As part of its brand transformation after purchasing Aastra, Mitel announced end-of-life for Aastra 675xi series SIP IP phones to make way for Mitel’s new and improved 6800i series. For those wanting to continue with the Aastra 6700i series, the 673xi series are a great substitute as well.
If you liked Aastra 6757i SIP phone:
- Mitel 6867i, part of the new 6800i series IP phones, offers higher spec at a lower price point. Additional features include color LCD display, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, native HD hardware for true HD voice quality.
- Alternatively, Aastra 6737i provide same look and price range as 6757i plus more features like dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and native HD hardware for true HD voice quality.
If you liked Aastra 6755i SIP phone:
- Mitel 6867i would also serve as a good step up from 6755i with additional features like 10 programmable softkeys (no paper label keys), EHS/DHSG headset port, and wider range of accessories (including expansion modules).
- Or go with Aastra 6735i which provide same look and price range plus additional features like dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and native HD hardware for true HD voice quality.
If you liked Aastra 6753i SIP phone:
- Mitel 6865i, part of the new 6800i series IP phone, offers higher spec and competitive pricing with its larger LCD display, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, and native HD hardware for true HD voice quality.
Many users who are looking for more mobile freedom while still keeping great call quality and business phone features are turning to cordless IP DECT phone systems. There are many cordless DECT phone options in today’s market, but two of the most popular are Yealink’s W52P and Panasonic’s KX-TGP500. With similar price ranges, below is a quick comparison between the 2 models.
- Indoor range: 50m
- Outdoor range: 300m
- Color screen: Yes
- Simultaneous calls: 4
- SIP Accounts: Up to 5
- Cordless Handsets: Up to 5 (W52H)
- HD Voice: Yes, handset with wideband
- Speaker: Full-Duplex
- Talk time: +10 hours, 100 hours standby
- PoE: Integrated PoE (Class 1)
- ECO Mode: Yes
- Cat-iq 2.0: Yes
- Remote Phonebook: Yes
- On-screen conferencing instructions
- Special: Increase range with up to 6 repeaters (RT10)
- See Yealink W52P Product & pricing
- Indoor range: 50m
- Outdoor range: 300m
- Color screen: No, grayscale
- Simultaneous calls: 3
- SIP Accounts: Up to 8
- Cordless Handsets: Up to 6 (KX-TPA50B04)
- HD Voice: HD Codec on DECT radio
- Speaker: Half-Duplex
- Talk time: Up to 5 hours, 240 hours standby
- PoE: No
- ECO Mode: No
- Cat-iq 2.0: No
- Remote Phonebook: No
- No on-screen conferencing instructions
- See Panasonic KX-TGP500 Product & Pricing
Polycom makes some of the best quality SIP VoIP Phones on the market. They work well with most IP-PBX and Hosted VoIP Providers. While most manufacturers and providers will have their own setup guidelines (which you should follow first), there are times when you may need to manually configure your Polycom VoIP phone. We will provide a very basic guide on getting your Polycom phone manually registered to an Asterisk SIP-based system here.
First you will need some basic information to register your Polycom phone:
- IP address of the Polycom phone
- IP address of the Asterisk system and SIP Port used to register (usually 5060)
- SIP extension number and phone password from your Asterisk system for your Polycom Phone
Once you have obtained the information, open up your web browser and enter in the IP Address of the Polycom phone in the Address Bar. Once it prompts you to login, use the following user name and password (assuming it is still default):
- Username: Polycom
- Password: 456
When logged into the Polycom phone’s user interface go to the Lines section (may be under Settings on newer firmwares) and Line 1. Enter the information into the following fields:
- Display Name: SIP Extension Number assigned on the Asterisk system ie. 2000
- Address: SIP Extension Number assigned on the Asterisk system ie. 2000
- Label: SIP Extension Number assigned on the Asterisk system ie. 2000
- Authentication User ID: SIP Extension Number assigned on the Asterisk system, i.e., 2000
- Authentication Password: Phone-password assigned on the Asterisk system
Under Server 1:
- Address: IP Address of the Asterisk system
- Port: Port number for SIP registration ,i.e., 5060
- Leave all other settings default.
Submit to Save settings, which should prompt you to reboot the phone. Check to see if the Polycom phone is registered properly by pressing on the phone: Menu/Settings > Status > Lines.
You should be all set!
Snom has announced they are doubling their IP desktop phones warranty from one to two years to further protect customer’s investment. This extended warranty will apply to snom phones purchased from July 1, 2013 by customers in North America, Carribbean, Central America, South America, Australia and New Zealand.
The products covered under the new 2 year warranty are:
- snom 3xx series (300, 320,370)
- snom 7xx series (710, 720, 760)
- snom 8xx series (821 and 870)
- PA1 paging adapter