DECT 6.0 Cordless Phone

Cordless phones are great gadgets to have around the home. They can be taken from room to room and they can also be used in the garden, or even a short distance down the street. Placing a handset in every room means no more rushing around just to answer a call, and some models can even be used as a home intercom system. A DECT 6.0 cordless phone has better security than an older analog cordless phone, which is easy to intercept with a cheap radio scanner. It is also less prone to the interference problems that plague other DECT phones.

Many people confuse cordless phones with mobile phones because they look similar but they are very different. A cordless phone is more like a walkie-talkie and only works when the base station is within range. The base station is plugged into the home phone socket and works like a regular phone, but it can also be connected to a computer to make cheap VoIP calls over the internet. On the other hand, a mobile phone has a far greater range and does not require a base station in the home. Its signal is picked up by large towers which are spread out miles apart.

Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) is a standard for cordless phones that use short-range digital radio signals. DECT 6.0 is actually a marketing term used to promote phones that use a new frequency. A DECT 6.0 cordless phone uses a 1.9GHz signal, not 6.0GHz as the term implies. This frequency is different to the ones used by older DECT phones. It was changed to avoid interference problems from other devices in the home, such as microwave ovens and wireless computer networks. Some brands may not use this term so it pays to check the frequency before buying a new DECT phone.

A good base station with lots of features is essential for any new DECT 6.0 cordless phone. It should have many channels and support at least three handsets. The base station and handsets should have illuminated buttons and a backlit screen so they are easy to see in low light. Other features that a base station should have include a handset locater, wall bracket, headset jack, and a digital answering machine with plenty of recording time. The handset locater makes the handsets emit a loud tone so that they can be found, even when they covered by clothes.

Each handset has its own charging base that needs to be plugged into a power socket. The base only charges the handset and has no connection with the base station. Depending on the brand and model of the cordless phone, additional handsets may be available that can be added at any time, provided that the base station can handle them. Most models support more than three handsets and some can handle as many as twelve. Each handset has a rechargeable battery pack that will need to be replaced after several years. These packs are usually available from electronics stores.

Before buying a DECT 6.0 cordless phone, ensure that power adapters for the base station and handset chargers are included. Almost all brands will have them in the box but it pays to check anyway, especially with the cheaper brands. If a broadband service is active on the home phone line, a filter will need to be connected between the phone socket and the base station. The handsets may be partially discharged at first, depending on how long they have been in the box, and may need several hours of charging before they can be used.

After the base station and the handsets have been installed, their settings will most likely need adjusting. The ring tone and volume can be changed with buttons and dials, or through the options screen on the more advanced models. The handsets are used just like a mobile phone, with one button to start a call and another button to end it. Some models also have a phonebook which links names with phone numbers, so that the name of a caller appears on the screen. If the digital answering machine is required, a welcome message should be created for it as well.

This DECT 6.0 Cordless Phone Review is Written/Updated on Nov 6th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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