[VoiceOps] What is a Modern SIP Phone?

Joshua Goldbard j at 2600hz.com
Wed Mar 20 16:06:21 EDT 2013

I emailed Linksys and Belkin to confirm that the SPA's had left the building; neither company would take ownership of the line. IMHO, Cisco is gonna hang on to the SPA phones, but that's just my opinion, no facts to back that up.

When we talk about modern SIP phones here at 2600hz, we really like the vvx polycoms and the yealinks (trying to get my hands on the 4x series of yealink handsets now). We try to be as agnostic as possible about the handsets, but there's a couple things that I personally dislike about Cisco's (specifically their questionable SIP implementations and their somewhat bizarre security practices).

In short, a modern SIP phone is one that speaks SIP in an RFC compliant manner and plays nicely with most hardware. IMHO, and this is strictly personal opinion, the Cisco 79x0 series is not something I would include in this category.


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On Mar 20, 2013, at 12:54 PM, Scott Berkman <scott at sberkman.net<mailto:scott at sberkman.net>>

Wonder if the SPA’s are officially Belkin devices now given their Linksys/Sipura heritage:


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Subject: Re: [VoiceOps] What is a Modern SIP Phone?

Have they somehow gotten exponentially better in the last 3 years or something?

All I remember of them the last time I tried them is preferring 2 cans and a string...


On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM, Carlos Alvarez <carlos at televolve.com<mailto:carlos at televolve.com>> wrote:
On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 8:27 AM, Jay Ashworth <jra at baylink.com<mailto:jra at baylink.com>> wrote:

Ok, so what *is* a modern SIP phone set?

Polycom?  The big fancy AAstra?

Sure, those probably qualify.  We currently recommend the Cisco SPA series and Grandstream; we don't recommend but will support Polycom.  The one on my desk currently is a GXP2200 and I rather like it.

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