GetGo, a subsidiary of Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS) today announced the general availability of Grasshopper, a leading cloud-based phone system for entrepreneurs and small businesses, in the United Kingdom (UK). With a simple mobile app, Grasshopper gives users the ability to add a virtual business line to their existing personal mobile, home or office phone number, without having to install or maintain expensive hardware. Subscription plans start at £10 per month.
Grasshopper is a reliable, easy way for entrepreneurs and small businesses to run their business from any location. Users simply pick a company phone number (local, national, or freephone options are available), customize their main greeting, and add unlimited extensions for different departments and employees. Users can then take advantage of the new Grasshopper mobile app to make and receive calls using their new numbers, listen to voicemails, receive faxes and be notified of missed calls immediately.
Providing calls over the public switched telephone network (PSTN) rather than over a Voice-over-IP (VoIP connection), Grasshopper is able to provide superior call quality and reliability. In addition, it offers the ability to transcribe voicemails via email notifications so users can quickly prioritize inbound messages; alternatively, voicemails can be transcribed by a person on-demand. For those on the go, Grasshopper allows users to view and sign faxes and PDF attachments directly from their smartphone.
As of October 2016, over 250,000 entrepreneurs in North America and the UK are using Grasshopper to expand their footprint and appear more professional, including close to 1,000 customers in the UK. Additional launches are planned for 2017 and beyond in countries like Australia, Singapore and South Africa.
“We’re happy to be providing our dependable and easy-to-use virtual phone service to new customers located throughout the UK,” said Rouven Mayer, director of international marketing at GetGo. “Grasshopper puts the power in entrepreneurs’ hands and gives them the ability to grow and manage their business from anywhere in the world.”
Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) is leading the transition to software-defining the workplace, uniting virtualization, mobility management, networking and SaaS solutions to enable new ways for businesses and people to work better. Citrix solutions power business mobility through secure, mobile workspaces that provide people with instant access to apps, desktops, data and communications on any device, over any network and cloud. With annual revenue in 2015 of $3.28 billion, Citrix solutions are in use at more than 400,000 organizations and by over 100 million users globally.