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What Is an Analogue Business Telephone System?

An analogue business telephone system uses a handset to transmit the voice by turning it from sound waves into electrical waves which are then transferred through a telephone line to the receiving telephone at the other end. Once the transfer has been made, the receiving telephone changes the electrical waves back into sound waves so that the conversation can take place. Analogue lines are also known as copper lines, plain old telephone service (POTS) lines or CO lines.

Digitizing Analog Signals in Telephone Systems

Digitizing means capturing an analogue signal in digital form. A telephone system digitizes our voices (which are analogue) to allow for digital transmission. The reason why analogue signals are digitized within the phone system has to do with a few factors. Firstly, analogue signals take up far more storage space than digital ones and tend to be a lot more vulnerable to outside influences, which can lead to the degradation of the signal. Modern digital telephone systems, on the other hand, produce a crystal clear sound. Also, with digital signals, it is a lot easier to detect and repair errors.

Benefits of an Analogue System

Analogue lines used to be the main way of operating for most global telephone systems. Although many telephone lines are now being transferred to digital, analogue is still used mainly to provide the final connection between local telephone exchanges and businesses. Although analogue lines are inexpensive and they give a richer sound than that obtained from digital lines, they can only provide a limited capacity for the transferal of data and are therefore unable to cope with the amount of data that business communications now require. This type of line is cheaper to maintain as there is no need for the maintenance to be carried out by trained professionals, although a digital system is easier to program. As analogue lines use a series of electrical pulses to send their signals, they are much more likely to be affected by outside circumstances such as interference. This type of telephone system is suitable for any small to medium business that requires up to fifteen inbound lines. If any more lines are needed, then it is better to choose a digital telephone system as this will provide a better service with more available features in a more cost effective way. By choosing a digital system, you do not need to pay for a separate line to each handset.

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Analogue Business Phone Models

The price range for Analogue phones is wide, starting from £10, going up to £1500.Interquartz - 9310 IQ10Interquartz-9310-IQ10-smallAt the lower end of the price-scale, there’s the Interquartz - 9310 IQ10, priced between £12 - £18. It is an ideal entry-level product retaining all the Interquartz characteristics of reliability, quality and flexibility. Its features include message waiting, ELR and TBR functions, hearing-aid compatibility, redial, mute, recall, and advance volume control. ATL - Berkshire 600 AGATL-Berkshire-600-AG-smallThe slightly more expensive ATL - Berkshire 600 AG comes in between £55 - £70. With the price increase, come some additional features such as Bluetooth headset functionality, capability to pair multiple Bluetooth headsets, on hook time & date, hands free, last number redial, adjustable ringer volume and pitch, modem port, 24 number memory, and a range up to 10 meters. Gai-tronics - Auteldac 4 18 Gai-tronics-Auteldac-4-18-smallA good example of a high-end Analogue phone is the Gai-tronics - Auteldac 4 18 Button with Headset Port. It retails at around £800 - £1000. The headset is ideal for use in hazardous workplaces such as oil rigs, petrochemical plants, oil rigs, industrial facilities, petrol stations and aircraft hangars. The phone features a full keypad with 3 programmable memory buttons, an integral ringer and secondary beacon, it is weather resistant and its dual-purpose design is ideal for both for wall or desk mounting.

Is an Analogue System Suitable for Everyone?

A large number of small companies find that having an analogue telephone line is sufficient to meet their needs. These lines are especially good for small businesses as they are easy to arrange and the costs of installing them are low. Analogue lines are also often used for other specialist applications such as analogue fax machines, emergency phones, dial-up modems for computers and as back up for digital and VoIP telephone lines. Analogue telephones are ideal to use as a home telephone because they can be plugged into any British Telecom telephone socket that is usually found in a house. Most analogue telephones can be used without a telephone system and provide features such as loudspeakers and answer phones at a cheaper price than digital ones. It is possible to connect analogue telephones to a non-analogue network by using an analogue telephone adapter, but it is more usual for the telephone line infrastructure to be updated to digital. You can tell if the telephones in your office are analogue by checking to see if they have a Ringer Equivalence (REN) number and state that they comply with part 68 of the FFC rules. If not, then they should not be connected to a digital system without using a digital to analogue adapter. This will ensure that the telephone equipment works properly and that internal workings are not damaged.

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