SFU offers internet phone
May 1, 2008
SFU community members can now purchase an SFU-branded edition of SofTel SIP softphone. The software turns any Internet-connected Mac or PC equipped with a microphone/headset into a full-featured telephone, and any system with a webcam into a video-conferencing station.
The SoftTel software phone enables you to make telephone calls over the Internet using voice-over Internet-protocol, or VoIP, the same technology used by services such as Shaw Digital Phone.
But the SFU-branded SofTel client offers several advantages over other systems, including:
- Better security.
- Free five-digit dialing (e.g. 2,1234) of SFU numbers from anywhere worldwide (direct access to the SFU phone switch).
- Free calls from anywhere worldwide to any number in the Vancouver local calling area.
- Free calls from anywhere worldwide to any SFU SoftTel user, regardless of location.
The SFU Microcomputer Store is selling three-year licenses for SFU SoftTel to faculty and staff for $16.50, and to students, alumni and retirees for $25. (The university is subsidizing the faculty & staff version until Apr. 1, 2009.)