How to choose the right Cisco IP Phone

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A Cisco IP Phone is a full-feature telephone that provides voice communication over the same data network that your computer uses. This phone functions much like a traditional analog phone, allowing you to place and receive telephone calls.

And how do you choose the Cisco IP Phone for your need?

This table can assist you in where best to direct your future IP Phone investment.

Use Case/Key Attribute 3900 Series 6900 Series 7800 Series 7900 Series 8800 Series
Occasional Use (Common Areas)
Knowledge Workers (On-Campus)


Knowledge Workers (Remote)


Manager/Executives/Administrative Staff/Receptionists


In-Campus Mobile Workers


Conference Rooms


Hospitality Guest Rooms
HD Video Collaboration


Bluetooth (mobile device integration, 3rd-party headsets)


High-Resolution Color Displays


Gigabit Ethernet Switch Ports (for co-located PC)


Cloud Deployable (Cisco Spark)


Latest Security Enhancements


Reduced Power Consumption (POE Class)

The type of Cisco IP Phone recommended to you in the following scenario:


1.Occasional-Use VoIP Communications

The Cisco Unified SIP Phone 3900 Series is an entry-level VoIP endpoint that delivers basic telephony features at a very affordable price. The 3900 Series is fully localized for use around the world and well-suited for settings with occasional needs for VoIP communications, such as:lobbies, classrooms, laboratories and hallways.

It can also be used by knowledge workers at the desk who have occasional voice communications needs.

2.Specialty-Use VoIP Communications

The affordable Cisco Unified IP Phone 6900 Series delivers cost-effective VoIP communication services for specialty, occasional-use settings. It offers a very sleek,trim, and Earth-friendly, ergonomic design.

3.General Business VoIP Communications

The Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series delivers affordable, high-fidelity and secure Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-based VoIP communications to help make your employees more productive in their dayto-day interactions and advance your business goals. Along with the Cisco IP Phone 8800 Series, they deliver the best audio experience Cisco has delivered in an IP Phone to date, with state-of-art technology enhancements to both speaker and microphone.

The Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series is an ideal cost-effective solution for small-to-large companies. If you have older analog and digital telephony desk phones today and wish to migrate to Cisco Unified Communications, then the 7800 Series could be your phones of choice.

4.General Business VoIP Communications

If your business requires business-grade voice communications with access to color displays, Gigabit Ethernet and support for third-party endpoint XML-based applications, the Cisco IP Phone 7900 Series address these needs. The 7900 Series supports knowledge workers, administrative staff, managers, and executives with general business VoIP communication at the desk.

5.Next-Generation Video and Voice Communications

The Cisco IP Phone 8800 Series is the advanced endpoint portfolio that delivers ease of use with superior performance. With the IP Phone 8800 Series, your business can benefit from cost-effective, reliable, secure, and scalable high-definition voice over IP (VoIP) communications.

Nine models are available with the IP Phone 8800 Series that range in their support to address the needs of knowledge workers, managers, executives and customer care staff. Specialty deployments are supported for audio conference rooms and in-campus mobile workers in rigorous work environments. The 8800 Series includes desk phone models 8811, 8841, 8845, 8851, 8861, 8865. Specialty models include IP Conference Phone 8832 for executive offices and midsized-to-large conference rooms, and the 8821 and 8821-EX for in-campus mobile workers. The 8845 and 8865 support entry to 720p HD video.

Hope this can help you choose the right Cisco IP Phone for your need.

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Learn more:

Cisco IP Phone 7800/8800 Series with MPP Firmware

Cisco 8800 IP Phones for a Variety of Needs

 How to Start Your Cisco IP Phone 8800?

User Profiles for IP Phone 7800 Series & Compare the IP Phone 7811, 7821, 7841, 7861 and 7832

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