Phone of the Day: Alcatel-Lucent IP Touch 4038 VoIP Phone

Today’s phone photo was captured at my doctors office today.  I haven’t seen many of these phones installed in the USA.  They are a product of France’s big telecom provider Alcatel-Lucent.  Lucent merged with Alcatel in November 2006.  Previously Lucent was the main name for telephone system brand derived out of Western Electric, AT&T Information Systems and then Lucent which maintained and released lines such as the Merlin, Merlin Magix, Partner, and Definity.

From wikipedia: “Alcatel-Lucent also owns Bell Laboratories, one of the largest research and development facilities in the communications industry, whose employees have been awarded eight Nobel Prizes and the company holds in excess of 29,000 patents.”

This telephone is a rather unique telephone as it includes a full keyboard for sending miniature text messages.  Also notice that the display seems to be in some sort of Automatic Call Distribution (ACD) mode.

Quoted from a retailers website: “The Alcatel-Lucent IP Touch™ 4038 IP Phone for the OmniPCX OfficeOmniPCX Enterprise and OpenTouch systems  has a large graphical screen that dynamically displays easy-to-understand soft functions that change with the context of the call. In addition the IP Touch 4038 is equipped with an alphabetic keyboard that provides access to the company “call by name” directory and messaging services.


  • Adjustable graphical display – 4 gray levels – 100 x 160 pixels
  • 10 multi-function display keys used for accessing phone apps, system features and dynamic telephony feature access while on a call
  • 2 personal keys/LED
  • Optional 10 and 40 key expansion modules
  • 4 directional navigator
  • Comfort headset
  • PC Connectivity with switch – Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/100
  • SIP standalone option
  • Speakerphone
  • Power over Ethernet or external power “