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Last updated: 19 March 2024


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The latest corded and cordless phones are staying relevant by working better with smartphones and enabling family and friends who feel more comfortable talking on a landline phone keep in touch. 

We test and compare each model for:

  • ease of use
  • sound quality
  • battery life.

While answering machine performance is scored, it doesn't contribute to the CHOICE Expert Rating. This allows direct comparisons to be made between landline phones with and without an answering machine. All models are tested with an extra handset.

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    Handset type

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    Most models are cordless but there are some models that offer a corded and cordless pack as well as single corded models.

      Hearing aid compatible

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      Can the phone or base unit connect to a hearing aid?

        Hands free

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        Does the phone support hands-free use?

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          • Overall score
          • Sound quality receiving score
          • Sound quality sending score
          • Ease of use score
          • Battery life score
          • Answering machine score
          • Talk time (hr)
          • Good points
          • Bad points
          • Text to speech
          • Price
          • Handset type
          • Bluetooth handset support
          • Standby time (days)
          • Charging time (hr)
          • Power consumption base only (W)
          • Power consumption base and phone (W)
          • Handset ringer loudness (dB)
          • Maximum volume for handset speaker (dB)
          • Maximum earpiece volume (dB)
          • Base ringer maximum volume (dB)
          • Operates during power outage
          • Backlit keypad
          • Colour display LCD
          • GAP compatible
          • Headset port
          • Night mode
          • Call barring incoming
          • Call barring outgoing
          • Conference calling
          • Hearing aid compatible
          • Cord and cordless combination
          • Hands free
          • Wall mountable
          • Handsets supported
          • Intercom
          • USB charging port
          • Baby monitor
          • Minimum rings
          • Maximum rings
          • Total phonebook
          • Total ringtones
          • Polyphonic ringtones
          • Battery type
          • Answering machine recording time (min)
          • Country of origin


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