Communications Platform allows use of third party devices.

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Designed to serve enterprises with up to 2,500 users, Inter-Tel® 7000 pure IP, standards-based communications system is built with SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) in core architecture. Software-switch platform features tenanting and embedded presence management capabilities in addition to providing flexible communications options. SIP-based architecture also allows Inter-Tel to seamlessly deliver its presence, collaboration, and mobility solutions to enterprise market.

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Inter-Tel® 7000 Unveiled

Communications Platform Enables Enterprise Customers to Seamlessly Leverage Advanced Presence, Collaboration and Mobility Tools; Next Generation Architecture and Comprehensive Features Drive Value and Efficiency

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 14 / -- Inter-Tel, Incorporated (NASDAQ:INTL), a leading provider of voice and data communications solutions for businesses, has unveiled its next generation enterprise communications platform-the Inter-Tel(R) 7000-at the Spring VON Expo. The Inter-Tel 7000 will be on display throughout the show, which is scheduled to conclude on March 17 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA. The Inter-Tel exhibit is in booth #1242.

Scheduled for release in mid-2006, the Inter-Tel 7000 is a pure IP, standards-based communications system that is designed to serve enterprises with up to 2,500 users. The system features a visionary, next-generation architecture that is expected to address business needs both today and in the future. As a software-switch platform, the Inter-Tel 7000 is built with the SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) standard at the core of the product. The Inter-Tel 7000 system has tenanting capabilities, and provides a wide-range of advanced features and functionality, including embedded presence management capabilities, multi-media devices and applications, and mobility solutions that have the capability to enhance business performance and productivity, such as increasing revenue, streamlining operations, enhancing customer service and controlling costs.

"We are thrilled to unveil the Inter-Tel 7000 at VON," said Norman Stout, Inter-Tel's chief executive officer. "This project has been nearly three years in the making. Our development, engineering and product management teams have worked diligently to create a second-generation VoIP business communications system that offers the enterprise market a solution that will serve their needs for years to come. The Inter-Tel 7000 is a system that we feel has the potential to change the ways businesses communicate."

By utilizing SIP in the core architecture, the Inter-Tel 7000 provides businesses with unparalleled flexibility in how they choose to communicate. Customers will have the option to integrate third-party devices and applications into their network without having to compromise the performance and functionality they demand. In addition, the SIP-based architecture allows Inter-Tel to seamlessly deliver its leading presence, collaboration and mobility solutions to the enterprise market.

"For the last several years, Inter-Tel has been regarded as the thought leader in delivering advanced presence management, conferencing and collaboration, and mobility applications to the small- and mid-size market," explained Jeffrey T. Ford, Inter-Tel's chief technology officer. "The Inter-Tel 7000 allows us to extend this high level of expertise to an enterprise market that has sought IP-powered solutions to help address their most fundamental business challenges. We are optimistic that enterprise customers will quickly appreciate the flexibility, performance and value that the Inter-Tel 7000 is designed to offer."

About Inter-Tel, Incorporated

Inter-Tel (NASDAQ:INTL) offers value-driven communications products; applications utilizing networks and server-based communications software; and a wide range of managed services that include voice and data network design and traffic provisioning, custom application development, and financial solutions packages. An industry-leading provider focused on the communication needs of business enterprises, Inter-Tel employs approximately 2,000 communications professionals, and services business customers through a network of approximately 59 company-owned, direct sales offices and over 350 authorized providers in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and South Africa. More information is available at

CONTACT: Norman Stout, CEO, +1-480-449-8900, or Craig W. Rauchle, President and COO, +1-775-954-1200, or Jeffrey T. Ford, Sr. Vice President and CTO, +1-480-961-9000, or Kurt R. Kneip, Sr. Vice President and CFO, +1-480-449-8900, or Jeanne Leckie, Vice President of Marketing, +1-602-231-5161, all of Inter-Tel, Incorporated

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