I’m so glad to hear this. Thank you guys! Asterisk-IM & “on the phone” presence is a killer feature for us.
Increased reliability of presence changes is probably the most important thing to us.
For new features, I’ll just brainstorm a bit. Hopefully some will be good ideas
The ability to set call forwarding options from anywhere I am with Spark (in case I forget to press the forward button on my office phone)
The ability to see my voicemails (how many, who they’re from, how long they are, the time they were left, etc).
Being able to LISTEN to my voicemails and even delete them or file them to a specific voicemail folder. Not sure if the manager interface would support that, though.
The ability to start and stop recording of a call and have my users easily be able to access that recording (maybe it would email it or just save it on my computer, or whatever)
The ability to interactively redirect an incoming call away from my desk phone and to my cell phone (or another number I had already set up in Spark)
The ability to interactively redirect an incoming call away from my desk phone, through jingle, and right into spark. That way I can talk while I’m on the road without setting up a seperate softphone.
The ability to interactively redirect an incoming caller into a specific voicemail greeting (for example, “I’m in a meeting”, “I’m at lunch”, “Away from my desk”, etc.). I’m not sure if asterisk voicemail supports that many messages (I’m using trixbox, and I don’t think it does. Atleast by default.)
Thats all to make my experience sweeter, even though I have a nice SIP phone (Polycom IP-501).
In some cases, I’d love to be able to use Asterisk to provide VERY cheap phone services. I’d love to use cheap analog phones for that, but that makes using the system pretty user unfriendly.
If Spark/Asterisk-IM were to allow me to control hold, transfer, conference, etc of my cheap $5 analog phone, that would be HUGE! It would also be sweet to keep track of call lists (missed calls, received calls, placed calls) for easier dialing. SIP phones aren’t THAT expensive, but getting good network switches (QoS) and dealing with power issues (using PoE) can get pretty expensive. In alot of applications, basic analog phones with a Spark/Asterisk-IM interface would rock.
Sorry for so many ideas. I’m really excited to see where Asterisk-IM could go