The Modern Conference Phone Turns 25: Polycom Announces New Solutions That Once Again Set Standard in Conference Call Excellence

  • On 25th anniversary of the iconic three-legged phone, Polycom unveils the Trio 8500, the new standard in conference performance for mid-sized conference rooms
  • Upgraded video capabilities to Polycom Trio 8800 improves larger conference room meeting experiences
  • Introducing Polycom VoxBox, a compact and portable speakerphone for team and personal spaces

SYDNEY, Australia - Sep 19, 2017: 

Twenty-five years ago, Polycom introduced its iconic three-legged conference phone and changed the rules of how the world communicates at work. The Polycom phone, with its unique shape and breakthrough audio quality, quickly became the conference phone of choice for all – from Fortune 1000 companies to world leaders and even characters on The Simpsons -- earning its place in pop culture and selling millions of units. Today, Polycom is once again setting the standard for conference phone excellence, introducing new and updated conferencing solutions that meet business needs within rooms of all sizes.


The  Polycom Trio 8500, is instantly recognizable as a sharp new interpretation of the well-known three-legged shape and is the perfect communication tool for mid-sized conference rooms. The Trio 8500 is a future-proof solution that delivers all the latest Polycom innovations today, including HD voice audio quality, Polycom NoiseBlock and multi-line registration and will be expandable to include video and content sharing in the future. The Polycom Trio 8500 also includes a modern full color touch screen interface and Microsoft Exchange calendar integration, which makes joining a meeting as easy as one touch. 

“In today’s connected world, high quality audio conferencing that bridges the communication gap between geographically dispersed workforces, regardless of location or device is fundamental to the future of work.  For a quarter century, businesses have known to look for Polycom’s visually distinctive phones and have counted on them to provide superior and unparalleled call quality,” said Tony Simonsen, Managing Director, Polycom Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), Japan & Korea. “Australia is a major conference phone region for Polycom and we expect Trio 8500 to be well received by both channel partners and customers.  It’s been designed for the 21st century workplace with a modern look and crystal-clear audio quality and designed for the best interoperability across ecosystems, another signature Polycom feature.”

Polycom Trio 8500 is available from 19 September. Video and content sharing support will be added to Polycom Trio 8500 later in the year, providing business-quality video conferencing and content sharing for huddle spaces and mid-sized rooms.

Polycom has also added new features to the Polycom Trio 8800, the company’s fastest selling conference phone. The Polycom Trio 8800 now allows participants to pair personal devices to share local content over Apple AirPlay or Miracast certified devices for wireless flexibility and later this year will also support enterprise-class motorized pan-tilt-zoom (MPTZ) cameras that offer a broader degree of visibility for high-definition collaboration experience in larger conference rooms.

Commenting on the market demand for audio conferencing solutions within Asia Pacific, Shuishan Lu, Industry Analyst ICT Research, Frost & Sullivan said, “For more than two decades, audio conferencing has been helping organizations of all sizes communicate and get work done.  In the current era of technology complexity and rapid change, we continue to see major technology leaps that are influencing everything from workplace design to office culture and workflow.  These transformations are also changing the audio conferencing sector with vendors introducing capabilities like video and content sharing into the mix.   Businesses are demanding intelligent, audio conferencing solutions that can quite literally ‘do it all’, enabling them to connect and enable collaborate with ease from meeting room to personal device and third-party collaboration software.”

Both Trio solutions will support multi-line registration, allowing businesses to easily migrate between open SIP environments, Skype for Business environments, or both and work with other cloud-based audio and video platforms, including Zoom, BlueJeans, Cisco, Avaya, WebEx and others.

Finally, Polycom is also introducing a new audio solution for team and personal spaces, such as huddle rooms, with the new Polycom Polycom VoxBox an ultra-compact speaker phone that allows customers to experience Polycom’s HD Voice technology anywhere, anytime and with any device.  The Polycom VoxBox will be available in Australia from October onwards.

For more information on today’s announcement, please visit our blog.

About Polycom, Inc.

Polycom helps organizations unleash the power of human collaboration. More than 400,000 companies and institutions worldwide defy distance with secure video, voice and content solutions from Polycom to increase productivity, speed time to market, provide better customer service, expand education and save lives. Polycom and its global partner ecosystem provide flexible collaboration solutions for any environment that deliver the best user experience, the broadest multi-vendor interoperability and unmatched investment protection.  Visit or connect with us on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn to learn more.

© 2017 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM, the Polycom logo, and the names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Printer friendly | Back to top