Cordless phones are fast replacing their wired counterparts because of the many benefits they offer users, including the ability to walk freely within a designated range without being tethered to a single spot. Many of the features that initially set wireless phones apart have become standard, like the low-battery indicators, last number redial, and ear piece volume control, among others.

Beyond these there are other features that every consumer was looking for in 2014, including:

1. Call Blocking

2014 has been the year of call blocking with all brands of DECT phones now offering some form of protection against unwanted sales calls.

This technology is designed to block unsolicited sales calls, from individual or withheld numbers, as well as calls from international numbers, payphones, and specific area codes, which can be very annoying. Some even come with a Do Not Disturb mode that prevents non-VIP calls from coming through when you need peace and quiet.

Call Blocking Phones

2. Smart Home Connect

Home phone manufacturers have finally cottoned on to our love affair with Smartphones.

And despite some well intentioned but ill-advised dabbling with Smart Home Phones, Panasonic's PRW120 cordles phone has been a raging success in part due to its ability to integrate Smartphones as additional handsets. Sync up to four smartphones or tablets via Wi-Fi to make or receive landline phone calls.

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3. BT Call Guardian

BT took call blocking to another level, and their BT8500 cordless phone has been one of the most popular models of 2014, in part due to its advanced call blocking features.

BT Call Guardian eliminates any possibility of receiving nuisance calls by making unknown callers announce their name, which is then played back before you decide whether or not to answer.

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4. Automatic phonebook sharing

This was an extremely important feature for customers interested in multi-packs (quads, quints, sextets), and means you only ever need to update the phonebook on one handset.

The Panasonic KXTG 8064 quad, for instance, lets you share the phonebook between handsets at the press of a few buttons.

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5. Baby monitor

An appealing feature for families on a budget, the Baby Monitor feature on some of Gigaset Phones negates the need for a separate device.

Though the quality/popularity of this function has seen Gigaset branch into the Baby Monitor market with 3 models of their own.

C610A feature

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6. Touchscreen

With the dominance of Touchscreen smartphones it was really only a matter of time before home phone users began to seek out this preferred interface for their landline as well.

2014 has seen the quality of touchscreen home phones vastly improve with the likes of Siemens Gigaset's SL910A, Panasonics KX-PRX120, the iDECT Smart 64, and the Philips S10A cordless phone.

touchscreen_wide (l-r) Siemens Gigaset SL910A, Panasonic KW-PRX 120, iDECT Smart 64 and Philips S10A.

Conclusion

Manufacturers will continue in their efforts to connect cordless phones better to other means of communication used in the household, so you will be able to receive smartphone calls and incoming text message alerts on your cordless phone, block calls, and even operate Google Android to browse the internet.

These features come at a price, so it is up to the consumer to decide what features are most important for their day-to-day use.