8×8 officially embraces Polycom

8×8 (www.8×8.com) has officially embraced Polycom (www.polycom.com) phones. 

Initially, 8×8 will be offering the Polycom SoundPoint IP 335 desk phone, an entry-level SIP phone, but 8×8 plans to add additional SoundPoint IP desktop phone, SoundStation IP conference phones – the biggie for many enterprise customers – and Polycom KIRK wireless phones and accessories in the future.

For the longest time, 8×8 has been an Aastra (www.aastra.com) phone shop, but its customers are looking for more options these days, especially for conference phones.  In its last financial update, 8×8 said it was testing Polycom hardware in the labs.

To be fair to Aastra, everyone (service providers, VARs/channel partners) will offer at least two or three types of phones in the future.

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