It looks like this summer is shaping up to be a hot one for VoIP phone manufacturers.
Thanks to the rapid adoption of standards based open source and open source based VoIP systems, the emergence of HD Voice and the rebounding of prosumer spending, a plethora of manufacturers will have a new VoIP phone hitting the streets over the next three months.
Here’s a quick round-up of what you’ll see.
AudioCodes looks to make their move into the VoIP phone space official with the later summer/early fall release of their highly anticipated HD VoIP series. Riding the wave of press spurned by Jeff Pulver’s HD Communications summit, the 310HD and 320HD have fared well through initial testing.
While AudioCodes is working out the kinks with their beta group (and setting an MSRP), Cisco quietly announced their 6900 series of VoIP phones. Aimed at the economically conscious business user, these Cisco’s don’t come equipped with wideband codecs support, nor are they natively SIP, but no ever got fired for buying Cisco. So expect folks to be asking about them.
Cisco’s stiffist competitor, Polycom isn’t sitting on their hands either. A little over a week ago Polycom announced two new offerings the SoundPoint IP 321 and SoundPoint IP 331. These new models are upgraded versions of Polycom’s IP 320 and IP 330.
Polycom also announced that their benchmark VoIP phone, the IP 501 was going EOL this August. With no direct replacement planned, the mid-range VoIP phone space should become hotly contested by new and existing players.
One such company looking to gain traction in the mid-range marketplace is Citel. The company that made its mark, like AudioCodes, in the handset gateway space has been recieving strong feedback on their first offering the C4110.
Never one to be left behind, snom will look to carve out a home in the executive and enterprise space when the previously announce snom 870 hits shelves within the next month. The snow white phone that supports a color screen also comes with wideband codec support should compete for customers attention.
After a long wait and much anticipation the US will finally see a DECT phone offering from Siemens. The S675 and A580 DECT VoIP phones will be strong competitors in an emerging market that has been looking for more affordable solutions.
Siemens likely won’t be the only one’s competiting for customers looking at DECT. Sources tell me that as many as three new DECT VoIP phones could be seen in the coming months.
These release of new VoIP phones this summer isn’t likely to stop in the fall either. Look for the major players to drop a new model or two in the fourth quarter in order to position themselves for a strong 2010.
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