It was exciting to write about the Cisco 8800 series of IP phones. I mean, they have nice colour monitors, Gigabit connections, HD video cameras. Those are SEXY phones!
Then, there are the Cisco 7800 series IP phones. Solid, feature-rich, reliable, secure, ergonomic, cost-effective, which is all great. They’re affordable phones that are a super choice for companies who are using digital or analog phone systems and considering switching to an IP-based phone system to take advantage of different features VoIP has to offer.
Great. Wonderful. But sexy? Not really. Still, a lot of people are going to find these phones attractive because of their simplicity. They don’t use much power, have a decent feature set, are ergonomic and are nicely designed. The wide-band audio and full-duplex speakerphones will be appreciated, I’m sure.
Does it matter if a business phone has a large colour monitor, or enables video conferencing from your desk? If it matters to you, then Cisco’s 8800 series is probably for you. For those looking for a dependable, reliable desk phone that’s got the features the majority of businesses will need, the 7800 series is for you.