Snom Hopes Touch Will Improve VoIP Usability

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Voice over IP (VoIP) phone maker Snom is jumping on the touchscreen bandwagon with the introduction of the 870 handset, which was announced on Tuesday at the Cebit trade show in Hanover, Germany.

Snom is convinced that the addition of a touch-enabled user interface will make it easier for users to take advantage of advanced IP (Internet Protocol) telephony features, according to Usman Tahir, product manager at Snom.

Setting up, for example, a multiparty telephone conference using regular buttons can be intimidating to users, but with the 870 participants can be dragged and dropped into a conference, according to Tahir.

The VoIP phone comes equipped with a 4.3-inch touchscreen display. It supports SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), and can be turned into a wireless phone by attaching a USB stick.

The company is aiming to start shipping the 870 phone during the second quarter, and said it will cost approximately €360 (US$450).

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