Editorial–The HD voice “stamp”/logo on IP desktop phones: Just do it.

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One of the most interesting/subtle marketing moves Digium did on its phones is to put the phrase “HD voice” on the handset.  There aren’t a lot of people who do that right now.

As I’m flipping through pictures and leftovers from IT EXPO East 2012, I see Denwa has its phone handset stamped […]

IT EXPO East 2012 – Panasonic “open source” Android desk phone debuts

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Miami, FL – Panasonic (www.panasonic.com/sip) has rolled out a $499 7 inch color touch screen Android-based desk phone. But they say they can’t call it Android due to legal headaches with Google.

The KX-UT670 is certified as compatible with a bunch of different SIP-based platforms, including Asterisk, BroadSoft, and Metaswitch. Codecs supported include G.722, […]

IT EXPO East 2012 – Quick details on the new Digium IP phones

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Miami, FL – A brief stop at the Digium (www.digium.com) booth at IT EXPO East revealed the following tidbits on the new family of IP phones–

1) The phone was designed and contracted solely by Digium — it is *not* a OEM/white label product.

2) Manufacture of the phone is done in China by […]

ITEXPO West 2011: Allworx announces new HD voice phone

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Miami, Florida – Allworx (www.allworx.com) has unveiled the latest and greatest edition to its IP phone line, the Allworx 9204G.

The company describes the 9204G as having a “smaller, PBX-type” footprint and is the first Gigabit-based phone.  Features include an “enhanced” full-duplex speakerphone, wideband audio support through G.722, a 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet switch, and […]

Grandstream announces HD voice IP phone for under $100

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Grandstream Networks (www.grandstream.com) has announced an enterprise SIP phone with HD audio for a list price under $100. 

The two line GXP1440 is described as an “entry-level” enterprise desktop SIP phone for $99. It includes HD voice (G.722) audio, plus LCD XML customization, automated provisioning, integrated “personal Web productivity applications,” and advanced security […]

VoiceCon: Polycom refreshes iconic conference phone with HD voice, better price

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Orlando, FL – Polycom (www.polycom.com) has rolled out the SoundStation IP 5000 Conference Phone, a device with a tweaked look and a MSRP of $599.

Needless to say, the IP 5000 features Polycom HD Voice (i.e. G.722) and is designed for private offices and small meeting rooms. SIP 

Polycom dominates the conference phone […]

Next week: Huntsville, AL, home of ADTRAN (and Digium)

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Next week this reporter will be a guest of ADTRAN as the company conducts its second annual media event in Huntsville, Alabama.   The telecommunications equipment manufacturer is planning to make at least one announcement relating to unified communications (UC) during the event, but is likely to be more low-key when it comes to its […]

Polycom rounds out HD Voice portfolio at VoiceCon

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At VoiceCon, Polycom announced that it now has a full portfolio of HD voice phones, adding on two under $200 phones, one specifically optimized for Microsoft Office Communicator.  The announcement fulfills the company’s pronouncement in the spring that all of Polycom’s products would support HD Voice by the end of the year.

The Polycom […]