Cisco Ip Phones

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Making the switch to a VoIP system from an analog system requires the use of dedicated IP phones. The goal of Cisco's IP phones is to take all the latest capabilities of data integration and combine them with the convenience and familiarity of regular office phones. The actual phones do not look or behave differently than the phones your employees are used to. The difference is in the way the IP phones transmit their information.

To that end, Cisco has developed features for its IP phones that customers are likely to use, such as access to Web-based content. Remember, once voice data is converted to bits and bytes, there's no real qualitative difference between it and the text and images you view through your browser. Better still, the same system that's used to transmit internet content back and forth between servers and clients is the one used to carry your voice signal. That is the appeal of convergence.

The Bells and Whistles of Cisco IP Phones

Cisco's IP phones are also fully focused on aesthetics and comfort, not just technological wizardry. Models such as the 7905G, 7912G, and other 7900 creations use pixel-based LCDs for ease on the eyes. At the same time, they use menu-driven GUIs (graphic user interfaces) to make calling and messaging as simple as possible. If you choose a wireless model, you'll be able to roam around the office while carrying on uninterrupted conversations.

A single Cisco IP phone may be able to simulate as many as six separate lines, making it that much easier to juggle data. Lines may be merged and conferenced, used simultaneously with text-messaging and downloads, or used in combination with video telephony capabilities. Users have consistently praised VoIP systems that let them view their voicemails, faxes, and emails in their email inboxes.


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