[VoiceOps] Grandstream VoIP phones

Nick Olsen nick at flhsi.com
Fri Aug 17 13:29:37 EDT 2012

I use speaker phone on my Polycom IP650 all the time. Never get a 

Sometimes when I have my morning meeting with the boss, He'll ask me a 
question and the receptionist from across the hall (15ft) will answer in a 
normal speaking voice. And he'll hear it no problem.

Nick Olsen
Network Operations (855) FLSPEED  x106

 From: "Alex Balashov" <abalashov at evaristesys.com>
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 1:26 PM
To: voiceops at voiceops.org
Subject: Re: [VoiceOps] Grandstream VoIP phones

On 08/17/2012 01:22 PM, Carlos Alvarez wrote:

> The Grandstreams from a few years ago gave us a lot of issues on SIP and
> provisioning, but that's gone as far as we've seen.  I originally turned
> down the offer of some demo phones based on past experience, so I urge
> everyone to discard that experience and see it as a new product.

The Grandstream ATAs have also been an interoperability nightmare, both 
on the electrical and IP side.

>     I mainly judge phone hardware by the quality of its speakerphone,
>     since I'm a very heavy user, so it may be a personal bias.  However,
>     by that metric, the Cisco 79xx's and Polycoms win, and Grandstreams,
>     Snoms and Aastras lose.
> Yeah, I'd never use speakerphone when talking to anyone, so user type
> will be important here.  I always recommend a headset to the
> speakerphone users, about 50% go for it.

With a good speakerphone, having a conversation with someone over it, at 
a reasonable distance from the phone, and speaking at a relatively 
natural conversational volume... shouldn't be a problem.

The reason I stay with the Cisco 7960, for all its problems and clunky 
SIP image UI, is that the hardware itself is just unbeatable.  Nobody 
ever complains of being unable to hear me on my 7960's speakerphone, of 
tinny sound, feedback, unsteady volume, etc.  The Polycom's is almost as 
good.  Everything else sucks in this regard, though I haven't tried the 

-- Alex

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