Advances in cell phone technology and the advent of smartphones have brought about huge changes to the way we communicate. But one area never seems to get mentioned and that is the good old fashioned home phone. We all hear about the latest and greatest iPhones, but you rarely see much talk about wired or cordless home phones.
So, for today’s post I did some investigating, mainly because I need to invest in a new phone. The old one I have is really old and I have noticed significant problems with the audio quality. One reason I still have it is for business purposes when I need to talk to clients or dial into conference calls. I simply cannot afford to get caught out by bad cell reception as this is very unprofessional.
After a couple of minutes of research I found a site that actually has designated full cordless phone reviews with all the info about individual features. I knew I needed certain features and with the help of their reviews I quickly found a great solution. I opted for a 2 handset Panasonic system with integrated answering machine functionality. I also needed to be able to plug in a hands free kit for conference calls and it turned out there were plenty of these available.
What surprised me was how inexpensive these latest cordless phones really are. While looking at the cordless phone comparison chart I noticed that for very little extra I was able to get a home phone with built in answering machine and Bluetooth. At first I thought this would just be a stupid feature but then I saw how convenient this would be.
First of all I am able to sync all my contacts from my smartphone to the cordless phones. This saved hours of entering all the numbers. Secondly, I could use my Bluetooth hands free kit for my smartphone, so I didn’t need extra equipment. And finally this actually allows you to pair your Smartphone with the home phone and have all calls go to the home phone without diverting it.
This last feature is incredibly cool as I no longer need to keep track of where I leave the house phone and where my cell phone is. I am constantly putting them down somewhere and not able to get to the phone on time. This way I only need to keep track of one device.
The technological integration using Bluetooth (BT) makes perfect sense. Gone are the days where BT is an added option with very little support. I can also remember my my first cell phone with BT and how difficult and cumbersome it was to get it paired with my notebook. This was in the early 2000s and I thought I was so ahead of the times. But technology moves fast and I now find the use of this simple wireless technology very useful and convenient.
I’m actually surprised that not more people have caught onto such a simple solution. It is high tech, very easy and finally bridges the old telephone technology with the new.