Old Phones, New VoIP Server, Happy Customers?
During a meeting with The VAR Guy on Wednesday, Citel Technologies described a rather compelling business scenario: Imagine a communications solution that protects customers’ existing desktop phone investments, but delivers the power of VoIP applications.
Hmmm. That sounds far too good to be true but Citel may be onto something here. The company has unveiled a telephone adapter that allows back-end VoIP servers–including Asterisk servers–to work with existing phone cables and desktop phones. VP of Marketing Leigh Fatzinger and Senior VP Michael Burke could hardly contain themselves as they described the new offering.
So far, so good. But who wants a bunch of “dumb” old handsets that can’t enjoy the power of VoIP. That’s where more of the magic apparently takes place. Citel claims that their adapter allows VoIP applications to work with desktop PCs and notebooks. Even as you use your traditional office phone, it’s connected to VoIP applications running on your desktop.
Colleges, in particular, are beta testing the system as a potential solution for old buildings that are too expensive to rewire.
It’s too early to say if Citel’s solution works as advertised. But the concept certainly has value for VARs and their customers.