Initially the new Telstra media phone, which comes with its own full colour video screen, will only be available for the business market, however new models could soon be launched for the home market say communication analysts.
Primarily a video phone that works over an IP network, the new Telstra VVX 1500 Business Media Phone incorporates new HD voice technology, which Telstra executives have likened to being like moving “from listening to AM radio sound to CD quality sound”.
Users will also be offered a new Sennheiser DECT HD Voice headset which the German Company claims delivers a warm and more natural sound using wideband.
The headphones operate over 180 metres, line of sight, and 55 metres through walls. It has a battery life of eight hours on full talk time.
Stylish, the new video phone has a 7-inch video touchscreen, and supports 6 lines. It also has a Gigabit Ethernet switch, and an integrated 2 megapixel camera. HD voice technology delivers clear audio. It also has motion detection technology which allows the phone to be configured as a security device when a user is absent.
The camera can be activated to deliver an image back to a central security location.
At this stage users will have to be a Telstra hosted IP telephony (TIPT) customer.
The phone can be purchased outright for $1,500 or rented for $45 per month over 36 months. Two phones are need to take advantage of the new HD voice technology.