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VoIP, BYOD and the iPad

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The publication VoIP News recently outlined some trends showing how VoIP is intersecting with the rapidly growing BYOD trend.

The publication cites forecasts from Ovum projecting VoIP revenue will reach almost $480 billion by 2020.  Much of this revenue is being driven by mobile IP phone users, who will total about one billion by 2017, VoIP News said, citing Juniper Research.

This growth is intersecting with the pervasive use of mobile phones as part of the BYOD trend, with 1.7 billion mobile phones shipped globally in 2012, IDC says.

Businesses will push VoIP sales as they realize they can save money and add features by moving their mobile workers to VoIP phone systems.

“VoIP can enable services on almost any mobile device, and in these days of BYOD, the workforce wants to connect on their favorite platform,” VoIP News wrote.

ShoreTel is in the midst of this intersection, bringing VoIP to mobile devices, according to the publication.

“One company making that happen is ShoreTel, a leading provider of unified communications platforms and business phone systems,” VoIp News said. “They have announced two new releases - ShoreTel Mobility 6 and ShoreTel Conferencing - optimized for turning the Apple iPad into a business communications tool, enabling integrated collaboration capabilities, increased accessibility and improved communications, from anywhere.

“The combined applications turn an Apple iPad into a fully featured business-grade communications device,” VoIP News said.