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VoIP Wars Heat Up at VON

A bevy of vendors this week exhibiting at the Fall VON 2006 conference in Boston are rolling out new products as they clamber for a piece of the growing VoIP pie.

Companies such as Polycom, Allworx and Apparent Networks are all launching new wares solution providers can use to build IP telephony solutions.

Polycom at the conference plans to unveil a new VoIP desktop phone, the first to incorporate the vendor's new high-fidelity voice technology.

The new SoundPoint IP 650 handset supports Polycom HD Voice, a new wideband technology from the vendor that provides two times to four times the clarity of ordinary phone calls, said Jim Kruger, vice president of marketing at Polycom.

The new phone provides six lines and also supports Polycom's SoundPoint IP Expansion Modules, which can increase the line count to 12 or 24 concurrent calls for attendants and administrative assistants that need to monitor multiple lines.

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