Open Thread: What's Your Office Phone?


ScreenshotWe’ve talked about plenty of mobile phones here in the past – but all but the most wandering web workers eventually come to roost in an office, at least for a little while. Other than a computer, the office telephone is still the most essential piece of equipment for many of us in that situation. No matter how much I try to conduct my entire life via email and instant messenger, there are still times when I just need to have a voice conversation.

So, for those of you in the same situation: what office phone are you using? Just some random off-the-shelf cordless model? A legacy Princess phone from AT&T’s glory days? A Skype phone that redirects everything via VOIP? Something fancy like the Plantronics Calisto Pro? Or do you have some great alternative solution that your web working peers should know about?

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My Nokia and my account. Why tether yourself to aging key system and phone?


Office phone is one of those Nortel deals with the big screen and 99 buttons that don’t seem to do anything (seriously, what is all this stuff for? It has a shift key for chrissakes). For my freelance work and personal stuff I have an iPhone, which has been a blessing for my scattered brain.


I use GrandCentral too… that way, no one needs to worry about whether I’m chained to my desk or on my cell. At my office, I use a POS (Piece o’ Sh*t) plantronics phone with a headset… the quality is questionable, but i can’t seem to find anything better.

Alana Post

I don’t use my mobile for business because I don’t find it healthy to allow work into every corner of my life, but still want to be accessible to my family and friends.

So: for work, I have a Netgear VoIP phone using Skype that I forward all unanswered mobile calls to, allowing a single voicemail box.

GrandCentral is cool, and I’d love to use it more actively, but unless I get sick of giving out my Skype phone number I just don’t have enough reasons to obfuscate my number and filter my calls.


I use a Nortel PT390, I purchased on eBay. A great phone…

Jeff S

I use a $14 VTech cordless phone from WalMart. I’m not big on features or settings, etc- so this model simply makes and receives calls.


I had my own cable phone number but didn’t use it enough to justify the cost so now I’m using a cell and having a hard time remembering to keep it with me. (I leave my basement office and have to had back down to get it. I hang my purse on the hook by the door and forget to take my cell phone out. Argh.) I use a bluetooth headset for client calls so I can type.

Michael Niemann

I use a local GrandCentral number that’s linked to my refurbished old Motorola mobile phone, no camera, no color, nothing. I like Grandcentral’s voice mail features and the old phone is nice because I can swap SIM cards whenever I’m out of the country.

For my own calls, I use Skype with the flat fee for one year in the U.S.

Ellis Benus

Cingular Cell Phone with voicemail telling all to call Skype Phone.

Skype Subscription with local phone number. 1-800 fax number to make all faxes digital.


Blackberry Pearl with a Jawbone is what I use now a days. I’ve also got a Grand Central number which is what I put on Business Cards and give to clients. I haven’t had a land line forever and my experience with Vonage was horrible so I’ve given up on VOIP for the moment. Although I have connected Gizmo to Grand Central and once I get a bluetooth for my computer will be using that to receive client calls.

david in portland, me

I use one number, one phone (happens to be an iPhone) for everything. Personal and business. Voicemail greeting is generic enough to be suitable for any range of callers. I use it a lot, also. I think conversations are good. They’re not always necessary, but they are essential and not in a “necessary evil” sort of way. But talking is infinitely more multi-dimensional than anything electronic. And, we really shouldn’t look at it as a last resort — I say this because Mike’s comment really bummed me out …

“No matter how much I try to conduct my entire life via email and instant messenger, there are still times when I just need to have a voice conversation.”

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