In the past, VoIP Supply’s Edu Assist Program helped hundreds of educational institutions deploy VoIP phone systems.

Our assistance program is now helping schools set up wireless networks to take advantage of the latest mobile technology trend in education.

Mobile Tech in Education

The 2013 National Survey on Mobile Technology for K-12 Education, sponsored by Amplify and conducted by market research firms IESD and STEM Market Impact, show some interesting results from over 500 district leaders:

  • More than half of surveyed district leaders are now using mobile technology in 25% of their schools with a growing popularity for tablet use in classrooms.
  • An additional 15% of districts said they were “very likely” to adopt mobile technology in the next 1-2 years.

Wireless devices such …

VoIP Supply’s Guide to Wireless VoIP Solutions is now available to download.

Like most people you’re probably accustomed to using cell phones. So, why not have that same freedom of movement in the workplace?

Mobility is one of the major benefits of a Wireless VoIP solution.

This educational guide will walk you through:

  • Explain the how wireless VoIP works
  • Discuss the benefits of wireless VoIP
  • Describe the different wireless options
  • Provide insight on how to select wireless IP phones
  • Show you how to design a wireless VoIP system
  • Give you a comparison of wireless phone choices

Types of Wireless VoIP Phones – DECT vs WiFi

One of the major things that you’ll learn in this guide is that there are two basic types of wireless VoIP phones. Which …

Why We Love Spectralink

What’s not to love… all the mobility of a cell phone in a secure VoWiFi handset that we can hang on a lanyard or clip onto our belt.  With the introduction of the Spectralink 8440  and Spectralink 8450 we have HD Voice, a color choice, and a cool user interface and even the ability to barcode scan right into our laptops.

Now the Spectralink WiFi phone by Polycom is even more verticalized for Healthcare and Manufacturing applications while still being perfect and slick looking for hospitality and retail.

Why We (I) Hate Spectralink

I  hate talking into a phone. Period. I hate holding a phone to my ear. It is cumbersome, I need my hands for doing my job, not holding my phone.

Sure …

This is a guest post by James Kander, North American Sales Manager for Polycom KIRK, and is the final installment in a three part series.  Click here for Part I and Part II.

Completing this series on when to choose DECT over Wi-Fi,  Jim Kander, North American Sales Manager for the Polycom KIRK line, joins us one last time to provide you with the best practices for installation and advice on things you need to make sure you do and things you should be sure to avoid.

To recap, Part I of this series helped users distinguish the differences between DECT (Polyom KIRK ) and Wi-Fi (Polycom SpectraLink) and Part II outlined what’s needed to make the solution work.

Site Surveys Key to Wireless Installation

VoIP Supply:  Jim, you’ve cleared up the vagaries between DECT and Wi-Fi and provided

This is a guest post by James Kander, North American Sales Manager for Polycom KIRK, and is the 2nd installment in a three part series.  Part I is here.

Part I of this guest post series talked about Polycom’s two wireless solutions, the Polyom KIRK (DECT) line and the Polycom SpectraLink (Wi-Fi) option including the best way for users to distinguish what the true differences between DECT and Wi-Fi are.

Following up on the previous post Jim Kander, North American Sales Manager for the Polycom KIRK line, joins us this time to talk about implementing a wireless, DECT VoIP solution.

VoIP Designers, Make It Work!

VoIP Supply:  Tim Gunn is famous for telling Project Runway designers to “make it work.”  We hope VoIP integrators don’t have to face the same time

This is a guest post by James Kander, North American Sales Manager for Polycom KIRK, and the 1st installment in a three part series.

Polycom has two great wireless VoIP solutions to increase mobility in your workplace; the Polyom KIRK (DECT) line and the Polycom SpectraLink (Wi-Fi) option.  Both scenarios employ wirless handsets that will:

  • Eliminate paging delays and improve operations.
  • Enable faster responses to problems and emergencies.
  • Improve employee mobility, responsiveness and productivity.

What’s the best way for users to distinguish the true differences between DECT and Wi-Fi?  With that question in mind we decided to ask the authority themselves, Polycom.  Jim Kander, the North American Sales Manager for the Polycom KIRK line, gladly agreed to clear up the confusion.  Below is his response.

Why choose …

Utilizing new phone technology can be great for both business and personal use. People who embrace VoIP and SIP technology see new capabilities, new conveniences, and a lot of money saved.

New enhanced options of using a computer-based phone can, in fact, be downright exciting. But what if you used SIP over a mobile phone? How much would that impact your life – and how easy would it make your newfound dedication to VoIP?

Well, it’s not only possible, but it’s already going on for the Droid. SIPDroid allows you to sync up your Google Voice VoIP phone system with the Droid, making your VoIP strategies easy to use – and available in your pocket. So let’s explore these capabilities and reflect on how …

By using Wi-Fi to communicate on your phone you can save precious minutes on your calling plan and avoid additional fees. 

Using your smartphone, tablet, or desktop phone’s internet connection  is a great inexpensive or free way to take advantage of a second phone line. 

With improved latency, here are a few popular apps (for iPhone and Android) that make Wi-Fi calling practical:…

Digium, the Asterisk company, has added a Switchvox Mobile app to integrate their small to medium business (SMB) communications solutions for Android devices. 

This free app, available for download in the Android Market, now rounds out their mobile support that already include iPhone and Blackberry users. 

Switchvox product line director Tristan Barnum notes that there’s been some anticipation:

“With the wide adoption of the Switchvox Mobile features, users have been asking for Android integration and we are pleased to be offering it now.”

VoIP Supply’s CMO Garrett Smith shared his thoughts recently with TMC’s CEO Rich Tehrani about how recent trends are affecting VoIP equipment. 

Smith will be speaking at next month’s ITEXPO about the benefits of unified communictions for business and explained to Tehrani why it’s important

“Most organizations used to think of IP based communications as a way to save money, but today it’s really more about what IP/unified communications can enable from an efficiency and productivity standpoint.

Properly integrating and deploying unified communications is still a hurdle for some, but the potential benefits that come from leveraging it definitely justify the costs.”

The Cell Phone Effect & Disruptive Forces

In the last few years the applications for VoIP technology have evolved while the VoIP …