Grandstream has today introduced a pair of new cordless SIP/DECT phones. According to their press release (broken link removed) the DP715 is the basic system, including the DECT base/charging stand and one handset. The DP710 is an additional handset with a simple charging stand.
Looking into the details I see specifications typical of the current generation of consumer DECT systems. A DP715 base supports five registered handsets and up to four concurrent calls.
The claimed cordless range is also typical of DECT systems…that is very good indeed. I’d expect excellent battery life as well.
The handsets have a built-in speakerphone, which can be handy in a home office.
They are described as having three ring-modes:
“Linear Mode, all phones ring sequentially in the predesignated order
Parallel Mode, all phones ring concurrently and after one phone answers the rest phones may place new calls
Shared Line Mode, all phones ring concurrently and always share the same line, similar to an analog phone”
The system supports remote configuration via a web portal or provisioning server. That last part is critical for uptake by ITSPs who want hands-off provisioning at an end-user site.
What I don’t see in the specifications is any support for HDVoice. They list support for all the usual suspects (G.711, G.723.1, G.729A/B, G.726 and iLBC) with respect to narrowband codecs.
The company’s web site lists support for TR-069, IP v6 and Skype as “pending.”
Grandstream has long been a price/performance leader. Priced at $85 and $49 respectively, these new devices extend that pattern. They should prove interesting to SOHO users on a budget.