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Unify OpenScape S5

Unify OpenScape S5

From £104
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: TFT Display
  • Handset weight: 125g
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Siemens Gigaset C430A Duo

Siemens Gigaset C430A Duo

From £52
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: Graphik LCD
  • Number of handsets: 2 handsets
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Lazerbuilt Prestige 905K

Lazerbuilt Prestige 905K

From £30
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: Monochrome
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BT Diverse 7110

BT Diverse 7110

From £35
  • Type: Digital cordless phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Maxcom 3 lines KXT480CZ

Maxcom 3 lines KXT480CZ

From £20
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
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Geemarc CL60

Geemarc CL60

From £30
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: No Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Opis Technology PushMeFon

Opis Technology PushMeFon

From £39
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: No Display
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Polycom VVX 101

Polycom VVX 101

From £74
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Philips D1352B 05

Philips D1352B 05

From £52
  • Type: Cordless answer phone
  • Display: With display
  • Number of handsets: 2 handsets
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Cisco IP Phone 7925G

Cisco IP Phone 7925G

From £33
  • Type: VoIP phone
  • Display: Colour LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Alcatel Versatis XL 280

Alcatel Versatis XL 280

From £26
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BT Stratus 1500

BT Stratus 1500

From £105
  • Type: Digital cordless answer phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Siemens Gigaset A220 Duo

Siemens Gigaset A220 Duo

From £26
  • Type: Digital cordless phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 2 handsets
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Daewoo DTC 240

Daewoo DTC 240

From £21
  • Type: Digital corded handset
  • Display: LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Alcatel 4029

Alcatel 4029

From £131
  • Type: Digital corded handset
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Gigaset R630H Pro

Gigaset R630H Pro

From £99
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: Monochrome CSTN
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Idect Carrera Classic

Idect Carrera Classic

From £21
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Yealink IP Sip T52S

Yealink IP Sip T52S

From £136
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Panasonic 3 lines KX-TGD312JTB

Panasonic 3 lines KX-TGD312JTB

From £49
  • Type: Cordless answer phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 2 handsets
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Alcatel Temporis IP 301 G

Alcatel Temporis IP 301 G

From £92
  • Type: IP Phone
  • Display: Monochrome
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Samsung DS 5007S

Samsung DS 5007S

From £48
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: none
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sagem D16T Trio

Sagem D16T Trio

From £55
  • Type: Digital cordless phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 3 handsets
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Grandstream GXP 1615

Grandstream GXP 1615

From £36
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
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Cisco IP Phone CP 7821 Telefoni domestici PFSNODE-47209

Cisco IP Phone CP 7821 Telefoni domestici PFSNO...

From £109
  • Type: Corded answer phone
  • Display: Graphik LCD
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
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Plantronics 3 lines W740

Plantronics 3 lines W740

From £233
  • Type: Cordless answer phone
  • Display: LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Panasonic KX-DT521

Panasonic KX-DT521

From £63
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Polycom VVX 201

Polycom VVX 201

From £78
  • Type: IP Phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Panasonic KX PRS110

Panasonic KX PRS110

From £55
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Protelx GPO 1929S

Protelx GPO 1929S

From £32
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: No Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
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Protelx Classical 1935

Protelx Classical 1935

From £49
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: No Display
  • Number of handsets: none
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Hp 4110 IP

Hp 4110 IP

From £210
  • Type: VoIP phone
  • Display: Colour LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Aastra 6869 I

Aastra 6869 I

From £176
  • Type: VoIP phone
  • Display: LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Avaya 9611

Avaya 9611

From £156
  • Type: Corded phone
1 Offer from 1 shop >
SWITEL DC632 Duo

SWITEL DC632 Duo

From £36
  • Type: Digital cordless phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 2 handsets
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Cisco SPA 508G

Cisco SPA 508G

From £111
  • Type: VoIP phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Recording time: 24 mins
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Panasonic KX - TGH223

Panasonic KX - TGH223

From £64
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: Monochrome CSTN
  • Number of handsets: 3 handsets
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Siemens Dect GIGASET CL750

Siemens Dect GIGASET CL750

From £90
  • Type: Analogue cordless phone
  • Display: TFT Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Konftel 55W

Konftel 55W

From £429
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: Colour LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Geemarc CL1100

Geemarc CL1100

From £56
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: No Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Elmeg IP-S290

Elmeg IP-S290

From £135
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Polycom VVX 1500

Polycom VVX 1500

From £104
  • Type: VoIP phone
  • Display: LC-Display
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Polycom CX300

Polycom CX300

From £120
  • Type: VoIP phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Snom m65 DECT

Snom m65 DECT

From £123
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: TFT Display
3 Offers from 2 shops >
Innovaphone IP222

Innovaphone IP222

From £170
  • Type: VoIP phone
  • Display: LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Doro D912

Doro D912

From £23
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: No Display
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Yealink T 29 G

Yealink T 29 G

From £116
  • Type: IP Phone
  • Display: Graphik LCD
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Snom D120

Snom D120

From £62
  • Type: IP Phone
  • Display: Graphic
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Philips M110W/38

Philips M110W/38

From £29
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: LED Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
2 Offers from 2 shops >
TEL UK 18041

TEL UK 18041

From £18
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Handset weight: 1000g
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sodial 016092

Sodial 016092

From £20
  • Type: Ceramic Desk Phone
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Doro MemoryPlus 319ph

Doro MemoryPlus 319ph

From £93
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Siemens Gigaset DL500

Siemens Gigaset DL500

From £140
  • Type: VoIP phone
  • Display: Colour LCD Display
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Siemens Gigaset A220

Siemens Gigaset A220

From £23
  • Type: Digital cordless phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Yealink T 23 GN

Yealink T 23 GN

From £70
  • Type: IP Phone
  • Display: Graphik LCD
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Brondi LemureCordless ECO DECT

Brondi LemureCordless ECO DECT

From £40
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: Monochrome
  • Handset weight: 128g
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BT Paragon Paragon 550

BT Paragon Paragon 550

From £49
  • Type: Corded answer phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Recording time: 16 mins
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Panasonic KX-TGD310

Panasonic KX-TGD310

From £29
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Panasonic KX TGJA 30 EX

Panasonic KX TGJA 30 EX

From £44
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: TFT Display
  • Handset weight: 120g
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Cisco IP PHONE 8845

Cisco IP PHONE 8845

From £240
  • Type: IP Phone
  • Display: LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Siemens SL930

Siemens SL930

From £132
  • Type: Digital cordless phone
  • Display: Colour LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >

Buying Guide - Home Telephones

Types

Wired Phone: Commonly referred to as land-line phones, wired telephones have been steadily telephonedeclining in popularity as more technologically advanced devices like the cell phone and cordless phone have gained momentum.  While not many of us are scrambling to snap up wired phones these days, you can still find them in many offices and some homes, and features such as speakerphone, integrated answering machines and memory dialling have certainly pushed them beyond the limitations of their rotary dial predecessors.

Cordless Phone: Early cordless phones depended on frequency ranges that were somewhat limited, and then fell victim to static interference and unreliability as the technology moved through a rapid growth phase in the 1990s.  Connections were lost, sound quality was abysmal, and users had to stay close to the cordless phone base if they wanted to carry on an uninterrupted conversation.  These days, those of us who still use traditional phones in our homes enjoy a much cleaner, much more developed cordless phone technology.  Calls are clear and the cordless phone can be taken just about anywhere, with little regard to how far away the base might be.

Mobile Phone: Who doesn't have a mobile these days?  In fact, cell technology has grown so exponentially since its introduction in the 1970s - yes, the 1970s - that many people now rely on their mobile as their sole means of telephone communication.  And who can blame them?  Today's cell phones can do it all, from making calls to sending text messages, checking email to online shopping, getting GPS driving directions to tracking your teens, and so much more.

Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP): This relatively new telephone technology has seen a steady increase in popularity worldwide, especially for those who like the idea of maintaining a land-line without having to carry the expense of a traditional phone.  With VOIP, users connect to other callers over the internet, usually for free as long as they have an internet connection; VOIP can be achieved through a regular cordless phone, a cell phone or on a computer.  Vonage and Skype are two of the most widely recognised VOIP providers.

Features

Obviously, the particular features you will be concerned with will depend almost entirely on the type of phone you are looking for.  What you want in your cell phone might be completely unrelated to the functions you expect from your cordless phone, for example.  Here, we will focus mainly on cordless phone and digital phone features, though some of these options are great to have on other types of phones, too.

Basic Cordless Phone Features: Look for handset volume control, a handset ringer, redial, a pager to find a lost cordless phone handset, a flash button so you can answer on call waiting, and a low-battery indicator light or sound notification.

LCD Screen: Many a cordless phone will have an LCD screen on the handset, but more and more manufacturers are now incorporating the technology on the base, as well.  These screens display things like saved contact phone numbers, caller ID information, battery life, and the length of your call.  If your cordless phone or digital phone is equipped with call waiting, the LCD display will likely show who is calling in while you are already on the line, too.

Dual-line Support: This feature allows your cordless phone to receive calls on two separate lines.  This is particularly useful if you run a business from home or need an extra line for your chatty teenagers, yet don't want to have phones lying all around the house.  Many dual-line phones let you program distinct ring tones for each line so it is easy to determine which line is receiving a call.  This type of cordless phone usually also allows conference calling, and many have additional ports so you can connect auxiliary devices like a fax machine or modem.

Speakerphone: Considered an essential feature by many busy cordless phone users, a speakerphone lets you have your hands free while you are on the phone.  This is extremely helpful if you are on hold for hours or want to let the whole family in on your conversation.  Handset speakerphones are very common, and many manufacturers are now also including a base speakerphone so you can answer calls even if you can't find the cordless phone handset.

Base Keypad: Handy for navigating those irritating number-driven menu systems (“Please press 1 to speak to a live operator”) or for any time you need to enter a long string of numbers, a base keypad lets you control the touch-tone dial without taking the phone away from your ear.  It is a lovely little extra that increases convenience and ease of use on your cordless phone.

Battery Holder: Some cordless phone makers include a back-up battery holder in the base where you can store a spare handset battery as it charges or keep alkaline batteries to supplement the base power if the electric goes out.  This is a really nice feature, as your cordless phone or digital phone won't work if your home loses power.

Multiple Handsets: If you live in a large house or just don't like getting up from the couch more often than is absolutely necessary, consider buying a cordless phone with multiple handsets.  You will be able to transfer calls to secondary handsets, carry on conversations between handsets, and set up conference calling.  Some manufacturers let you register as many as a dozen handsets to a single base system, though it is not likely you will be able to use all 12 at once.  Still, if you tend to lose cordless phone handsets frequently, having a few spares around might be a good idea.

Message Answering: Most of today's phone makers equip their devices with integrated answering machines or internal voicemail.  Some phones have several voicemail inboxes, so everyone in the family can have their own messaging centre, or you can set up one inbox for your personal calls and another for business calls.  One of the best parts of these customisable messaging features is that you never again have to sit through someone else's voicemail or answering machine messages.

Cordless

Here are a few important considerations to keep in mind when shopping for a new cordless phone:

You don't always have to buy the most expensive model on the shelf.  While it's certainly true that a cordless phone or digital phone from a
answering machinetrusted maker will have all the bells and whistles and a degree of reliability, it will also have a price tag that is significantly higher than the competition's.  It is possible to get a good quality cordless phone with all the extra features you need for an affordable price.  Compare some of the midrange or discount makers, too.

Following the current trends ensures you get the latest features.  Most of today's cordless phones include support for multiple handsets via a single base, an affordable 5.8-GHz analogue frequency, and full-featured 1.9, 2.4 and 5.8-GHz digital phone handsets.  You will also find phones with a second handset and charging base; with a digital phone, you can add even more handsets if you need them.  Digital answering machines are also popular.

Figure out how many extra handsets you need.  If you live in a small home or flat and are never far from the phone, you may require just a single cordless phone.  If you do need additional handsets for your cordless phone or digital phone, they are easy enough to set up.  A phone jack is required for the main base, but extra handsets and their charging cradles only require an electrical outlet.  With certain models, you can add or replace handsets at any time; with others, you'll have to buy an entirely new system if you want to set up other handsets.  If you purchase a digital phone, you can use those extra handsets to set up conference calls or in intercom mode to communicate with others in your home.

Decide which features are most important to you.  The basics get you caller ID, a headset port and a base that can usually be wall-mounted or set on a table, countertop or shelf.  If you need more than that, you should expect to pay a bit more for your cordless phone - the more features a phone has, the higher its price.

Try it out if you can.  You won't be able to make calls or test the answering system, but you can certainly pick up the store's demo model.  Hold it in your hand, put it to your ear, and try the all-important “shoulder hold” to make sure you won't be inadvertently hanging up on mum with your chin or cheek if you suddenly need your hands free.  Buttons and controls should be easy to see, easy to use, and in a sensible location.