This week Avaya 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 $US500, and the 4602 phone is priced at $200. The Wireless IP Telephone Solution starts at $730 for the handsets, $3950 for the servers and $2000 for the gateways. The new IP handset and softphone release will be available in August, while the Wi-Fi IP telephony gear will be available in October.