Enterprise Networking: Digium Launches Line of IP Handsets

By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2012-02-02 Print this article Print
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For Everyday Use by Everyday Users

The entry-level D40 supports one or two lines, and is designed for the broadest range of use cases, where employees are occasionally on the phone.
Digium introduced its first IP handsets on Feb. 1, with three models aimed at the ordinary worker, the power user and the big bosses. The D40, D50 and D70 are expected to become available in April, with prices starting at $129 for the two-line D40. The new handsets are designed specifically to leverage the features of Digium's Asterisk communications platform and the Switchvox line of unified communications systems. These phones boast as part of their software an application engine that includes a JavaScript API that allows direct interaction with core features of the phone. The Switchboard Web interface that Digium builds into Switchvox systems is now available for the phone itself, putting the user in control of advanced features such as presence management, queue monitoring, recording and voicemail control. The D40 and D50 are meant for use with 100M-bps Fast Ethernet connections, while the D70 can take advantage of Gigabit Ethernet where available.
P. J. Connolly began writing for IT publications in 1997 and has a lengthy track record in both news and reviews. Since then, he's built two test labs from scratch and earned a reputation as the nicest skeptic you'll ever meet. Before taking up journalism, P. J. was an IT manager and consultant in San Francisco with a knack for networking the Apple Macintosh, and his love for technology is exceeded only by his contempt for the flavor of the month. Speaking of which, you can follow P. J. on Twitter at pjc415, or drop him an email at pjc@eweek.com.

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