Earlier this week Asterisk guru Ward Mundy pointed out an E-bay auction for a phone that looked kinda familiar and purported itself as offering “HDVoice” – the Dreamwave Networks D28p. A quick Google online revealed that Dreamwave Networks are based in New Jersey, and their web site looked to have both a brochure and some documentation about the device. I even found a tutorial on setting up the phone for use with various Asterisk distributions.
So I took a leap of faith and bought one for the relatively modest sum of $150. At that price it’s significantly less of an investment than the Polycom Soundpoint IP450. Offering 6 lines it’s perhaps more directly comparable to the IP550. It’ll be interesting to see if the device actually delivers the call quality that we see with more expensive devices from bigger brand names.
The Gigaset consumer DECT gear proves that there’s merit in examining low-cost phones that support wideband voice. I also hope to get my hands on one of the low-end Gigaset desk phones one day soon.