Cordless phones with answering machine review 2009

An answering machine offers freedom at home and peace of mind when away.
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Cordless phone with answering machine

Test results for 17 cordless phones, priced from $70 to $220

All the phones tested here are charged via a base station that sends the phone signal wirelessly to the handset, allowing you to have a conversation while moving around the house. While most of these phones perform well overall, there is a significant difference in some key performance areas, including range and time required to recharge the handset. If long-range reception is not an issue, extra features such as SMS support, colour displays and volume control may be more important factors to consider when choosing your next landline phone.

Most phone providers, including Optus and Telstra, have a message bank service that effectively provides the same functionality as the answering machines incorporated in the models on test. However, you will be charged $6 per month for this service as well as additional charges for extra features such as selective call acceptance and number diversion. Telstra also has a free message service (Telstra 101) with basic message and retrieval functionality.

Please note: this information was current as of June 2009 but is still a useful guide to today's market.

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Brands tested

  • Doro Neo Bio 25r
  • Oricom eco5200
  • Oricom Slim 8800
  • Panasonic KX-TG4391AL
  • Panasonic KX-TG7341AL
  • Panasonic KX-TG8321AL
  • Siemens Gigaset A265
  • Siemens Gigaset SL375
  • Telstra 2400a (A)
  • Telstra 8200a
  • Telstra Slim 8400a
  • Telstra V850a
  • Uniden DECT 2035
  • Uniden DSS 8955
  • Uniden Elite 9035+1
  • Uniden SSE17+1
  • Uniden WDECT 3355


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