There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to the world of corded phones. To help sort out all the options, we'll take a quick look at which is the best corded phone within our price range (under £250) and have a look at some of the runner-ups along the way.
The BT Converse 2100
The BT Converse 2100 is definitely, by all descriptions, an entry-level corded phone. Coming in at less than £25, it is definitely a bargain, and that is largely the reason it has made this list. It boasts a range of useful features like PBX compatibility, 3 buttons for quick dial and a port to use with your headset to allow hands-free conversing. While overall this might not sound like much, what it all adds up to is a fully functional device which offers a simplicity of use grounded in familiar mechanisms. Excellent for use as a simple business or a house phone, its relatively cheap price tag makes it a great selection for anyone on a budget.
The BT Paragon 650
On first glance, the BT Paragon 650 looks very much what you might imagine the old office phone to have evolved into. Prominently displayed is the 2-line black and white display which sits at the top of the phone. The display provides access to the phones easy to use interface, letting you manage contacts, check messages at a glance or change the phone setting. In addition to the interface provided with the help of the display, the phone features all the classic functions of a corded phone, such as mute, call handling features like hold, volume controls and more.
The BT Paragon 650 also features a SIM-card slot that is conveniently located and allows to update your phonebook with new contacts from your mobile phone. Ideal for businesses, as a home phone, or as a call centre work horse. At less than £200, the Paragon 650 is well situated for bargain hunters who don't want to sacrifice a wide feature set.
Although a great selection, the BT Paragon 650 still doesn't earn the distinction of best corded phone for under £250. That award goes to....
The Siemens Gigaset DX800A
Offering a huge feature set and all kinds of potential configuration options, the Siemens Gigaset DX800A definitely wins the distinction of being the best at this price point. Just under £250, it might seem a little pricey, but the amazing potential of the device for time saving and efficiency improvement will allow it to pay for itself.
Packing all of the features of the phones above and more, some of the most intriguing features of the DX800A include its ability to be linked to other phones – such as other Gigaset devices (i.e., up to six cordless handsets can be synchronised seamlessly and calls transferred from the DX800A to any handset or back to the corded line) or even mobile phones which can be configured to act as a handset. Web-based configuration system and computer-client systems allow for a huge range of configuration and access of the phones many features.