Why Invest in Cordless Phones for Your Office?
When specifying phone system equipment for their offices and employees, many businesses opt for cordless phone handsets, which provide greater flexibility and are infinitely more user-friendly than traditional tethered desk phones, while still delivering all the key call management features that are expected of any modern phone system, such as call forwarding and conference calling.
When comparing the best cordless phones, the key areas to compare include:
- Sound quality
- Battery life
- Usability and features
The best cordless phones in 2018 are made by a handful of major phone hardware manufacturers, including Siemens, Panasonic and Yealink. Below we’ve provided a concise round-up to the best and most popular cordless ranges and models for business and office use.
What Are DECT Cordless Phones?
DECT stands for Digital Enhanced Cordless Technologyand refers to the European standard of cordless phone technology which results in improved sound quality and performance over longer ranges compared with older cordless or Wifi cordless models.
DECT phones have a base station that can typically support up to 6 cordless handsets. The base station connects to the network by either an analogue or digital phone line, and handles the radio part of the connection to and from the handsets.
The range of a DECT cordless phone varies depending on the model but will typically be around 50 metres indoors and up to 300 metres in an open space, giving users the flexibility to move away from their desk and to other areas of the office or building without missing vital calls. Booster units can also be installed to increase the useful range as far as is needed.
As well as being used for making and receiving external calls, DECT phones can be used to call other people on the business internally.
DECT phones usually have a battery life of around 12 hours when in use and up to two hundred hours when in standby. The handset will automatically recharge each time it's replaced onto its base unit cradle.
When integrated with a modern VoIP PBX phone system, some models will allow users to send SMS text messages and even access their emails as part of a broader Unified Communications framework.
What Is ECO DECT?
In order to reduce so-called electric smog (the invisible electromagnetic radiation resulting from using both wireless tech nad mains electricity) DECT system employ various to minimise the transmitting power of both the base station and the handset while in idle mode. These methods are often called ECO DECT.
Cordless Phone Costs
The cost of a system will consist of the handsets, the base station, installation of a phone line if required, and if you require a larger range of movement repeaters to boost the wireless signal. The handsets themselves can start from as little as £12.00 plus VAT and can be over £100 for the most advanced models.
The more expensive handsets will generally offer more features, longer battery life, increased range and better quality calls. The overall cost will very much depend on the number of people using the system and how many handsets they need, with overall costs ranging from a few hundred pounds to over a thousand pounds for larger systems.
If you want to expand your system as the business grows, DECT cordless phone systems are easy to add to by simply purchasing additional base stations and handsets as required.
Installing a DECT cordless system should also go some way to saving your company money as there should be reduced reliance on more expensive, extended mobile or smartphone use.
The Top 10 Best Cordless Office Phones
Siemens Gigaset SL785
One of the best selling cordless phones in Europe is the Siemens Gigaset SL78 has the capacity to store over five hundred contacts in a vCard format and the data on the handset can be synced with data in Microsoft Outlook either through a USB cable or through Bluetooth.
The Gigaset SL785 phone is designed with the cost conscious business in mind as it has an eco energy setting, meaning it uses 60% less energy than traditional phone handsets. It also offers 15 hours of talk time on battery, music when people are on hold, live recording of calls and 45 minutes answering machine recording time.
Additionally, Siemans offer an intercom system which is compatible with the Gigaset SL785, which means you do not have to worry about missing important visitors to your business while you are away from the front of the office and time is not wasted waiting in reception for customers or suppliers to arrive.Features:
- 2.2” backlit colour screen
- Headset compatible via Bluetooth
- Call management: call transfer between handsets, call waiting, conference call, internal call, hold music
- VIP contacts
- Picture caller ID
- Room monitoring
- Data synchronisation
- Base unit answering machine
Siemens Gigaset C595
Another popular Siemens model is the Gigaset C595, which has a battery life of up to 12 hours talk time and up to 150 hours on standby, an address book which can hold up to 150 contacts, as well as call forwarding and a range of up to 50 metres inside and up to 300 metres outside.
- Large TFT colour display
- Hands-free speakerphone
- Alarm call and date reminder
- Room monitoring
- Individual programming of ringtones with 6 VIP groups
- Base unit answering machine
- Remote access
- Call screening
- Expandable to up to 6 handsets
- Radiation-free ECO Mode Plus
Siemens Gigaset SL610H Pro
Gigaset SL610H Pro
Designed specifically for business use, the SL610H Pro is a DECT handset with exceptional sound quality and a number of useful multi-tasking features. Connectivity via Bluetooth and mini-USB allows data exchange between the handset and a PC, and also allows a headset to be connected for true hands-free operation.
- 7-line, 1.8" TFT colour display
- Intuitive, icon-based user interface
- Time-specific, "do not disturb" function for external non-VoIP calls
- Headset connection via Bluetooth or mini-USB
- Hands-free speakerphone
- 4 hands-free profiles for personal voice quality experience
- Ergonomic keypad with adjustable illumination and keypad protection
- Organiser with calendar and reminder functions
Panasonic KX Series
Another popular provider of cordless phones is Panasonic, who have a long history of manufacturing high quality handsets and a large range of models as part of their current KX series including the KX-TG8562EB
Costs for a single handset and base station start at £33.99 with a quad set of 4 handsets plus a base station costing around £83.99.Features:
- 1.8” LCD colour screen
- Address book capacity of 200 contacts
- 12 hours talk time / 250 hours standby time
- Belt clip, ideal for employees who move around a warehouse or office during the work day
- SMS text messaging
- Smart Function Key
Another popular Panasonic cordless phone is the KX-TG6622EB, which is the upgraded version of the popular 6522 model. This cordless phone is designed for the budget-conscious, with a single handset and base unit starting at just £12.00, and a 3 handset phone set for £59.99.
- 1.8” amber backlit screen
- Address book with 100 entries
- Caller ID
- 8 hours talk time
Panasonic KX TGP600
One of the DECT cordless phone options specified by top VoIP provider 8x8, the KX TGP600 is ideal for small to medium-sized businesses. Each base can connect to up to 8 separate, non-blocking handsets meaning that it can also handle 8 different calls simultaneously.
- 1.8” colour LCD display
- Noise reduction for clearest possible signal
- Address book with 500 entries / 20 last dialled number memory
- Coverage area of 100-200ft, with up to 6 repeaters optional to extend range
- Eco mode
- 11 hours talk time / 200 hours standby time
Panasonic KX UDT Series
This new series from Panasonic is specified as standard by reputable phone system providers such as NFON. The range features three models: the UDT111 is a standard office DECT handset; the UDT121 is a slim and light-weight version; while the UDT131 is a toughened model suitable for more rugged work environments.
- 1.8” colour LCD display
- Vibration call alert
- Built-in Bluetooth allowing wireless headset connection
- 500 number phone book
- 11-13 hours talk time / 200 hours standby time
BT Cordless Phones
The 7410 Plus is one of 3 top of the range cordless phones in the new BT Diverse series. In total up to 5 handsets can be registered to the BT Diverse 7410, ideal for locating in other rooms around the building
BT Diverse 7410 Plus DECT Phone
The typical range of these phones is 50m indoors and the compatible 7410 handsets are the BT Diverse 7400, or the BT Diverse 7200 Robust cordless phone. Handset prices start from around £34.00.Features:
- Backlit LCD colour display
- Conference Call
- Call Transfer
- Internal Calls
- Standard / Polyphonic Ring Tones
- Base Ringer
- Headset Socket
- Handset Naming
- 200 entry address book
- Clock / Alarm / Calender
- Call Display
- 12 hours talk time / 180 hours standby time
Yealink Cordless Phones
SIP W52P DECT Handset
Recommended by RingCentral, 3CX and 8x8, amongst other top VoIP providers, for use with their phone system services, the W25P is a wireless DECT SIP handset for small businesses. This cost saving and scalable device combines the benefits of cordless communication with rich wideband VoIP telephony.
Professional phone system features include intercom, transfers, call forward and 3 way conferencing. The Yealink W52P DECT SIP handset is fast and simple to configure. Prices from £73.00 for a base unit and handset kit, and £50.00 for each additional handset.Features:
- Color back lit display with intuitive user interface
- Up to 4 simultaneous external calls / connectivity for 5 DECT cordless handsets / 5 VoIP accounts
- HD sound with Wideband technology for exceptional audio quality
- Desktop or wall mountable
- 10 hours talk time / 100 hours standby time
Mitel Cordless Phones
MiVoice 5603 IP-DECT
The 5603 is tailored to the requirements of office users who have less complex demands but who still want a high-quality handset for intensive day-to-day use. This model provides a flexible and low-cost solution with a modern but simple-to-use interface.
Mitel are partnered with BT in the UK, so if you were thinking of going straight to BT for your phone system requirements, it’s definitely worth getting a quote directly from Mitel and our other suppliers as they may very well provide the exact same equipment at a cost saving as part of a bespoke phone system package.Features:
- Customisable display
- 500 entry phone book with 25 last calls list
- Speakerphone mode
- Vibrate alert
- Call transfer
- 3-party conference
- Call waiting and retrieve
- 16 hours talk time / 180 hours standby time
Which Cordless Phone Is Best?
Which is the best cordless phone model for your business will depend on your unique requirements and budget, so it is worth compiling a list of features that are essential to your company's phone system and which you can live without. This will help you narrow down and decide which models may be a good fit for your business.
From there, you can get quotes from our suppliers on phone systems that include one of these cordless phone ranges as standard, allowing you to get the best possible price for your office's cordless phones.