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Kate Stolworthy


Article published by Maarten Kronenburg from Pika technologies. View the original article

“Sometimes I enter the office of a customer and just FEEL it – something’s brewing. A few weeks ago I was in the office of Provu in Northern England (, and “that atmosphere” was in the air. Laptop computers were installed when I came in, the PIKA WARP Appliance fired up – it wasn’t going to be a meeting around a table with a firm agenda.

Provu sells software called SARK. The people from Provu had a demo ready for me of their SARK software running on the PIKA WARP Appliance. The Provu people have spent a fair bit of time on the subject which explains why they were excited. Their software is available in various configurations of course and the smallest one is now almost converted to the PIKA WAR Appliance. And I was blown away; the feature set of their software is very, very broad, the software is responsive, the screens look good, wow, very, very professional.

But what I liked best is the remote management facility that the SARK PBX offers. The unit can be accessed by a control room for a sanity check, performance measurement and more. But you can also click through to every IP device connected to the PBX and do the same thing. This is what I call “Controlled Devices”!

So if ever you don’t want to spend the (wo)man-years on developing software at this level of sophistication you’re in good hands at Provu.”

Find out more about the SARK 500

Recommended replacement products

Recently we have added lots of new items to our product portfolio but have also had to say goodbye to some old ones too.

A lot of the items do not have a direct replacement from the manufacturers, so here is a guide to our recommended replacements:

Discontinued products Recommended replacements
Gigaset C47 Gigaset C59H
Gigaset C475IP Gigaset C59H and Gigaset N300 AIP
Gigaset S68 Gigaset S79H
Gigaset S685IP Gigaset S79H and Gigaset N300 AIP
Gigaset HC450 ProTalk SIP doorphones
Cisco SPA-901 Cisco SPA-301G
Cisco SPA-921 Cisco SPA-303G
Cisco SPA-922 Cisco SPA-502G
Cisco SPA-941 Cisco SPA-303G
Cisco SPA-942 Cisco SPA-504G
Cisco SPA-962 Cisco SPA-525G2
Cisco SPA-525G Cisco SPA-525G2
snom M3 snom M9*

As these are not direct replacements some of the features may vary. Please check out the product information pages to make sure the items have all the features you need.

* Please note the snom M9 handset is not fully compatible with the snom M3 base and vice versa

10 cool things you can do with your snom desk phone

snom video integration1. You can integrate video and can open doors with your snom phone when using the ProTalk SIP door entry phone
How: Connect your door with ProTalk door entry system and control it using snom phone. You can even see door phone video on snom 8xx series phone. The door phone has relays that can be activated using DTMF tones.

2. You can customise the screen of your snom phone
How: For the 821 and 870 use our idle screen generator or if you have a phone from the 3xx series view our information on snom screen branding

3. You can customise your ringtone
How: Choose your desired ringtone then visit our ringtone generator to upload it.

4. You can completely restyle your phone including touch screen buttons, icons and display colours (snom 370, 821 and 870)
How: visit the snom wiki guide on how to brand your phone

5. You can customise the outside look of your phone with a DesignSkin
How: visit snom DesignSkins and choose from many designs or even create your own.

6. You can add images of your contacts so that when they call, their picture appears (snom 821 and 870)
How: Browse to your phone and add a phone book entry. You can also add a nickname, e-mail address, birthday, include in a group and make them a favourite.

7. Stream videos on your snom 821 or 870
How: visit snom’s video wiki guide for more information.

snom the iPhone phone changer8. You can charge your mobile through the USB port of your 821 or 870 snom phone
How: Simply plug in your mobile cable into the USB port of your phone, see the snom blog post.

9.You can create your own custom apps
How about being creative and making some really useful applications for your phone whether its a game or a calendar feed. snom shares some apps that other users have created on their did you know… webpage.

10. You can call people using click-to-dial
How: By integrating your snom phone with your existing database.

Have fun 🙂

Please note: we do not offer support on the services not provided by us

Snom UK to demonstrate new VoIP solutions at the Unified Communications Expo

UCExposnom will be launching its complete telephone solution, the snom ONE Plus, to the UK market at Unified Communications Expo in Olympia on 8th – 9th March. To find out more about the snom ONE plus, you can visit stand 717 in the Microsoft Partner Village at the UCExpo event.

Read more from snom Channel UK: snom UK to demonstrate new VoIP solutions at the Unified Communications Expo


aastra office

We are delighted to announce today that ProVu have been appointed as Distributor for the Aastra range of SIP phones and accessories.

Aastra is recognised globally as a leading supplier of enterprise telephony equipment and their SIP handset range is a natural fit that enhances the ProVu product portfolio. Their excellent SIP handset range is both stylish, functional and competitively priced.

With ProVu entering a phase of rapid growth and seeing demand for its automated fulfilment and provisioning services increase, we feel it is an essential part of our strategy to be able to offer our customers these services across an even wider range of quality products.

Stock and Pricing
All the Aastra models are in stock and available for next day delivery, you can view our trade pricing at our on-line trade price list below.

(If you do not have a log in for the price list just email us and let us know.)

As with all our products Aastra phones can be ordered by, phone or email.

Or for all our customers using our ProSys on-line ordering the Aastra phones are now listed and can be ordered via the ProSys on-line ordering system.

Our automated Provisioning platform has now been developed to accommodate the Aastra phones.

So for all our service provider customers and PBX installers wanting to deploy phones in volume or on a regular basis you can now order Aastra phones and have them provision automatically out of the box.

For more Information on the range of Aastra phones please visit:

New LOWER PRICING on all Gigaset IP Models


Gigaset phonesWe are pleased to announce that we have today reduced our trade pricing on all of the Gigaset IP models including the additional handsets that we sell.

The new pricing will be effective immediately and will include the following optional added value services:
1. Automated Online Ordering System – ProSys
2. White label Drop Shipping
3. Branded Despatch Note

View all ProVu’s Siemens Gigaset products