Westcoast Launches Aastra Lync Handsets

IT distributor Westcoast has launched the Aastra range of IP Phones for Microsoft Lync and the Aastra SIP handset range to its 4,000 reseller partners. In a bid to open new accounts with communication providers (CPs) Westcoast is offering an instant line of credit to any new resellers that make Aastra purchases (subject to status).

Aastra’s 6725ip and 6721ip phones developed for Microsoft Lync are the latest additions to the award winning Aastra range of IP phones. Embedded in the hardware design of the Aastra 6721ip and 6725ip phones is the Microsoft Lync 2010 Phone Edition, offering integration to Microsoft’s Lync Server 2010. This combination provides for a full Lync feature set including simplified installation, management and configuration. Both IP phone models can be used independently from a PC with ‘always on’ operation.

Both phones offer dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, power over Ethernet and ‘HD’ voice quality communications. The Aastra 6725ip also offers ‘Better Together’ working when connected to the Microsoft Lync PC client.

For Westcoast, Alex Tatham, Sales and Marketing Director stated, “We are delighted to be rolling out the Aastra Lync compatible and SIP handset range to our reseller partners. These are excellent products at the cutting edge of technology and will appeal to the Microsoft Lync customer. The instant credit we are offering to new channel partners removes any impediment to them opening an account with Westcoast and benefitting from Aastra sales straight away. It’s the perfect way to kick off 2011 with one of the best development areas for any reseller this year.”

Commenting on the Westcoast launch Alan Reeve, Managing Director, Aastra UK & Ireland said, “The market is coming alive to the full potential offered by new Aastra handsets tightly integrating with Microsoft Lync. This means businesses can realise the full benefits of this technology without compromise. Westcoast’s leadership in distribution ensures success for the Aastra handset range.”

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