Time: 2011-02-02 Click:
The iPhone has many advantages over standard office phones, but one of them isn't comfort. Spending a large portion of your work day on the phone requires a decent desk phone that can be easily held. For those looking to integrate their iPhone with an office phone, AltiGen Communications showed off their iFusion SmartStation at the Macworld Expo.
The dock comes in white or black and instantly converts your iPhone into a standard desk phone. With a built-in USB cable the iPhone can be charged and synced while docked. Bluetooth connects the iPhone and with A2DP streaming iPhone music can be played using the SmartStation speaker.
Of course the SmartStation sports a full duplex speakerphone, and can be used with its own companion PBX app which provides eneterprise level phone management features. The accessory is compatible with the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. Using a Bluetooth earpiece, VoIP or SIP applications and even FaceTime is possible while docked in the SmartStation. For connection to external speakers there's even a stereo mini jack.
This isn't the first iPhone desk phone dock we've seen. The KEE Desk Phone Dock was announced early last year and will be shipping sometime in the next few months as well.
Besides having all of the features of your iPhone and Contact list available in a more comfortable to use, ergonomic desk phone, the SmartStation should reduce iPhone SAR levels. More distance between your ear and the iPhone antenna means less radiation is absorbed by your noggin.
The iFusion SmartStation is available now for pre-order at $149.00 ($20 off regular price) and ships in April 2011.