Wow! It’s been an exciting week here at Digium, with the announcement of our new Digium IP phones. The news definitely got a lot of people talking and we’re very appreciative to all of you who have helped spread the word. As you can imagine, everyone in our Huntsville headquarters has been busy responding to requests about the phones, but we have also had a team of folks at ITExpo in Miami, to showcase the new phones. If you were at ITExpo this week, we hope you took a few minutes to stop by and see us! If you missed it, just head over to our Facebook page and you can catch some pictures of our Digium team in action – with the phones.
There have also been many questions regarding our new phones, so we thought this would be a good time to address some of them.
One question we’ve heard quite often is this: Are these built by another company and branded as Digium, or did Digium develop them from scratch? The answer is simple. The Digium IP phones are designed by us (Digium) and we worked with a reputable phone ODM to design the hardware to our specs and assemble the phones. In the words of our CEO, Danny Windham, “When we first discussed our expectations for building a family of phones for Asterisk, the list of requirements was straightforward. We asked our team to create the easiest phone to install, integrate, provision and use. I think you’ll soon agree that our engineers delivered on this goal.”
Another very popular response has been: Cool! When can I get them? The general availability of these phones is April 2012. If you are looking for phones now, or want to make sure you are notified as soon as the phones are generally available, take a minute to visit us online and complete the form on our Digium phone page. This is the best way to talk with someone about your interest and make sure you don’t miss out.
Of course, the next logical question is: How much do they cost? We’re so glad you asked! You can be assured that, in keeping with our reputation for offering the Best Value in UC, our new Digium IP phones are offered at a very competitive price point. We included the pricing details for each of our models in our press release and you can read it here.
We even had one question posed via an industry article that asked: Are they crazy? The question was posed in reference to our entering an already busy phone market; but we do have good reason for introducing our own Digium IP phones. We now have a complete solution; these are the first phones designed specifically for Asterisk-with the tightest integration possible between the phones and Asterisk.
In fact, there are several things that make Digium IP phones special. First, we’ve made it very easy to auto-discover phones and easily configure them. Secondly, we’ve made it easy for the phones to access all sorts of user status and system information – thereby allowing very tight integration between the phone and the application. Third, we’ve included an application engine – which allows users and developers to write your own apps to run on the phone.
As Steve Sokol, our Asterisk marketing director says, “We’ve just begun… 2012 will be our biggest year yet for new products. Keep your eye on Digium.”
And just in case you missed it, check out our special video announcement from Mark Spencer and Danny Windham, along with a look at the new Digium IP phones.