Who Says Analogue Phones Are Dead!

In light of Unify's recent decision to withdraw system support for "legacy" devices, SpliceCom have stated that they will continue to champion the cause of those using analogue phones, IP phones and mobile devices as equals for the foreseeable future.

"There are still a significant number of analogue phones in everyday use, particularly in the Public Sector," says Robin Hayman, SpliceCom's Director of Marketing and Product Management. "Many of these organisations, still aren't in the position to migrate their voice systems to IP. This is typically a result of budgetary constraints, meaning that they will still rely on their existing phones for some time to come. By deploying our latest Intelligent Gateway Modules we have many significant customers' in the central, local and quasi-government sectors who have been able to retain their legacy phone cabling, in addition to their existing analogue phones. They've also been able to save on the costs associated with adding or replacing LAN switches to support voice prioritisation and Power over Ethernet, both of which are pre-requisites for deploying IP phones on the desktop."

SpliceCom's support for analogue devices adds significant added value too. "Our Phone Partner apps, Navigate for Windows and PCS 60 for Mac OS X, can be run in conjunction with analogue phones giving users desktop control of voice calls from their laptops and computers, along with easy access to all of the same advanced system features that can be found on our top-of-the range IP phones," continues Hayman. "In addition, Navigate CRM, which unifies voice with all the leading ERP, CRM and PIM apps, can also be deployed in conjunction with analogue phones."

And the peace-of-mind SpliceCom offers to those with large analogue phone estates isn't limited to traditional on-site systems either. "Our commitment to a single architecture allows us to continue to support the use of analogue phones, totally independent of how customers' may choose to deploy their voice solutions; on-premise, in the cloud or as a hybrid of the two. This means that our customers' who have an on-site system can seamlessly move to a cloud or hybrid solution - or visa versa - as their IT and disaster recovery strategies necessitate. Ultimately our flexible approach puts the customer back in control, allowing them to migrate any aspect of their voice solution - including phones, underlying infrastructure and system location - as and when business needs dictate and budgets are available, to provide true investment protection," concludes Hayman.