Mitel Unveils New IP Phones and Accessories

Mitel has unveiled its new generation of IP phones and accessories designed they say to provide greater interoperability and desktop ease-of-use, along with more choice, flexibility, and convergence for the end-user.

Mitel has extended its desktop portfolio to include the Mitel 5330 and 5340 IP Phones, the Mitel Wireless LAN Stand (WLAN) and the Mitel Gigabit Ethernet Stand (GigE).

“Mitel is committed to providing innovative IP phones, applications and capabilities at the desktop that provide exceptional ease-of-use and enhanced user value,” said Mitel’s vice-president of product development, Ron Wellard. “Mitel’s new additions to its desktop portfolio demonstrate our continued focus on the end-user experience by developing devices and standards-based applications that are easy to use, customisable to meet the unique communication requirements of diverse communities of users and can be seamlessly integrated into business processes.”

Designed with large graphic displays and wideband audio, Mitel’s new 5330 and 5340 IP phones come with 24 – 48 customisable, soft-labeling keys, respectively. The company says these phones are ideal for enterprise executives, managers or employees with the 5330 and 5340 IP Phones coming equipped with wideband audio handsets (7 kHz) making them acoustically superior to many IP phones available today. The new Mitel phones are also designed for power conservation, operating at significantly reduced power consumption.

Also available is the Mitel HTML Toolkit for the 5330 and 5340 IP Phones which provides a way to create graphical phone applications using a standard web-authoring tool such as Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 and Macromedia Dreamweaver 8. This application allows the phones to be integrated into key business processes. Additionally, Mitel has created templates designed specifically for particular vertical market sectors such as education, retail, finance and hospitality.

Both phones support Mitel’s new GigE and WLAN stands as well as conference units and the Line Interface Module (LIM) that provides E-911 emergency dialing and survivability using the PSTN. They also support Mitel’s proprietary MiNet and SIP protocols, as well as teleworker, automatic call distribution (ACD) and Hot Desking. The 5330 and 5340 IP Phones and HTML Toolkit will be available in July 2006.