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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Recommended retail but you should be able to find a better price if you shop around.
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Operates during power outage
Cordless phones being the only option in the home is a concern for some home owners, because a power outage means you can't make an emergency call for help. Unfortunately, the arrival of the NBN has confused the situation somewhat for many owners of home telephones. You may be able to power your cordless phone when using the NBN but it still may not allow you to make a phone call as the connection depends on the NBN modem and router working. Check out our NBN FAQ for more information.
Ease of use score
We consider factors such as the quality of the instruction manual, the feel and comfort of the handset, whether the screen is easy to read, and any other special features.
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Battery life score
After fully charging each phone’s battery, our testers set the phones to talk, and record how long each takes to be discharged. A perfect score of 100% is awarded to a model operating after 24 hours.
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Answering machine score
We look at ease of use and set up when creating a message and managing calls, as well as sound clarity and quality for the machine message and the caller message.
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Sound quality receiving score
This score reflects the quality of the phone call sound when listening on the tested model's handset.
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A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- Overall score
- CHOICE buy
- 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
- 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
- USB charging port
- Baby monitor
- Minimum rings
- Maximum rings
- Total phonebook
- Total ringtones
- Polyphonic ringtones
- Battery type
- Answering machine recording time (min)
- Digital system (GHz)
- Country of origin