Buying guide: Cordless phones

Our buying guide will help you shop for the perfect cordless phone system for your house
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Jargon Busters: Cordless Phones

2.4GHz: A digital frequency used for cordless phones.

5.8GHz: A digital frequency used for cordless phones.

900MHz: An analogue frequency used for cordless phones.

Caller ID: Caller ID is a service that transmits the caller's telephone number to your cordless phone while it is ringing.

DECT: Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications. DECT is a standard for digital cordless phones.

Digital signal encryption: This encryption is used in digital cordless phones and it secures your conversations and over-the-phone credit card transactions from any eavesdropping by all but the most high-tech scanners (which are only used by the military and government).

DSS: Digital Spread Spectrum. DSS phones randomly change frequencies during a telephone conversation. Any hint of interference will result in a DSS cordless phone changing to a new frequency.

Nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) batteries: These batteries don’t contain toxic cadmium, and are therefore safer to dispose of at the end of their life than older-style NiCads.

Pager button: A button that is usually located on the base station or charging dock. Pressing it sounds an alarm on the phone.

Range: The range of a cordless phone is the maximum distance the phone can be used away from its base station.

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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Topics: Phones, cordless phones, home appliances

Comments

Anonymous

1

Thanks - and what about voip?

Thanks Ross for the great info - I found it after checking Siemens and Uniden websites where I got thoroughly confused.

Just with the frequencies, is 5.8 mh got a better range than 2.4 or is the range benefit only provided with the DSS style?

We are looking for a trio - not sure if it is better to buy a duo and then a single or go for the trio. Also (thanks to you) now aware of the 'black out' limitation.

Also looking to buy a phone that can handle Voip if we choose to go that way. What sort of model or specs do I need to look for to find a product that can use landline OR VOIP?

Thanks!

Joseph

trinet

2

Thanks - and what about voip?

Thanks Ross for the great info - I found it after checking Siemens and Uniden websites where I got thoroughly confused.

Just with the frequencies, is 5.8 mh got a better range than 2.4 or is the range benefit only provided with the DSS style?

We are looking for a trio - not sure if it is better to buy a duo and then a single or go for the trio. Also (thanks to you) now aware of the 'black out' limitation.

Also looking to buy a phone that can handle Voip if we choose to go that way. What sort of model or specs do I need to look for to find a product that can use landline OR VOIP?

Thanks!

Joseph

Gerry

4

I bought a Uniden WDECT 2355+1 in 2004 and it was very good but I needed to replace it (wear and tear)

Because I was happy with the old Uniden, I purchased a Uniden XDECT 7055+1 but I ended up taking it back for a refund as it was totally usless, the sound was bad and it kept fading. I emailed Uniden but haven't had any response from them so far

I'm going out tomorrow to see what else is available but I'll only buy one on the condition that I can return it if it's unsuitable

Regards

Gerry

Heather Beale

5

My old twin Panasonic has 'died' and I need advice on purchasing another twin cordless phone. I DO NOT require an answering machine so would prefer the quality and workmanship to go into the actual phones. I was not all that happy with my old one. Can you suggest something that will work well for me please as most come with answering machines?

Peter C

6

Please also consider how useful a speaker can be. You can talk whilst cooking or doing other things without having to hold a handset to your ear. It's also useful if two or more want to listen into the conversation. Quite often my wife and me talk with my mum and dad, so there are 4 of us having a conversation over 2 phones with speakers.

Glen

7

Can these phones be used as to talk to each other at home, from 1 side of the house to the next?

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