PDA and IP Telephony Converge

By Marge Brown  |  Posted 2004-04-09 Print this article Print

More than a voice over IP solution, the Mitel Networks 5230 IP Appliance allows you to make active use of the data in your iPAQ PDA. (PC Magazine)

The Mitel Networks 5230 IP Appliance marries PBXs and HP iPAQ PDAs in an IP telephony solution that provides unparalleled user convenience and IT administrator flexibility. Thanks to the 5230s docking cradle, business users can leverage PDA functions to enhance phone productivity and communication.

For starters, the 5230 charges your iPAQ and syncs it via your network when the PDA is in the phones cradle. And although the 5230 has a full raft of standard business console phone features, Mitels PDA applications go far beyond the typical business phone experience. For example, the Call History application stores incoming and outgoing call records on your PDA—a big help for sales professionals.

Visual Voice Mail, our favorite application, lets you see message details (date, time, and caller ID info) and then tap on the message you want to hear, rather than wading through voice-mail messages in the order they were received. The Dial by Contacts program integrates with your iPAQs Contacts application. With the Send It program, two 5230 users can transfer files between their docked PDAs during voice calls.

Click here for full story at PC Magazine.

Marge Brown, a PC Magazine Contributing Editor, has worked in the technology field for twenty years, as Director of Technology at The Travelers Companies, as an independent Managed Health Care technology consultant, and as owner of Brown Consulting Associates, the family's freelance technology writing business.

Since 1998, Marge has worked on a full-time basis with her husband, Bruce Brown, also a PC Magazine Contributing Editor, writing reviews for PC Magazine and analytical articles for ExtremeTech.com.

Marge is the mother of Rich Brown, freelance writer, Liz Brown, employee of Text100, a technology public relations firm, and Pete Brown, freelance writer and aspiring Web site designer.

In her spare time Marge enjoys reading, swimming, boating, and taking walks with Bruce and their two Giant Schnauzers, Katama and Pepper, who are about to launch their own brand of salsa and hot sauce.


Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters

Rocket Fuel