Great news! Google today announced that their Hangouts Meet, a designated business video conferencing solution, will be compatible with Polycom and Cisco hardware in a few weeks.

These integrations will make it easier for businesses to use meeting solutions utilizing existing VoIP hardware they have.

“Nothing’s more frustrating than hosting a meeting and having trouble getting people to join because of issues with technology—it can interrupt workflows and slow down productivity,” Rany Ng, Google’s director of product management for G Suite

Additionally, Google also introduced its new third party integration with Google calendar. Now you can join some third party calls such as Webex right from Google Calendar with a simple click.

We are expecting to see more integrations and analytics updates from Google in a few months. Stay tuned!

The fans have spoken! Digium’s new A30 IP Phone has been voted as the winner of 2018 March Mayhem!

Digium A30 Executive-Level Gigabit Phone with 5 Line Registrations

Digium’s A30 is part of Digium’s new A-Series Asterisk IP phones. The A30 is a 6-line VoIP phone designed for executive users who desire a personalized communication solution while sticking to a budget.

Addition to the standard features such as call waiting, call transfer and auto answer, the A30 is also equipped with a beautiful full-color LCD display, a scroll key for accessing up to 45 accounts, and 2 switched 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet ports. A perfect model for your most demanding users who require gigabit networking!

Click to learn more about the A30 here.

The A30 is truly a ”budget-friendly, without compromising quality” VoIP phone! Congratulations to Digium on winning this year’s March Mayhem! We are excited to see more customers benefit from this new unit in the near future.

Digium, the Asterisk Company, unveiled the A-Series IP phones at the ITExpo 2018 today! The This new series is a line of affordable desk phones for Asterisk-based systems.

These new VoIP phones are designed with the best value and high-quality components for budget-minded Asterisk users. The price point starts as low as US$59, each model includes a full-color display, HD Voice, and multi-line functionality.  

The A-Series IP phones for Asterisk are the highest quality VoIP phones for the price and are backed by Digium, the creator, sponsor, and maintainer of the Asterisk project.

“Asterisk, the world’s most popular open source communications platform, is used by developers to create sophisticated, custom communications solutions, and low- or no-cost alternatives to proprietary phone systems. These systems often require budget-friendly IP phones, and the new A-Series phones for Asterisk fulfill that need,” said Charlie Wilson, director of developer products at Digium.

This new Digium A-Series VoIP phones for Asterisk include:

  • A30 – An executive-level gigabit phone with a 4.3-inch full-color display, 6 line registrations, 10 Rapid Dial/Busy Lamp Field (BLF) keys with up to 45 contacts, Power over Ethernet (PoE), and 10/100/1000BASE-T network ports.
  • A25 – A mid-level gigabit phone with two full-color displays, 4 line registrations, 6 Rapid Dial/Busy Lamp Field (BLF) keys with up to 30 contacts, Power over Ethernet (PoE), and 10/100/1000BASE-T network ports.
  • A22 – An entry-level gigabit phone with a 2.8-inch full-color display, 2 line registrations, Power over Ethernet (PoE), and 10/100/1000BASE-T network ports.
  • A20 – An entry-level value phone with a 2.8-inch full-color display, 2 line registrations, Power over Ethernet (PoE), and 10/100BASE-T network ports.

Stay tuned for more details!

“As a Digium partner, we are very excited to hear that they will be adding these new phones to their product line. These additional phones will broaden Digium’s portfolio in the competitive VoIP industry, giving them a stronger foothold in the market. “ – Paula Griffo, President, and CFO of VoIP Supply

Yealink recently announced that four of their IP Phones  (T41P, T42G, T46G and  T48G) from the T4S Series have been certified for use on Skype for Business Online Service platform.

This certification has strengthened Yealink’s Skype for Business solutions and helped boost the popularity of the models in Yealink’s T4S SFB Series.

Designed for executives and professionals, the T4S SFB Series features dual-port Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and an advanced feature set such as Outlook calendar synchronization and meeting join functionality.

“The latest certification affirms our continuous commitment to enhancing interoperability and to bringing lifelike and productive communication experience through our phone endpoints for Skype for Business customers,” said Yealink Vice President Stone Lu.

“Skype for Business is looking better than ever with these fan-favorite phone designs from Yealink.” – Marc Spehaiski, VoIP Engineer

We are excited to see more customers benefit from this new collaboration!

Note: This is a guest post from Mark Dacanay.

Now that more and more businesses are moving towards the cloud, it would really be helpful to learn about all the equipment you can use to maximize its potential. One of the Cloud’s practical applications for business is communications. Businesses can use the Internet as a communication medium for voice and video calling, text messaging, and online faxing. Voice over IP or VoIP is the Internet protocol that makes voice and video calling possible via the web, using connected devices like computers and mobile devices.

Aside from PCs and smartphones, there is still other hardware that you need to know, in order to make the most out of VoIP for your business. Here are a few of them to get you started:

 

VoIP Routers

A router is a network hardware that allows your local network, including your computers and other devices, to communicate with the Internet. This is an important VoIP hardware because it is your network’s first line of defense. This keeps your local network safe, including your communications system, which is vital to the success of your business.

VoIP routers are really useful for companies with multiple office spaces sharing the same network. Aside from the added security from hacking and information leak, having multiple VoIP routers distribute the user load, especially when your business revolves around calling and contacting clients, or getting calls from customers throughout the day.

 

Telephone Handsets

Perhaps the VoIP hardware that we’re most familiar with is the telephone handset. These are the ones that we are likely to end up using, as it likely retains the same features as that of the common telephone. VoIP-enabled telephones allow us to make and receive calls, only this time, through the Internet. Currently, you can opt between using IP phones (intended for VoIP use) or your traditional PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) handsets. The advantage of using IP phones is their plug-and-play compatibility, wherein right off the bat, you can use it to make and receive calls. There’s no need for conversions or other long-winded processes to be able to use your regular home phones as an IP phone.

Aside from your typical wired handset, you can also use a wireless IP phone for added mobility and flexibility while you use it on your network. By integrating a Wi-Fi adapter on a cordless, battery-powered handset, you will be able to connect to your network and take calls as you would in a regular phone. Only this time, you can move around and go from room to room because you’re not tethered to your desk by a wire.

While there may be other ways to use VoIP (like PC-to-PC VoIP, mobile device calling, etc.,) nothing beats the experience of lifting a phone to your ear to make and receive a call, even if it uses an Internet connection. This is why having telephone handsets as part of a modern network is a practice that will never get old.

 

Analog Telephone Adapters or ATA

Grandstream HT802 ATASpeaking of using your old PSTN handsets for VoIP, there’s one important device that you can get in order to do so. Analog Telephone Adapters or ATAs acts as a hardware interface between your regular, wired PSTN phones and your digital VoIP line. This is particularly helpful if you have a lot of PSTN phones, maybe from your old, onsite telephone system. This will save you a lot of money from buying new VoIP handsets, which are fairly more expensive because of all the new tech that goes with them. If you are using PC to PC VoIP, you don’t need an ATA. However, if you plan on using your home or office with existing analog phones, such an adapter is a must.

 

Computers and Mobile Devices

Nowadays, VoIP is mainly done through computers and mobile devices. The ease of use, plus the proximity to these devices have replaced the need for a wired handset on your desk. Using your mobile devices and computers to make and receive VoIP calls gives your employees more flexibility. They’re not tied down to a desk, meaning, they could be doing something else (more work!) while taking a call. Computers usually have a software installed so that you can have the full functionality of a handset, all in your computer. All you need is to connect another piece of hardware, a headset, on your computer and you’re good to go.

Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets were built with mobility in mind. This is why these devices are fully suited for office use when paired with VoIP. Imagine being able to reach your employees no matter where they are, as long as they’re connected to your network. Other features could be integrated, like having a  business application that not only enables VoIP calling, but also integrates other productivity features like team messaging and collaboration, tasking, and more.

With a bit of a background in VoIP hardware, you will now have an idea what to get for your company’s network and communications system. You don’t have to get everything listed above, just choose the ones that fit your needs and your current communications setup.

Have questions about anything that was covered in this post? Read out to one of our VoIP experts by calling 800-398-8647 or contacting us by email voipexperts@voipsupply.com!

Mark Dacanay is a Digital Marketing Professional who has been working with a B2B company offering cloud-based services for more than 5 years. He is obsessed with anything about the cloud – the technology, not the fluffy stuff in the sky. You can reach him through Twitter and LinkedIn.

Snom has been known for its affordable and reliable IP phone solutions. Their SIP 700 Series features VPN, auto-provisioning & redirection, remote management, and more advanced capabilities. To take your communication experience to an even higher level, today, Snom introduced a whole new deskset, the D785, to provide you a larger color display and more advanced support. Let’s delve into the details!

4.3-inch Color Display With 24 Self-Labeling Keys

The D785 is a 12-line SIP Phone featuring a 480×272 large color LCD display for a clearer view. The 24 self-labeling keys (4 pages) allow you to customize your phone to better fit in your business and work environment. Need more flexibility? Pair the D785 with up to three D7 expansion modules to gain 18 more programmable keys per module with multi-color LED! The D7 expansion module is compatible with all D700 series phones except the D710/D712.

If you are looking for a powerful and flexible deskphone, you won’t want to miss the D785 deskset! Bluetooth, EHS, Dual Ethernet ports (GigE), and Power over Ethernet (PoE) are just some of the flexible connectivity options offered by the D785. You will be able to easily connect your device to a headset and power it without an additional power supply. Best of all, the D785 also comes with optional WiFi and DECT support via a USB port, giving you the freedom to have a hands-free conversation!

Key Features:

  • Optional WiFi and DECT Support via USB port
  • Dual Ethernet ports (GigE)
  • EHS adapter support
  • Support for up to three D7 expansion modules
  • USB Port
  • Support for up to 12 SIP lines/accounts
  • Soft bumpers to “mute the handset click”
  • SIP and PCAP trace in phone
  • VPN
  • Remote management: TR-069/TR-111
  • Auto-provisioning and redirection
  • Best-in-class audio

Check out how the new D785 deskset compares to other IP Phones in the SIP 700 suite below!

SIP 700 Series Comparison Matrix

Availability of the D785

The D785 IP Phones will be officially released in early February 2018. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, mark your calendar for our D785 Product Webinar on Jan. 29th as we share the product details, advanced features, Snom 700 Series comparison, and more!

Check Out Snom D785!

If you are looking for new office phones but are keeping a budget in mind, then the new Fanvil X2P should be on top of your list.

This new release comes with everything you’d expect from a high-end model VoIP phone, for the price of an economy phone. And it looks great too!

One of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time is that Fanvil actually swapped out the handset on this phone and gave it the ability to use a footswitch to answer and end calls! I feel like this is something that has not been done before and would be a great fit for a call center environment!

If you need more convincing, just watch this short video we put together for you!

Are you looking for a headset to pair to your Grandstream phone but you are not sure which headsets are compatible? Grandstream phones have tons of comparability options with any headset manufacturers, one being Sennheiser. We understand how tedious it can be to look into each product one by one and filter out the ones that are compatible with your Grandstream IP phones. Let’s sort things out together!

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Sennheiser provides multiple corded and wireless headset options to pair to your Grandstream IP phones. The popular choices below are all compatible with Granstream’s GXP1600 Series (small to medium business phones), GXP1700 Series (enterprise phones ) and GXV Series (video phones):

Sennheiser’s Corded Headsets:

headset1You will need the CSTD 01 quick disconnect cord to use Sennheiser’s corded headsets with your Grandstream IP phones. The quick disconnect cord allows users to easily disconnect the headset from the cable.

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If you are looking for a solution without tangled cables on your shoulder, be sure to check out the options here that also work for Grandstream’s GXP Series and GXV Series. Simply connect the device with your IP phone via CEHS-AV 04 cord, and you are ready to talk!

Sennheiser’s Wireless Headsets:

If you are using GXV3240 or GXV3275 video IP phones, you can also connect with MB Pro Series and PRESENCE Series via Bluetooth.

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Want to find out more Grandstream compatible headsets? Download our VoIP headset and phone compatibility guide to learn more compatible options!

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Yealink’s T5 media phone series made their global debut at the 2017 Channel Partners Conference and Expo. This series includes the T58V/A, the T56A, the T54S, the T52S and one Expansion Module.

Designed for multiple usage scenarios, the Yealink T5 media phone series provides businesses of all sizes with an all-in-one solution that is fully scalable and flexible. Let me walk you through all the models!

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First, let’s look at some highlights of the T5 Series:

  • Enriched Features and Improved Productivity: The entire T5 Series is loaded with a full range of features including up to 15 SIP accounts, dual port GigE, built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity, USB headset and color-screen expansion support.
  • Two-megapixel Adjustable Camera and Screen: The T58V features a two-megapixel adjustable camera and an adjustable screen to enable a life-like video communication.
  • Heads-up Screen and User Experience: The T5 Series utilizes a heads-up LCD color screen design to allow users to view screen information easily and to check contact info at a glance.

Now, let’s check out each model one by one!

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The Yealink SIP – T58V/A Smart Media Android Phone

The T58V media phone is the top highlight in the T5 Series roll-out. It features a two-megapixel adjustable camera and an adjustable screen to enble a life-like video communication. This solution is a great fit for business professionals who demand a productivity-enhancing visual communication with the ease of a standard phone.

The T58A is a similar, simple-to-use media phone without a camera support. It is based on Android 5/1/1 operating system and is coupled with a built-in web browser, calendar, recorder, and more.

  • 7 inch (1024 x 600) capacitive adjustable touch screen
  • 720p30 HD video
  • Runs Android 5.1.1
  • Built-in Bluetooth 4.0+ for headsets and pairing mobile devices
  • Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
  • USB 2.0 port (2.0 compliant)
  • Up to 16 VoIP accounts
  • Up to 5-party video/audio mixed conferencing and up to 3-party video conferencing

Access to the T58V datasheet and the T58A datasheet

Participate in our Twitter contest by following VoIP Supply on Twitter and retweet our T58V post for your chance to win a T58V phone or an Amazon e-gift card! 

The Yealink T56A Smart Media Android HD Phone

The T56A is a 5-way audio conferencing phone that supports enriched HD audio and Android 5.1.1 operating system. This solution features a 7-inch fixed multi-point touchscreen, integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0+EDR.

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  • One-touch speed dial, hotline
  • Group listening, emergency call
  • Set date time manually or automatically
  • Dial plan, action URL/URI
  • RTCP-XR (RFC3611), VQ-RTCPXR (RFC6035)

Access to the Yealink T56A datasheet

The Yealink T54S Smart Media Phone

The T54S is a 3-way audio conferencing phone that’s designed for the high-end users providing a distinctive appearance and robust structure. It features Opus audio codec that provides superb audio quality, Gigabit Ethernet and built-in Bluetooth and USB.

  • 4.3″ 480 x 272-pixel color display with backlightt54s
  • Built-in Bluetooth 2.0
  • USB 2.0 port for USB recording and wired/wireless USB headsets
  • Opus Codec support
  • T54S&T52S firmware and Auto-P template unified
  • Up to 16 VoIP accounts
  • Dual-port Gigabit Ethernet
  • PoE support

Access to the T54S Datasheet

The Yealink T52S Smart Media Phone

The last but not the least, the T52S media phone comes with a 2.8 inch 320×240 pixels color display screen and HD audio full-duplex speakerphone. This is a 3-way conferencing phone with up to 21 memory keys and up to 12 SIP accounts. Same as all other T5 Series phones, the T52S also supports Bluetooth, GigE.

  • 2.8 inch 320 x 240 color displayt52s
  • 3-way conferencing
  • HD Codec, HD Handset, HD Speaker
  • Built-in Bluetooth

The Yealink T5 Series ExpansionModule

The functionality of the T5 Series can be expanded even further when you combine them with the Yealink T5 Series Expansion Module. This module includes three pages of 20 flexible buttons that can be programmed for up to 60 various features.

  • 4.3″ 272 x 480-pixel color screenexpansion-module
  • Color icons for rich visual experience
  • 20 physical keys on each page with dual-color LEDs
  • Three independent control keys with illuminated LED for fast switching pages
  • Supports up to 3 modules daisy-chain
  • Stand with 2 adjustable angles
  • Applies to Yealink T5 Series (SIP-T58V/SIP-T58A/SIP-T56A/SIP-T54S/SIP-T52S)

See the comparison chart below to compare T5 Series side by side!

Access to the T5 Series Brochure

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digium-d80Recently, Digium’s D80 IP Phone received the 2017 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award.

The D80 IP phone is an HD touchscreen desk phone for businesses who are looking for a high-quality phone at an affordable price. It features a 7-inch HD display with multi-point capacitive touchscreen, 100 rapid dial/busy lamp field (BLF) entries, dual 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit network ports and advanced touch-optimized applications.

Digium is proud to be honored and dedicated to continuously moving forward with innovative, easy-to-use and affordable devices.

“The award honors the best, most innovative unified communications products and solutions released in the last twelve months.” as judged by the editors of TMC’s INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine.

Take a look at the D80 IP phones today and learn what great features it has to offer!

As a proud partner of Digium, we would like to congratulate them on this award!