Landline Phones

 

Landline Phones

Much like mobile handsets, many of today’s landline phones do more than just make and receive calls. As well as being conveniently wireless, many feature colour screens, texting, built-in telephone books, and headset compatibility for when your hands are tied. What’s more, some even double as home intercom systems and baby monitors. Of course, for those who prefer the simple life, there’s no shortage of more traditional landline phones out there too.

On PriceRunner we’ve gathered deals on over 1500 landline phones, ranging from simple single handsets, to digital sets for every room in the house. You’ll find all the leading brands too, including Binatone, BT, and PriceRunner favourite Panasonic. For tips and advice on choosing, our Buying Guide above is on call.

How to choose a landline phone for your home or office

The Basics

When choosing a landline phone for your home or office it’s important to make sure the model you pick suits your needs. Take a look at our quick guide to phones for home or office to learn everything you need to know to find the right phone for you.

The Price

With landline phones struggling to compete in an ever-mobile world, the price of landline phones has plunged. The most basic of landline phones, even a cordless handset, can be picked up for under £30 and will carry out basic functions with no problem at all.

If you are looking for a landline phone for business purposes however, and want features such as added security, crisp signal, a large number of handsets or a long battery life, you will have to pay extra.

Types of phones

Corded phones
Cordless phones
Benefits
  • Reliable signal quality
  • Generally cheaper than cordless handsets
  • Good build quality – will last for years
Drawbacks
  • Are less user-friendly
  • Must remain in one area
  • Only one handset can be used from each base unit
Benefits
  • Multiple handsets can work from one base unit
  • Handsets can be used as intercom system
  • Speakerphone and conferencing capabilities
Drawbacks
  • Generally more expensive than corded phones
  • Signal can be unreliable, especially when a long distance from the base unit
  • Handsets require regular battery charging

When choosing a phone find out how many handsets it can support. Some makes can support more handsets than they come with and you may be able to purchase extensions so you can add more handsets.

Features

Answering machines

Most new phones will come with an answering machine built in. However, rather than old fashioned answering machines that use a tape, new phones come with built in software that provides an answering service. This means that you can check your messages wherever you are in the world.

Some cheaper phones will not provide an answering machine so check before you buy if you want this service. On average phones that do feature an answering machine will record around twenty minutes of messages before they will need to be deleted to make room for more.

Caller ID

Caller ID services are offered by the majority of phone companies and most phones feature a display screen which allows you to see who is calling you. Names and numbers can be inputted into your phone so you can identify who is calling or whether the person is calling from an unknown number.

In addition, most phones will provide a call waiting function so you can view who is calling when you are already on the line and choose whether or not to take the call. Most phones will also offer a function that allows you to view your missed calls.

Messaging

As landline phones try to keep up with mobile phone technology they are being manufactured with more of the features you would expect to find on a mobile. Cordless digital phones allow the user to send SMS messages from their landline and you can even download ringtones in the same way as you can with a mobile.

Transmission

Cordless phones transmit a signal from a base unit to the handset, meaning that the further away you are from the base unit the weaker the signal will be.

Landline phones are available in three different frequencies, 5.8GHz, 2.4GHz and 900MHz. So what is the difference?

900MHz
2.4GHz
5.8GHz
  • The weakest frequency for cordless phones
  • Found on cheaper models
  • Limited range compared to 2.4 and 5.8GHz frequencies
  • Mid-range frequency for cordless phones
  • Better than 900MHz, but can still be found on inexpensive models
  • Has a range of around 30 metres, but cheaper models will be less
  • Strongest frequency for cordless phones
  • Found in most high-end models
  • Has a similar range to 2.4GHz frequencies, but is more reliable

Cordless phones can provide either a digital or an analogue signal, although it is more difficult to find new analogue phones available today. Analogue phones use electronic signals whereas digital phones utilise bits.

The main advantage of digital phones is that they provide a clearer, crisper sound and are more difficult to listen in on than analogue phones. Analogue phones can also be affected by other signals in the home which can reduce the sound quality of calls.

Digital Spread Spectrum

If you want your landline phone to be as secure as possible, for example if you are using it for business, you can choose a phone with a DSS or Digital Spread Spectrum built in.

This works to continually switch the frequency channel your phone is using or distribute your phone signal over several different frequencies, which makes locking into the signal and eavesdropping on calls practically impossible. A DSS will also reduce the chance of other frequencies affecting your phone.

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