Looking for phones to use with Centrex

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Hi, I am a computer person who has had telecom foisted upon her.

We have a new small office in Connecticut, less than 6 phones. We have
decided to go with Centrex for the phone service, and maybe to use
SBC's voicemail.

I know that I can use ordinary analog phones with centrex, but then in
order to access the features the users have to depress the hang-up
button and enter codes. These users will find that troublesome.

I asked SBC how much the phones were and they said that they would be
$250.

I am writing to find out if I have a less expensive option. I need:

Phone that can easily access centrex features (call transfer, 4-digit
dialing, putting callers on hold, etc.)

phone that **either** has msg indicator that will talk with SBC's
voicemail, to indicate that there is voicemail
--OR--
has digital mailbox builtin

phone that can have at least two lines (a "main" line and the user's
line) coming in.

I have tried to find out whether particular phones have these
features, but have been unsuccessful. any help would be greatly
appreciated.

julie Director IT
Common Ground Community
www.commonground.org


Re: Looking for phones to use with Centrex
Julie at CG wrote:

> Hi, I am a computer person who has had telecom foisted upon her.
>
> We have a new small office in Connecticut, less than 6 phones. We have
> decided to go with Centrex for the phone service, and maybe to use
> SBC's voicemail.
>
> I know that I can use ordinary analog phones with centrex, but then in
> order to access the features the users have to depress the hang-up
> button and enter codes. These users will find that troublesome.
>
> I asked SBC how much the phones were and they said that they would be
> $250.

It sounds like the initial analysis was faulty. You have to include the cost
of station sets in the selection. It may well be that SBC Centrex still
wins, but at least you will know.

Most feature phones are proprietary, but there might be an alternative if
they are ISDN. Even that is a big maybe.


Re: Looking for phones to use with Centrex
jvandore@commonground.org (Julie at CG) posted on that vast internet
thingie:

>Hi, I am a computer person who has had telecom foisted upon her.
>
>We have a new small office in Connecticut, less than 6 phones. We have
>decided to go with Centrex for the phone service, and maybe to use
>SBC's voicemail.

I know that our TMC ET4000 epic phones are recommended by some telcos
like Verizon because of their Centrex abilities.

http://www.et4000.com

We have them for substantially less money than the price you
mentioned.

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Re: Looking for phones to use with Centrex
Julie at CG wrote:

> Hi, I am a computer person who has had telecom foisted upon her.

I now centrex makes life easier, but you might want to look at low cost
PBX options. Better value long term in my experience. Also you can
manage moves adds and changes to the system yourself.



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