What are the main choices people have to make before choosing a home phone ?
In some instances people like the simplicity of a corded telephone – one which sits on desktop and never needs charging, or looking for – it is ever present and ever ready for action. Some take the ‘dial and talk’ process to another level by introducing business type enhancements to the phone such as speakerphones or headset attachments, multiple lines or easy reach telephone directories.
The cordless phone, on the other hand, offers one the option of losing it, dropping it in the bath or flat-lining the batteries.
However, the modern digital phone does a lot more than that. Equipped with powerful batteries these handsets can talk all day, they boast DECT technology allowing a call quality indistinguishable from the corded versions and also include menu driven operating systems allowing access to a host of functions.
If, indeed, one is opting for the cordless version there is the number of handsets to consider.
Basically cordless phones work with a base station which is plugged into the phone socket which generally has the handset sitting and charging on it. For those who wish to avail themselves of the freedom of additional handsets, nearly all cordless phones can be extended to form twin, triple and quad ( and above ) systems which mean that one can place telephones ( and their charging pods ) anywhere that is convenient in the home.
Certainly this can be, epecially for larger houses, a very desirable addition. Multi handset phone systems will generally even allow call transfer from one room to another or just free intercom calls between handsets.
Then, there is the additional feature list which will vary from model to model.
Many phones these days are built according to strict environmental standards – possibly Gigaset are the leaders in this, but BT follow closely on their tails with a standard low radiation and power conserving feature in all their new phones.
These are often called green or eco friendly telephones.
The power reduction reduces your power use and and as a consequence your CO2 footprint whilst saving money at the same time.
With the rise of the unwanted and annoying sales and PPI calls the adoption of nuisance call blocking technology and software in home phones has sped up of late.
BT telephones has several types of blocking levels : Nuisance Call Blocker, Nuisance Call Blocker Plus and Block 100% of Nuisance Calls [more info here] .
Gigaset have their own version of Nuisance call blocking which also alleviates the stress of unwanted phone calls.
A host of home phones are also designed to take into account levels if disability, be it larger buttons for those with dexterity issues, induction loops to prevent interference with hearing aids or simplified use for those with accessibility issues. These ‘inclusion phones‘ make it easier for everyone to have the ability to talk.
These phones are also referred to as phones for seniors as a great many people of retirement age have their home telephone as their primary one.
Further to the wonderful features above there are a host of other product and range specific features such as do not disturb mode, one touch blocking, bigger and colour screens, large telephone directories – indeed the modern home cordless phone does an awful lot these days.
If you are trying to choose a home phone – feel free to call us on 0800 652 4949 or have a look round the website – www.telephonesonline.co.uk – we have the perfect phone for any situation.