4 Dec 2006
Telephones & Accessories(HKTDC Electronics, Vol 01,2006)
|The latest four-line VoIP telephone from Red Lemon Incorporation is equipped with ASC card configuration and built-in ATA|
Convergence, miniaturisation and innovation are the latest buzzwords that aptly describe the humble telephone, which is experiencing an ongoing transformation during the current Internet age.
Far-sighted Hong Kong electronics companies such as Red Lemon Incorporation have led the way in combining traditional telephony with cutting-edge technology such as the Internet and the World Wide Web.
Red Lemon's P-8411 VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone, for example, removes the need for a computer and special software for users who want to use the Internet to make contact.
All the user has to do is unpack the P-8411 VoIP, connect to the Internet and insert the specially-supplied card, which is pre-programmed for instant VoIP access. "No other company is using a card to set up such a phone, completely eliminating the need for a computer," senior sales manager Charles Leung claims, adding that it's as simple as inserting a SIM card.
"Certain critical components such as the CPU are manufactured in Germany, where the phone is designed, although assembly takes place on the Chinese mainland."
The P-8411 VoIP, which also has a built-in Analogue Telephone Adaptor (ATA) and is capable of handling up to four lines, will even allow a cordless phone to connect to the Internet.
The 16-year-old company manufactures more than 600 CE- and RoHS-compliant products including laser measurement tools and satellite receivers at its 200,000-square-foot factory in Shenzhen.
Leung says Red Lemon offers the P-8411 VoIP at the FOB Hong Kong price of about US$80 per unit delivered 45 days after order confirmation. "We have our own Tracer brand and also supply such major brand names as Belkin, Metro Group, Maplin and Radio Shack," Leung adds.
Focusing on consumers with impaired vision and those in a hurry, Victorwood Holdings Ltd has developed the T805 Big Button phone, which is fitted with oversize buttons, and the SMS801 desk phone that features a full "qwerty" keyboard which allows the user to send SMS messages without using a mobile.
Both products are manufactured at Victorwood's four-storey, 300-500-worker factory in Shenzhen and are available in minimum order quantities of 3,000 units delivered 45 days after order confirmation. "Our major markets are Europe and Asia," director Michael Lo adds.
Equally concerned about consumer welfare is Canhold Int'l Ltd, which manufactures a full range of mobile phone accessories, including batteries, and is now focusing on Bluetooth technology.
The BTHF009D and BTHF009D+ hands-free car kits with caller ID display fix easily to any car sun visor, allowing full use of any Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone using voice commands only.
Completely self-contained with a fashionable blue, backlit LCD, both the BTHF009D and the BTHF009D+ offer "plug and play" wireless conversation using the very latest Bluetooth technology, version 2.0. "This version provides the best sound quality to date by providing a more stable connection for faster data transmission," explains marketing manager James Chan.
Canhold, which is an associate member of the Bluetooth SIG, makes its products at an ISO 9001-certified, 6,000-square-metre, 300-worker factory in Guangdong Province.
"Both models are available for around US$40 per unit FOB Hong Kong," Chan adds, noting that Canhold delivers 200-piece minimum orders 12-16 working days after order confirmation. "Our major markets are the UK, Spain, Italy and Australia."
Mobility is also a key concern for Chi Tat (China) Electronic Ltd, which manufactures the KX-TG2420 and KX-TG5230 cordless phones that use the latest 2.4GHz technology. "We hold Chinese patents on the technology," claims marketing executive Dorothy Lai, noting that they are sold worldwide.
Together with the semi-cordless KX-T805SID model, they are competitively priced at US$20-30 per unit FOB Hong Kong for minimum orders of 2,000 phones delivered 4-5 weeks after order confirmation.
Meanwhile, Suntra Int'l Development Ltd marketing manager Jackie Leung sees a big future in VoIP phones such as his 13-year-old firm's 8201VoIP model, which boasts an extra large LCD and operates on a "plug-and-play" principle.
Normally supplied on an OEM basis to service providers, the units can be pre-programmed in accordance with network protocols before shipping and need no AC adaptor as they operate on a POE (Power Over Ethernet) standard.
POE requires only a single, standard cable to carry both data and power to the device, allowing for greater flexibility in network device location and significantly decreasing installation costs.
Suntra also produces the ATA8111 Analogue Telephone Adaptor, which converts normal analogue phones to digital, VoIP-capable devices, Leung adds. "Both units are available at FOB Hong Kong prices of US$52.30 and US$44.00 respectively for minimum orders of 2,000 units delivered 60-90 days after order confirmation," Leung notes. "Our main markets are the US, Europe and Australia."
Proving yet again that Hong Kong electronics manufacturers are always worth a call for buyers seeking the very latest high-quality, competitively-priced racy receivers that turn heads worldwide.
WRITTEN BY DAVID MOORE
Chi Tat (China) Electronic Ltd
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