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Panasonic KX TGC220

Panasonic KX TGC220

From £61
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: Monochrome CSTN
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
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Polycom VVX300

Polycom VVX300

From £34
  • Type: VoIP phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
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 >
Siemens Gigaset DL500

Siemens Gigaset DL500

From £140
  • Type: VoIP phone
  • Display: Colour LCD Display
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Siemens OpenScape Desk Phone IP 35G

Siemens OpenScape Desk Phone IP 35G

From £150
  • Type: IP Phone
  • Display: Monochrome LED Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Maxcom MC 6800

Maxcom MC 6800

From £45
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Snom D 765

Snom D 765

From £112
  • Type: IP Phone
  • Display: TFT Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BT 6600

BT 6600

From £34
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Maxcom KXT400

Maxcom KXT400

From £24
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: illuminated display
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Brondi BRAVO STYLE CORDLESS ECO DECT

Brondi BRAVO STYLE CORDLESS ECO DECT

From £48
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: Monochrome
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
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BT Diverse 7110

BT Diverse 7110

From £35
  • Type: Digital cordless phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
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Geemarc SERENITIES

Geemarc SERENITIES

From £109
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: LCD Display
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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 >
Geemarc AmpliDECT 350

Geemarc AmpliDECT 350

From £63
  • Type: Digital cordless phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BT Duet 210

BT Duet 210

From £16
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: LED Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Brondi Dolphin

Brondi Dolphin

From £20
  • Type: Corded phone
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Panasonic KX HDV 230 NE

Panasonic KX HDV 230 NE

From £107
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
AT&T 1040

AT&T 1040

From £130
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Konftel 55W

Konftel 55W

From £449
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: Colour LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Geemarc Photophone100

Geemarc Photophone100

From £71
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: No Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sagem D77T

Sagem D77T

From £35
  • Type: Digital cordless phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Amplicomms BigTel 1280

Amplicomms BigTel 1280

From £59
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: LCD Display
1 Offer from 1 shop >
TOOGOO(R) 068809

TOOGOO(R) 068809

From £10
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: With display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Siemens Gigaset AL110 Trio

Siemens Gigaset AL110 Trio

From £8
  • Type: Digital cordless answer phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 3 handsets
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Opis Technology 60s

Opis Technology 60s

From £39
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: No Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Gigaset C 530

Gigaset C 530

From £45
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: Graphik LCD
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Cisco CP 8821 K 9

Cisco CP 8821 K 9

From £373
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
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Alcatel Temporis 880

Alcatel Temporis 880

From £46
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: Alphanumeric
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Yealink SIP-T26P

Yealink SIP-T26P

From £119
  • Type: VoIP phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: none
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Alcatel Big Button Tmax Telefono fisso colore bianco PFSNODE-47002

Alcatel Big Button Tmax Telefono fisso colore b...

From £40
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: Pixel-Based Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
SWITEL TF 540

SWITEL TF 540

From £50
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: LED Display
  • Handset weight: 737g
1 Offer from 1 shop >
SWITEL TF 550

SWITEL TF 550

From £59
  • Type: Corded phone
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Opis Technology T 1921 CAB B

Opis Technology T 1921 CAB B

From £89
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Handset weight: 1800g
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Cisco 7945

Cisco 7945

From £152
  • Type: VoIP phone
  • Display: Colour LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: none
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Konftel 300M

Konftel 300M

From £799
  • Type: VoIP phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
1 Offer from 1 shop >
AVM FRITZ!Fon M 2

AVM FRITZ!Fon M 2

From £59
  • Type: Digital cordless phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Panasonic KX-TGC222GB

Panasonic KX-TGC222GB

From £36
  • Type: Cordless answer phone
  • Display: LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 2 handsets
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Amplicomms PowerTel 96

Amplicomms PowerTel 96

From £79
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: LCD Display
  • Handset weight: 698g
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Polycom SoundPoint IP 450

Polycom SoundPoint IP 450

From £183
  • Type: VoIP phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Avaya 1403

Avaya 1403

From £30
  • Type: VoIP phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Grandstream GXP-1610

Grandstream GXP-1610

From £33
  • Type: IP Phone
  • Display: LCD Display
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Alcatel Temporis 180

Alcatel Temporis 180

From £26
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: No Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Siemens Gigaset A540A Trio

Siemens Gigaset A540A Trio

From £103
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 3 handsets
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 8600

BT 8600

From £75
  • Type: Cordless answer phone
  • Display: LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Siemens Gigaset A600

Siemens Gigaset A600

From £172
  • Type: Digital cordless answer phone
  • Display: Colour LCD 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
3 Offers from 1 shop >
Unify OpenScape S5

Unify OpenScape S5

From £165
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: TFT Display
  • Handset weight: 125g
2 Offers from 2 shops >
TEL UK 18035S

TEL UK 18035S

From £13
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
  • Handset weight: 450g
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Panasonic KX TG2511

Panasonic KX TG2511

From £22
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Wild & Wolf Series 302

Wild & Wolf Series 302

From £39
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: No Display
  • Number of handsets: none
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Panasonic KX-TG8061EB

Panasonic KX-TG8061EB

From £57
  • Type: Digital cordless answer phone
  • Display: Colour LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Siemens Gigaset S850A

Siemens Gigaset S850A

From £74
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Display: TFT Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Radius 150

Radius 150

From £23
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: No Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Philips D1301b Br

Philips D1301b Br

From £51
  • Type: Cordless Phone
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
  • Handset weight: 252g
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Yealink T19P

Yealink T19P

From £64
  • Type: SIP Phone
  • Display: Monochrome CSTN
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Doro Secure 350

Doro Secure 350

From £127
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 1 handset
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BT XD56

BT XD56

From £59
  • Type: DECT cordless telephone
  • Number of handsets: 2 handsets
  • Recording time: 30 mins
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Panasonic KX-77668

Panasonic KX-77668

From £35
  • Type: Corded phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Siemens Gigaset E310 Duo

Siemens Gigaset E310 Duo

From £96
  • Type: Digital cordless phone
  • Display: Monochrome LCD Display
  • Number of handsets: 2 handsets
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.