The past year has made it crystal clear how important webcams are for all kinds of communication, especially work. Now communications giant Zoom has moved beyond video calling with the launch of its new zijn Zoom telephones— an all-in-one desk phone in the office.
With three models at launch, Zoom makes an impressive step forward in hardware. Such a progression to hardware also makes sense, given the success of video call hosting. The models represent collaborations with Yealink and Poly, combining their touchscreen hardware with Zoom̵
Kevin Atkin, Director of IT, Real-time Collaboration, at Gilead Sciences says, “The Zoom Phone Appliance allows me to enjoy a seamless Zoom Phone and video experience through a high-performance desk phone like the Poly CCX 700. And it works well out of the box, I just set it up, signed it up and was able to connect right away.”
Zoom promises that the phones are easy to use, especially if you are already familiar with the video calling interface. Set is also a breeze, with logging in being the most time consuming. Furthermore, the Zoom Phone works the same as a standard office phone, making it easy to hold meetings, phone calls and other collaborations on the device.
The phones make it easy to log in and out, which is great for devices used in shared spaces. Visual shared lines also allow users to retrieve calls put on hold by an assistant. Of course, users can still access more traditional features such as caller ID, voicemail, call blocking, call history, three-way calling, corporate directories, calendar integration, and more.
Users can also enjoy a host of collaboration features, such as high-quality video and audio, so everyone looks and sounds sharp on every call. The Zoom Phones also have a handy whiteboard feature and allow you to share content from screen to screen. Otherwise, you can take advantage of the chat option during meetings and the call recording feature (if legal), and you can customize the views to your liking.
You can buy the devices for your office directly through Poly and Yealink, or through Zoom’s Hardware as a Service program for a monthly fee.