Telephones Buying Guide: Types, Features and the Best Home Phones Around

 

Telephones Buying Guide: Types, Features and the Best Home Phones Around


April 8, 2019
 

From call blocking technology to caller ID to answering machines, there are a lot of different features available when it comes to home telephones. Whether you’re on the lookout for the best cordless phone or a trusty corded landline, we’ve compiled all the info you need to make the right decision – plus a list of the best home phones at the end of this handy guide.

Types of Telephones

Cordless Phones

Cordless phones give you the freedom to walk around the house while you chat, allowing you to multi-task instead of being tied to one place. They can be bought with up to four handsets in the box, which will all work from just one telephone socket. All cordless phones use DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunication) technology to give you a secure and interference-free wireless connection between the handset and base. DECT phones usually have a longer range from their base than analogue phones.

Corded Phones

Traditional corded telephones have a cord connecting the handset to the receiver so they’ll never run out of charge. They’re also great to have in emergencies: if there’s a power cut they’ll carry on working, whereas cordless phones will shut down.

Features to Look Out For

  • Answering machine – A lot of telephones have a built-in answer machine with varying levels of storage capacity.
  • Caller display/ID – This service lets you check who’s calling before you answer. You’ll normally need to subscribe to a caller display service from your network provider for the caller display feature to work, and charges may apply.
  • Nuisance call blocking – This allows you to block specific numbers from calling your home telephone.
  • Advanced call blocking – Some phones have an advanced call blocking feature to automatically block calls from withheld and international marketing calls. If the caller’s genuine, they can still leave a message and you’ll be able to call them back.
  • Do Not Disturb mode – If you want to watch your favourite programme or relax undisturbed, you can silence the phone with a touch of a button.
  • Contact storage – This saves the names and numbers you use often, so you can dial them more easily or see who’s calling if you have a phone with caller display.
  • Last number redial – Pressing the redial button will call the last number you called to save you having to dial the number again.
  • Hands-free – With a hands-free function, you can have a conversation without having to physically hold the phone, leaving you free to multi-task.
  • Call log – This will keep track of your incoming and outgoing calls.
  • Ringtones – A lot of phones now allow you to choose from a number of ringtones.
  • Bigger buttons – Some phones have bigger buttons for the partially sighted.  
  • Talk time and standby time – This is only relevant for cordless telephones as they can run out of battery. Talk time refers to the amount of time you can spend in a call before the battery dies, and standby time refers to how long your cordless phone will last when not in use before it needs to be recharged. The base unit charges the phone’s battery, so as long as you put it back in after use you won’t need to worry about it running out of charge.
  • Indoor and outdoor range – The norm is up to 50m indoors and 300 outdoors for cordless phones.

Top Picks

To make things easier for you we’ve compiled a selection of our top home phones. Check them out below…

Fed up with nuisance calls? The BT 3560 is a great budget option. It can block up to 50 specific numbers to help you avoid unwanted calls and allow you to keep in touch with the important people in your life. It also has a hands-free function so you can write things down more easily while on the phone or simply relax without having to hold it. Plus, it records up to 20 minutes of messages. <br /><br /><strong><a href='https://www.robertdyas.co.uk/bt-3560-quad'>View the BT 3560 Cordless Home Phone with Nuisance Call Blocking and Answering Machine - Quad ></a></strong>

BT 3560 Cordless Home Phone with Nuisance Call Blocking and Answering Machine - Quad

Fed up with nuisance calls? The BT 3560 is a great budget option. It can block up to 50 specific numbers to help you avoid unwanted calls and allow you to keep in touch with the important people in your life. It also has a hands-free function so you can write things down more easily while on the phone or simply relax without having to hold it. Plus, it records up to 20 minutes of messages.

View the BT 3560 Cordless Home Phone with Nuisance Call Blocking and Answering Machine - Quad >

One of our most popular cordless phones, the BT 3880 makes staying in touch at home easier. With no pesky wires getting in your way,  it's the perfect family phone. It has call blocking features that prevent nuisance calls, a large wireless outdoor range so you can walk around the house without dropping the signal, and records up to 15 minutes of messages.  <br /><br /><strong><a href='https://www.robertdyas.co.uk/bt-3880-twin-cordless-phone'>View the BT 3880 Cordless Home Phone with Nuisance Call Blocking and Answering Machine - Twin ></a></strong>

BT 3880 Cordless Home Phone with Nuisance Call Blocking and Answering Machine - Twin

One of our most popular cordless phones, the BT 3880 makes staying in touch at home easier. With no pesky wires getting in your way, it's the perfect family phone. It has call blocking features that prevent nuisance calls, a large wireless outdoor range so you can walk around the house without dropping the signal, and records up to 15 minutes of messages.

View the BT 3880 Cordless Home Phone with Nuisance Call Blocking and Answering Machine - Twin >

Do you have a load of contacts in your mobile and want to transfer them over to your home phone? Then this BT Premium Cordless is for you. You can sync your mobile with your Premium Phone to copy over your contacts and even make and receive your mobile calls through your landline. <br /><br /><strong><a href='https://www.robertdyas.co.uk/bt-premium-phone-trio'>View the BT Premium Cordless Home Phone with Nuisance Call Blocking, Mobile Sync and Answering Machine - Trio ></a></strong>

BT Premium Cordless Home Phone with Nuisance Call Blocking, Mobile Sync and Answering Machine - Trio

Do you have a load of contacts in your mobile and want to transfer them over to your home phone? Then this BT Premium Cordless is for you. You can sync your mobile with your Premium Phone to copy over your contacts and even make and receive your mobile calls through your landline.

View the BT Premium Cordless Home Phone with Nuisance Call Blocking, Mobile Sync and Answering Machine - Trio >

Great value and incredibly handy, this phone has plenty of features to boast about! It has the ability to block up to 1,000 numbers to avoid those unwanted calls, it can store up to 200 contacts in the address book and it has the capability to record up to 30 minutes of messaging on the answering machine. <br /><br /><strong><a href='https://www.robertdyas.co.uk/bt-advanced-nuisance-call-blocker-phone-twin'>View the BT Advanced Cordless Home Phone with Nuisance Call Blocking and Answering Machine - Twin ></a></strong>

BT Advanced Cordless Home Phone with Nuisance Call Blocking and Answering Machine - Twin

Great value and incredibly handy, this phone has plenty of features to boast about! It has the ability to block up to 1,000 numbers to avoid those unwanted calls, it can store up to 200 contacts in the address book and it has the capability to record up to 30 minutes of messaging on the answering machine.

View the BT Advanced Cordless Home Phone with Nuisance Call Blocking and Answering Machine - Twin >

Wild & Wolf 1960s Design 746 Corded Telephone – French Blue

Love retro phones? Check this one out. It comes complete with the original mechanical bell ringer and, despite its retro look, features the standard BT-compatible cord and plug.

View The Wild & Wolf 1960s Design 746 Corded Telephone >

GPO Duke Nostalgic Design Telephone

An ideal accompaniment to your fine décor, the Duke Telephone is designed to look and feel like a traditional telephone from the early 20th century, and yet works perfectly on modern telephone lines. It also comes with a handy pull-out notepad tray.

View The GPO Duke Nostalgic Design Telephone >

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