to access upgrade for as little as 5 per cent of the cost of a new system.”
NEC’s UC business manager, Steve Woff, said in a statement that the uncertain economy and recent government investment allowance were behind the offer.
“The government investment allowance is a great boost for companies and we hope to build on that by offering free Unified Messaging with our UC bundles as further incentive,” he wrote.