Tely Labs Extends an Offer to Abandoned Cisco Umi Telepresence Users
Cisco (News - Alert) Umi Telepresence users might feel abandoned, but help is on the way. Shortly after Cisco announced the end of the Umi Telepresence service, Tely Labs has announced its “Umi Rescue” program, providing rebates for telyHD and telyHD Business Edition video conferencing solutions purchased by Umi Telepresence users until February 28th.
The telyHD is a Skype (News - Alert) Certified device, providing two-party Skype video calling to conference rooms and living rooms on HDTVs, without requiring a computer. The Business Edition comes with additional features, such as multi-party video calling, desktop sharing, and more. It can connect up to six locations at once, while providing the capabilities and video quality of an enterprise solution.
Through the promotion, Umi Telepresence (News - Alert) users can get $50 back on each telyHD video conferencing solution, or $100 on each telyHD Business Edition. Considering the investments some have made on Umi Telepresence, it may not be that much of an incentive, but still a nice deal nonetheless. The solutions usually go for $249 per location for the telyHD, and $499 per location for the Business Edition.
According to Tely Labs CEO, Sreekanth Ravi: “Cisco has proven that it is not easy to build an affordable video conferencing and collaboration solution that truly meets the needs of consumers or small and medium business users. At Tely Labs, we are completely focused on innovating in this segment and have delivered a game-changing solution that combines simplicity and affordability with a high quality video and audio experience.”
While Cisco may have disappointed customers with the end of Umi Telepresence, it hasn’t lost most of them. Tely is smart to try and grab those who are in need of a new solution to replace it, and the rebate is a nice deal. Those who are lost in the market after Umi’s end would do well to consider this offer, as it can save money and provide a very nice replacement.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman