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13 November 2012

The Newest Long Life PortaSwitch Maintenance Release 30 is Available for PortaCare Customers Worldwide

PortaOne announces availability on the Maintenance Release 30 (MR30) for PortaSwitch, communication services delivery platform. The most important improvements in the functionality include:


MR30 highlights:

  • Promotion bundles
  • Inter- and Intra-state rates
  • PayNearMe cash payments
  • PayPal integration
  • Out-of-turn invoice generation

Promotion bundles

The Inter-service promotions enable service provider to define usage thresholds for a specific service. This new functionality harmoniously supplements the PortaBilling volume-based discount feature. Unlike our volume-based discount, Bundle Promotion allows to encourage customers to use one service to obtain a discount for another service, or increase or even decrease a customer’s invoice total, based on how much money has been spent during the billing period on these services.

US inter / intra state rates

In order to allow PortaSwitch users to maximize the potential profits based on this discrepancy and simplify their rate management – it is now possible to maintain “inter-state” and “intra-state” rates as separate columns on the web interface and in the tariff upload.

Cash payments via PayNearMe

To assist in penetrating new market segments you may offer your customers the capability to pay their bills and top-up their balances by using cash at any 7-Eleven or ACE Cash Express store across the United States. This opens up opportunities for providing services to new immigrant and migrant worker populations, who usually don’t have credit cards.

Integration with PayPal

PayPal is a very popular payment method because of its increased security and how it can be used as a “virtual wallet” to pay for personal services and eBay purchases. Your customers may now use PayPal as yet another method for safely paying for your online services and via their mobiles with just a few clicks.

Out-of-turn invoice generation

Sometimes invoices for extra services such as a technician visit or an equipment purchase need to be provided at the time when such service is rendered so the customer can immediately proceed with payment. This requires an invoice that is separate from the “normal” invoice generated at the end of the billing period. You can now generate an out-of-turn invoice to cover only a few specific items on demand.

Availability

All current PortaSwitch owners whose platforms are covered by PortaOne’s PortaCare technical support program are eligible to obtain MR30.

PortaOne recommends that a new release is first installed on a staging system, where you can become familiar with the new features without disrupting any production services. Users who already have a staging license can simply contact their PortaOne support team; to order a new staging license, interested users should write to PortaOne sales team.


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