Digium rolls out Asterisk IP phone with G.722 support

IT EXPO East 2012, Miami – Digium (www.digium.com) has rolled out the “World’s First Phones Designed for Asterisk.” There’s a trio of new IP handsets. All of them support G.722 out of the box.

In the company’s press release, Digium says the new family of phones are the first engineered to “fully leverage the power of Asterisk… and Switchvox.”

The phones include an app engine with a JavaScript API (Hmm, just like Panasonic’s recently announced phones…) to let programmers create custom apps to run on the phones. Programmers can access core phone features directly; this isn’t XML.

From the press release, the phone models are —

· D40—An entry-level HD IP phone with 2-line keys. This is Digium’s best value phone, designed for any employee in the company.
· D50—A mid-level HD IP phone with 4-line keys and 10 rapid dial/busy lamp field (BLF) keys with an easy to print paper label strip for the user’s most important contacts. This model is perfect for users who spend a lot of time on the phone.
· D70—An executive-level HD IP phone with 6-line keys and 10 rapid dial/BLF keys and real-time status information displayed on an additional LCD screen, allowing users to quickly navigate through up to 100 of their most important contacts. Designed for administrators or executives, the D70 offers top-of-the-line features.

General availability is April 2012 with MSRP of: D70 – $279, D50 – $179 and the D40 – $129.

It is interesting Digium is getting into the hardware arena more deeply. Anyone and everyone are making IP phones these days. It is also worth speculating if Digium’s thrust into IP phones mirror’s last year’s split between Digium and snom, where snom rolled out its own SMB IP PBX software and appliances.

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