Cordless phones, like mobile phones, come in a wide variety of styles and capabilities. However, these landline systems offer more than mobile phones, including extended coverage, dependable reception, and brilliant sound quality. With so many features available, it can be difficult for a consumer to know which ones are the most important, and how they will impact one’s experience. Fortunately, there are a few basics that can help you find the cordless phone that is the best fit for you:

1. Frequency range

With modern cordless phones, it is reasonable to expect the range to extend throughout your house and even into the yard, under favourable conditions. Most phones claim to work a distance of 50 metres indoors and 300 metres outdoors, though physical obstacles significantly impact this distance.

The range can also be limited by interference from other devices that emit radio waves, such as wireless speakers powerful local radio stations, and microwave ovens. So, before purchasing a cordless phone, you should consider not only what and how many obstructions are in your home, but also what other wireless devices and local traffic could limit the phone’s range. Most DECT phones operate at a frequency range of 1880 - 1900 MHz, which offers a good range, security, and sound quality, unlike the crowded 2.4 and 5.8 GHz frequencies.

2. Conversation security

Cordless phones communicate by transmitting radio signals that can be picked up by anyone with a similar radio or police scanner. While digital phones offer longer range and clearer signal, they are not secure, even with voice scrambling technology, since voice inversion can be decoded. The only way to secure your conversations is to buy a phone equipped with digital spectrum technology.

Digital cordless phones offer protection from eavesdropping by employing randomly selected security codes that are continuously relayed between the base and handset.

3. Number of handsets

A single-handset phone is ideal for small homes where your phone is always nearby. However, larger homes may require multiple handset phones that support several handsets from a single base. With each additional handset sitting in its own charging cradle without the requirement for a phone jack, it is much easier to position your phone anywhere you want. You may also want to consider whether your system is expandable to offer you the flexibility to increase the number of handsets as your needs grow.

4. Convenience features

Cordless phones come equipped with a multitude of features found in the wired models, like built-in digital answering machines, caller ID, speed or memory dialling, dual keypads, speakerphone for hands-free operation, paging or intercom function, night-mode, and battery life, rechargeability, and backup battery.

Whichever phone you choose to buy, equipped with as many features as there could be, it is important that you keep these 4 basics in mind.