Swedish company Konftel will begin supplying the market with its first, completely wireless conference phone, the Konftel 300W, towards the end of October. This unit incorporates OmniSound’s audio performance, a battery that provides talk time of up to 48 hours and wireless connectivity to provide users with the freedom to hold meetings wherever they want without the restrictions of a jack or power outlet. The company says that with the new Konftel 300W every room is now a potential conference room – anywhere.
The Konftel 300W is based on the same platform as the Konftel 300 and 300IP with integrated Konftel-only features such as recording capability, conference guide and multiple connection options. Konftel has been using the technology of making GAP compatible telephones for different DECT systems for more than four years.
“We started exploring the possibilities of creating a totally wireless product when we first launched the Konftel 200W which was the first GAP compatible conference phone. In general it’s important to remember to charge shared battery powered devices otherwise you’re left with an uncharged device the next time you want to use it. I think our charging cradle is really good because it provides a fixed place for charging and it’s easy to remember,” says Clarence Jacobson Vice President of Konftel AB.
The battery has also presented a knotty problem and Konftel has worked hard to be able to offer the market’s longest talk time. Another key requirement has been battery reliability.
Clarence Jacobson explains, “We’ve really concentrated on reducing energy consumption to provide longer talk time. The high-quality battery that we have chosen incorporates circuit overheating protection.”
DECT is a well-proven standard for safe, high-quality audio transfer. A total of 159 million DECT hand-sets and 105 million base stations* were sold in 2008. The beauty of the Konftel 300W is that it will work seamlessly with already installed DECT/GAP systems, so there is an immediate and huge addressable market for it. Even for new sites, it has it’s own Base Station to get started.
“With USB and mobile connectivity, the Konftel 300W also allows for a multitude of uses. Telephony is entering the IT world and there is a lot of buzz in the market today about Unified Communication.
“And what’s best of all is that the Konftel 300W is already configured for this,” exclaims Clarence with a knowing smile. The integrated bridge system allows all the connections to be combined at the same time!
During last year’s economic slowdown, Konftel decided to stick with its decision to expand its Development Department and sales force. This has resulted in accelerated product development and a greater market presence, with local sales offices in the USA, the UK, Germany and France.
Clarence remarks, “It is a move that has paid dividends. Companies have chosen Konftel as part of their efforts to streamline operations and save time and money. The most recent survey carried out by Frost & Sullivan shows that we have gained greater market share and increased our sales while our competitors have experienced a decrease in sales.
There are no bad times for conference phones,” he says in conclusion. Companies invest during times of economic expansion and conference phones are necessary during economic recessions to allow for more efficient communication. There are no bad times to be using Konftel!