How to Chooese a Bluetooth Cordless Phone
What is a Bluetooth Cordless Phone?
Many homes still use a cordless phone despite the growing presence of cell phones. Cordless phones are often more comfortable to hold, more reliable in many locations (especially rural), and often provide better voice/sound quality as well. In addition, using a cordless phone at home allows cellular users to keep their bills in check by minimizing the minutes they use. One of the newer features offered are Bluetooth cordless phones.
A Bluetooth cordless phone can, in most instances, allow consumers to make use of a Bluetooth headset giving them handsfree calling even at home with their landline. In addition, these phones allow users to make and receive cellular calls on their landline cordless phone. They can even copy their cellular phone book to their cordless phone system.
Multi-handset cordless phone systems are great in home office and multi-room residences. Many of these phone systems allow users to communicate via intercom and to transfer calls between handsets so that they don't have to run between rooms or shout across the house to communicate and transfer calls.
When choosing a cordless phone, users want to be sure they get the best security and the least interference. DECT 6.0 and DECT 6.0 Plus are the current best options for this. Good sound quality and volume control are necessary as well to assure easy communication. Features like call blocking, call forwarding, conference calling, call waiting, hold, caller ID, and talking caller ID are all ones to consider when making your choice.
For larger households, it is also wise to determine how expandable the system is so that you can plan for future needs. For instance, while two handsets may seem sufficient, if more family members end up needing phones in a year or two, you may want to expand they system.
Most cordless phones will offer voice mail and/or a digital answering system but shoppers can check the capacity (recording time), the availability of a message counter, and the ability to pick up messages remotely.
DECT 6.0 phones generally offer the best range of operation but there are often range extenders available as well. When choosing a Bluetooth cordless phone, shoppers need to decide if they want headset compatilbility. Not all of the models offer this.
There are many convenience features to consider as well. For instance, some of these phones offer a clock/alarm function, speakerphone, locator function for misplaced handsets, and so forth.
Below you will find some of the Bluetooth cordless phone systems most highly rated by consumers.
Panasonic offers several Bluetooth cordless phone models. The KX-TG6582Y comes with 2 handsets. It allows you to copy your cell phone phone book using Bluetooth, use a Bluetooth headset, and place and receive your cell phone calls while at home. In fact, it can link up to two cell phones.
These phones offer talking caller ID, voice mail, call blocking, and a silent mode which allows users to store unwanted caller numbers to block their calls (they hear a busy signal) and to program individual handsets not to ring during designated hours.
This phone uses DECT 6.0 Plus technology and can be used as a desk top or wall mounted phone.
Panasonic's KX-TG7644M offers four handsets and will link up to 2 cell phones. It is compatible with Bluetooth headsets and allows users to transfer up to 600 names and numbers from their cell phone. Like the model above, this system can be expanded to up to 6 individual handsets.
It features voice mail, an all digital answering system with remote access, talking caller ID, call block, a dual keypad (one on the handset and one on the base station), a silent mode, range boost, and a battery power backup. The white backlit LCD is easy to read and the rubber grip makes the handset easy to handle.
Panasonic's KX-TG7622B is another option for those seeking a Bluetooth cordless phone system. It offers 2 handsets and can link up to two cell phones, is Bluetooth headset compatible, and allows user to copy their cell phone numbers to the cordless phone system.
This DECT 6.0 phone features text-to-speech technology for talking caller ID, and offers an all digital answering system, a message counter, a "hold" key, intercom and conference calling functions, a clock/alarm, a 5 number history for redial, and much more. The speaker phone offers a 6 step volume control and the easy to read LCD has an amber colored backlight.
Another Bluetooth cordless phone, this VTech model provides 3 handsets (expandable up to 12). It uses DECT 6.0 technology to assure privacy and eliminate problems with interference. Each handset has a speakerphone function. Users can transfer calls between handsets and communicate using an intercom function.
The system offers a digital answering system and message counter. Users can dowload and store up to 6000 phonebook entries from up to 4 cell phones and actively link up to two cell phones to the base unit for making and receiving cellular calls.