Polycom VVX-101 Phone for Small Businesses – Review


The Polycom VV-101 is the entry level phone designed for use in a reception or guest area. The phone has one line, and is designed to allow guests or a low user to make a single call. The Polycom VVX101 is a simple, yet very reliable, one-line SIP phone. It may be plastic and lightweight but it does have a 10/100 Ethernet port. Furthermore it delivers the grade sound quality required by a small business. The VVX 101 phone is designed for a home office or shared/common areas. The simplicity of the phone is such as it can be deployed in lobbies, hallways and guest areas.

The VVX 101 phone is designed to make the phone easy to use, and make installation, configuration, and upgrades as simple and efficient as possible and that is why it is so popular with IP PBX service providers.



The VV-101 is a very cheap but capable phone which will serve the purpose of being deployed in low use areas. The phone is perfect for lobbies, guest areas and for very low usage staff. The only drawback is it is very light at 0.8 Kg and flimsy which gives it a cheap look and feel.

Polycom VVX-101


Body Dark grey plastic
Display 2.5” LCD monochromel display – (132×64 pixels)
Audio Quality Not HD audio but echo cancellation and background noise suppression
No of Lines 1 SIP line registration as default but one additional line is programmable
No of Programmable keys 4 soft programmable keys
Standard Functions
Conference Call Capability 3-way
Intercom N/A
Speakerphone Yes
Caller ID Yes
Automatic Redial Yes
Voice Mail Capability Yes
Call Waiting Yes
Call Forwarding Yes
Call Transfer Yes
Call Hold Yes
Menu Operation Yes
Function Buttons “Home” feature key, 4-way navigation key cluster with centre “Select” key, 2 volume control keys , hold key , headset key, hands-free speakerphone key, and microphone mute key
Additional Functions/Features Additional programmable line key, One-touch speed dialling, automatic redial,  missed call indicator, Do-not-disturb feature and indicator, Locally customizable dial plan, and a single USB connections for storage, and connecting USB accessories
Network Connections SIP enabled, twin 10/100 ports, DHCP, secure NTP
QoS Supports VLAN and Type of Service , as well as VLAN discovery
Security Password login, Supports authentication as well as encryption using Transport Layer Security (TLS), local configuration files are encrypted and use a digest hash for authentication
Phone Directory Capacity N/A
Call Log Capacity 60 numbers each for missed, placed and answered
Estimated Price $62 on Amazon but many host PBX vendors have discounts and monthly payment terms


Alasdair Gilchrist

Alasdair is a technical writer with interest in business practice, operational strategy, start up philosophy and affordable technology. He lives in Nonthaburi, Thailand with his wife and daughter, and writes terrible novels as a hobby.

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