If you are in the market for a cordless phone, you need to read our guide before you make any decisions. From making sure you understand frequencies and get a cordless phone that doesn’t interfere with any other wireless networking in your home or office to just knowing how to spend your money wisely by knowing the features available, we can help. We have put together this cordless phone guide to help you get the most value for your money.


Cordless Phone Frequencies

You may remember a time when cordless phones came in different frequencies.  Today all manufacturers have switched to the superior DECT 1.9Ghz frequency so the choice is easy when buying new cordless phones.  However if you are thinking about upgrading your old cordless phone, read more to find out how DECT can improve your call quality.

  • 900 MHz – One of the earliest frequencies for cordless phones.  This is the most outdated technology.
  • 2.4 GHz – This older technology replaced 900 MHz, but it can get interference from microwave ovens and wireless networks. This is also outdated technology.
  • 5.8 GHz – 5.8Ghz enables better security, range, and clarity of sound when compared to the 2.4 GHz frequency. It was also opened up because of ‘crowding’ issues with the 2.4 GHz frequency, however it can still get interference from the wireless network transmissions as it often uses both 2.4 and 5.8 GHz frequencies. 5.8 GHz has a more difficult time going through obstacles compared to the lower frequencies so reaching areas where there are multiple walls blocking the base signal were problematic. This is also outdated technology.
  • DECT (1.9 GHz) – This is the new standard as it does not have the issues with wireless networks and microwave ovens. All manufacturers have switched to the superior DECT 6.0 frequency.


Features to Consider

Here are some other important areas you are going to want to think about before you choose a cordless phone.

  • Answering Machine – This may not be necessary for all people, but it is a feature to think about. Not including it could save you some money, especially if you’re paying for voicemail with the phone company.
  • Hearing / Sight Impaired – This is not going to be a feature that everyone needs, but many phones are available these days that have special features built in for the hearing and sight impaired.
  • Speakerphone – If you enjoy hands-free talking, you want to make sure you get a cordless phone that offers a speakerphone functionality. While many do these days, this is not a certainty by any means.
  • Headphone Jack – This is not standard on all cordless phones, so if it is an important feature, you want to make sure you look for it on any brand or model that you decide to go with.
  • Contacts List – This is a common feature for many cordless phones, but you will want to check that it is powerful enough to handle all of your needs.
  • Caller ID – If you subscribe to caller ID from the phone company, you are going to want to make sure you get a cordless phone that is able to display incoming numbers.

Of course, cordless phone technology is still changing. You can expect more features, smaller phones, and better quality in the years ahead. Be sure to bookmark IntelliReview so you can stay up to date on cordless phones and other items.