Freshly Baked: Voice Mail, Queues, Ring Groups & Much More!

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Since our first beta release, we have received interesting feature requests, and sometimes, necessary for us to implement. We keep a keen eye on what’s needed and often apply some of these feature requests in our new releases.

A new FonB version is usually released due to bug fixes,  addition of a new feature, or a combination of both. However, this new release is mainly based on all feature requests were found practical and doable. The result is an innovative FonB release 1.2.1 that brings you the exceptional new features listed below:

1. FonB Mobility

After the release of our iPhone app, we are pleased to announce the release of our long awaited FonB for Android along with a whole new FonB Mobility package. Users will be able to make the full fledged use of the Mobility Features using FonB Android or iPhone App. FonB Mobility provides you Call Switching feature to move freely, anywhere, without the fear of disconnection. You can switch an ongoing call from your IP Phone to your Mobile or Webphone. You can steal the call from IP Phone or Webphone to either IAX based VoIP client of your mobile OR simply switch it to the GSM channel. Click here to know more about FonB Mobility Features.

2. Voicemail Management

Many thanks to Mr. Mike Fraser who has requested this feature, It is important to be able to get voice messages whenever you’re not able to receive calls. FonB, starting from release 1.2.1, is now capable of handling your Voicemail within its interface. You can listen to, download, or delete your Voicemail messages right from your FonB Web User Portal. To enable this feature, you need to create a Voicemail account enabled under your extension in your Asterisk (FreePBX/Elastix etc.) settings.

3. Queue Groups Management

Thanks to Mr. Lin who was the first to grab our attention to this feature. Queue Groups are mandatory for many scenarios and are now supported by FonB. Any call made to Queue Group is now available in Call History, however, you will have to define the Queue Group (in users.cfg) exactly as you define a user. Queue Group is defined as a user in FonB users.cfg, if you’re using a demo version, you can use one Queue Group and four users max or any other combination that doesn’t exceed a total limit of five users. Further details are available in our documentation page, You can now enjoy using FonB in Queue Groups environment as well.

4. Ring Groups

The Credit to this Feature Request goes to Mr. Panos Charalambous. Ring Groups are now officially supported by FonB. Now, You will be able to view any call to particular ring group in Call History. Each ring group is defined as a separate user in (users.cfg) which means that you need to consider them as part of your user count while running a demo version of FonB.

5. Ignore File

A few of our users have reported regarding garbage data in Call History that even existed in their Asterisk CDR records. One of the examples is a call to or from extension ‘s’. In addtion, there can be scenarios where you don’t want any call to or from some particular extension to be part of anyone’s Call History. This can be done using ignore file which is located in (/etc/phoneb/callhistoryignore.cfg) in FonB Configuration directory and can be altered to ignore any contact in Call History, system wise.

6. HTTPS Support

We have also started supporting HTTP Secure connections. Your data security is valuable and it is our duty to ensure making it even further secured. Supporting HTTPS is one way to express this vision.

7. CSV Export of Call History

Mr. Numan Khan of DVCOM, has suggested the option of Call History export to CSV file. Starting from this release, you can export Call History to a CSV file and use it later the way you like.

8. Follow Me Support

Since release 1.2.1, we have added Call History and Active Call support for extensions with followme scenarios configured. You can now see the extensions with Follow Me configured in Call History as well as in Active Calls.

9. Better, Speed Optimized Backend

Based on users input, we revised our backend code and gave it another shot to make it further optimized for speedy requirements. You will really feel the difference!

10. License Activation

No more backend access to activate, add or update new licenses. Everything is now available on the web based frontend. All you need is to acquire your license by registering for trial period OR purchasing new required licenses. Once you receive the keys, you can activate them right from the frontend, without any service restarts of typing the commands.

11. Per User Licensing

The licensing scheme has been changed from unlimited per server offer to per user per year subscription package. The details will be released very soon in the coming blog post, so stay tuned.

THE BOTTOMLINE is that we’ve included all these new features to take our great product to a higher success level. We are positive that you’re going to like them. Download FonB right now to explore the true meaning of Mobility.