Summary: It does not have: On screen configuration. It only gives voice commands so provisioning was a bit of a challenge. A power adapter, so unless you have PoE switch you are going to be shopping for a power adapter like me now. Otherwise - call quality is great and it is an 8 line phone.
Summary: Nothing wrong with these phones, we like the simplistic version to keep the confusion of the users to a minimum. They just won't win any awards for those that just want to get them configured without having 10 years of Cisco school ;-)
Pros: These have no screen which is exactly what I wanted. Most of the calling functions for our service happen directly on the screen. We do not want our operators confused by conflicting information and options on the phone. In our case, simple is better.
Cons: You need a degree in rocket science to do anything with Cisco products and this is no exception. I have been in IT for over 20 years. After messaging with these units for over a month, I am still unable to find enough time to learn how to provision them in any sort of automated fashion. I have re...
Wall phone for church nursery/Sunday school. Compared with SPA301 and SPA942
Andrew Warner, Amazon
14 September 2012
Summary: Background: I'm installing phones in each nursery and classroom at my church. I'm using POE so that the cords can all be in the wall and not a problem for tiny hands. Plus it gives me the freedom to place them where I want with out needing an electrician.
Excerpt: After getting this IP phone to work with any regular SIP provider, it works like a charm. But before getting it to work you will need to do some research on the internet, cause the manual at hand is for end users and not for administering the phone.
Pros: bought these and didnt even realize that they didnt have a screen. all they are is little paper strips that you write the number on. Why would you want a sip phone if you have no caller id or functionality for 100$. not worth it. get the 504G it does all kinds of things. My fault for not checking...
Summary: Very hard to get answers on getting it configured. Not as easy as the more expensive models. Can't just plug and play as advertised. Good voice quality. Rugged, knocked it off the desk 20 times trying to get it configured and still works well. Only bought it to use in testing a new phone system.