While thousands (perhaps millions) of people now use a cell phone in place of a portable phone, some still enjoy disconnecting from the cell phone world. If you prefer an old school cordless phone to a cell phone, you’ll be happy to know that cordless phones are keeping up to date with the latest technology.
Gone are the days when cordless phones were bulky and ugly things. Today’s phones are sleek and packed with options. You can purchase a phone that’s under $50, but (as with most electronics) buying a phone that pushes the $100 limit will guarantee a great product.
Note: all prices were approximate at the time of this writing.
Panasonic KX-TG6545B -- $120+
The first thing that you’ll notice about the Panasonic KX-TG6545B (aside from the terrible name) is that this phone come with five handsets. This is the perfect number of handsets if you have a medium-sized home. If you need to add a few handsets to the KX-TG6545B, it’s possible to add one more to the mix. Handsets aside, the Panasonic KX-TG6545B is a sleek looking phone that comes with a number of great features.
Unlike many other cordless phones, the KX-TG6545B can run for 13 hours before it needs to be recharged. At that point, the KX-TG6545B will take up to seven hours to recharge (fairly standard). This cordless phone also comes with speaker phone options, caller ID display, and various other goodies, but the one thing that makes the Panasonic KX-TG6545B stick out from the crowd is its hands-free ability. When you need your hands, simply connect a headset to the Panasonic KX-TG6545B, and clip the phone to your pocket. You can then walk and talk all at the same time – an excellent feature. For around $130, you will get five handsets, a hands-free option, and everything else that should come with a great phone.
VTech CS6229-4 -- $60+
VTech phones have gotten a bit of a bad reputation. When cordless phones first hit the market (eons ago), VTech was at the bottom of the cordless phone barrel. Today, VTech makes some decent phones that are worth considering. While you won’t find the same quality with a VTech that you can find with, say, a Panasonic, the VTech CS6229-4 does have some nice attributes. One of those attributes has to do with expansion. You can include up to twelve different handsets if need be -- this is far more than most other phones on the market. A caller ID screen and speakerphone come standard with this VTech, but you won’t find any extravagant features. All in all, the VTech CS6229 is a solid phone that will last for many years. If you have a large home or office, you won’t find a phone that will allow as many handsets as this VTech. However, if you’re looking for a phone packed with innovative features, this might not be the phone for you.
GE Cell Fusion -- $
The GE Cell Fusion could be better designed. If you can get past the looks of this product, you’ll find an array of pleasing features. Not only can the GE Cell Fusion last for nine hours on a single charge, but this phone also includes all the basic features (Caller ID screen, speaker phone…) that you could want. Further, the GE Cell Fusion can connect with your cell phone via Bluetooth. You can add up to two cell phones to the Cell Fusion’s base. This will allow you to answer any connected cell phone from your home phone. Not only is this feature convenient, it’s also ingenious. Were GE to work on the Cell Fusion’s design, this phone would win consumer hearts all across the world.