The cordless phone remains alive and well as a technology. Like all of our technology, it continues to evolve with each iteration and take advantage of new innovations and materials available for design and production. In 2014, we seen some interesting advancements with several designer phones catching our attention, and a general broadening of the available feature set across phones of all price ranges.
As we bid 2014 adieu, what sorts of new features and interesting oddities can we expect to spice up the world of the telephone in 2015?
Below, we'll have a look at our top three predictions for what we'll see hitting the market in the next year or so.
1) Call Blocking As A Standard Feature On All New Phones
With nuisance calling being a problem that is apparently here to stay, the market place has expressed a serious interest in handling this problem on a device level.
That is to say, the ability for individual phones to block incoming calls, be they specific numbers, ranges of numbers, or any number not specified on a list. Features like these and other clever innovations to silence those unwanted calls are making themselves at home on even entry-level devices these days, and we expect this to be a trend even more pronounced as 2015 rolls by.
While most of these call blocking features are nothing new, until fairly recently they have mostly been solely present in the domain of higher-end phones. What we expect is for call blocking to become a common, standardised feature which is expected from even the simplest of modern devices.
2) A Wider Selection Of Touchscreen DECT Phones
The touch screen is a technology which is, by and large, associated with the world of smart phones and, somewhat tangentially, tablets.
What the touchscreen represents to the designer is in many ways, the ultimate minimalist device interface – the devices input and output are handled by a single interactive surface. The brilliance of this approach has not gone unnoticed by innovators in fields of all descriptions.
After the ubiquity of the touch screen as a staple of the smart phone - and thereby the modern world – had asserted itself as definitely-not-going-anywhere, it didn't take long for cordless phone designers to make a DECT device which had a touch screen. Today, offerings like the Siemens Gigaset SL910A are full-featured DECT cordless phones which utilise touch screens and take a few other cues from the world of the smart phone, offering a range of features quite atypical of common cordless devices.
We feel this is pretty clearly the direction of all cordless devices. In 2015, we expect to see many newcomers in the world of the touch screen DECT phone.
3) Greater Integration Of Smartphones With Home Phone Systems
This is something we haven't seen too much of yet, but with devices like Panasonic's KX-TGH226 – which allows users to access tablets or smart phones to be used as additional handsets – or plenty of offerings from Gigaset which can import and synchronise contact lists from smart phones, we think its clear that the barrier between communications devices will continue to blur.
The most immediate manifestation of this will be integrating the smart phone into the home phone system – seamless contact lists, the ability to transfer calls between devices, and using smart phones as handsets are all features we look forward to seeing more of.
Look Forward To More!
Hopefully we will be surprised by exciting innovations we couldn't even imagine! We can only wait and see what 2015 has in store.