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The Cloud 9 is a webinar series co-hosted by VoIP Supply and Sangoma that includes 9 webinars with various must-learn VoIP Cloud Service topics, starting from December 5th, 2017 ending April 26th, 2018. This is a unique opportunity for all of you who are interested in learning effectively about in-depth VoIP in a timely manner.

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Also, you will be entered to wingiveaways

  • One s500 IP Phone (worth $149) when you register & attend 5+ webinars – Five winners will be selected
  • One s705 IP Phone (worth $229) when you register and attend all 9 webinars! – One winner will be selected

Must be located within the continental US to be eligible for the prize. Winners will be selected randomly and announced during the webinars! Register

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IP
Phones
Features Audio Features Telephony Features Power over Ethernet Support
Ethernet ports LCD Display Expansion Module Support Full-Duplex Speakerphone Lines Mute, Headset, and Hands Free Keys IEEE802.3af
polycom 320
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2200-12320-025
1x 10/100Mbps 102 x 33 pixel graphical LCD No Yes 2 Yes Built-in, autosensing
polycom 330
IP
330

2200-12330-025
2x 10/100Mbps 102 x 33 pixel graphical LCD No Yes 2 Yes Built-in, autosensing
polycom 430
IP
430

2200-12430-001
2x 10/100Mbps 132 x 46

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