Cordless phone FAQ

All your cordless phone questions answered

A cordless phone. (Image credit: Philips)

A cordless phone. (Image credit: Philips)

Getting your cordless phone terminology scrambled? Can't distinguish your DECT from your caller ID? Well, don't stress — we've taken care of all the frequently asked questions about cordless phones.

What is the range of my cordless phone?

The range is how far you can use the cordless phone away from its base station. Consider a large range if you wish to take the phone into the backyard, or a fair distance away from its base station. Generally, the more expensive the handset, the better the range, but be sure to double-check the specifications of the unit before you buy.

What is DECT?

DECT stands for Digital Enhanced Cordless Communications. DECT is a frequency that is only used for cordless phones, so there is no chance of interference from other wireless devices.

Does a cordless phone run on battery or AC power?

Both, to an extent. The cordless phone itself runs on rechargeable batteries, but the base station is plugged into AC power to operate. The handset batteries are charged whenever it is docked in the base station.

Can I see who is calling me?

Yes. Most cordless phones offer caller ID, which displays the number calling on the screen of the phone. However, this feature is dependant on your telephone network provider and may come at an extra cost on top of your phone bill. See your provider for more information about the caller ID service.

Can I store numbers in my phone?

Yes. Most cordless phones should offer a phone book with a minimum of 15 to 20 entries. A phonebook allows you to store numbers and names in the phone, so they can be quickly called without dialling the phone number.

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