Whether looking to buy a corded phone for a home office or hundreds of units for a large corporation/company/business it can be difficult to know where to start. For most businesses, the phone system is crucial for both internal and external communication, which makes choosing the right option all the more important. This guide will cover those options and instruct the buyer on where they can be purchased.
The type of line you will be connecting your business phone to will determine the type of phone you’ll need:
Analog systems have supported businesses for decades. Built on standard copper wire and POTS (plain old telephone service) phones, they are reliable, boast good voice quality, and have the basic features you might find in a typical home phone such as hold, mute, redial, and speed dial. They may also be able to transfer calls between extensions. But their features end there. Because of their simplicity and limited potential for expansion, they are relatively inexpensive to purchase. However, analog systems, because they use less-modular hardware can be expensive to support, configure, and upgrade. For example, changing the location of an extension requires rewiring a punchboard by a professional. Buying analog is cheaper in the short-term, but will lock you in to a closed system that requires adapters to integrate with common applications such as VoIP and customer relationship management (CRM) systems. Shop for all analogue corded phones here.
(Voice over Internet Protocol) phone systems work by breaking the voice signals received in small data packets which are transmitted over the internet. VoIP uses PSN (Packet Switching Network) technology where packets are marked and transmitted in a sequential manner so that the original voice signal can be generated at the receiving end. Shop for all VoIP deskphones here.
When choosing a business phone it is useful to consider how you intend to use it, and whether there are any features that are a must have. Here we identify the 5 most important features:
Not all corded phones are headset compatible so if you intend to use a headset (whether wireless or corded) it is important to make sure that the phone has a headset port.
Do you want the phone to be able to answer calls and record messages when you’re not available? Make sure you pick up a corded phone with a substantial recording time.
If you like to know who’s calling before you answer then opt for a corded phone with display.
From programmable speed dial keys so that you can dial your most important contact with one-touch, to a dedicated hold key, and call transfer; make sure that the phone has what you need.
If you have a lot of contacts for your business then look for a model with a high-capacity phonebook memory.
We hope this buying guide has given you a clear starting point on how to find the right Corded Telephone for you. For information on more specific corded and business phones select from one of the Buying Guides below or start shopping for Corded Phones now.