Siemens has been making monumental contributions to the telecommunications industry for over 50 years. Over the past 15 years its line of Gigaset cordless phones has led the way and continued with creative innovation.
In the Beginning ...
Siemens released its first cordless phone series for private household users in the 1980s - the Megasets. These units were based on CT1 and CT1+, the old standards for analog cordless telephones. The Megasets are currently inactive as frequencies for these standards elapsed in 1997.
DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telephony), the succeeding standard, was introduced in 1992, setting up the unveiling of the Gigaset 951. Offering digital voice quality, an anti-eavesdropping feature and the ability to register multiple headsets, the 951 was the first cordless phone to use the DECT standard. This unit also enabled connection to a fax or answering machine.
Siemens introduced the Gigaset 900 and 910 in 1994. These phones came equipped with a base station and charging cradle, the first time a complete unit was formed. Throughout 1994 and 1995, these units were the most popular and successful cordless phones on the market, offering an array of colors and designs.
1996 birthed the launch of what is still the largest Gigaset series ever released - the 1000 models. These units ranged from the standard cordless DECT phone to the corded desktop model. There was a model that featured an ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) system as well. This year also witnessed the unveiling of the 910's successor, the Gigaset 1010, a model that quickly became the best-selling phone in all of Germany. The corded desktop phones continued to evolve with hands-free function in the Gigaset 1020 and the first built-in answering machine with the Gigaset 1030.
The New Millennium
The Gigaset was a huge success throughout the 90s, introducing phones that could be attached to the corded base station, illuminated displays, integrated phone books and hands-free capability within the headset. However, it was the new millennium lineup that introduced much of the amazing functionality that we are familiar with today.
The Gigaset 100 offered a drastic change in appearance, converting to a round design from the angular style. 2001 brought us the 4000 series which boasted an elegant appeal and more unique features. Around the time, SMS became widespread in mobile networks, the technology that enables us to communicate via what we call text messages.
From 2002 up until the current date, the Gigaset has become even more functional with features such as built-in cameras, multi-colour displays, network connectivity, eco-friendly technology and much more. Most importantly, the Gigaset has become much smaller and easier to use.
Just as it was then, the Gigaset is a driving force in the evolution of mobile technology. The leading manufacturer in DECT phones, one can only assume that Siemens will continue to amaze with their exceptional lineup of home media and broadband products. As witnessed by their awe insipiring prototypes, Siemens may be serving consumers for another 50 years and beyond.