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VoIPStore Reviews Grandstream's IP Multimedia Phones
By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor
"Grandstream has certainly been accused of having an identity crisis over the years as they have struggled to define themselves within the market," VoIPStore says. "I doubt they were ever really happy with being known as 'the cheap phones' and that is clear when you look at their current lineup with the GXP2100, GXP2110, and GXP2120 which, while being low-cost, have certainly evolved significantly from the early GXP2000 days.
In any given market, VoIPStore writes, "you have companies that are innovators and followers, high ticket products and low cost products, good products and bad products, the success of a company is to find the right balance, have a clear focus, and to do what they do best. The history of Grandstream has certainly had its ups and downs but one thing that can be said for them throughout is that they had a clear focus on providing a good quality product at the best price possible."
The review highlights the venerable GXP2000, which has been with us for about five years now, the review notes, "and has seen more improvements in its design and firmware than probably any phone on the market today. From the earliest versions that had buggy firmware and felt cheap because of the lack of weight to becoming a solid performer which quite likely has outsold almost every other phone made.
Given the gradual improvement VoIPStore sees in the company, the future looks good: "It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to predict where Grandstream is heading in the future. It is obvious that IP Surveillance is going to be a big part of their strategy as well as taking on the executive desktop with phones such as the GXV3175 Multimedia Phone (News - Alert) with its 7” touch screen display. The older models will begin to get phased out as more modern versions such as the GXP2100 begin to gain steam."
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David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.
Edited by Stefanie Mosca