Telecommunications are improving all the time and wireless home phone systems currently rank among the most convenient and popular ones. Chances are that they will continue being in high demand throughout 2017.
Several companies stand out when it comes to high quality wireless home phone systems. Panasonic, At&T, Vtech and Motorola are some of these companies. Each one has a number of different products, some offering a better price to quality ratio than others. If you’re about to buy a cordless home phone system or would like to get one in 2017, the following review is just perfect for you. It will present some of the top products on the market and the characteristics that turn them into such good picks.
While this cordless phone system doesn’t come with an amazing array of additional features, it works well and it is reasonably priced. This is one of the main reasons why Panasonic KX-TGE233B is expected to be one of the top products in 2017.
The design is smart and functional. The large buttons and brightly-lit screen make the phone easy to use. While it isn’t a state-of-the-art piece of telecom equipment, it does come with various smart functionalities.
Panasonic KX-TGE233B is advertised as a long-range home phone system. This means that the phone can be taken away from the base and the audio quality will still be excellent. The phone has been tested at a distance of 250 feet and it has done an excellent job.
Large buttons are available both on the handset and the base, making it easy to dial. This characteristic makes the phone particularly great for individuals that have poor eyesight, visually impaired people and the elderly.
The advanced noise reduction is another characteristic that makes the system so good for older people. The feature makes it possible to suppress background noise while enhancing the voice of the caller.
Several other characteristics and technical specs worth mentioning include the following:
- Advanced answering service: you will get alerted about the messages you have received while away from home. The base beeps automatically after a message has been recorded, alerting people in the house about it. It’s also possible to register one cell phone number and have notifications sent to it.
- Battery backup system: this system is needed to keep the phone operating, even when the battery is low. You will remain connected, even if the battery dies in the middle of the call. After that, just have the phone charged.
- Backlit handset display: the LCD display measures 1.8 inches, which makes the caller information readily visible.
- Dect 6.0 Plus: this technology is the one responsible for the high transmission quality and the ability to use the phone a long distance away from the base.
- Easy to find misplaced phone: the base can be used to find a misplaced phone. A button on the base is to be used for the purpose.
- Smart key functions: the keys of the phone can be used to complete a number of tasks. For example, you can use key combinations to listen to recorded messages, dial a caller back or start a conference call.
- Eco mode: whenever the phone is used close to the base unit, the Eco mode will get turned on automatically. It extends the amount of time that the phone can be used prior to needing a recharge and it also boosts the sustainability of using the system.
- Detailed caller ID information, including talking caller ID
- 60 channels
- Can be used with up to six headsets
- Display languages include both English and Spanish
- The system is key detector compatible
- Silent mode and bypassing silent mode functions
- Clock, alarm and advanced alarm are available
Benefits and Shortcomings
Some of the benefits of using this wireless home phone system are easy to understand. People who have used the phone for some time are particularly happy about the following characteristics:
- The large buttons that are backlit do make it incredibly easy to use, even if a person is suffering from a visual impairment
- Compact and durable design –the headset and the base are both made of high quality and lightweight materials that will remain in a good condition for a long period of time
- Much more reasonably priced than other popular cordless home phone systems on the market
- The backlit screen is easily viewable and the phone displays sufficient caller information
- The power backup function does work, making it possible to finish a conversation prior to running out of battery
- Different ring tones can be assigned to different groups of callers
- The headset comes with a volume switch, which means that the sound level can be changed while you are in the middle of a conversation
- The base unit is relatively small, which means that it can be placed on a countertop or wall-mounted without occupying too much space
While most of the customer reviews are predominantly positive, a few shortcomings have also been mentioned by multiple buyers:
- Speed dial numbers have to be set individually on each of the headsets being used in the household
- Some people experienced problems setting the phone up, listening to voice messages or adding new numbers to the memory of the machine
- Relatively short battery life in comparison to what other cordless home phone systems have to offer
- The keys are soft and the numbers could eventually wear off after a period of continuous dialing
To sum it up, the shortcomings don’t really interfere with the functioning of the system. It is a solid one and the price to quality ratio turns it in the best pick for 2017.
A bit more expensive than the first entry in the list, this cordless home phone system is also worth exploring. Since the base can be used with up to 12 headsets, this system is ideal for use both at home and in the office. In addition, AT&T CLP99483 does come with a bigger number of features than the Panasonic system that we’ve already explored.
With talk time of up to seven hours and standby time of 168 hours, AT&T CLP99483 is an absolute winner when it comes to battery life. This, however, isn’t the only impressive characteristic of the piece:
- An array of call services: some of the possibilities at your disposal while using the headset include call intercept, call hold, waiting, display information about the caller ID, call transfer and accessing voice mail.
- Excellent clarity and range: the innovative antenna and the noise filtering technology enhance the quality of the audio and make it possible to hear the message loud and clear (regardless of the environment that the caller is in).
- Call ID info: apart from having caller ID information on the display (displays are available both on the headsets and on the base), the phone also provides a caller ID voice announcement. If you’re in the far end of the room, you’ll be free from having to get to the headset to see who’s calling.
- Phone memory: the phone memory can be used to record information for up to 200 names and numbers. The dialed calls memory features 10 logs.
- Voicemail: the phone’s answering machine can store up to 14 minutes of recorded voice messages. There’s a light indicator telling you that a voice message awaits you.
- Bluetooth connectivity: this is a really cool and innovative characteristic of this wireless home phone system. It can be connected with an Android device via Bluetooth. Once the connection has been established, the home phone system will give you updates about emails, text messages and social media activity.
- The ability to pair up to cellular lines and one landline with the system
- Dect 6.0 wireless technology
- Conferencing mode
- Both base and handset speakerphones are available
- A mute function on both headset and base
- USB port on the size that enables the charging of a smartphone
Benefits and Shortcomings
Several of the most important AT&T CLP99483 advantages that get mentioned in multiple buyer reviews include the following:
Excellent battery life that is very difficult to beat
- Display is available both on the headsets and on the base (a characteristic that many systems are missing)
- The addition of the USB port and the Bluetooth connectivity make the system unique and quite innovative
- Excellent audio quality and clarity (several reviewers comment that AT&T audio quality is far superior to what Panasonic has to offer)
- There is a battery backup mode
- Lighted keypads and display enhance visibility in the dark and make the phone a good pick for visually-impaired and older individuals
While the benefits are numerous, there are also some shortcomings that can’t be underestimated:
- There’s no call blocking based on caller ID
- Some people found data entry to be a bit of a challenge due to a complex process and insufficient instructions
- Some people were unhappy with the design of the headsets themselves – they are a bit thinner than a standard phone, which could make them a bit awkward to hold.
VTech DS 6421
The final entry in the list is VTech DS 6421. Another system that can have up to 12 headsets used with the same base, this VTech product is perfect for larger households and for offices.
This is a simple system that has a couple of innovative functionalities. Still, most people don’t find it difficult to use and are comfortable with the features. The beautiful design of both the headsets and the base is another great characteristic to look forward to.
VTech DS 6421 performs excellently and it is a long-range wireless phone system. Some tests reveal that it does a great job even when the headset is taken more than 250 feet away from the base. The handsets come with large displays that are easy to read. Several other of the most important technical specs that we have to mention include:
- HD audio: an extended frequency band enhances the audio quality for more clarity. There’s also a built-in equalizer and four profiles to choose among on the basis of individual preferences.
- Voicemail: the system can record up to 14 minutes of voice messages. A light indicator shows you when you have a voice message awaiting.
- Cellular and landline technology: the system merges both types of technology. It features a connect to cell feature that enables you to receive calls and make calls from a mobile number. Dect 6.0 technology prevents other electronic devices from causing an interference.
- Bluetooth connectivity: the connection between the system and a cellphone that’s already been mentioned is established via the use of Bluetooth.
- Caller ID: apart from getting the caller ID information on the screen, it will be announced. Both the headsets and the base will announce the caller ID information that you’ve entered.
- Cell phone entries can be downloaded: you can download mobile phone information and store up to 600 entries in the wireless home phone system’s memory.
- Speakerphone: while the base is missing a speakerphone, one is available with every headset.
- Both the display and the keys feature backlighting for enhanced visibility
- The last 10 numbers can be redialed
- Call screening function
- Calls can be transferred between the headsets
- Communication between the headsets is possible (push to talk function)
- Conference call function
- Base can be placed on a countertop or it can be wall-mounted
Benefits and Shortcomings
Let’s first examine a few of the most important VTech DS 6421 advantages:
- Up to 12 headsets can be added to the system and these can communicate with each other
- Effortless mobile phone connectivity, which reduces the need for using multiple communication tools at home or in the office
- Excellent audio quality
- Excellent Bluetooth connectivity that makes it possible to pair up the system with a wide array of mobile devices
- Sufficient voicemail recording time
- Simple to use and to program
- Excellent price to quality ratio
The shortcomings are just a few and most buyers are satisfied with the functioning of the system. Some of the most common complaints include the following:
- No speakerphone on the base
- The battery life isn’t exceptional (it isn’t that disappointing either – could be labeled average)
- The push to talk feature works solely between the first four headsets added to the system
- Some people found the sound volume to be a bit low, even when used at the highest possible setting