There are a wide variety of telephones now available from corded to cordless models. Cordless phones are certainly more popular as they give us the ability to perform multiple tasks all while carrying on a conversation. This wireless capability has led to the birth of more advanced telephones that grant even more freedom.
Newer cordless phone models come jam packed with features, many of them resembling mobile phones. One relative feature is SMS text messaging which offers the cost efficiency of land line rates. Some cordless phones act as radio transmitters and receivers equipped with base stations capable of registering multiple handsets. These type of phones serve many benefits in the home or office setting. The biggest drawback to cordless phones is that they may be rendered useless in the event of a power failure. For this reason, you should always have a backup on standby.
Good Old Analogue
Analogue telephones offer the basic features which is the reason why they are the least expensive. Standard models generally include a base station and one to two handsets. Low-end models transmit voice on the congested 2.4 Ghz frequency while more expensive units transmit with the 5.8 Ghz frequency band, which assures less interference. Any analogue transmission is subject to some level of interference and is limited in operational range. While analogue always makes a solid choice for a home phone, you should keep in mind that its possible for someone to use a scanner and eavesdrop on your conversations. Most of us don’t have top-secret missions going on, but the thought alone is very unsettling.
Although digital phones transmit with the same frequencies as analogue, the signals are encrypted before the transmission process, offering tighter security while making conversations harder to listen in on. Digital signals also provide a clearer reception, making it easier to hear the person on the other end. These phones come with far more features than analogue and typically have a wider range as well.
After deciding on analogue or digital and finding something with a nice frequency and decent range, you should look into the phone’s feature set. This of course, all depends on how you plan to use it. Some come with built-in phone books, multi-line functioning and integrated answering machines. Others, such as few a models in the Siemens Gigaset lineup, offer a feature that significantly reduces energy consumption and transmission power. The features today are very appealing but you should always consider what is truly necessary before making a purchase.
The Details You Shouldn’t Forget
Even if the phone will not be used for business purposes, or if you do not plan to go James Bond with it, there are still a few essentials that shouldn’t be overlooked. For instance, you definitely want a rechargeable battery and a last number redial function. Caller ID is always a plus as you can find out who’s calling and avoid the naggers if need be. Other details include a nifty handset locator for when you catch a slight case of amnesia and programmable keys for speed dialing.
While all telephones serve the same general purpose, today’s features set them apart significantly. The good thing is that this wide variety ensures that you will definitely be able to find something suited for your needs.