Cordless phones review 2008

Cordless phones remain a fixture in most Australian homes.
 
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03.Product profiles

Profiles – What to buy

Siemens Gigaset E450

Siemens Gigaset E450

Price $149

Good points

  • Out of range warning.
  • SMS compatible.
  • IP54 rating (water and dust resistant).
  • Baby monitor.
  • Colour display.
  • Separate base station and charger.
  • Alarm clock.
  • Reduces power consumption by going into standby mode when phone is inactive for some time.

Bad points

  • None to mention.

Siemens Gigaset SL370

Siemens Gigaset SL370

Price $199

Good points

  • Bluetooth ability.
  • SMS compatible.
  • Colour display.
  • Out of range warning.
  • Separate base station and charger.
  • Alarm clock and calendar.

Bad points

  • No headset port (only Bluetooth as an option).
  • Most expensive model in this test.

Uniden WDECT 3315

Uniden WDECT 3315

Price $80

Good points

  • Out of range warning.
  • Clarity booster.
  • Baby monitor.
  • Two-way communications between handsets without the base station.

Bad points

  • Not GAP compatible.

Panasonic KX-TG1811ALS

Panasonic KX-TG1811ALS

Price $50

Good points

  • Out of range warning.
  • Call restriction to avoid dialling certain phone numbers.

Bad points

  • No headset port.
    Does not support additional handsets.
  • No mute function.
  • Not GAP compatible.

Siemens Gigaset A260

Siemens Gigaset A260

Price $59

Good points

  • Out of range warning.
  • Alarm clock.

Bad points

  • No headset port.

Panasonic KX-TG4381ALT

Panasonic KX-TG4381ALT

Price $100

Good points

  • Clarity booster.
  • Night mode allows for a time span during which the handset won’t ring for outside calls.

Bad points

  • No out of range warning.
  • Does not support additional handsets.
  • Not GAP compatible.

 

Profiles – the rest

Sagem D15T

Sagem D15T

Price $35

Good points

  • Out of range warning.
  • Auto talk.

Bad points

  • No backlit keypad.
  • Hard to read manual.
  • No headset port.
  • No handsfree feature.

Oricom ECO50-1

Oricom ECO50-1

Price $40

Good points

  • Out of range warning.

Bad points

  • No backlit keypad.
  • No headset port.
  • Small display.

Doro NeoBio 20

Doro NeoBio 20

Price $60

Good points

  • Out of range warning.

Bad points

  • Poor range. 

Telstra VSlim 300

Telstra VSlim 300

Price  $129

Good points

  • SMS compatible.
  • Out of range warning.
  • Comes with cordless headset.
  • Alarm clock.

Bad points

  • No headset port so you’re restricted to using only the headset that is provided.
  • Not GAP compatible.

Oricom slim8000-1

Oricom slim8000-1

Price  $79

Good points

  • Out of range warning.
  • Baby monitor.
  • Alarm clock.
  • Clear display screen.
  • Has call barring to prevent certain numbers from being dialled.

Bad points

  • No headset port.

Uniden DECT 2015

Uniden DECT 2015

Price  $55

Good points

  • Out of range warning.
  • Privacy mode.
  • Auto talk allows answering the phone simply by picking up handset from the cradle.

Bad points

  • No headset port.
  • Poor range.
  • Not GAP compatible.

Uniden WDSS 5315

Uniden WDSS 5315Price  $100

Good points

  • Supports up to eight handsets.
  • Privacy mode.
  • Out of range warning.
  • Clarity booster.

Bad points

  • Poor range.
  • Not GAP compatible.
 

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