Great work phone
The form factor of these phones are both visually appealing and physically comfortable to work with on a daily basis. We are using them for a Ring Central account and the setup was a breeze - even for the non-technical people. I would make one technical recommendation to purchasers: these do not come with a power supply. If you are a medium sized or larger office (not just 1 or 2 people), then I would recommend purchasing a POE switch to power the phones instead of the $15 power brick.
Excellent audio, quality Intuitive to use
The Cisco SPA504G is a very good phone. With HD voice supported, it delivers excellent voice quality in an intuitive and well-made piece of hardware. The OnSIP team is thrilled to see another manufacturer taking steps to bring HD voice to midrange phones that won't cost customers an arm and a leg.
Quality entry level product
The Soundpoint 331, Polycom's new desktop phone, is a direct replacement for the Soundpoint 330, the brand's entry-level IP phone. The two phones are identical except that the 331 has additional memory to support future feature enhancing SIP software upgrades expected in late 2010. According to 888voipstore, the Soundpoint IP 331 is a "cost-effective solution for cubicle workers as well as call center operators who use a 'hard' phone in conjunction with a 'soft' client running on the PC".
Works nicely for me
The review that gave this phone 1 star because of the PoE issue wasn't reasonable. To be clear - the phone does not come with a power adapter. You will need to buy one separately or use a PoE (Power over Ethernet) injector or switch to power the phone. I don't mind this at all - in some locations, it's easier to power it with PoE, and I appreciate not having to pay for an extra adapter I won't use.
This is not a consumer phone.
Excellent build quality
In closing I'd like to return to an impression that I first had some years ago when I first started using IP phones. If you work for a small company, or in a home office, and live on the phone as much as I do, then life is just too short to get by with a marginal phone. You can't appreciate the difference between "good enough" and something that is truly exceptional to use without trying it for yourself. The difference in cost is not as much as you might expect.
Great personal and conference VoIP phone
I bought several of these phones for employees at my office last year. They've worked very well as office phones and even as conference phones with up to three people sitting around the phone. The sound quality is very clear.
There are a few caveats that apply to all VoIP phones. First, before you can use a VoIP phone you must configure the VoIP server, in our case Asterisk, to associate the phone's MAC address with its phone extension.
Excellent handset and speakerphone voice quality
The overall design successfully incorporates both sharp edges and rounded corners, and gives the phone a very sleek look. The Polycom 550 is probably one of the most visually appealing desk phone we've reviewed so far.
Poor speakerphone quality
The Snom 320 is a 2-year old SIP business phone, and the middle tier in the company's 300 series. It has more features than the Snom 300 including additional line displays and a better semi-graphic LCD, but at a considerable price increase. The Snom 360 and 370 are even pricier still and have larger LCD screens, as well as another suite of features that are not included in the 320.
Avid Skype users that aren't quite willing to ditch their landline are sure to appreciate the flexibility that Philips' VOIP321 handset provides. Avid Skype users that aren't quite willing to ditch their landline are sure to appreciate the flexibility that Philips' VOIP321 handset provides.Avid Skype users that aren't quite willing to ditch their landline are sure to appreciate the flexibility that Philips' VOIP321 handset provides.
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