Ahh the cordless house phone; they are massively more convenient than corded phones, some come with Android running on them (I know, how cool!) however their uses for the average consumer have died down now that more than ever people are relying on their mobile phones to communicate. Cordless phones are not dead though, and sometimes, they are vital in order to get in touch with people.
There is more choice than ever in the marketplace this year when it comes to choosing digital cordless phones. Manufacturers are all falling over each other to catch your eye – and win that sale – so choosing for yourself can be a daunting business. Here are some features you should really be looking out for if you want to be happy with your purchase:
Digital Answering Machine
Of course all phones worth your time have had an answering service for years, and the latest digital answering service really is essential nowadays – especially for anyone who travels a lot, such as businessmen or sales staff. With a digital answering machine it is possible to remotely check your phone’s messages, ensuring you never miss that crucial business call, or that all-important evening chat with your loved ones.
If you are avoiding someone who insists on constantly calling, then this feature will be your salvation. The phone stores a list of numbers, programmed by the user, and the phone will ignore their call – leaving you undisturbed and them with nothing more than the ‘busy’ signal.
Talking Caller ID
Caller ID used to mean that a digital display on the phone would flash up the number of whoever’s calling, enabling you to screen your calls. Now you will hear the number (or stored name) before you pick up – making screening and call management all the more effective.
If you really want the best of the best in the digital cordless phones market, then look for this feature which gives the user more power. With a good phone sporting this feature, the user will be able to stand twice as far away from the base unit as usual while still enjoying great call clarity, which means you are not constricted at all while on the phone.
This feature may have different names, but the crux of the matter is that the cordless unit is designed to fit comfortably and stably in the crook of the neck and the shoulder. We’ve all wandered round with the phone here as we take down information, and it’s nice to do so without a sore neck at the end of the call.
With all of us trying to be more energy-efficient, this feature is very attractive, as it saves power during phone usage using less electricity the closer you are to the base unit. Not only is this good for your utility bills and ultimately the planet, you can also use the cordless unit for longer before you have to recharge it on the base. This is a boon for all of us who have left the cordless unit on the sofa overnight and been unable to pick up that important call the next day!PS: Digging this story, news or review? Let us know! Comments open.
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