Phone of the Day: Northern Telecom Attendant Console History

Phone of the Day: Northern Telecom Attendant Console History
The central answering position, the place where all the calls come in to the building, is the nerve center of the telephone system. In the old days this was where the switchboard operator did the job of plugging cables into each slot of the desired extension. Starting in the 1950s these wires started disappearing and ...

Phone of the Day: Nortel M2008 Digital Telephone

Phone of the Day: Nortel M2008 Digital Telephone
Once only able to be used on the Meridian 1 and CS1000 platform, the Meridian Modular Phones or Aries II M2000 sets are now compatible with the E-MetroTel UCx platform designed and built by veteran Nortel engineers and developers who have started a grass roots company to preserve the support, quality and integrity of the ...

Phone of the Day: Polycom VVX500 IP Set Max and Benny’s Northbrook IL

Phone of the Day: Polycom VVX500 IP Set Max and Benny's Northbrook IL
Spotted at the hostess stand at Max and Benny’s Jewish deli in Northbrook near my office, is a cool looking Polycom VVX500 IP telephone. It appears to be a touchscreen set with a color display. This is a SIP set that can interface with any SIP compatible IP PBX. The phone is sleek and attractive. ...

Phone of the Day: Nortel M7208 Norstar Telephone Michaels Arts and Crafts Noblesville Indiana

Phone of the Day: Nortel M7208 Norstar Telephone Michaels Arts and Crafts Noblesville Indiana
Looks like Michaels Arts and Crafts has now neglected the value of their Nortel Norstar system and actually removed the handsets from their phones on the sales floors. They have recently switched to using walkie talkie earpieces independent of the phone system. Michaels used to use their Nortel systems for paging, intercom, etc, but they ...

Phone of the Day: Nortel Aastra Mitel M9316 Analog Meridian Business Set

Phone of the Day: Nortel Aastra Mitel M9316 Analog Meridian Business Set
Today’s phone is a great phone I brought out of storage, it’s an analog set that highly represents a digital office phone. My friend Jeff gave this to me a few years ago, it was his Moms phone at Illinois Bell Ameritech and she was able to keep it when she left. This phone can ...

Phone of the Day: Cisco IP Phone 303 New Line Tavern West Loop Chicago, IL

Phone of the Day: Cisco IP Phone 303 New Line Tavern West Loop Chicago, IL
Today’s telephone comes to you from one of my favorite watering holes on Clinton and Lake called New Line Tavern. I am quite impressed by their IP phone sets. They have inter connectivity via Ring Central through all 8 of their bars in Chicago. They originally had 7900 sets but have since upgraded to these ...

Phone of the Day: The First “Meridian” SL-1 Phones

Phone of the Day: The First
Have you ever wondered what the first Nortel digital PBX telephones looked like? They were heavy duty wedge sets called QSU60 and QSU61 and were introduced in 1975. They also had add on KEM modules. These telephones were the first electronic multi line phones to use electronic ring tones, call buzz tones and Red LED ...

Phone of the Day: Nortel 1140E IP Telephone

Phone of the Day: Nortel 1140E IP Telephone
Quite possibly the worlds best looking IP phone, the Nortel 1140E. The buttons are playfully color coded like Lego buttons and the styling is futuristic and solid. Since its such a great set, Avaya still continues to manufacture this phones and market them for use on CS1000 and Aura. Others such as Genband and E-MetroTel ...

Phone of the Day: Nortel Norstar M7324 Digital Telephone

Phone of the Day: Nortel Norstar M7324 Digital Telephone
Shown in my friend Derek’s kitchen is the switchboard phone for his home with two daughters and his wife. The M7324 is considered the “console” switchboard phone for the Norstar system. Originally developed in 1987-88, these sets can be complimented with at least 2 KEM units to provide a central answering position or CAP. This ...

Phone of the Day: Avaya 9621g IP Telephone

Phone of the Day: Avaya 9621g IP Telephone
Sent to me today from my good friend Kathy at a pharmaceutical provider, is a sleek Avaya 9621g color touch screen IP phone. This is the newer generation of the 9600 IP sets with an icon driven touch screen and advanced “rich” ring tones. It’s a great set and I believe it can work on ...