My Line-less Deskphone

by Colin Berkshire

I have a great phone on my desk. It’s a Grandstream GXP-2160 SIP/VOIP phone.

What’s odd about it is that it isn’t connected to the Internet or IP phone system in any way. I love using it, although people think it’s a bit weird.

I’m often asked if it is WiFi or wireless. It is not.

This phone has a feature where the last line appearance can attach to a bluetooth device like my iPhone.

This is great because when I am in my office my iPhone automatically pairs with it. When a call comes in to my cell phone the Grandstream rings and I answer it like an ordinary desk phone. It has a great handset that I can cradle in my shoulder. I can also originate calls through it.

I know there are a number of “Connect to cell” types of phones out there. But they are usually skinny wireless jobs. I don’t know why I would need a skinny wireless phone to connect to my skinny iPhone.

But I absolutely love having a full-sized desk phone on my desk with that great shoulder-compatible handset. And best of all, I never have to pull my iPhone out of my pocket when I’m in the office.

So that’s why I have a desk phone that doesn’t connect to a phone system or phone service. I do admit that it looks weird.