snom Debuts New Phone with Integrated Gigabit Switch

snom technology AG has launched the snom 821, a new desktop Internet protocol (IP) phone with all the advanced functionality and interoperability of other snom 8xx series phones, as well as a new integrated gigabit switch.

In addition to the technological advancements to the phone, the snom 821 also comes in both light and dark colors, just like its big brother, the snom 870. The snom 821 is expected to be fully available in the U.S. by the end of the second quarter.

“As desktop phones continue to migrate from being voice-centric devices to acting as complete dashboards for unified communications, the speed of application execution is becoming more and more critical,” said Dr. Michael Knieling, executive vice president of marketing and sales for snom technology AG. “The addition of a gigabit switch came from customer requests, and we are very pleased that we were able to add innovation while keeping the same price point.”

snom says the 821 offers a large high-resolution TFT color display for brilliant depiction of call lists, phone directories, and caller information via the integrated XML browser. In addition, the phone’s wideband technology captures more than double the frequency spectrum that a standard handset does, providing crystal clear sound quality.

As a business communications endpoint, the snom 821 features snom firmware, allowing for what the company calls robust security supported through secure integrated open VPN, TLS and SRTP, and high sound quality using the handset or the speaker function. The snom 821 also supports all of the leading SIP-based IP PBX and unified communications environments, including Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2.
Snom says the 821 also offers the necessary functionality for any business user, including features such as 5-way conferencing, multiple ringtones, and up to 12 different SIP identities.

The snom 821 and 870, as well as associated accessories such as the PA1 public address system, the MeetingPoint conference module, and the snom Vision sidecar, are designed to take the desktop business phone beyond its traditional position as a person-to-person voice communications device and make it a truly interactive and intelligent business communication device. Armed with full-color and touchscreen interfaces, Web-programmable ports, and a wide array of interoperable unified communications elements, snom says its entire suite of next-generation devices represents the future of desktop interaction.

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