Avaya Inc. last month announced new software aimed at integrating users’ mobile phones with the company’s Eclips line of IP PBXs.

The EC500 Extension to Cellular is software for Avaya’s call-processing software that allows end users to have calls to an office phone number automatically routed to a cell phone. The software also ties mobile phone users to Avaya’s unified messaging software running on Eclips servers.

The EC500 software runs the company’s line of IP PBXs, including the Eclips IP600 Communications Server and R300 Remote Office Communicator. End users will be able to set up a single phone number that will ring a mobile and office phone simultaneously, the company said.

While the software cannot extend all PBX features to a user’s cell phone, “it’s better than having calls answered by voice mail,” said Allan Sulkin, president of TEQ Consult Group. “If your main objective is to answer important calls, this will help solve that problem.”

In addition to the software, DS-1 trunk modules are required for the Eclips server on which EC500 will be installed. Software licensing prices range between US$155 and US$230 per user. From April 2 to June 30, a 20-user license and two DS-1 trunk boards will be available for US$8,178. Both the EC500 software and DS-1 modules are available now.