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Talking Caller ID For Your Existing Phone

Updated on September 28, 2011

Considering a Talking Caller ID for Your Phone?

Talking caller ID is a convenience item that allows users to know who is calling before they pick up the phone. It is great for screening your phone calls and cutting down on the number of disturbances.

On this page you'll learn a bit more about talking caller ID, it's advantages, the options for getting it, some of the features to consider when buying it, and you'll find a few affordable units that can provide this function.

What You Need

If you want talking caller ID for your landline phone, you can get a unit that will connect with your existing phone or you can purchase a cordless phone that has this feature built in. On this page, we will feature the talking caller ID units that connect to an existing phone. For information on cordless phones with this feature built-in, see links at the bottom of the page.

Basically, you need two things to get caller ID. A unit or phone with that feature and caller ID service from your telephone service provider.

The Advantages

A talking caller ID unit does of course offer some advantages over units without the voice announce feature. These units allow you to know who is calling without having to be standing right next to the phone at the time it rings. Since it announces the name or number aloud, you can be on the other side of the room, and continue doing something else, uninterrupted. In addition, these units are perfect for those who have any type of vision problems since the LCD screen does not have to be viewed and the user could rely completely on the auditory information.

Buying Tips

Choosing a talking caller ID unit is a fairly simple task. Probably the two most critical features to consider are the clarity and readability of the screen and the clarity of the voice announce feature. A larger screen/font can make the display easier to read and good screen brightness can improve the contrast. If you want to be able to read the display from several feet away, a stand up model may be preferred.

The clarity of the voice announce feature can vary between the computerized voice and the customized announcements that you record. The computer generated voice generally has the best quality. Listening to a device before making a purchase is one way of assuring your satisfaction. Of course having the ability to adjust volume or to allow the device to repeat information may also be desirable to assure you don't miss or misunderstand any voice announcements.

Other features of talking caller ID units that will be of interest include a call log which allows you to retrieve information about previous calls, a visual ringer alert for those with hearing impairment, and as mentioned above, the ability to record customized messages. Some of these devices may also offer a voicemail box or a type of answering machine.

ClassCo VoiceAnnounce

The VoiceAnnounce talking caller ID from ClassCo allows you to review who has called when you return home from being out. It allows you to see who is calling on call waiting, will announce callers by name and/or telephone number to allow you decide if you want to pick up, and provides you with the ability to record a custom outgoing message for specific callers

This caller ID will automatically keep a call log of the last 99 calls received, recording the name, number, date and time of those calls. It will automatically delete the oldest calls in the log when the memory is full. It will also let you know when you have voicemail messages waiting and allows you to dial callers back with the press of a button.

Philips Voice Announce

The Philips Voice Announce features a 3 line LCD display that allows you to see or hear caller names or phone numbers as calls are received. This device allows you to record custom outgoing messages, visually or auditorily review the last 99 calls received, and will alert you of new calls with a light.

The Philips Voice Announce is capable of operating with both English and Spanish languages.


This talking caller ID is great for screening and reviewing calls but is also one that is especially suited for those with visual problems. It features a 4" x 2 1/4" backlit LCD display with extra large print making it easy to see. It also has an LED light ring indicator to assure calls aren't missed. This Emerson device will display caller number and name on the screen and announce it aloud as well. It can be set to repeat information up to 5 times or be turned off altogether if desired.

The device has a call counter and will display the time and date as well as caller information. It sits atop an adjustable angle stand making it easier to read. It stores up to 60 caller names and numbers, allowing you to review those previous calls. It operates off of 4 AAA batteries and can be set to display information in English, Spanish, or French.


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    • PaperNotes profile image

      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      This talking caller ID will be very useful for companies and establishments like radio stations who often get spam callers.

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      Seakay 7 years ago from Florida

      Love my talking caller ID!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Interesting. I never heard of talking ID.