Phone Manual of the Day: Nortel M5008 Centrex Set Circa 1994

Phone Manual of the Day: Nortel M5008 Centrex Set Circa 1994
Ok I stand corrected, I originally said the Aries styled centrex sets that replaced the Delta series centrex sets were introduced in 1995,96.  From this brochure I found, these M5000 centrex phones with the Meridian 1 styling were actually introduced in 1994. This is one thing that actually confused me about Nortel.  While the similar ...

Phone of the Day: Polycom VVX 300 IP Telephone at my Favorite Brewery of a Revolution in Chicago 

Phone of the Day: Polycom VVX 300 IP Telephone at my Favorite Brewery of a Revolution in Chicago 
We had breakfast at my favorite brewery in Logan Square Chicago last weekend and they just updated to these Polycom phones from boring analog residential grade quality phones.  I sent them an email a month ago suggesting they update to an IP PBX, I guess I just missed out on helping them out on a ...

Phone of the Day: Ma Bell Ameritech Pay Phone “Temporarily” Out of Service at Salvatore’s Restaurant Chicago

Phone of the Day: Ma Bell Ameritech Pay Phone
My fiancé and I attended her cousins wedding tonight and I noticed this pay phone…well most everyone there joked about it when they saw it.  The phone said “temporarily” out of service, it should have read “permanently.”

Phone of the Day: Vertical SBX 700 Digital Phone at a Heart Shaped Pharmacy Inside a Red Bullseye Discount Store in Chicago

Phone of the Day: Vertical SBX 700 Digital Phone at a Heart Shaped Pharmacy Inside a Red Bullseye Discount Store in Chicago
A relatively red and bullseye oriented discount store decided to sell out their pharmacy business to a heart shaped competitor that rhymes with see vee ess. They ripped out the bullseye central PBX Cisco IP phones and put in a mini Vertical system just for the pharmacy.  Here is a photo of one of the ...

Phone of the Day: Nortel M2616 Digital Aries II Meridian 1 Telephone at Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview, IL

Phone of the Day: Nortel M2616 Digital Aries II Meridian 1 Telephone at Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview, IL
A friend of mine snapped this photo of my all time favorite Nortel telephone, the rugged and reliable M2616 Aries II.  This phone appears to be in good shape with no yellowing.  Many hospitals and large institutions still use these phones, but many others have been sent to the trash in favor of Cisco.  Avaya ...

Phones of the Day: 2 “Avaya” Nortel T7316E Digital Sets at Bar Takito Chicago 

Phones of the Day: 2
My fiancé and I went to this awesome Mexican restaurant in Chicago’s West Loop last night.  I spotted these two T7316E Avaya branded Nortel telephones. It’s interesting to see the Avaya name on these legacy Nortel phones.  In fact Avaya still manufactures these sets for use on the IP Office, even though they discontinued the ...

Phone of the Day: Alcatel 4028 IP Touch IP Telephone at a Design Office in Copenhagen, Denmark

Phone of the Day: Alcatel 4028 IP Touch IP Telephone at a Design Office in Copenhagen, Denmark
My friend Jake sent me a few photos of the Alcatel Lucent telephones at his office in Copenhagen.   Today I will feature the 4028 set.  These are IP telephones by the French company Alcatel, which merged with Lucent Technologies in 2006.  Lucent originally created in 1996, owned the legacy ATT telephone switches such as ...

Phone of the Day: Cisco CP-3905 SIP IP Telephone at a Financial Company in Chicago, IL

Phone of the Day: Cisco CP-3905 SIP IP Telephone at a Financial Company in Chicago, IL
I found this cute little small Cisco IP phone on a hallway desk in an office building in downtown Chicago.  

Phone of the Day: Polycom VVX 300 IP Telephone at Rockit Bar Chicago 

Phone of the Day: Polycom VVX 300 IP Telephone at Rockit Bar Chicago 
This photo stems back from my fiances Christmas Party in early December.  I cannot believe it has been two months already since the party!  This phone was on the host stand at Rockit bar.  I’ve tried out these Polycom VVX telephones on my UCx from Emetrotel and they work perfect.  The sound quality is unsurpassed ...

Phone of the Day: Ma Bell 2554 Wall Telephone at North Shore Hospital Glenview, IL

Phone of the Day: Ma Bell 2554 Wall Telephone at North Shore Hospital Glenview, IL
This hospital is running either an Option Meridian 1 or CS1000, and this is one of the analog telephones found throughout the hospital for single line no frills use. Nortel also marketed a single line digital Meridian 1 digital set that was considerably more expensive than the 2554 analog set.  It was called an M2006 ...