Snom Technology added a digital enhanced cordless telecommunications (DECT) unit to its wireless IP phone portfolio.
The M325 DECT phone package comprises the M300 base station and one M25 handset, and sells for $219.
Features include an illuminated keypad, TFT color display, and menu-driven graphical user interface.
Standard features include a hands-free mode and caller identification, as well as typical mobile phone features, such as an on-board address book, calendar, calculator, and alarm.
Advanced features include single-cell to multi-cell calling by pairing the M25 handset with the M700 base station, IPv6 support, voice encryption, pre-installed security, and color picture caller ID.
"Snom IP business phones are suitable for all business environments ,ranging from home offices to small and medium sized enterprises and large corporations," Tommy Lee, director of partner alliance at Snom Technology, told eWEEK. "In particular, the M325 single-cell DECT bundle is a great solution for small and medium sized businesses, who require mobility in the workplace, such as small branch offices, retail shops, and even large companies that need their employees to be locally mobile."
For example, someone who needs to go to a file cabinet can remain on the line while looking for a file, Lee explained.
"Another example would be in a medical office, where the physician may need to go in and out of a scanning room to operate, and in that case the phone would always be with him or her," he said.
Lee also noted that ease of use and installation is of great importance when developing these types of phones.
"It is absolutely important for IP phones to be easy to deploy and provision. We develop our phones based on industry standards, which comply with all major provisioning tools," he said. "We gear all our telephone systems to IT and telecom professionals, and it is very easy for them to install and deploy Snom phones."
The bundle can support up to 20 users and can expand its range to up to 2000 feet without requiring changes to the existing local area network (LAN) infrastructure.
"I see the IP phones continuing to deliver the audio aspects of communications throughout the business industry. At the same time the level of platforms that also deliver audio functions has increased as well," Lee said. "The business IP phone should remain a very simple device, which integrates with many of the different UC tools that are available and burgeoning in the market. In addition to the basic audio function, IP phones also support a number of more complex functionalities, such as click-to-dial, call transfer between phone and PC, and commercial conferencing."