Avaya Inc. this week released IP telephones that offer more application features, while adding wireless LAN capabilities to the IP telephony mix.
The Avaya 4620 IP Telephone offers XML and Web browsing features through a screen display, and an infrared port that can allow the phone to connect to an infrared-enabled PDA or other device. The 4602 phone is a new basic-feature phone. Also introduced were an IEEE 802.11b-compatible wireless IP phone and gateway system, and a new version of Avaya's softphone.
The 4620 phone comes with programmable "soft" buttons and function labels on the phone's LCD screen, along with four programmable application buttons and an XML-based Web browser. An integrated switch port is included for connecting a PC to a LAN over a single cable drop, and an integrated infrared port allows a PDA to interact with the device - such as dialing a number on the phone from a handheld address book application.
The 4602 phone comes with a two-line LCD screen, two programmable feature keys, and 10 fixed buttons.
Avaya's Wireless IP handsets, part of its Wireless IP Solution product bundle, are resold from Spectralink, a Wi-Fi IP phone maker. The phones can interoperate with 802.11b-based endpoints, and include features such as caller ID, conferencing, and multiple line appearances. The phones require a Wireless IP Solution server and/or a gateway. The gateways can handle up to 16 handsets per device. The addition of a server can allow up to 640 phones on a network.
The new version of Avaya's IP Softphone can now interact with Avaya IP telephone handsets, allowing end users to dial numbers through the application - which can access directories such as Microsoft Outlook - then talk using the IP handset.
The 4620 phone costs US$500, and the 4602 phone is priced at $200. The Wireless IP Telephone Solution starts at $730 for the handsets, $3,950 for the servers and $2,000 for the gateways. The new IP handset and softphone release will be available in the US in August, while the Wi-Fi IP telephony gear will be available in October.