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Topic # 57976 3-Mar-2010 09:20
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What are some good home phones for around the house?

I have used Uniden and Panasonic phones before, but have never really felt they were that reliable.

One cordless handset has always been fuzzy, the battery life is poor, the phone directory always gets wiped...

Ideally I would like 3 phones (2 cordless) that are actually half decent and have the usual set of features (phone directory, answer phone, WiFi friendly etc).

Any ideas or recommendations?

(sorry couldn't think which forum to post this in). 

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  Reply # 303877 3-Mar-2010 09:56
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pknz: What are some good home phones for around the house?

I have used Uniden and Panasonic phones before, but have never really felt they were that reliable.

One cordless handset has always been fuzzy, the battery life is poor, the phone directory always gets wiped...



Is this faulty phone one that you are still using? What is it and how old? The performance of recent cordless phones is much better than say 5 years ago.

To add another question, does anyone know of a cordless that can match incoming CLI with its address book in the same way that a cellphone does? They all advertise Caller Display Number and Name but that usually requires the network to send the name and that isn't available here.



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  Reply # 303892 3-Mar-2010 10:22
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Bung: 
Is this faulty phone one that you are still using? What is it and how old? The performance of recent cordless phones is much better than say 5 years ago.

To add another question, does anyone know of a cordless that can match incoming CLI with its address book in the same way that a cellphone does? They all advertise Caller Display Number and Name but that usually requires the network to send the name and that isn't available here.


That would be a cool feature.

The phones I currently have are Panasonic. Yes they are probably over 5 years old now.

Model: KX-TCA391ALN 

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  Reply # 303909 3-Mar-2010 10:51
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My Undien WDECT handsets match name and number, as do Panasonic handsets I have used. The only thing you need to be aware of is the network forwards area code - so if you only have a local number stored in your address book it may not match/display the name.

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  Reply # 303927 3-Mar-2010 11:33
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nutbugs: My Undien WDECT handsets match name and number, as do Panasonic handsets I have used.


What model number is it?

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  Reply # 303928 3-Mar-2010 11:40
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Basically one of this range. Uniden WDECT3315.
But as I say - I have had others and they all matched names for me if they said they will.

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  Reply # 303946 3-Mar-2010 12:16
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nutbugs: Basically one of this range. Uniden WDECT3315.
But as I say - I have had others and they all matched names for me if they said they will.


Thanks nutbugs, I was zeroing in on one part of the manual without reading the bit about name tagging which can be set on or off.

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  Reply # 303958 3-Mar-2010 12:52
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If you have WiFi at home you might want to go for a non-2.4Ghz cordless to avoid network interference unless you've got spare channels that you can change the phone and/or WiFi router to. Most phones are probably ok these days, but I'm always paranoid :)

If you're on 802.11n then you may be using 5Ghz.

The Uniden WDECT phones are pretty good, we've got one with an answer-phone built into the base station which works quite well.




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