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Digium D40 and D70 Phone Unboxing

Today I received a couple of phones from Digium; the D40 and D70. I’ll be using these phones for testing and documentation in the 4th edition of Asterisk: The Definitive Guide (which Jim Van Meggelen, Russell Bryant and myself are working on right now).

Here is my unboxing of the phones and some commentary about my initial impressions of the hardware itself.

Pretty boxes!

Phones arrived in some nice looking boxes.

Digium D40

Comes with a little pamphlet to help you get the phones setup on your network.

Comes with all the little things you need to get the phone up and running, including a network cable. I was just using POE to power the phone, so I didn’t end up with the 5VDC power adapter.

Nice looking base. Easy to put onto the phone. Just uses friction to hold the phones on the base. Not sure how well that’ll work over time, but this isn’t something that should be getting attached and detached a lot. The space for cables in the base is also quite large.

Holes to mount to wall. Requires adapter.

Easy access!

Lots of space for my hand to plug in cables. Much nicer than any of the Polycom bases where I usually give up and just remove it.

Boot screen

Booting up with the Digium logo.

Handset hook access

The tab on the back here is well designed so that you don’t require a tool to pull out and flip around. I prefer to have the hook for the handset so it doesn’t fall off the base easily. On the Polycoms (which have the same type of setup) it’s nearly impossible to remove with your fingers

D40 vs IP335 size comparison

.Size comparison between the D40 and IP335.

Digium D70

Open box

Hidden compartment

Back of the D70


I don’t quite get the base with the wall mount holes, but impossible mounting angles on the base. Must have something to do with the manufacturing process and not having separate molds for footing.

Update: Michael pointed out that the A-frame is actually two separate pieces, so with a (separately purchased) piece, you can attach it to the base and make the system wall mountable. With the number of phones I’ve actually wall mounted in deployments (I think the number is only one or two), I think I prefer the 2 options for steep and shallow angles. Neat idea.

Side cut outs for cables that I didn’t even notice the first time through. Michael pointed out they are for cable management. Nice!

Oh my! So much space! Very roomy 🙂
Side by side comparison of the D70 vs the IP650 w/ sidecar.
Front to back comparison of the D70 vs IP650 w/ sidecar.

Written by Leif Madsen

2012/10/11 at 3:43 pm

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New headset thanks to e4voip.com!

Just got my new Plantronics headset from http://www.e4voip.com (or rather, the hardware store at http://www.8774e4voip.com/) and am extremely satisfied with the service. We had an issue with Purolator not wanting to deliver to the building and then not bothering to call me to let me know the address was incorrect. By the time I noticed and got the address corrected, they just decided to send back the package.

So after letting the guys at e4VoIP know what happened, they just drop shipped a headset via FedEx overnight and I had it by lunch the next day! Amazing service and great prices. I’m in Canada, so I know how much of a pain in the ass shipping across the border is, and usually there is a bunch of duty fees across the border, but this time around the headset didn’t cost me a thing.

I plan on getting a G.722 capable phone next because now that I have this headset attached to my Polycom, I’m kind of looking forward to high quality calls during the weekly VoIP Users Conference call! (http://www.vuc.me)

Written by Leif Madsen

2010/02/22 at 2:04 pm

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