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Digium Launches IP Phones

Discussion in 'Today's Tech News & Events' started by lgaetz, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. lgaetz Pundit

  2. wardmundy Nerd Uno

    Here's the press release. Here's the product page. Here's the datasheet... everything you'd want except WiFi, VPN, Video, and Color support.

    According to Tom Keating, "Digium plans to have general availability of these new phones in April 2012. The MSRP for these models is as follows: D70 - $279, D50 - $179 and the D40 - $129."

    Dan York sums things up like this: "Are they crazy?"

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    And a Switchvox "feature" that none of the rest of us get to enjoy. But we may write our own.

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    And here's the Mark & Danny announcement video...

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  3. lgaetz Pundit

  4. Are they made by Grandstream? Look similar.
  5. randy7376 Guru

    Based upon the style, I believe the OEM would be more in-line with Yealink and not Grandstream. I would hope Digium would have enough sense to avoid Grandstream!
  6. lgaetz Pundit

    Add bluetooth, sidecars & [strike]POE[/strike] (found it) to the list too.

    Datasheet (linked above) shows each phone has 2 headset jacks. Anyone know why?
  7. wardmundy Nerd Uno

    More PablumĀ®

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    Agree with Randy. Strikingly similar to Yealink phones which are fine phones by the way. Compare these prices to Digium's suggested prices above. Click on the images below for details:

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    Amazon review in reference to the T28P:

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  8. wardmundy Nerd Uno

    Today's VUC Conference Call

    For those of you that missed the VUC call today, Kevin Fleming and Malcolm Davenport from Digium provided some additional information on the new Digium phones.

    The phones themselves have a JavaScript engine enabling custom apps to be written to run on the phones. In addition, there will be a proprietary, closed source (but free) Digium Phone Module for Asterisk that can be run on your server. It is scheduled for release "hopefully" at the same time as the phones in April.

    This module interacts with the javascript engine on the phone to provide support for provisioning/configuration of the device, checking things such as the parking lot for which calls are parked, etc. When asked whether the phone could query the server for the version of Asterisk or FreePBX, the answer was "not currently." Nothing more specific than that, but it sounds Spartan, to put it charitably. The module sets up a SIP messaging stack between the phone and Asterisk server to communicate requests and pass results. This is separate and apart from the Asterisk Manager Interface. There will be a capability to add custom server-side modules to take advantage of the communications component of the main module. I'm guessing it will function much like additional modules for Asterisk that can be compiled into Asterisk. You then give the address of the additional component as part of the communications session, and the main module will hand off the request to the custom module.

    Most of the capabilities of the main module are now being built into a custom module for FreePBX 2.10. It will be available in AsteriskNow and "should run" in any FreePBX 2.10 environment. It will have the "standard Digium license." My guess is it probably will be compiled code which is only supported in FreePBX 2.10.

    Asked whether Digium would have any staff dedicated to development of apps for the phones (similar to what Aastra has done over the years) thereby eliminating the age-old saw that apps not invented by Digium cannot be supported when "enhancements" occur at their end. The response went something like this: "We don't talk publicly about our staffing plans." Not exactly the sales pitch we were looking for, but... :rolleyes:

    Here's a late-breaking update from Digium's site. Post your sightings below.
  9. blanchae Guru

    Digium plans to have general availability of these new phones in April 2012. The MSRP for these models is as follows: D70 - $279, D50 - $179 and the D40 - $129. For more information, visit http://www.digium.com/phones.
  10. wardmundy Nerd Uno

    A Few More Answers

    WiFi: no
    VPN: no
    Video: no
    Color: no
    Bluetooth: no
    Touchscreen: no
    Hi-Res Screen: no
    Sidecars: no (not needed because of built-in functionality of $279 model)

    Screen sizes and buttons (none in low end model) differ by model so any custom code would have to be tailored for each device.
  11. kenn10 Guru

    Could Bridged Appearances Be Coming?

    I wonder if the custom Asterisk module will eventually support bridged call appearances on the phones? This would be a logical step in the right direction to do that via a custom module.
  12. blanchae Guru

    You know what would be neat? If they installed a USB port so you could add WiFi or bluetooth or whatever..

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