Cordless phone FAQ

All your cordless phone questions answered

A cordless phone. (Image credit: Philips)

A cordless phone. (Image credit: Philips)

Can I still use my cordless phone in the event of a blackout?

No, as cordless phones require AC power to operate. It’s important to keep a regular telephone handy.

Does my cordless phone have a speakerphone?

Many do, but not all cordless phones have a speakerphone. This allows you to have a conversation without having to hold the phone up to your ear. If you can, check that the speakerphone is loud and clear before you buy, as this is a common issue.

Does my cordless phone have an answering machine?

Some, but not all cordless phones have an answering machine included. If you don’t want or need an answering machine, then be sure to check that your potential purchase doesn’t have one, as they can be more expensive.

What does the "page" button on my cordless phone do?

The page button is a quick way of finding your handset. It is usually located on the base station or charging dock and pressing it sounds an alarm on the phone. This is an ideal feature when the phone is misplaced around the house, or in the backyard, as it offers a quick and easy way of locating its whereabouts. All cordless phones should come with a pager button.

How many phones can I have in my house?

This depends on each particular model. Some cordless phones can only support one or two handsets, others may be fine for use with four or five. Check how many handsets the phone can support before you purchase. Also, it may be cheaper buying a package with multiple handsets included, rather than buying each handset separately.

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