3CXPhone 5 adds video, BLF to free soft phone in Smartphone Look

3CX’s popular free business soft phone does Unified Communications and becomes ‘Zero Admin’

London – November 30, 2010- 3CX today announced a new version of its popular free VoIP soft phone for Windows, 3CXPhone 5. New features added to 3CXPhone 5 include standards based video support, multiple SIP profiles, BLF and the ability to provision and manage all soft phone installations network wide. 3CXPhone 5 will remain completely free.

“The soft-phone is now a serious desk phone option for businesses. They are easy to manage, save on administration and are free. They also save electricity. With 3CXPhone 5, soft phone installs can be easily provisioned and managed network wide. 3CXPhone is also very easy to setup as a remote extension, allowing users to connect into the company phone system from wherever they are” said Nick Galea, 3CX CEO.

New features in 3CXPhone 5:

Video Support
Video calls can be established with the click of a button. 3CXPhone 5 video support is standards based and has been tested with popular video phones from Yealink.

Multiple Profiles
It is now possible to register against multiple PBX’s or VoIP providers at the same time. This allows seamless connection to multiple offices or the ability to make or pick up calls from different VoIP providers from a single 3CXPhone install.

BLF and Speed Dials
3CXPhone now includes the ability to configure up to 20 BLF lights or speed dials. BLF lights can be used to monitor other extensions and provide single click transfer to that extension.

Zero Admin
3CXPhone 5 is now much easier to manage in a network. It can be provisioned remotely with all relevant configuration information such as authentication, SIP Server details, tunnel connections and the phonebook. Users can install 3CXPhone by clicking on an HTTP link. The soft phone will be installed and automatically provisioned with the correct information so that the user can use the phone immediately. In addition, network administrators can push out software updates automatically to 3CXPhone 5, without having to visit each workstation.

Completely Free
3CXPhone is provided completely free of charge to individuals and organizations including commercial entities. All features (including call transfer) are enabled. This makes it easy for companies to deploy it on any Windows desktop without having to worry about cost or licensing hassles.

Remote Extensions are easy with the 3CX Tunnel
3CXPhone can easily be configured as a remote extension, allowing users away from the office to easily connect to the corporate phone system. The unique tunnel feature proxies all SIP & RTP traffic over a single port and makes firewall and NAT configuration a breeze. It is also possible to configure it as a remote extension using ‘direct SIP’.

Jabra Headset support
3CXPhone also supports Jabra headsets, making it a good option for call centers.

3CX Phone – key features:

  • Choose from several popular smart phone interfaces
  • Supports multiple SIP profiles
  • Video Support
  • Ability to provision the phone
  • Ability to remotely update the phone
  • BLF – monitor other extensions and transfer calls with a single click
  • Speed dials – configure
  • FREE – no license fees
  • Supports G.711, GSM and iLBC codecs
  • STUN support for NAT/firewall traversal
  • Jabra headset support
  • Works with 3CX Phone System, Asterisk and popular VoIP providers

More information and download
More information about 3CXPhone 5 can be found on its product page here.  A dedicated user to user support forum is available here.  3CXPhone 5 can be downloaded directly from here.

About 3CX
3CX is an international developer of telecommunications software. 3CX is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner and is backed by an experienced management and development team. Its product, 3CX Phone System for Windows, developed specifically for the SMB market, has earned Windows Server 2003 Certification and has received numerous awards, including the TMC Labs 2007 Innovation Award, The Windowsnetworking.com Gold Award, as well as, the IT EXPO Best of Show award 2007 and the INTERNET Telephony Magazine Product of the Year Award all in recognition to the company’ commitment to innovation and quality. 3CX maintains a global presence with offices in 9 countries and localized information available in various languages.

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  1. Paul

    Which video codecs does it support? H.264?

    December 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm
    • Only H263 is supported. We have no plans to support H264

      December 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm
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  6. Can call park use the BLF for monitoring the call on this phone?

    December 1, 2010 at 11:33 pm
  7. Fernando

    To have only h263 and saying that it has no limitations being free to differenciate from other competitors in the free market is the same as saying ulimited beer ( 1 bottle per person ) … its exactly the same as using port go sip or xten free versions…
    everyone of them has limitations obviously due to its no cost license…
    Its another marketing issue to attract people from toher markets…

    December 2, 2010 at 4:10 am
    • @Fernando – thats rubbish. H 263 works very well and with many other video phones including Grandstream, Yealink, Xlite and of course 3CXPhone. There is no need for h264.
      @Goran – G722 is in development

      December 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm
  8. Goran

    When do you plan to support wideband audio in 3CX phone (G.722)?

    December 2, 2010 at 5:05 am
  9. Can you shoe me in for beta test on 3cx iPhone app?

    December 7, 2010 at 11:10 pm
    • Hi James – its already available from the Apple Appstore….

      December 8, 2010 at 1:12 am
  10. Andy Taylor

    Have you got or do you intend to have support for Android phones

    December 10, 2010 at 3:22 pm
    • We already have an Android phone…

      December 10, 2010 at 3:41 pm