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Topic # 12387 15-Mar-2007 09:02
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For months I have been looking for a good cordless or wifi type phone for my home office environment
Main criteria cordless/range say 50 metres from base including obstructions/wired or bluetooth headset/at least 200 contacts preferably more/preferably able to transfer contacts from outlook or simcard/caller ID number and name/
Price not a big considerations.  Can someone point me in the right direction? cheers Jeff

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  Reply # 63783 15-Mar-2007 09:31
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You do realise a a WiFi phone is only suitable if you're using a VoIP provider or IP PBX to support it?

As for recommendations the new Philips DECT phones are very nice (albiet a bit bulky) but in my experience most DECT phones all offer pretty similair performance. I'd go for DECT phone rather than 2.4Ghz phones to avoid and potential interference with WiFi routers since they both use the same 2.4GHz ISM frequencies.






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  Reply # 63784 15-Mar-2007 09:42
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thanks for your reply.  a year ago I bought a panasonic tcd580 - brilliant wee phone. then i found out about registering to two bases, went to buy another couple and they are off the market!
Based on a vendor recomendation I bought a philips SE635, meets most of my criteria unfotunatley I found it didn't take a headset.
They are now suggesting various uniden 5.8 GHz phones but I have the impression that higher frequency are better clarity but shorter range, and range is an important consideration (long thin house and section).  I mentioned wifi although know nothing about it.  I am happy to spend several hundred dollars even up top $1000 to get a good  system working.  Would certainly appreciate any other thoughts

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  Reply # 63785 15-Mar-2007 09:54
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If range is an important issue I'd consider maybe approaching a phone installer. Any GAP compliment DECT phone should work with any base station or base set that is GAP complient.You can get DECT base stations that will extend the range of any GAP compliant DECT phone one of these could easily be located at the other end of a building to increase range.

The only WiFi cordless phones are ones to use in a VoIP invironment.




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  Reply # 63786 15-Mar-2007 09:57
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Will do!  maybe I just stick with my exsiting phone.  Can you recomend a source for a DECT base station, and/or a phone installer?  I am in Wellington

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  Reply # 63794 15-Mar-2007 10:45
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Owenstax: Will do!  maybe I just stick with my exsiting phone.  Can you recomend a source for a DECT base station, and/or a phone installer?  I am in Wellington


You could try Online Communications. They aren't cheap however but would be able to deliver a good solution.


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  Reply # 63797 15-Mar-2007 11:49
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DECT, DECT and DECT, but ensure that it is GAP compliant, that will allow other GAP compliant DECT phones to connect to the base. The Doro 530 series have 2.5mm headset ports as do a few others. As Steve pointed out Online Communications have a good selection of European DECT phones that are well featured.

I have 4 Panasonics on a base station here, of the current Panasonics only the KX-TG1861 has a headset jack, but you can mix and match handsets as they are GAP compliant, be warned the cheapest Panasonic KX-TG1811 is not GAP compliant. You can order extra handsets that come with a simple base to hold and charge, but most shops dont carry extra handsets in stock.

The best feature I like with DECT phones is the way you can use the system like a proper PABX.

Avoid 2.4GHz phones, while they have better range they will kill your Wifi, and the voice quality is rubbish.

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  Reply # 63802 15-Mar-2007 12:30
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FYI I was just browsing through a copy of the latest consumer magazine a few minutes ago. It features a test of some popular cordless phones including some DECT and 2.4GHz models.



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  Reply # 63804 15-Mar-2007 12:46
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Hi cyril and Steve
thanks very much for the great pointers.  I am now talking with online and they are looking at a number of posible soutions for me. cheers

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