When I thought of mobile phone radiations and issues … I started searching for a good cordless phone which will get me feel of mobile phone, but reduce risk of radiations …
Believe me I searched a lot on internet .. so extensive that it will make a research paper !!! but all that stuff is most confusing and I would focus only on simple points which are important for a layman to choose right cordless phone.
Here are most essential features you shall look for
- Caller ID (An Essential Security Feature)
Since most service providers supports for caller ID feature for FREE, you must select cordless phone with Caller ID support.
- Phone book
Since you are very much used to mobile phones, you are not so habitual to memorize phone numbers, so find a phone with phone book facility. This will allow you to use it just like mobile phone.
I found this feature very very useful, specially for my mother, due to age she is not able to listen to normal phone, but on cordless speaker phone she is very much comfortable in listening. The clarity is very good. Also all at home can listen to and discuss on the same call, really useful feature for families.
- Display size
I selected phone with 1.8″ Monochrome display (103 x 65 pixels) and I feel that size is pretty much okay for readability of names and numbers. Also it is important that the display shall be illuminated for ease of reading.
- Talk time
My phone takes about 6 to 7 hours of full charging time and has 5 hours talk time. Really speaking if I charge it to full and has one or two calls a day then the charging lasts for 2~3 days
- Base Unit battery backup
Very much essential feature for emergency. Without battery backup for the base unit, an ongoing call will be dropped w/o power. For me I have selected set w/o this feature since my house is backed up by Solar power. [read How to select home inverter]
- Multiple handsets
This is not an essential feature, will only be useful in a large multi floor house, it is wire-free extension as well as you can use it as an intercom within the house
- DECT 6.0 Technology
DECT stands for ‘Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications’, uses the 1.9 GHz frequency band which is reserved solely for cordless phones and completely interference-free, longer range with superior voice quality. I selected phone with this technology and it’s awesome in terms of range and voice quality
- Locate handset
My phone has this feature which I found very much useful to locate the lost handset (which happens once in a while though), pressing button on base unit creates ring to the handset.
Based on my search I selected Panasonic KX-TG 6511 cordless landline phone and after use of about over year now & I am completely satisfied with the quality of voice. Range is also very good that not only covers my house but also works outside in nearby premises ! it has two modes by which you can reduce transmission power of the base unit.