Well, I am not going to debate about preferences on IP phone clients. Clearly, the industry is moving to a Burger King state of mind (as in "have it your way").
Though, I would like to point out that the Cisco IP Communicator (CIPC) is nothing like the Cisco 7942. The CIPC was actually modeled after the 7970 series IP phone. Also, technically speaking the license unity cost for an X-Lit client is 3 DLUs while the license unity cost for a 7942 is 4 DLUs. So, if you are going to quibble over license unit cost then I would say this is a point worth considering. Actually, if we get into counting DLUs then that means we aren't on CUWL which implies that you have to buy CIPC licenses (client side). X-Lite is free (well, nothing is free but you get the point).
Right now, if I put cost and all the other things out of my mind, I have to say I like the CIPC client better than X-Lite for basic phone calls. Though, X-Lite has a video portion and a IM portion that I have not explored. The video/presence/IM portion of X-Lite means it is more a kin to CUPC than CIPC.
I started looking at X-Lite because CIPC doesn't run on a Mac and I have customers who love their Macs but don't really like CUPC.
Sorry to step on your toes, it is like a 7970 rather than a 42. I did not know they had developed Xlite so well, I used it a few years ago on an asterisk system and it was a bit rubbish! Sounds much improved.
You can use the video advantage with the CIPC for video, although I think the video app is abit clunky.
I do like the presence though, Cisco have been working hard to develop the CUPC app I believe that it will and has the APPLE feel to it now, developed by apple engineers, so the mac guys should love it in the future.
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