Product Type: Snom VoIP-Telephones
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Member Name: chark
Advantages: money saving, quality made phone
Disadvantages: relys on good internet connection
Before starting work at my current job I had never even heard of VOIP, let alone a Snom! The Snom 360 is a voip phone (voice over ip address) and works on the power of internet.
Voip phones give you much cheaper calls both to the UK and worldwide, so it's definatly a money saver, especially for businesses.
The handset itself is very modern and slick. A professional black colour, with many different functions - call transfer, hold, multiple call reciever etc. We have a chain of them at work that are all synchronised to each other, so when a call comes in it can easily be transferred to whichever phone it needs to be.
This function was set up using the online menu. There is a question mark button on the hand set, that when pressed reveals that particular phones IP address. You simply type that into your web browser and that phones interface will come up on screen. The interface is primarilly the 'information hub' of the phone. You can do many things from changing the ringtone, to adding contacts to the address book, aswell as setting up the phone to transfer calls to other Snoms here.
The Snom needs to be connected to a power socket, a computer, and an open internet connection. This is done through the use of 2 ethernet cables. One end of one ethernet cable plugs into the back of the phone and the other to your computer, the other cable plugs into the back of the phone and then into your internet connection (this could be directly into an adsl router).
The phone connection relys on your internet connection to function properly. Thus, if your internet connection goes down, you've guessed it ...so does your Snom! We've had this problem quite a bit at work over the months, but on upgrading to a faster more reliable internet connection - voila!...problem solved. If your internet connection is good you get a fantastically clear line.
The thing about voip is it allows you to connect with colleagues, friends and family all over the world by the amazing use of internet. And as mentioned earlier you can save a bucket load on phone calls! Each Snom has it's own number and if you call that number directly from another Snom, calls are free! (as used at work very successfully!).
Although calls are very cheap the product itself is a little pricey, and rightly so as you're paying for a quality product that will last years and save you a heck of a lot of money along the way. At present our phone provider sells them to us for £260 each.
Summary: A great Phone