Novus Preferred Provider of snom Phones for Chinook Communications ‘Total Connect’ Hosted Lync Service

by | Mar 27, 2012 | IT, Member News, UC

Resellers Can Offer SMBs Secure, Hosted Voice and Unified Communications Service with Future-Proof Lync-Qualified Handsets

FAIRFIELD, CT, March 26, 2012—Novus, a boutique telecommunications and IP distributor serving value-added resellers throughout North America, has been selected by Chinook Communications as its Preferred Provider for the snom UC portfolio of desktop phones. Novus—snom’s largest distributor in North America—offers the complete family of snom UC end-point solutions for Chinook’s fully integrated bundle of advanced collaboration and communication tools called Total Connect. Total Connect is the first ever production release of the Microsoft-supported Lync Server 2012 Multitenant Pack for Partner Hosting.

Chris Meehan, Managing Partner of Novus, said, “Chinook’s Total Connect bundle provides dedicated resources to each customer, allowing resellers to offer small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) a secure hosted UC solution. Novus provides the snom UC portfolio of phones that are qualified and optimized for Microsoft Lync and support all the features of hosted Lync. The portfolio provides a range of phone choices for different business environments including PC only phones, general business phones and stylish executive phones with advanced functionality. Through Novus, resellers can add value by offering a future-proof solution that delivers high-value IP phones and protects customer investments over time while gaining the economic advantages of secure hosted Lync services.”

Chinook’s Total Connect service provides SMBs with full unified communications capabilities, including presence, instant messaging, audio, video and web conferencing, desktop sharing and whiteboarding, and an integrated VoIP phone service.

Novus also offers resellers marketing and sales support for Chinook’s Total Connect with the snom phones. The snom 821, 370, and 300 UC editions have been rigorously tested and qualified by Microsoft for interoperability with Lync Server 2010.

  • The snom 821 UC edition is the first qualified device on Microsoft’s UC platform with extended feature support for even greater performance. Compared to other compatible devices, it is the only IP phone in the market that has a dual SIP stack and color screen combined with advanced presence features.
  • The addition of the snom 370 UC edition with snom Lync firmware to the growing range of snom SIP-based IP phones means that SMB customers will now have an even broader choice of fully qualified for Lync snom devices. The snom 370 UC edition features a large graphical display and PoE (Power over Ethernet) connectivity, as well as 12 programmable function keys and mini-browser for XML applications.
  • The snom 300 UC edition with snom Lync firmware is the first open-SIP-based IP desktop phone to natively register to the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and Microsoft Lync. It has the best cost-performance ratio compared to all other compatible devices for Microsoft Lync Server 2010.

Novus also offers the snom UC600, which is a traditional IP desk phone optimized for Microsoft Lync. Resellers interested in offering Chinook’s Total Connect with snom UC IP desk phones can contact Novus at (866) 331-1112 or email

About Novus

Novus is a leading distributor of legacy and IP voice and data communications technology and products with nearly three decades of experience in the channel, advising and supporting telecom value added resellers (VARs) throughout North America. This boutique and well-established firm continues to work hand-in-hand with equipment manufacturers and their distribution networks to provide affordable, timely solutions. Novus sells and supports Aastra, Allworx, Epygi, ESTOS, Ferrari Electronic, Primus Cable, SmartVue, Phybridge, VXi, Konftel, NEC, and snom technology products. Novus also supports legacy products of Nortel, Mitel, Avaya, and Vodavi. Not limited to simple product distribution, Novus acts as a liaison for manufacturer-supported programs for remanufactured, new, manufacturer discontinued, and end-of-life products. Novus provides an array of services including but not limited to call center management, consultation, and asset management services. For more information, visit or call (866) 331-1112.

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