Vonage Adds Video Messaging to Mobile App

XO Extends Collaboration with Cloud-Based BYOD App

Vonage Mobile has introduced a new video messaging feature that provides users with the option to leave a video message instead of a traditional voicemail when an audio call to another Vonage Mobile user goes unanswered. Recorded messages may be up to 60 seconds long, and the messages can be saved to the phone as part of a video library. Vonage Mobile users have the option to either send new video messages that are created in the app, or select a video message from the phone's video library.

Commenting in a statement on the latest feature, Grady Leno, VP of Product Management for Mobile Services at Vonage said, "When you call friends and family, reaching their voicemail is disappointing, and leaving one can be ineffective. But there's something about getting a video message that peaks curiosity and compels people to view it, so your message can break through voicemail indifference and engage the recipient. We believe our video voicemail functionality will give people a reason to look forward to leaving and receiving 'voicemail'."

In other news, XO Communications has a new mobility solution that extends office phone and collaboration tools to employees’ personal mobile devices. "XO WorkTime" is designed to bring together business voice, video chat, instant messaging (IM) and presence into a consistent experience across personal smartphones and PCs. The cloud-based BYOD application extends the business customer's XO VoIP, Hosted PBX or SIP trunking service to the employee's mobile device; it supports Apple iOS and Android smartphones along with Apple and Windows-based computers.

The app also enforces personal boundaries, maintaining separation between work and personal identities on smartphones. Encrypted mobile device management, mobile application management and application passwords are also included. XO WorkTime features can be used with a mobile device’s data network or a WiFi connection.

Jake Heinz, vice president of marketing for XO Communications, commenting in a statement, said, “XO WorkTime helps organizational leaders expand their mobility options by leveraging the proliferation of smartphones in the workplace while also protecting data and applications and enforcing enterprise security policies." He added, “When CIOs put applications, such as XO WorkTime, in place and manage them with enterprise BYOD policies, organizations can benefit from the advantages that personal smartphones can bring to the workplace while minimizing exposure to would-be security risks."

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