2600hz Launches New Service Kazoo BETA – A Free Business Cloud Phone System, with Developer APIs
SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Building off the success of their flagship product Whistle, cloud communications company 2600hz today announced their newest service Kazoo BETA, a visual PBX with a complete suite of enterprise features powered on Kazoo, their distributed cloud telecom platform. On the back-end, Kazoo provides an API toolset giving developers full access to integrate and control all features of the platform. With both offerings, 2600hz enables users to control and customize their own communication systems from the browser.
In an environment where hundreds of new companies are born every day, young companies struggle to appear legitimate when facing potential clients and users. Kazoo eliminates that problem from the communication standpoint.
“After a short introduction to the interface, we literally never hear from the customer again. Kazoo keeps our call load down, so we can cut back on support hours. Learning a PBX in 30 minutes would be impossible with any other provider because the Kazoo interface is completely drag and drop. It doesn’t get easier than that. We’re showing the customer exactly the same tools we’re using, and they love it,” said 2600hz customer Joseph Mordica, CEO of Comtel Connect.
Kazoo BETA gives end users the power to visualize and edit their own communication system. It’s complete with drag and drop call flows, auto-attendant menus, conference bridges and over 40 standard VoIP features such as voicemail-to-email and dynamic caller ID.
Kazoo Office BETA includes several key features such as:
- Full VoIP Features - All the VoIP features that businesses enjoy such as voicemail-to-email, auto-attendants, and syncing across multiple devices are included with no extra fees.
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – connect any cellphone, analog phone or VoIP device – Users can connect any of their favorite devices (including existing Polycom, Cisco, Android and other SIP devices) and be in touch from wherever they are.
- Intuitive interface for easy control – An easy to use graphical interface allows any user to view, edit and manage their own settings on Kazoo without waiting on an IT consultant.
“New companies often need the professional look and feel early on that enterprises attain only after years of being in business. With Kazoo BETA, businesses can use one system to gain all the necessary enterprise features rather than using a makeshift combination of free conference call bridges, Skype and personal cell phones,” said co-founder and CEO Darren Schreiber.
Unlike other free services like Google Voice and Skype, Kazoo doesn’t limit the user to a softphone since a majority of today’s users still use a physical desktop phone at work. Any device–cellphone, analog phone, softphone or VoIP device can be connected to Kazoo. “We are also giving developers backend-as-a-service APIs to the features of the system that they can use as the building blocks for their applications.”
Businesses and Developers can sign up for Kazoo BETA on http://kazoo.io to get an invitation and early access.
2600hz, the creators of Kazoo, focus on removing the barriers between users and their telecom systems. Kazoo is a cloud communications platform that makes it easy for users to take control of their own system with a simple drag and drop interface, instantly allowing you to create, edit and comprehend your phone system without being a telecom expert. Kazoo also makes it easy for developers to create telecom applications with open access to Kazoo APIs. Whether it be voice, video, fax or SMS, 2600hz simplifies and opens the cryptic black box of telecom. Based in San Francisco, California, 2600hz is a privately owned company. For more information, visit http://www.2600hz.com or follow 2600hz on http://twitter.com/2600hertz.