A standard analogue conference phone is a fantastic addition to any existing digital phone system. It allows you to teleconference in multiple parties with crystal clear call clarity and full duplex communication. This means you voice isn’t clipped or broken up when you have many people trying to talk on the same teleconference. Having a voice conference phone can in no time, reduce travel costs, reduce phone bills, increase productivity and encourage staff collaboration.
Which is the right conference phone for your office?
With so many different conference phone models and brands available the choice can be confusing. We’ve tried to simplify things for you by breaking it down to a few essential ingredients:
What is the difference between cheaper and more expensive models?
Cheaper conference phone models and expensive ones alike both offer excellent full duplex, crystal clear communication. The reason that some are designed for smaller rooms is that the microphones aren’t as sensitive therefore the physical range isn’t as great from the main base. For smaller meeting rooms this isn’t really important and a cheaper model may be perfect. In more expensive conference phones you may also find HD sound quality for even better, more natural sound reproduction. The other difference is that cheaper models can’t expand, or don’t come with displays. Both of these things can be very important for companies that conference frequently.
Do you need a conference phone for different meeting rooms?
If you have multiple meeting rooms then a wireless conference phone may in fact be a smarter alternative. With a range of up to 50m in a typical office you can connect it to one point in the office but then use it elsewhere. This works out much cheaper than having various conference phones in various locations.
How many participants are you going to have in the conference room?
This is probably the most important thing to consider. We have indicated on each product how many participants each conference phone is suitable for. This depends on the room configuration and is designed to be a guide only. If it says 6 people then please look at the microphone range also. If you have people squished in you could probably get 10 but it is based on a normal, not spaced out physical configuration. Some models can expand, some don’t so if this is important please read the following....
Do you need the conference phone to be expandable in the future?
Some conference phone models can expand from 6-10 participants all the way up to 24. Some brands like the Polycom (link to 2ex model with display) and ClearOne (link to Clear One 300 model) achieve this by allowing for additional microphones to be added to the conference phone. Others, like the Konftel Max series (link to MAX ex model) allow you to link multiple units together which is very clever. If you buy a conference phone that is non expandable you will not be able to expand this in the future so please be aware up front.
How does the conference phone connect to your phone system?
The analogue conference phones above all connect to an analogue extension on your phone system. You will need to have a spare analogue extension available. If you have never had a conference phone before you will need a qualified phone technician to install an analogue extension point in the meeting room where you want the conference phone to be. They will then program the phone system accordingly and it will be given an extension like any other digital handset on the system. You can make calls from it, transfer calls to it and more...
How many parties can you conference at any one time?
This is completely dependent on the number of phone lines you have available and the number of simultaneous conference calls your pbx supports. If you have 3 phone lines you can’t expect to be able to connect more than 3 outside parties. Internally you can connect more than 3 but it’s the outside parties that we’re referring to. Some phone systems like the Avaya can conference in up to 64 parties whereas others can only offer 3 – no matter how many phone lines you have connected to the pbx. If you are looking at conferencing more than 3 external parties simultaneously then you will need to check that your phone system model can support this.
Do you need the conference phone to connect to different devices like computers?
The conference phones shown above are designed to work with a standard phone system. Some of these models also allow you to connect the conference phone to your computer, or even a mobile phone or wireless DECT environment. If you have these other types of connections available, and feel they may be of benefit, then use the filter on the left to find a conference phone that will work with what you want it to.
Which conference phone brand should you buy?
The Konftel, ClearOne and Polycom conference phones are all excellent brands. And more importantly, some models offer very unique attributes. They are all covered by manufacturer warranties and the key is to find the conference phone that best suits the application you have in mind. As we’ve spoken about some expand differently and some will allow you to connect to different types of services. Use the filter on the left to find the model that best suits you. At this level they all offer brilliant sound quality so it’s the features that are key.
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