Hearing is Believing

VON was an opportunity for Polycom to show off the newest members of its IP phone family, with new entry level phones and a new high end HD phone. The Soundpoint IP 330 and IP 320 deliver two new entry-level IP desk phone choices. Both offer integrated power over Ethernet (PoE) that eliminate the AC power adapter. The 330 offers two Ethernet ports while the 320 provides only one, providing a simpler device for uses like lobby phones where the phone doesn’t have connect to a PC. The 320 and … [Read more...]

Skyping In to Meetings

As air travel becomes increasingly inconvenient and time-consuming, it stands to reason that more people are going to substitute conference calls and Web conferences for face-to-face meetings. And when they do, the next thing many might want to do is connect via Skype and save the cost of a phone call - especially if it's an overseas call. At least, that's what Scotts Valley, CA-based Convenos thinks. The company, which provides on-demand collaboration applications, this week announced a … [Read more...]

Polycom C100S Communicator

Polycom C100S

At-a-Glance Product Name: Polycom C100S Communicator Estimated Price: $150.00 Pros: Easy set-up, looks cool, sounds great. Cons: Only works on Windows XP; USB connector cord is too short; poor performance in noisy environments. Introduction Polycom, legendary for quality sound in its conferencing and handset IP hardware, swings for the grandstand with a cool-looking, uh, communicator that permits hands-free softphone IP telephony. With umpteen billion Skype users spanning the globe, it … [Read more...]

VON Boston Gets In Gear

The BEEPBEEPBEEPBEEPBEEP of propane forklifts aggravated my mood for most of the day today, as hundreds of Teamsters and employees of many of the world's most important IP Communications companies banged and whirred and taped and hammered together display booths and tradeshow paraphernalia on the cavernous exhibit floor of the Boston Convention Center. Now, a little less than an hour from the VON Conference's Opening Reception, the fork lifts are in clean-up mode at the far reaches of the … [Read more...]