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To Serve and Protect: Top-Level DECT Security Found in Jabra Engage Headsets

7/18/2018 - 0 Comments
 
Cybercrime and the theft of personal data is on the rise, and Jabra has risen to the challenge and built its newest DECT wireless headsets, the Engage series, with the wireless connection secured using 256-bit AES encryption, giving a line of defense that goes beyond that of DECT Security Level C.
Now you may be saying: "WAIT! WHOA! HOLD UP! Wireless headsets can cause a potential security breach?" The average person would not be able to "hack" into any wireless calls without having a pretty specific skill set; however, identity theft is a real concern for businesses handling personal data and sensitive conversations. Customers put their trust in the companies they choose to do business with, and the company must protect its customers with a proactive security culture.

The Jabra Engage has increased security of the wireless connection between the wireless headset and its base unit, and the rock-solid security is provided in 3 steps, which improve the protection of calls to a category-leading level.

Step 1: Pairing. This first step is a physical bonding of the base unit and headset. Jabra has patented "physical assisted pairing" to increase security. The Jabra assisted pairing method occurs only when the headset is docked in the base unit, and a secret link-key is then formed when the two pair. Wireless connection is secured with patented pairing; authentication between headset and base is established with 128-bit level technology compared to the category-standard 64-bit.

Step 2: Authentication. At the start of a call, encryption is used to set up secure authentication between the Engage headset and its base. A link is established using a secret key-link formed in the pairing (without this, the headset and base unit will not work together). This means that a "non-paired" headset cannot be used with the base unit. The authentication link is also protected by encryption. The better the encryption level, the more secure the established link.

Step 3: Encryption. During calls, the audio signal between base unit and headset transports data, which is secured via encryption. The higher encryption level, the better the protection of data. With Jabra Engage, the encryption link is renewed every minute to make decryption more difficult.

Security algorithms are listed in FIPS 140-2 standards required by the U.S. military and government, and recommended by the National Institute of Standards and Technology for financial institutions who demand the highest degree of security.

In addition, the Engage series enables 3 times as many people to work wirelessly in the same space, which is why Jabra says it was engineered as the world's most powerful professional wireless headset.

To learn more about the Jabra Engage series, contact our team of headset experts today: 1-866-998-9991.

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Promotions That Stretch Headset Budgets

7/17/2018 - 0 Comments
 
These promotions are offered by several of our manufacturers, and include trade-in offers, cash back, and free product. Details and deadlines for each promotion vary, so scroll through this post for all of the current promotions, or go directly to the brand: Jabra, Plantronics, Sennheiser and VXi.

Jabra

Refresh Your Technology and take advantage of the unbelievable Trade-In Trade-Up promotion. Receive up to $40 per non-Jabra unit traded in, or $20 for every qualifying Jabra unit that's traded in. This promotion is good on purchases of the new Jabra Engage wireless headset series, and the Jabra Speak 710 wireless speakerphones. Learn more about this generous promotion on our blog: Cash In on This Jabra Wireless Trade-In Deal. This promotion expires September 30, 2018.

Get Engaged with Jabra: a FREE remote answer device (either EHS cable or Handset Lifter) is yours, with purchase of any of the new Jabra Engage wireless headsets.

The Engage series is an entirely new class of DECT wireless professional headsets engineered to boost customer satisfaction. Integrated busylights (in the mic boom), up to 13 hours of talk time, Engage enables up to three times more users to operate in the same office space, with no loss in connection quality. The Evolve 65 headsets connect to an analog phone and a PC; Engage 75 headsets allow up to five connections simultaneously: 2 USB devices, 2 Bluetooth devices, and 1 desk phone.

Check out each Engage headset variant, below:
Engage 65 Mono
Engage 65 Convertible
Engage 65 Stereo
Engage 75 Mono
Engage 75 Convertible
Engage 75 Stereo

This promotion expires Sept. 30, 2018. To claim either the free EHS or Handset Lifter, visit Get Engaged with Jabra before Oct. 15, 2018.

The Trade-In Offer from Jabra gives you a rebate for the purchase of new Jabra headsets, when you trade in your old headsets:

•$20 rebate toward purchase of Jabra Pro 900/9000, Motion Office, or Evolve 65 wireless headsets or

•$10 rebate toward purchase of Jabra corded headsets (excluding UC Voice, Biz 1500 and Evolve 20/30 headsets)

Claims can be submitted at the official Jabra Trade In page. This program expires December 31, 2018.

Want to earn a FREE Engage 75 wireless headset? Companies with more than 500 employees who purchase 25 of any combination of Jabra Pro 9400 and 900 wireless headsets, qualify for a free Jabra Engage wireless headset. Submit a claim to Jabra here: Enterprise Offer. SMB companies qualify for this promotion when they purchase eight of the Pro 9400 or 900 headsets. Submit claim here: SMB Offer. Offer ends Aug. 31, 2018.

Plantronics

Plantronics is continuing its Public Sector discount for organizations in the government, education and health care fields. If you qualify, we will adjust your pricing to reflect this incredible discount on most Plantronics products.

The Public Sector promotion continues, offering big discounts to Education (K-12 and Higher Education); Federal, State, City, County and Local Governments; Prime Contractors for Government; Not-for-Profits; and Healthcare Caregivers. This promotion ends September 30, 2018.

Educational organizations can purchase the best in Sound Education and everyday solutions and get between a 15% to 20% discount on Blackwire USB products. This offer ends September 30, 2018, so don't wait!

Sennheiser

The GovEd Discount from Sennheiser lets you save big! Federal Government agencies, Educational organizations, Energy producers, Healthcare providers, State & Local Government agencies, and Not-for-Profit agencies including credit unions that are 501(C), are all eligible for this discount. Most of the Sennheiser product line is eligible for this discount, including the TeamConnect Wireless speakerphone units! There are a few products that do not qualify; contact us for details. The GovEd Discount ends Oct. 31, 2018.

VXi

Purchase a new V200 office wireless system and take advantage of the VXi Office Wireless Trade-In Program. For each headset purchased, and old VXi or competitive office wireless headset system sent in to VXi, you receive a $10 check. Download the claim form that's available on the VXi Trade-In web site once purchase is made. Claims must be made within 30 days of purchase, and an invoice must be included with the Trade-In request.

For corded headset purchases, there is a $5 Trade-In Allowance with purchase of new corded headsets or amplifiers. Trade in old VXi or competitor products, and receive $5 for each headset sent in. Download the Trade-In Claim form found on the VXi Trade-In web site, complete the information, and include the form, along with proof of purchase, when submitting the old headsets. Claims must be made within 30 days of purchase.

Are you ready to talk about new headsets? Give us a call at 1-866-998-9991 or send us an email!

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Plantronics Blackwire 5200 Series Headsets Offer Premium Features

7/12/2018 - 0 Comments
 
When today's workplace can be noisy and filled with distractions, device connectivity should be the easy part.

That's why the Blackwire 5200 series allows management of PC calls using USB or USB-C, or can plug directly into a smartphone or tablet with the 3.5 mm connection. And it's so comfortable, it can be worn all day. Similar to the USB port, the USB-C represents a new standard in the world of device compatibility and is becoming more prevalent in the latest PCs, smartphones and tablets.

In our testing of the Blackwire 5220 Duo, the feature that is immediately obvious and appreciated is the cushioned metal "sling" headband and large ear cushions comprised of ultra soft leatherette wrapped around memory foam. Yes, the very same memory foam found in mattresses, shoes, and pillows, is the secret ingredient of these ear cushions. Even those of us who wear glasses don't feel as though our ears are being "squeezed" into the side of our head. The headset is surprisingly lightweight, and comfortable enough to wear all day.

Most importantly, the headset has excellent sound - both inbound and outbound - with a flexible mic boom featuring noise-cancelling, so background noises aren't transmitted to your callers. Listening to music is an enjoyable experience with this headset, too.

Some Product Highlights:
•Ideal for all-day use, long conference calls and listening to multimedia
•Noise-cancelling microphone masks nearby talkers for maximum call privacy
•Variants include universal USB or USB-C
•Connectivity to smartphone and tablet via 3.5 mm
•In-line call controller with answer/end, volume up/down and mute
•Available in mono (Blackwire 5210) or hi-fi stereo with passive noise reduction (Blackwire 5220)

Product Variants:
Blackwire 5210 Mono USB and 3.5 mm
Blackwire 5210 Mono USB-C and 3.5 mm
Blackwire 5220 Duo USB and 3.5 mm
Blackwire 5220 Duo USB-C and 3.5 mm

And, now until Sept. 30, 2018, educational institutions purchasing large quantities will receive 15%-20% off (based upon order size) any Blackwire headset, including the Blackwire 5200 series. Contact us today to learn more about this promotion! 1-866-998-9991.

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Cash In on This Jabra Wireless Trade-In Deal

7/3/2018 - 0 Comments
 


This new Jabra wireless trade-in promotion is a first of its kind, offering $40 cash back for each non-Jabra wireless headset that is traded in, when you purchase a new Engage Series wireless headset. If you have wanted to make the switch to a Jabra wireless headset, NOW IS THE TIME! We have not seen a trade-in this big, EVER!

Or, if you already use a Jabra wireless headset (specifically, the PRO 920, 930, 935, 9450, 9460, 9465, or Motion/Motion Office), you can upgrade to the new Jabra Engage wireless series and receive a $20 rebate check in the mail for trading in your old Jabra wireless through the Trade-In, Trade-Up promotion.

Additionally, when you upgrade your technology to the new Jabra Speak 710 wireless speakerphone, receive $20 back for a Jabra Speak 410/510, or $40 for a non-Jabra personal or huddle room speakerphone that is traded in. The Speak 710 (both UC and MS versions) offers wireless linking and connects to an additional Speak 710, for double the room coverage (up to 12 people). Connect to laptop, smart phone and tablet via USB or Bluetooth, and with plug-and-play simplicity, it's easy to set up wherever you take meetings. Fifteen hours of battery life ensures you can meet (or listen to music) for a long time.

These Trade-In, Trade-Up promotions are only good through September 30, 2018, so take advantage of the savings and equip your staff with the latest and greatest in office and mobile wireless technology. Click here for the promotion's T's and C's.

Learn more about the qualifying headsets, below:

Engage with Jabra and its Engage series, an entirely new class of DECT wireless professional headsets. The series provides superior wireless connectivity to a range of up to 490 feet - and enables up to 3 times more users to operate in the same office space with no loss in connection quality. Integrated busy lights in these headsets increase productivity and alert co-workers' to your busy status.

Engage 75 headsets connect up to five devices simultaneously, increasing availability for customer calls. And the choice of wearing styles support workers' preferences and workstyles.

For detailed information about each Engage headset, click on any of the following links:

Engage 65 Mono
Engage 65 Stereo
Engage 65 Convertible
Engage 75 Mono
Engage 75 Stereo
Engage 75 Convertible

Visit the Jabra web site to learn more about the promotion, and instructions on how to claim the cash back: Trade In, Trade Up

Contact us today for recommendations on the best headsets for your unique requirements! 1-866-998-9991

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Active Noise Canceling Headsets from Plantronics Keep the Focus on Work and Distractions at Bay

6/20/2018 - 0 Comments
 
Tune out of a distracting environment, and tune into your work, with these headsets from Plantronics. Active Noise Canceling technology has crossed over to the business professional world, due to demand from professionals who require a space to concentrate, as well as headsets with noise-canceling microphones for premium call quality. The Active Noise Canceling (ANC) helps block out distracting sounds, creating a “quiet zone” to enhance productivity, no matter the environment.

According to Plantronics, a study out of the University of California shows that it takes an employee 23 minutes to recover from a distraction and get back to the task at hand, and that a majority of employees get distracted at least once a day. With these real-world statistics in mind, Plantronics created a calculator that helps you get an idea of how much noise is affecting your company’s profitability. Check it out: ROI Calculator

Overview of Plantronics headsets with ANC:

Blackwire 725

• USB
• Headband
• Corded
• Foldable ear cushions for travel
• In-line Call Controls
• Smart Sensor Technology lets you answer the call by placing the headset on your head
UC and Microsoft-certified versions
• MSRP: $179.99


Voyager Focus UC

• Bluetooth and USB (with included dongle)
• Comfort headband
UC and Microsoft-certified versions
• Smart mic boom: wear boom on either side and maintain right/left stereo performance and locations of volume/track buttons
• Oversized soft leatherette ear cushions
• Headset and Charging Stand available: UC or Microsoft
• MSRP: $299.95



Voyager 6200 UC

• Bluetooth and USB (with included dongle)
• Neckband vibrates to signal an incoming call.
• Ear buds
• Intuitive controls
• Choice of color: Black or Sand
• MSRP: $299.95




Voyager 8200 UC

• Bluetooth and USB (with included dongle)
• No microphone design features a 4-mic array for voice pick-up
• Large ear cushions completely surround the ear
• Choice of color: Black or White
• MSRP: $299.95





All of these headsets come with carrying cases to protect the headsets in and out of the office.

If you’re not sure which Plantronics ANC headset is right for you, give us a call at 1-866-998-9991, and our headset experts can help!

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