Sipura SPA-841

There’s a 2.5mm jack for a headset, which is fast becoming the defacto standard for entry level headset equipment, although there's no pass-through network port for connecting your phone and your computer to the same network cable – an oversight if you consider that the target market is SOHO.
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This phone doesn’t support POE at all. Not surprising since the phone’s target market isn’t likely to benefit significantly from it. Also lacking is one touch speed-dial buttons. You can configure the phone to pick up the time via an NTP server, so you always have the correct time on your phone.

There is a speakerphone and considering the price point it’s actually a passable one – but there are volume issues – the person you’re speaking to will very often have trouble hearing you, and you there can be a significant delay echo. In Sipura’s defence, this speakerphone is no worse than most, it’s just not something we would recommend for anything other than checking my voicemail or for on-hook dialling. For actually conversing, I would stick with the handset.


Verdict

This phone is aimed at the user with no pretensions, who needs a phone with no bells and whistles – it takes calls, it makes calls, it conferences calls, it transfers calls. Overall, it does this well and at a very reasonable price of £102.21. However, it is overshadowed by some of the other phones in this round up that offer more features for similar money.

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