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November 16, 2009

Yealink Unveils VP-2009 Multimedia Phone

By Marisa Torrieri, TMCnet Editor


In a move to bring affordable visual communication to the masses by delivering the free face-to-face video call, Chinese IP phone maker Yealink (News - Alert) announced today that the general availability of its new VP-2009 IP multimedia phone.
 
Flaunting seven inches of touch-screen interface, the VP-2009 is easy to use, equipped with a TI Davinci chipset and supported by H.263 and H.264 codec technology. Its intuitive touch screen makes the phone a nice option for SMBs and consumers who want to make quick video-and-voice-over-IP calls right from their work space, according to Yealink.
 
The SIP-based VP-2009 is also adaptive to bandwidth adjustments, when the network environment is not so desirable. 

 
As with earlier Yealink models, the VP-2009 features the standard full functions of an enterprise IP Phone (News - Alert), such as call forward, call waiting, call transfer, call pickup, call park, intercom, paging and voicemail. Additionally, the VP-2009 supports featured video functions such as video and voice call selection/switch, Picture-in-Picture, full screen, local camera open/close, graphical media (music/image) ring and output to TV when talking. 
 
“It’s also with fun to own a VP-2009, ‘cause when it is idle it can be used as music and movie player,” a Yealink spokeswoman told TMCnet. “And it also supports personalized wallpaper.”
 
Although video conferencing has always been an alternative to travel, it was reserved for those who could afford the equipment and the network costs, according to Yealink. With these phones businesses can now make free video calls and have the ability to communicate via both audio and video.
 
 
The phone is ideal for home owners and business users who want to stay closely connected with their families, friends, colleagues and business partners located around the world for the minimum price. Other potential users include older and busy children who want to keep in contact with elderly parents living in other countries, or care-center workers who need to monitor patients.
 
 
“Yealink VP-2009 allows people easily and economically stay in close face-to-face contact with family and friends,” said David Chen, the president of Yealink. “But while one can see the many benefits of the multi-video phone, the phone’s price is the key point in the availability for common users. Yealink VP-2009 brings an affordable visual communication, and can compete well with other manufacturers.”
Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri




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