Phone of the Day:NortelT7208 Digital Telephone Mariano’s Fresh Market

Phone of the Day:NortelT7208 Digital Telephone Mariano's Fresh Market
Mariano’s, a new grocery chain here in Chicagoland, was developed by Bob Mariano, a former CEO of Dominick’s a large grocery chain that once dominated the Chicago market.  Before he left Dominick’s in the late 1990s, their stores were full of Meridian Option 11 systems….so when he came back with Mariano’s Fresh Markets, a chain ...

Phone of the Day:Polycom Spectralink 8000 Wireless IP Handset

Phone of the Day:Polycom Spectralink 8000 Wireless IP Handset
Sorry for the delay in the posts!  It’s been a busy cold month! Today’s phone comes from my favorite grocery store named Mariano’s Fresh Market in Chicago, IL.  These wireless handsets work directly off the Toshiba DK Strata in house at the grocery store, most likely I am assuming patched in through analog trunking to ...

Lost Ear Muffs on an Old School Phone

Lost Ear Muffs on an Old School Phone
Spotted in the lobby of my office building on Friday.  Someone lost their trusty ear muffs, but they are sure to find them now that someone put them on that old school Ma Bell wall phone!

Phone of the Day: Avaya 9508 Digital Telephone

Phone of the Day: Avaya 9508 Digital Telephone
Spotted on Friday February 7th, 2014 at the Aventura Restaurant Hostess Stand on Washington and Division in Ann Arbor, MI, an Avaya 9508 digital set.  More than likely this is connected to an IP Office.  Someone needs to update the time, I was there at 11:09PM, not 4:09am. The phone’s features are listed below: 8 ...

Phone of the Day: Nortel M7310 Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant Chicago

Phone of the Day: Nortel M7310 Lou Mitchell's Restaurant Chicago
Displayed by Beverly’s smiling face in this picture is a Nortel M7310 digital telephone at a legendary Chicago breakfast institution called Lou Mitchell’s….politicians alongside typical guys like me sit and enjoy breakfast from the many wonderful smiling staff at this great place to have breakfast.  The restaurant is known as a starting point for many ...

Phone of the Day: Cisco SPA IP Phone Eataly Food Hall Chicago

Phone of the Day: Cisco SPA IP Phone Eataly Food Hall Chicago
The grand new resturant/food hall called Eataly has opened in Chicago.  Along with the $23 bratwursts in the Brewery is an IP phone system of Cisco SPA phones around this cool operation.  With the SPA phones, its hard to know if their phone system is actually a Cisco system or some other SIP supported system ...

Phone of the Day: Nortel 1165E Color Display IP Phone

Phone of the Day: Nortel 1165E Color Display IP Phone
Today’s phone is shown on the desk of my friend Matt Nurre at his retail design company called Retail Design Source, in Chicago, IL.  I set up this 1165E and 3 other 1140E sets in his office and warehouse on a E-MetroTel UCx50. The 1165E is a really cool looking phone and the top of ...

What’s In A Number?

What's In A Number?
When you use a telephone, you identify yourself to someone (usually). You send a CLID (Call Line Identification) aka Caller ID to the corresponding party (provided you don’t spoof it or block it and mark your call as “private”). Growing up as a child, I remember using only 7 digits to call friends and family ...

Phone of the Day: Nortel M2616 Digital Telephone ABC7 Chicago WLS-TV

Phone of the Day: Nortel M2616 Digital Telephone ABC7 Chicago WLS-TV
As seen on Christmas Eve news on ABC7 WLS-TV Chicago last night, it appears that their station is run by a Nortel Option PBX.  This phone was pictured in the stations control room. I am pretty sure this is a M2xxx set and not a M5xxx set, seeing that the Hold key is grey and ...

Phone of the Day: University of Michigan Nortel/Aastra M5008 Centrex Set

Phone of the Day: University of Michigan Nortel/Aastra M5008 Centrex Set
From the desk of the Union League Hotel at University of Michigan, is a Nortel/Aastra M5008 Centrex set.  University of Michigan is a large Nortel client, with Option PBXs at the University of Michigan Health Centers and the Nortel Centrex setup on the academic campus.  Also Cisco VOIP is being implemented in new locations on ...