Monthly Archives: April 2013

Time2Trade Polycom Rebate for Polycom VVX, Conferencing, and SoundPoint IP Phones

Take advantage of Polycom’s latest Time2Trade competitive displacement rebate promotion if you have an old but working business desktop/conference phone from non-Polycom brands, or an old legacy Polycom phone that needs replacing. Thru 9/30/2013, Polycom will give you a rebate of up to $250 per displaced device when you purchase a new and eligible Polycom VVX business media phone, conference phone or SoundPoint IP phone (North America only).

To claim your rebate from Polycom, you will need to submit a completed claim form, letter of authentication and disposal certification (thru recyclers), equipment listing and purchase contract to the Polycom rebate team.  Please see eligible equipments below.  Full Polycom Time2Trade rebate promotion details plus terms and conditions can be found here:  Polycom Time2Trade Rebate Flyer.

Polycom Time2Trade Rebate Qualified Equipment & Rebate Amounts

Analog Personal Audio Conferencing Options

Despite the increase in popularity for UC conferencing devices, a high percentage of conference speakerphones sold today are still analog.  If you are one of the many who are still looking to procure an analog conferencing speakerphone for your personal or small meeting uses then this post will give you a few options to consider.

Option 1:  ClearOne Chat50 USB Plus

ClearOne Chat50 USB Plus

A personal speakerphone that connects to a variety of devices (including computers, telephones, mobile phones, MP3 players etc) for clear, full-duplex and hands-free communication.  Being full-duplex, it lets you listen and talk at the same time without cutting in and out of audio.  The sensitive microphone array has 120-degree audio pickup up to 8 feet away so you can talk comfortably.  The ClearOne Chat50 also has built-in echo and noise cancellation to prevent unwanted noises.

For analog use, you would connect the Chat50 to your telephone’s headset jack via the provided 2.5mm cable (it’ll also connect with cell-phones).  The Chat50 is small, slightly larger than a pack of cards so it takes up minimal footprint and is easy to take for travel.  The Chat50 is recommended if you want a good quality, no-fuss, simple-to-use conferencing speakerphone with an economical price.  The great thing about the ClearOne chat50 is you can also use it with your computer for webinars or Skype calls so it is more versatile.

Option 2:  Konftel 100

Konftel 100 Conference Phone

Konftel 100 brings you a great conferencing solution for smaller meetings up to 6 people.  This device uses Konftel’s proprietary OmniSound HD technology which provides full-duplex natural sound.  The 360-degree pick-up and reproduction let you walk and talk freely in the meeting space (up to 300 sqft range).  The Konftel 100 also comes with ultra-sensitive omni-directional microphone with 3 built-in surround speakers to provide clear reception throughout the meeting space.

Konftel 100 comes with dial pad and call control (volume, mute, flash, conference etc) buttons right on the front of the unit so you can make and manage your conference calls easily.  It plugs directly into your analog jack (bypassing the need of a separate deskphone), or to your phone system with an analog card via a modular 6/6, RJ11 port.  Because Konftel 100 only connects via analog, this is recommend if you are looking for a dedicated analog conferencing solution that’s practical, simple-to-use and is great quality.  If you would like to try one out, there is currently a 30-day trial offer on Konftel conference phones.

Option 3:  Polycom VoiceStation 300

Polycom Voicestation 300

A 3rd option would be the Polycom VoiceStation 300.  Similar to Konftel 100 it provides 360-degree room coverage but only up to 7 feet in range.  The Polycom VoiceStation 300 is more suited for personal and smaller conferencing with less than 4 participants.  The VoiceStation’s Dynamic Noise Reduction (DNR) actively removes background noises and Polycom’s Acoustic Clarity technology delivers clear, natural 2-way conversations.

The VoiceStation 300 also comes with dial pad and call controls (volume, mute, flash, hold etc) buttons on the front of the device and a handset phone can be plugged in for a more private conversation.  To use, simply connect the Polycom VoiceStation 300 into any analog phone jack.  The Polycom VoiceStation 300 is recommended if you only need analog connection for smaller or personal conferences and are more comfortable going with the Polycom brand.

I hope the options above will help you get started in selecting your analog personal audio conference phone.  If you’re looking for a personal conferencing device for your computer webinars or bluetooth devices instead, look forward to our next blog post which will go over just that.  If there are any questions please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or contact us at sales@thetelecomspot.com.

Plantronics Releases Smart Presence App for MS Lync 2013

Plantronics just released a Smart Presence app for Microsoft Lync which will provide enhanced presence functions for MS Lync 2013 (when used with Plantronics Spokes software and Plantronics headsets).  Mainly, it changes your MS Lync 2013 presence status to “in a call” when you’re on call (with mobile, softphone or deskphone calls).

Before installing the new app, the following are required:

Find out more on Plantronics’ page here:  http://www.plantronics.com/us/support/software-downloads/business-windows.jsp

 

 

Meet the Konftel 55 & 55W Conference Phones

Meet the Konftel 55 series – a Swiss Army knife equivalent of audio conferencing phones.  Both the  Konftel 55 and the Konftel 55W are highly versatile – able to connect with computers, mobile phones/tablets and any IP or digital desktop phones (with adapter cables).  They are great for quick conferencing at your desk or small conferences of under 6 participants (up to 16 participants with expansion mics).  The only difference between the two models is the Konftel 55W has Bluetooth and supports expansion microphones.

Meet Konftel 55 & 55W
Konftel 55 Connection Chart
Features: 

  • OmniSound HD
  • Expandable with microphones (Konftel 55W only)
  • Headset connection
  • Rechargeable battery
  • High resolution touchscreen
  • Future proof with upgradable software
  • SD call recording
  • 2-year manufacturer warranty

Konftel’s proprietary OmniSound HD audio technology delivers crystal clear full-duplex conversations (and HD audio during VoIP calls).  The sound is transmitted via Konftel’s hypersensitive microphone with 360° audio pick-up and speakers.  It has automatic echo cancellation, noise suppression, and an audio equalizer.  With this technology, Konftel assures you can freely move about the conferencing room without loss of audio quality or irritating clipping or echos.

Another great convenience is that VoIP calls on the Konftel 55/55W can be bridged with calls via desktop or mobile phones.  You can easily combine and switch connections via an LCD screen display interface which displays only the current connections.  And with built-in SD call recording, you can easily record calls or dictations and save/share the audio files via your computer with the removable memory card.

The Konftel 55 is now available for order thru The Telecom Spot website, and the Konftel 55W is expected to be in stock soon as well.  The Konftel 55/55W comes with an electrical cable, A/C adapter, battery, USB cable and quick reference guide.  To connect with any IP or digital deskphones you’ll need an adapter (sold separately and coming soon – part# 900102126 ) or other dedicated special cables for Avaya and Siemens phones.  Any questions?  Just leave a comment below for us or contact any of our helpful consultants.