Cisco SPA 508G 8-Line IP Phone

Cisco SPA508G is a full-featured 8-line small business desktop IP phone supporting Power over Ethernet (PoE) with robust features that finely meets basic requirements of any organization. It supports both Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Smart Phone Control Protocol (SPCP). Cisco SPA508G can connect directly to leading hosted IP telephony systems or IP private branch exchange (PBX). SPA508G is equipped with a monochrome backlit display for ease of use, full duplex speaker phone, encryption for enhanced security, Cisco XML applications, VoiceView Express and many more. It is also covered by Cisco 1-year limited hardware warranty with return to factory replacement and a 90-day limited software warranty.

At first glance, it looks almost similar to Cisco SPA504G and SPA303 IP phone. SPA508G is designed specifically to use easily in small business environment. The navigation pad is much compact and easy to use. Lightweight handset looks great with a nice glossy sheen. LED indicator lights let users know about messages or calls waiting. The monochrome screen is programmed with four buttons to control displayed soft keys. The functions and features of each soft key change based on the current usage of phone. Cisco SPA508G comes equipped with colorful line display keys which change accordingly to the phone line. Dedicated hard keys provide help for business functions like voicemail, hold, setup, and call transfer. Illuminated buttons are provided for switching easily between mute, headset or speakerphone.
Security is the key element of any Internet telephony system and Cisco SPA508G IP phone lays such security concerns to rest with its password-protected system, encrypted authentication via MD5 (RFC 1321), Password-protected access to administrator, up to 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption, SIP over Transport Layer Security (TLS), and Secure Real-Time Transport Protocol (SRTP). Standard encryption protocols delivers highly secure remote provisioning and seamless in-service software upgrades. Remote provisioning tools include detailed performance measurement and troubleshooting features. Cisco SPA508G also has built-in web server for administration and configuration with various security levels. Cutting-edge features like easy station moves and shared line appearances affix many more advantages to SPA508G IP phone.

Configuring a Cisco SPA508G is very simple with Cisco Web Interface. After connecting SPA508G successfully to the network and basic configuration, user should hear a dial tone when picking up the handset and a phone icon will appear on the display next to the extension number. If you want to set up separate lines, you need to change the line appearances according to the different SIP registrations. The Web UI is designed to simplify SPA508G installation and configuration.

Cisco SPA508G offers hundreds of features and configurable service parameters, which make it a basic requirement of traditional business users. It also comes with 2 Ethernet ports with integrated Ethernet switch that enable users to connect their phone and computer to the network using a single Ethernet cable. Advanced memory functions help the phone maintain existing profiles and settings every time when the phone is plugged into any outlet.
Cisco SPA508G Key Features and Benefits:
  • Full-featured 8-line business-class IP phone
  • Monochrome backlit display with on-screen applications
  • 19 dedicated 'keys', 4 context sensitive soft keys and navigation pad
  • Easy installation and highly secure remote provisioning
  • Built-in high quality microphone and full-duplex speakerphone
  • Dual switched Ethernet ports
  • Supports up to two Cisco SPA500S Expansion Modules, which provide up to 64 additional buttons
  • Settings button for access to feature, setup, and configuration menus
  • Voicemail message waiting indicator (VMWI) light
  • Three-way call conferencing with local mixing
  • Call blocking: anonymous and selective
  • Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) (IP) dialing support (vanity numbers)
  • Highly secure call encrypted voice communications support
  • 802.3af-compliant PoE
  • Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP)
  • Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP)

Overall look of Cisco SPA508G IP phone is very professional and attractive. All these innovative utilities extend phone functionality and meet voice communication requirements of most demanding professional environment. It provides the suitable environment for effective and super fast communications, which makes users more productive and frees up time to strengthen client relationships. It has everything a user need in a desktop IP phone.