People of a certain age will recall that in order to make a call from home, ironically you would have to walk around the corner to the nearest phone box. In my day, only a few people had home telephones, until it became the norm.
Nowadays the trend is reversing, with the rise of the smartphone, we no longer need to pay for landlines and prefer to use our mobiles instead.
For some people however, they will always want a home telephone. Myself included. If you are one of those people, and you are on the lookout for a new handset, we have some excellent models to show you:
A nice basic model here that will suit anyone who just wants to be able to make calls. It has a 20 name phonebook, a standby of 100 hours and a talk time of up to seven. Other features include five last number redials and five ringtones. You also get a 50m indoor range and 300m outdoors.
Quite different in style to the above model, this Binatone home telephone features a cutting edge design and there’s a digital answer machine included. You get a caller display, 50 name phonebook, built-in speakerphone and dual position charging. There’s also a talk time of 10 hours and 100 hours standby.
The Gigaset C530A comes with an integrated answering machine, a 150 name phonebook (that also allows you to programme different ringtones and birthday reminders) time controlled call silencing features and a 50m indoor range and 300m outdoor range. Includes HSP technology for clearer calls.
The main feature of this home telephone is that is connects via Bluetooth to allow you make and receive smartphone calls on your landline. There is a Nuisance Call Block technology too, so you can block 50 specific numbers and it comes with an integrated answering machine. There is enough space for a whopping 3,000 contacts and you get the standard 50m indoor and 300m outdoor range.
If nuisance calls are the bane of your life, you might be interested to know that this home telephone from BT has won awards for its Premium Call Blocking feature. trueCall call blocking technology scans your list of names and numbers and puts calls through appropriately. Any it doesn’t recognise are sent to a virtual assistant who asks the caller for their name, you are then asked if you want to take the call. If you don’t want to, you can block or end the call without even speaking to the caller. There’s also a Do Not Disturb mode where only ‘VIP’ numbers will be put through.
For those who need a good answering service that can store a large amount of messages, this is probably the best home telephone with that capacity. It can store up to 55 minutes of messages with an integrated answering machine and you can input 500 contacts, each with up to three numbers, an email address and a picture. With the ContactsPush app, you can pull across all your contacts on your smartphone and load them onto this one, which will then notify your mobile when you miss a call on your home phone. Block nuisance callers by putting them on a blacklist and it comes with the standard 50m indoor range and 300m outdoor range.
Described as ‘impossibly thin’, this is a stylish and contemporary design by Motorola that measures less than 6mm at its thinnest point. Crafted in metal and using a solid crystal base, this cordless home telephone can make and receive calls over a fixed line or mobile network, it comes with a full colour display, has a 1000 phonebook capacity, nuisance call blocking and connects via Bluetooth.
From: argos.co.ukBT Halo – £81
The BT Halo can store up to 3,000 contacts and record 60 minutes of voice message recordings. Smartphone calls can be taken once you sync up via Bluetooth. Included is BT’s nuisance call blocking feature, trueCall, which allows you to block 1,000 specific numbers. Standard ranges of 50m indoors and an outdoors of 300m.
If you want your home telephone to have the same properties as your smartphone, this is the phone to get. Featuring Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the iDECT Smart 64 has a 4-inch touch screen and you can download a variety of apps from Google Play Store to make it function more like a smartphone than a home telephone. This means you can play games, play music, surf the internet, make video calls and much more. You can even send messages over Wi-Fi using apps like WhatsApp.
Another home telephone that thinks it is a smartphone. The Gigaset SL9 comes with a 3.2-inch touchscreen and you get space for 500 contacts with up to three numbers and a photograph per person. There is ample time for recording messages – 55 minutes, you can easily sync data using Bluetooth and the range is 50m for indoors and 300m for outdoors.