Desk phones on the way out at work

Business people don’t value their desk phones any more

The survey asked 330 UK IT professionals to choose four essential office tools, from a list that included: the laptop; desktop PC; virtual private network (VPN) access; mobile phone; Blackberry; desk phone; video conferencing; and a personal desk.

Their answers show a clear preference for the mobile office, and question corporate spend on technologies that those in IT have already left behind.

The most essential item was a laptop, making the must-have list of 88% of respondents. The mobile phone was second, with 74% of respondents, followed by VPN access at 69% of respondents.

The least chosen items were the desk phone, chosen by 18% of respondents, a desktop PC (20%), and video conferencing (22%).

“This survey shows that IT decision makers want wireless, use wireless, and will lead the drive to cut the cord as budgets tighten,” said Marie Wold, CFO of OnRelay a unified communications software company that did the research. “Costly desk phones will rapidly be phased out of IT budgets to be replaced by mobile-only telephony.”

The survey also found that only 3% of respondents forwarded their calls to their mobile when away from their desk.

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