Smartphone-Like Desktop Phones Taking Off

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Grandstream Networks is helping to fuel the trend of turning the desktop phone into a device that looks and works like a smartphone.

The company joins two others in the channel – CloudTC and Estech Systems Inc. (ESI) – in creating an office phone that functions like a smartphone. Indeed, more equipment makers seem to be moving away from traditional key phones as touchscreen technology becomes the norm in modern life.

For its part, Grandstream's SIP-based GXP2200 Enterprise Application Phone, built on the Android operating system, provides access to third-party apps including Skype, Google Voice, Microsoft Lync, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora and more. Grandstream said the device also lets vertical industries such as health care, retail and hospitality create advanced apps for better productivity, customer service, security and other uses.

The phone, which debuted this week at ITEXPO in Austin, Texas, also features HD audio, integrated Bluetooth, five-way conferencing, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, support for 11 languages and more.

“The proliferation of Android technology has offered the enterprise communications market an opportunity to embrace the rapidly expanding applications on mobile phones and tablets," said David Li, CEO of Grandstream Networks, in a press release.

Grandstream is making the GXP2200 available to its distributors and resellers in limited quantities for now. Samples with the pre-release firmware will be out by the end of this month and ready, with official firmware, for volume purchases in November. The phone goes for a list price of $239.

The GXP2200, CloudTC's Glass IP and ESI's 250 are the three first channel-centric office desktop phones to run on Android technology.

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