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Trade-in Old Conference Phones and Update with Konftel!

Konftel Trade-In OfferStill using old and outdated conferencing equipment?  Trade in your old or competitive equipment and get discounts buying new Konftel conferencing phones!  Konftel’s trade-in offer is available from now thru August 31, 2015 (may end earlier as determine by Konftel) and eligible for end-user customers only.

Process:  Customer fills out Konftel’s trade-in forms 1 and 2 and provide it to us along with your Konftel order.  We send the completed form to Konftel for review, and once we receive Konftel’s approval back we can discount your new eligible Konftel conferencing phone order by the amount listed below.

Konftel trade-in offer terms & conditions:

  • This trade-in program is only valid for conferencing equipment
  • Valid until August or when terminated by Konftel
  • Only valid for end-user customers
  • Traded in equipment must be working and in use, old Konftel equipment must have been purchased at least 24 months prior to the purchase date of the new equipment.
  • Konftel has to receive a trade-in form with the purchase order including Signed Authentication and Disposal Certification by customer, and what units are replaced (including end user contacts and reseller information).
  • Cannot be combined with other offers.
  • Purchase must be confirm before 8/31/2015 and the number of disposed products must equal new Konftel phones purchased.

Please contact us at sales@thetelecomspot.com or 866-369-3394 with any questions.

Yealink’s New CP860 Diamond IP Conference Phone is Here!

Yealink announced the commercial launch of its first IP conference phone on 3/13/2015.  The new CP860 IP conference phone is designed for small to medium-sized meeting rooms with up to 10 participants (or 16 with optional expansion mic) and offers “diamond-clear” voice conversations to help increase productivity for company meetings.  Yealink CP860 IP Conference Phone

CP860 combines great audio performance in its diamond shaped body design along with several useful features.  Call linkage with PC or mobile soft-phones such as Skype, Lync/Skype for Business, Bria, and more are supported to provide users a convenient UC experience anytime and anywhere.  With USB call recording, you can record important meetings for easy call review and record keeping.  5-party conferencing is also supported to help companies improve communications while reducing facility costs.

Highlights:

  • Optima HD voice, full duplex technology
  • 10-feet and 360 degree voice pick-up (built-in 3 mic array)
  • Optional pair of CPE80 expansion microphone for broader reception
  • 320ms echo cancellation tail length
  • Connection to mobile phone or PC for conference calls
  • 5-way conferencing supported
  • USB call recording supported

Yealink CP860 IP conference phone is currently MSRP at $799 and the pair of CPE80 expansion mic is MSRP at $119.  Due to MAP restrictions, please log-in to our website or contact us today for our special sales price.

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Phoenix Audio Spider VoIP Conference Phone Unboxing Review

The Spider is Phoenix Audio’s latest top of line conference phone series delivering HD audio, noise/echo cancellation, dual connectivity, as well as the popular daisy chaining capability. The SIP version MT505 connects to SIP service via Ethernet cable or your computer via USB, while the PSTN version MT502 connects with your analog phone line as well as computer via USB.

Highlighted Specs:

  • Bridging between USB and VoIP/SIP/IP
  • Use alone or daisy chainable up to 14 units of MT503 or Quattro3’s
  • Interactive dial pad with backlights
  • 4 mic beamforming array with directional LED lighting
  • DSP based algorithms:  echo canceling, noise reduction, de-reverb, automatic gain control
  • SIP version supports PoE (Power over Ethernet)

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Upon opening the package, we can see the Phoenix Audio Spider conference phone came well packed with foam cushioning and cut-outs to prevent shifting damage during transit.  The content includes the Spider conference phone, 48V power supply with international adapters, USB cable, and Ethernet cable for SIP version (phone cable instead for PSTN version).

Phoenix Audio Spider Package ContentThe Phoenix Audio Spider aluminum casing has a more matte finish to help prevent unpleasant finger prints.  At 7″ diameter and 1-7/8″ in height the Spider is discrete and visually pleasing.  Phoenix Audio also added foam lining to the bottom of the unit to help keep it in place and prevent scratches.  The soft-touch keypad is back-lit when active or off when the unit is on standby.

Initial boot-up took a couple minutes then from there on the set-up was pretty simple via Spider’s GUI interface – just minutes after plugging in we are having our first test call.  The menu options are pretty self-explanatory via on-screen prompts, but you can also check the user manual for a flow-chart.  The settings can be changed both manually on the unit itself or via its web interface.

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We tested using the Spider conference phone from various distances up to 7 feet away and is happy to say our voices were picked up very well.  Our voices sounded clear and natural for the caller on the other side with minimal or no background noises.  The Spider’s proprietary directional beamforming array (seen by blue LED light under Spider’s grill) followed each speaker’s voice around the room with stunning accuracy.  (Note:  For those who don’t enjoy LED light shows, the red and blue lights can be turned off via menu option.)  In conclusion, an individual Phoenix Audio Spider unit would be sufficient for any small to mid-sized conference room and a good conference phone to consider. For larger settings you can daisy-chain up to 14 sub-units for additional expansion.

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List of Wireless Bluetooth Conference Phones

Looking for a wireless Bluetooth conferencing speakerphone to connect with your cellphone or Bluetooth-enabled devices?  Perfect for business trips, telecommuting, or holding smaller conference calls, check out the four options listed below for a current selection of Bluetooth-enabled speakerphones.

1. Jabra Speak 510 and 510+ Bluetooth and USB Speakerphone – $114.00 – $125.72

Jabra Speak 510

Personal wireless blue tooth and USB speakerphone device to conference anywhere, works with PCs and any Bluetooth enabled device. Jabra Speak 510 comes in both UC and MS Lync optimized versions and easily connect to tablets, mobile phones and headsets via Bluetooth.  Jabra Speak 510+ comes standard with Jabra Link 360 Bluetooth USB adapter. All three provides full compatibility with UC systems and VoIP clients

  • Up to 15 hours talk time
  • Plug-and-play connectivity to PC softphone / UC systems via USB cable
  • Built-in 3.5mm headset port to allow private conversations in open environments
  • 360-degree coverage with built-in omnidirectional microphone allowing attendees to hear and be heard from all angles
  • Digital Signaling Processing (DSP) technology allows crystal clear sound without echos or distorted sound at max volume level
  • Wideband audio and HD Voice
  • Bluetooth A2DP allows multimedia streaming
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty

2. Konftel 55W Wireless Bluetooth Conference Phone$299.95

Konftel 55WSimple and compact wireless bluetooth conference phone with HD sound quality and connects to computers, mobile phone/tablets and desktop phones (adapter required). VoIP calls can be bridged with desktop or mobile phone calls.  Easily combine and switch connections on the LCD colored screen’s smart user interface display. Konftel 55W also include call recording or dictations via SD memory card.  For smaller meetings up to 6 participants or up to 16 with optional expansion mic.  The Konftel 55W comes with a 6-metre electrical cable, AC adapter, battery, USB cable and a Quick Reference Guide.

  • Flexible connectivity options:  USB for VoIP calls, deskphones with optional adapter, cellular phone/tablets and headsets
  • Bluetooth options with cellular phone/tablets
  • Optional expansion microphones
  • OmniSound HD for superior audio quality
  • Rechargeable battery
  • LCD high-resolution color display
  • Switch and combine connections on the LCD display
  • Multiple languages in the phone and quick-reference guide
  • Record meeting on a SD memory card
  • Future-proof – can be upgraded
  • 2-year manufacturer warranty

3. Plantronics Calisto P620 Bluetooth Wireless Conference Speakerphone – $107.85

Plantronics Calisto P620

Calisto 620 is Plantronics’ “no cord, no fuss” portable Bluetooth wireless UC speakerphone and perfect for small conference calls anywhere.  Small and lightweight, instantly transforms your laptop or smartphone into a high quality conference device.  It’s designed to simplify call management with an easy interface for answer/end, mute and volume on your laptop or smart phone, and it comes with a Bluetooth® mini USB adapter for always-ready PC connectivity.The Calisto 620 comes with both UC Standard version for Avaya, Cisco, IBM, Skype and more and also a MS Lync version optimized for Microsoft Lync 2010 and Microsoft OCS 2007.

  • Simplified call management with an easy interface on PC or mobile phone
  • Bluetooth mini USB adapter for always-ready PC connectivity
  • Up to 7 hours wireless talk time, and up to 5 standby time
  • PC wideband audio and Digital Signal Processing (DSP) reduces drop-outs and echo
  • Bi-directional microphones activate in the direction of speaker’s voice
  • Full duplex audio with 360 degree room coverage
  • Integrated A2DP lets you listen to streaming media from your mobile device
  • Includes a soft carrying case
  • 2 years limited manufacturer warranty

4. Polycom VoiceStation 500 Bluetooth-enabled Conference Phone – $357.00

Polycom Voicestation 500

Small Bluetooth-enabled conference phone with up to 7-feet microphone pickup range is ideally suited for desktops, offices, and other small rooms for 3-4 participants.  Connect with any Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones or computers wirelessly for hands-free high quality conferencing or plug in directly to use with any analog phone jack. Polycom VoiceStation 500 comes with the conference phone unit, power module, 21-ft console cord, 7-ft telco cable to RJ-11 telephone jack, 4-ft cellphone connection link, 4-ft computer calling cable and user guide.

  • Polycom Bluetooth-enabled voice conferencing designed for offices and small meeting spaces.
  • Perfect for small conferences with three to four participants with microphone range of up to seven feet
  • Use your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone to connect wirelessly for hands-free voice conferencing, or connect to a Bluetooth-enabled computer for high-quality hands-free conferencing over Internet calling services such as Skype
  • 2.5mm applications port: plug into a wired connection for mobile phone and internet calling when Bluetooth is not available
  • Easy to use and install, no training required, connects into any analog phone jack
  • Patented Acoustic Clarity Technology. Full-duplex for simultaneous, natural, free-flowing conversation and more productive calls
  • Dynamic Noise Reduction (DNR) automatically reduces room background noise from fans, projectors, heating, and air conditioning for clearer sound and more efficient conferencing
  • 360-degree room coverage: a powerful, digitally-tuned custom speaker and three sensitive microphones provide uniform coverage from up to 7 feet away
  • Convenient controls: volume, mute, redial, flash and hold are located on an intuitive, easy-to-use keypad
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty