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Canadian based CounterPath Corporation releases Bria iPad Edition Version 1.0. The standards-based, service agnostic softphone provides capabilities for making and receiving calls over a Wi-Fi or a 3G/4G mobile connection.


"With Bria iPad Edition, business users now can carry a single device that combines the best of their laptop, mobile phone and deskphone," says Todd Carothers, Senior VP of Marketing and Products. "Tablets are quickly becoming the essential business tool for the mobile workforce, and we're also seeing an increase in personal devices being used for work. So based upon our success with Bria for iPhone, and Bria for Android, the iPad Edition was the natural next step to address both emerging trends."

Bria iPad Edition supports multiple VoIP accounts and SIP protocols, Bluetooth headsets and native iOS multitasking. This enables business users and prosumers to access multiple personal and business accounts while simultaneously utilizing other applications or accessing documents on their iPad during a call.

Capable of working with any VoIP service provider, Bria iPad Edition supports hosted VoIP and IP-PBXs, effectively turning the iPad into a mobile desktop phone. Bria includes a list of pre-configured, CounterPath-approved ITSPs, making VoIP account set-up fast and easy for users who either lack a VoIP provider or already use a CounterPath-approved ITSP.

Unlike other VoIP voice applications marketed for the iPad that were introduced primarily for the iPhone, Bria iPad Edition is designed specifically for all iPads, leveraging the device's large, high-resolution display.


Other key features of Bria iPad Edition 1.0 include:

  • A customizable user interface specifically designed for the iPad. A visually engaging double-pane design logically organizes application features and enables simple and smooth transitions between tabs and sub-tabs. Includes options for custom background images and custom colors.
  • Bluetooth connectivity. When the iPad is paired with a compatible Bluetooth headset, the Bria client can be used to speak and listen providing the ability to be away from the iPad up to the range of the headset.
  • iTunes Auto Pause. When a call is placed or received, the audio from the iPad's iPod music application is automatically paused.
  • A wide variety of deskphone features, including call hold, transfer, conferencing, display and history, as well as contacts and a voicemail indicator.
  • iOS4 multitasking, enabling access to other applications without interrupting calls. Bria iPad Edition softphone runs in the background and can be returned to quickly by a top-of-screen tap.
  • Advanced security and audio features. Secure call signaling and audio encryption plus codec support for G.711, G.722 wideband audio for lifelike sound, GSM, iLBC and an optional G.729 codec that is available for purchase within the app or through the Apple Store.


A version of Bria iPad Edition that includes support for video calls, SMS, Instant Messaging and presence will be available later this year.

Bria iPad Edition is available immediately in the Apple iTunes App Store for $14.99 Cdn.
 
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