#Lync Question 7: What is the difference between the Lync Phone Edition devices (IP Phones)

Firstly there are two generation of phones:

  • Tanjay (originally released with OCS 2007)
    • Touchscreen
    • Expenses
    • Now end of life (EOL)
    • Full AD logon
    • No Contact Photo
  • Aries (release with Lync Server 2010)
    • Non Touchscreen
    • Pin Logon
    • Lower price point
    • Contact Photos

Secondly there are four manufacturers of devices:

  • LG-Nortel (Tanjay device only) – no longer available
  • Aastra (Aries device only)
  • HP (Aries devices Only)
  • Polycom (Tanjay and Aries devices)

Thirdly with the Aries device there are three classes devices

  • Common Area Phone (Aastra/HP/Polycom)
  • Desk Phone / Information Worker Phone (Aastra/HP/Polycom)
  • Conference Device (Polycom Only)

All Aries devices largely run the same software, for the most part the key differences between the desk phone and common area phones are:

  • USB Port for connect to PC for pairing and USB audio
  • Two-Ethernet Ports (although Aastra and HP have this on their common area phones too)
  • Speaker Phone although HP have this on their common area phone)
  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Port (vs 10/100 only) (although Aastra and HP have this on their common area phones too)
  • Presence Indicator (although Aastra have this on their common area phone too)
  • Message waiting indictor (MWI) aka voicemail light (although Aastra and HP have this on their common area phones too)
  • Speaker Phone (although HP has this on their common area phone and Polycom’s has listen only)
  • Headset port
  • One click conference call join
  • View Outlook Calendar

For further details see ‘Lync IP Phones Comparison Table.pdf’ in Unified Communications Phones and Peripherals Datasheets

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=16857

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