2018 is a new year, and the VoIP industry is already starting off with a rather sizable change.  Once finalized in the first quarter of 2018, Polycom will have officially acquired Obihai Technology! This is a big move for Polycom and Obihai specializes in hardware and software for VoIP phones.

It will be exciting to see what Polycom has in store for the future, and it is making everyone wonder exactly how many more of acquisitions we’ll be seeing this year!

In this episode of the VoIP News Update, VoIP Supply Marketing Supervisor Mary Cheney also covers what you need to know about this years ITEXPO!  VoIP Supply will be there February 13th – 16 at booth #428! If you plan on stopping by, don’t forget to say hi!

And lastly, on The VoIP News Update, Mary covers some important details on Sangoma University.  If you are thinking of becoming a VoIP reseller, or if you already are but have not looked into Sangomas product portfolio, then you will want to pay attention!

We want to hear from you! Are you a certified member of Sangoma University? Will you be at ITEXPO 2018? Do you think Polycom made the right decision by acquiring Obihai? Let us know, below!

January 4th, 2018 – Polycom announced that they have signed a merger agreement to acquire Obihai Technology, Inc, a VoIP audio solutions innovator based in California’s Silicon Valley.

Polycom is a multinational corporation that develops video, voice and content collaboration and communication technology. After completion of this strategic acquisition, Polycom expects to broaden their solutions portfolio to add the cloud-based capabilities and Analog Terminal Adapter solutions.

Obihai Technology specializes in developing software and hardware for VoIP endpoints. Their innovative development team will add great value to Polycom to compete in the global voice market. The acquisition is expected to close early in first quarter of 2018.

“Sangoma Technologies (the parent company of VoIP Supply)  always admires watching other North American based businesses growing both in revenue and product portfolio through organic growth and Acquisitions after completing 5 of them in 5 years ourselves,” said Tony Lewis, COO and General Manager of Sangoma. ”The acquisition of Obi by Polycom appears to be a great strategic fit and we look forward to seeing where the newly combined companies have to offer.”     

“I have personally had a good relationship with Obi over the years through the FreePBX project and always admired the product and people at the company and we congratulate Jan and the whole team on a job well done.  I think this is just a start of a busy 2018 of Mergers and Acquisitions in the VoIP and Telecom space and we will see many more of these in the upcoming weeks, months and quarters announced so stay tuned for a fun 2018.” said Tony Lewis, COO and General Manager of Sangoma

It’s always good to see more North American companies coming together and trying to figure out how to have broader product portfolio and be competitive in the global landscape. We are excited to see how the two companies collaborate and bring value to more customers in the near future!

polycom-logoRecently, Polycom announced their integration of its HD voice and video technology into Microsoft’s Teams. Aside from this integration, Polycom also introduced two new audiovisual solutions, Polycom RealConnect Hybrid and Polycom Microsoft Skype Room System.

microsoftPolycom has a long-standing partnership with Microsoft and they are dedicated to supporting Microsoft customers in all stages of their collaboration which include Skype for Business, Office 365, and Microsoft Teams.

“We are pleased to partner with Polycom to integrate their core voice and video devices with the Microsoft Teams platform.  Microsoft Teams and solutions like Polycom MSR and Polycom RealPresence Group Series will be a powerful combination for customers that need high-quality collaboration experiences.” – Bob Davis, CVP, Skype Business Services & Office Product Group Customer Experience at Microsoft

Are you considering to use Polycom Phones with Digium Switchvox but you are worried about the compatibility and other possible issues? Your questions have been heard! Our VoIP experts are here to answer the three frequently asked questions about using Polycom phones with Switchvox. Let’s find out!


Question 1: Can I use Polycom VVX phones with Switchvox?  

Answer 1: A customer can use Polycom VVX with Switchvox but it’s important to understand the difference in the features they will and will not receive.  

Switchvox customers get the tightest integration when using a Digium Phone as compared to any other phone on the market. The phone applications (contacts, status, call queues, interactive voicemail, voicemail screening, etc.) are just a few of the features that really differentiate a Digium phone compared to other SIP phones.

See this video below that highlights some of the Digium Phone features under 2 minutes:  

For example, the status, presence and contacts apps, will save you an enormous amount of time on a daily basis.  You can press the contacts soft key on my D65 and start typing a name and immediately able to see the status/presence indicator of the person you are trying to reach.

Question 2: Do I need to add the Polycom feature pack to the order?

Answer 2: The Switchvox Polycom Phone Feature Pack enables easier configuration and greater flexibility and control for users and admins.  However, as Digium continues to roll out new integration and features, there is no guarantee that the Polycom phones will support the features.   

Today, the Polycom Phone Feature Pack enables features such as distinctive ringtones, you can enable or disable the missed call notifications, etc. More detail on Phone Feature Packs can be found here.

Question 3: If I have valid licenses and use Polycom phones, will I get full support from Digium?

Answer 3: Digium doesn’t support the Polycom phone (hardware).  However, Digium tech support will assist with answering questions related to the configuration/setup of an eligible Polycom phone when using a Switchvox Polycom Phone Feature Pack.  

More questions about Polycom phones, Digium phones, and Switchvox? Call one of our VoIP experts at 1-800-398-8647 today!


updateSept. 19th, 2017- BroadSoft announced that they will be updating the firmware for Yealink T4xG/P/S Series and Polycom VVX IP Phones through their BroadCloud offering! Find some details here:

These firmware updates will affect several Yealink and Polycom phones:

  • Yealink T4xS Series (Firmware – 81.xxx.110)
  • Yealink T4xG / T4xP Series (Pending Firmware Deployment 81.xxx.90 – Sept 2017)
  • Polycom VVX Series (Pending Firmware Deployment 5.5.2 – Beginning Oct 2017)
  • Models for future consideration
    • Audiocodes 4xxHD IP Phones (Timing TBD)

They will be adding additional services to be managed from the phones:

  • BroadWorks Enterprise Directoryyealink-polycom
  • BroadWorks Personal Directory (Yealink Only)
  • Network Call Logs, Received/Missed/Placed
  • Office Anywhere
  • Remote Office
  • Hide Calling Line ID
  • Reject Anonymous calls
  • Sim-Ring

The XSI will also be enabled by Default for Yealink and Polycom VVX Phones. End users will need to reboot their phones to enable the XSI capabilities. Check out the User Guides for changes to the User Interface on the Phones.

More information see broadsoft’s website

This month for our dose of Refresh we are featuring three IP Phones that are effective in two ways: in helping you save money (increase your bottom line) as well as in increasing your business productivity.

Cisco SPA303GSPA303g

This 3-line IP Phone is a great asset for a business to use in a common area or kitchen where there are minimum communication requirements. The SPA303G is compatible with all major VoIP infrastructure.

Key Features:

  • Dual switched Ethernet ports
  • Speakerphone
  • Caller ID, call hold, conferencing
  • Supports both Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Smart Phone Control Protocol (SPCP) with the Cisco Unified


Polycom IP 560Polycom IP 560

The Polycom IP 560 supports 4-line appearances and Polycom’s High Definition Voice (HD) Technology. The IP 560 is a Gigabit phone that features dual-ports for seamless integration with a PC or desktop server. The IP 560 is suitable for the office manager who needs the added feature buttons and the ability to maximize productivity by transferring or sharing data and applications between the network and the user’s computer.

Key Features:

  • XHTML micro-browser for Web application
  • Shared call/bridged line appearance
  • Busy lamp field
  • Presence and buddy list
  • PoE out of the box; AC Adapter sold separately if needed


Yealink T42G

The Yealink T42G is a high-level phone with an elegant interface that supports up to 12-lines. It is a Gigabit device that also features Yealink’s Optima HD Voice for clear communication. 

Key Features:refresh

  • Dual-port Gigabit Ethernet
  • Yealink Optima HD Voice Supported
  • Up to 12 SIP accounts
  • Full-duplex hands-free speakerphone
  • No expansion module support
  • RJ9 Headset Port
  • 2.7” 192×64-pixel backlit Graphical LCD
  • Wall mountable
  • Supports PoE; power supply available separately


The SPA303G, Polycom 560 and the Yealink T42G give users looking to deploy VoIP an affordable solution that won’t break the bank, but that also won’t disappoint. If you want to learn more about the Refresh products selection process and the reconditioning process before the products are placed on the shelf, click on the banner below.


If you are one of the many people who handle an overwhelming amount of incoming calls for a living then you can understand that sometimes what your phone comes with, it’s always enough.

Every now and then we think of how much easier our jobs would be if we just had a little extra help. An example would be having two monitors on your desk instead of one. Another might be having your own stapler instead of having to walk to the printer every time you needed to staple something.

All of these things are nice to have, and sure, they would help make our lives easier. But, the reality is that we can probably still do our daily tasks even without them. And if you did need them to function, then I’m sure they would be on your desk.

But what happens when what you have just isn’t enough, and adding a missing component to your work day would really speed things along, and produce greater proficiency? That’s when you decide to pull the trigger and make additions to your team’s resources.

A good example of an add-on that would help someone who deals with massive amounts of call traffic a day would be an expansion module. Let’s take the Polycom VVX400 for example. This phone is stacked with features and it has a whopping twelve line keys!

Polycom VVX400

But what if twelve is not enough? And that paper sidecar is doing nothing but slowing you down? Even the people at Polycom know this could happen to anyone. That’s why they created the VVX Color Expansion Module!

If you are running short on line keys at twelve, how about 24 more?! That is what the VVX Color Expansion Module brings to the table. And if you’re still short? You can daisy chain up to 3! So if you have a Polycom VVX phone on your desk, and you think this is something you absolutely must have, the only question left is: How do I connect it to my phone?!

Well, that’s simple! Just follow these easy steps!

How to Connect the Polycom VVX Color Expansion Module to your VVX Phone

  1. Connect an auxiliary cable from the AUX port on the phone to the AUX IN port on the expansion module.
  2. The LED Lights on the module’s line keys flash red and green as the module start up.
  3. After the first module is on, you can connect up to two additional modules to your VVX phone.
  4.  Information for the expansion module will display here

And that’s really it! The rest of the work is going to be in the expansions interface, and for that, you will have to contact your Systems Administrator. However, once you have the expansion module, (or modules) hooked up, you can check their status to make sure you did everything properly. You can do this by following these steps:

  1. Select Settings in the phone’s menu
  2. Under Settings, select Status
  3. In the Status menu, select the module you want to view
  4. Information for the expansion module will display here

Some of the things you will be able to see are the type of module, software version, assembly revision, and serial number.

After it’s all said and done, the bottom line is that you will now be able to manage your company’s call flow like a pro!

Do you have a Polycom VVX phone on your desk? Do you have any Color Expansion Modules attached to it? If not, what are you using? We want to know!

Do you have questions about VoIP?

Our tech support team at VoIP Supply offers great pre- and post-sales support plus provisioning, consultations, configuration, and installation help. We get a lot of VoIP hardware and software questions and would like to share the solutions with everyone.

In the previous Mom’s calling Q&A series, we have discussed: When I try to edit in the web interface it claims local file has higher priority…  Today, we have more new real questions and answers from VoIP users just like you.


The Polycom VVX300: Where did the ghost calls come from?

Q: We are using Polycom’s VVX300 phones. We have gotten lots of ghost calls and I wonder where those calls came from?

A: The ghost calling is usually created by uPnP or SIP ALG that might be enabled on the router. Be sure to have a password listed on the PBX for your extension.

Stay Tuned

Come back for more VoIP questions and answers next time! If you have VoIP questions to ask us, please submit a technical support ticket or contact our VoIP experts today at (866) 582-8591.


If you are one of the road warriors,  you must know how difficult it is to keep connected with your work on the road without a decent and reliable communication solution. Here we have collected a list of 10 must-have portable speakers that are designed specifically for travelers just like you. Let’s take a look!

p620#1 Plantronics Calisto P620

You can’t travel without a personal Bluetooth conference phone like Plantronics’ Calisto P620. Designed with mobility in mind, the P620 includes a USB adapter for connecting to PCs and laptops and a soft carrying case. This is a portable wireless UC speakerphone that instantly transforms your laptop/ smartphone into a lifelike conferencing device. Check out the P620 datasheet. 

jabra-speak-510#2 Jabra SPEAK 510+ UC

Jabra’s SPEAK 510 speakerphone allows you to make conference calls anywhere on the road. With Bluetooth and USB connectivity, you can connect the Jabra 510 easily to your PC, tablet or smartphone within seconds. This solution features up to 15 hours wireless talk time and remote call control, giving you the flexibility you need. Check out the SPEAK 510 datasheet.

chat170#3 ClearOne Chat 170

The ClearOne Chat 170 is a great deal that gives you full-duplex audio communication with Microsoft Office Communicator 2007. This solution is currently on sale so if you are looking to save more, don’t hesitate! The Chat 170 is a perfect addition to use with your laptops/ PCs via USB for hands-free conversation. It requires no drivers or software to be installed. Check out the Chat 170 datasheet!

#4 Konftel Ego

Konftel. EGO.

The Konftel Ego is a compact and wireless personal speakerphone that delivers lifelike sounds with unique OmniSound® audio technology. This solution is perfect to use for a meeting with a couple colleagues in small rooms or in a hotel room when you are away from the office. The Ego is ideal alternative to a handset that works harmoniously with Skype for Business, Cisco, Avaya Communicator and more. Check out Konftel Ego datasheet.

#5 ClearOne Chat 160clearone-160

A complete full-duplex speakerphone that contains HDConference, the suite of high-performance audio technologies. The ClearOne Chat 160 are easy to pair with multiple VoIP softphones such as Skype. Its advanced automatic level management will make your trip just easier! Check out the Chat 160 datasheet!

#6 Polycom CX 100cx-100

The CX 100 comes with 2 high-quality microphones that offer excellent range for small group conversations. It is a USB-powered speakerphone with dynamic noise reduction and HD voice quality. Very simple to set up and use in seconds!

#7 Jabra SPEAK 810 UC Speakerphonejabra-speak-810

If you are looking for a solution that not only gives you an easy collaboration but also a quick setup process, Jabra’s SPEAK 810 speakerphone will be your go-to solution. This device is designed for simple use and easy conversation. The excellent sound provides a natural call feel with no feedback or echo.

#8 Plantronics Calisto 610calisto_610-png-pagespeed-ce-9y-ah1jjow

Looking for a worry-free solution? Choose the Plantronics Calisto 610, a portable USB speakerphone that comes with a 2-year limited warranty. This solution provides premium audio with echo cancellation and Omnidirectional microphone for 360-degree microphone pickup. It is ideal for team calls within small groups anywhere anytime.

#9 Logitech P710elogitech-p710e

The Logitech P710e is another great choice when it comes to making a conference call on the road. A 15-hour life battery and USB and Bluetooth connectivity give you a peace of mind traveling without a power supply. I personally love its integrated mobile device stand that enables shake-free video calls and hands-free access to the screen (perfect for multi-taskers like you and me!). Download the P710e datasheet.

#10 Sennheiser SP 10 MLsennheiser-sp-10-ml

The Sennheiser SP ML 10 Speakerphone is a multiple product awards winner in 2014. This device is the answer to easy management and high voice quality. Users love this long lasting wireless device that gives you up to 20 hours talk time without worrying about the low battery. The Sennheiser SP 10 ML is also Skype for Business certified which ensures you an outstanding communication experience when pairing with the Skype for Business. Check out the datasheet!

Are you a road warrior? What’s your must-bring device on the road? Share with us!

After a long wait time, the headset you ordered has finally arrived. You can’t wait to open the box and try it with your VoIP phone but only find that it doesn’t work with your phone!

Urgh…..how frustrating.  Luckily, your apprehension has been heard!


a-guide-to-voip-headset-and-phone-compatibility-2The VoIP Supply team has created a comprehensive VoIP Phone & Headset Compatibility Guide to lead you to your right solutions within seconds. This guide covers top brands of VoIP phones and headsets including Grandstream, Cisco, Polycom, Sangoma, Yealink, Snom, Mitel, Digium, Jabra, Plantronics, Sennheiser, and VXi. Best of all, it’s FREE to download! Check it out today.

  • Learn the compatibility of IP phones and headsets
  • Explore ways of connectivity between IP phones and headsets
  • Learn product options for VoIP phones and headsets
  • Gain valuable insights to make the right purchase decision!

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