Grandstream Upgrades its Product Line

The VoIP device manufacturer has announced a new line of consumer-level VoIP adaptors, including a low-cost multi-line IP telephone certain to make a big impact on the business IP front and a new analog telephone adaptor offering much of the functionality of Sipura's popular SPA-3000 FXS-FXO gateway device at a significantly lower price.

Grandstream Networks has announced the release of a new line of consumer-level VoIP adaptors, including a low-cost multi-line IP telephone certain to make a big impact on the business IP front and a new analog telephone adaptor offering much of the functionality of Sipura's popular SPA-3000 FXS-FXO gateway device at a significantly lower price.

The Grandstream GXP-2000, which the company is calling a "next generation enterprise SIP phone," is a stylish desktop handset featuring dual 10/100M switched Ethernet ports, headset jack, adjustable 130×64 full graphic LCD (with support for multiple languages), up to 11 lines (4 dedicated, 7 shared with speed dial keys), and a port for add-on programmable keypads.

The phone, which Grandstream CEO David Li says will be released to beta testers within a week and into general release soon after, will retail for $119.99.

The GXP-2000 will offer a number of enhanced capabilities including multi-party conferencing, call park/call pickup, speakerphone and AES-based encryption.

The HandyTone 488, a SIP-based telephone adaptor and PSTN gateway, is Grandstream's response to Sipura's SPA-3000, considered to be the top-of the line analog VoIP device on the market today.

Like the SPA-3000, the Handytone 488, which will go into beta in November and sell for $99 retail, features one FXS and one FXO port, and the ability to transport incoming calls on one of the ports out the other. This allows, for example, a cell phone call to the PSTN line to provide dial tone on the IP side of the device allowing the cell phone user to make long distance and international calls over VoIP.

The Handytone 488, unlike the SPA-3000, also includes router functionality with WAN and LAN ethernet ports. Sipura has announced it is working to release the equivalent of a SPA-3000 with a built-in router.

Li says that the initial release of the Handytone 488 will not include one of the popular functions contained in the SPA-3000, the ability to store multiple outgoing SIP accounts on the device, which allows a user to make calls over a number of different services from one handset. Li said multiple outgoing and incoming account functionality will be added to the unit in the future through firmware upgrades.

Also set for a November beta release is the Handytone 386, a two-FXS port adaptor that Li says will match the capabilities of the Sipura SPA-2000 and the Linksys PAP2. The device, unlike previous two-port adaptors from Grandstream, allows indcependent configuration of each FXS port with different providers. The retail price of the Handitone 386 will be $89.

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