Conference Calls

Hello -

I'm looking for a solution for a portable conference phone. Currently I'm using a Polycom Soundstation that works with an analog line. The quality of sounds is obviously is not great so I was wondering if there is a more modern solution that could help with our needs. It would be for a room with about 20 people around a long table so I need to make sure there is decent range for them to be heard over the phone. I was looking into something like a Jabra Speak 710 UC Wireless Bluetooth Speaker device that would work with a cell phone but I'm worried about quality of sound over a cell phone connection pushed to a BT device.

Any help would be appreciated.
Alan DalaITAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

masnrockCommented:
Does your current phone have the external microphones? That would help considerably with people spread out through a room.

But obviously, you need to make sure you have a quality line. So if you have an analog line where the voice quality is poor, you need to address the line issues. Or consider switching to voice over ip. However, even then, you need to make sure that there is consistently a good connection.

I like Polycom phones historically speaking, whether VoIP or analog. But I do also like Yealink as far as the VoIP space goes.
Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
Our entire institution uses polycom devices for conference rooms. We've been very pleased.  The one in our conference room has the external extensible mikes.
Alan DalaITAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your responses!

As I mentioned, it needs to be a portable solution for meeting all over the country. The Polycom triangle is kind of difficult to transport and an IP phone cannot be set up on the spot as far as I know. I was just curious if there are any newer technologies used by the road warriors.

Thanks!
masnrockCommented:
This is for road warriors?  Now that's going to be a challenge in and of itself, but that also explains why you asked about a portable phone. For example, the Yealink CP960 looked interesting to me, especially since a cell phone could be linked to it, plus it offered wireless speakers. Now that said, I personally don't have experience with it, so I cannot recommend for or against it. Since it's an IP phone, I don't know how well it might play out either.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
masnrockCommented:
Answered
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
IP Telephony

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.