Phone of the Day: Mitel 5312 IP Telephone at Four Points Sheraton West Lafayette, IN

I spotted this sleek IP telephone at a not so sleek tired hotel in West Lafayette, IN. Originally a circa 1974 Holiday Inn with a Holidome, I am sure this hotel has seen its share of telephone systems.  I am wondering if this hotel had a Nortel PBX before the Mitel due to the fact that the Lafayette is former GTE territory and GTE made a habit of selling Nortel systems both big Option Meridian 1 and smaller Norstar systems.  

I don’t know too much about these Mitel IP phones other than he fact that they compete with the Nortel 1100 IP series sets, Avaya 9600 IP sets, and Cisco 7900 series IP sets.  I believe this 5312 can be flashed to SIP and work on an open sourced platform.  

Here is more information on the telephone copied from online:

“Mitel 5312 IP PhoneThe dual-mode Mitel 5312 IP Phone is a full-duplex handsfree speakerphone with multi-line backlit display and programmable feature keys. It provides intuitive user access to more sophisticated call handling and converged applications supported by the Mitel’s IP communications platforms. It is easily personalized with programmable keys or with a browser-based desktop configuration tool.
The 5312 IP Phone provides IP functionality with the ease and familiarity of a traditional business phone. Being user-friendly, it features easy-to-use programming tools for feature set customization and a 40-character white, backlit graphics display. It is an ideal choice for users – such as teleworkers, ACD agents, technical support staff, office workers, sales and customer service departments – who need access to sophisticated features.
When used with Mitel Unified Communicator® (UC) Express or Mitel Unified Communicator (UC) Advanced, the 5312 IP Phone becomes a powerful communications tool that helps customers streamline communications between people and organizations. This leads to improved productivity, enhanced customer service, reduced costs and ultimately improved business process integration.”