Cordless phones with 2 lines DECT 6.0 – ideal for the home office

Cordless phones with 2 lines DECT 6.0 – ideal for the home office

After several years of drought in the 2-line cordless phone market, the first of the 2-line DECT 6.0 phones have arrived. For the tech-savvy, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed. These new 2-line DECT cordless phones really aren’t advanced wizardry. Telecom manufacturers have been painfully slow to introduce a cordless home office phone to the North American market that combines reasonable range with little or no interference. What is a reasonable range? Well, you should be able to freely roam around a home with more than 5,000 square feet on several floors, right? You also don’t have to worry about WiFi interference or worry about eavesdropping…all problems are alleviated with DECT 6.0. A 2-line cordless phone that enhances the professional image and just works – was long overdue.

What’s the deal with these DECT things?
“DECT” sounds like something stuck in your throat, but it’s just an acronym for Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications – a digital wireless voice communication technology that operates at 1.9 GHz. It has been around for several years in the US and the technology has been popular in Europe for over 10 years. With some quick searches online, you’ll see reviews praising DECT 6.0 for 1-line phones (note that “6.0” refers to the DECT edition, not 6.0 GHz, which confuses some). Before DECT, it was nearly impossible to find a quality sounding 2-line cordless phone that would work flawlessly at +100 feet and also not interfere with other cordless devices, microwave ovens, your neighbor’s phone or the wireless network. All other technologies being equal, the lower the frequency (eg 900 Mhz), the longer the physical range you’ll get with your cordless phone…and probably the more interference (static) you’ll get as well. Higher frequencies, such as 5.8 Ghz, have the opposite effect of minimal interference but a shorter physical range. DECT 6.0’s inherent ability to balance more than respectable range and little interference makes it a great choice for a 2-line phone. Who likes to hear a digitized voice (a la a bad cell phone call), especially those who frequently make important phone calls? On average, a 2-line phone customer will also require more handsets, and this usually comes with a requirement for greater physical range. Again, DECT handles this need quite well. Additional benefits of DECT include improved efficiency/longer talk times, improved security and exceptional value compared to phones operating on other frequencies.

What to look for?
While there may be specific requirements for your large home/home office, researching the less obvious subtleties is just as critical. Look for reviews online and ask your favorite retailer for their suggestions based on customer reviews and returns, including subjective items. Subjective qualities you won’t find in the product being sold include the craftsmanship of the handset or keys, ease of use, and even conversation clarity. Early 2-line DECT 6.0 models feature expandability (up to 10 handsets), headset jacks, speakerphones in the base and handset, easy call transfer and a simplified menu. Although DECT 6.0 is the perfect match for a 2-line phone, DECT does not guarantee superior voice clarity or premium build quality. As always, be sure to do your research.

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