Choosing A Home Phone

There are plenty of home phones available but sometimes it’s hard to decide which one is right for you. We’ve created a guide to help you choose a home phone that includes the features you need the most.

First of all, there are three types of home phones:

  • Corded – Although not as popular as they once were, each home should still have at least one corded phone as they provide a constant reliable phone connection. The power for corded phones comes from the telephone exchange rather than a utility company so you’ll never risk being without a phone during a power cut. Corded phones generally have a better sound quality, but prevent you from moving around the house while talking.

    BT Decor 2600 Advanced Call Blocker
    BT Decor 2600 Advanced Call Blocker, shop.bt.com
  • Cordless – Cordless phones are now more popular as they allow you to walk around your house or garden while on the phone. Instead of a cord a cordless phone uses radio frequency to transmit messages. You’ll still have a base to store your phone. When you buy a cordless phone you should check the range that it offers, as the bigger the house the more range you’ll need. It should also have good sound quality.

    BT4600 Advanced Nuisance Call Blocker - Single
    BT4600 Advanced Nuisance Call Blocker – Single, shop.bt.com
  • Nuisance call blocker – A few of the latest corded and cordless BT home phones include a new feature that puts you back in control of who can get in touch with you. It allows you to intercept all calls from numbers not on your contact list whilst allowing all of your saved number to get straight through to you. Any caller not on your contact list or already blocked is required to announce their name prior to getting through, allowing you to choose which calls to accept or reject. All of the BT nuisance call blocker home phones incorporate the award winning trueCall call blocking technology.
BT8600 Advanced Call Blocker
BT8600 Advanced Call Blocker – shop.bt.com

Features you might want to consider

There are many features that you might want to consider when choosing a new home phone; many phones now include these features but it’s important to take a look at what the model has to offer. You might find that you will need all of the features listed below, or you might only need one – it’s completely up to you.

Answering machine – most phones now come with an answering machine but you’ll need to decide what type of answering machine is best for you. Do you want to have all controls on the base of the phone or would it be easier for you to access it directly through the handset? If you choose to have the answering controls on the base then you should note that it will take up more room. You’re likely to receive around 20 minutes of recording time for your answering machine, but others do offer more – decide how much you really need before you buy.

Caller ID and display – again, most phones have this already now, but it’s something you should still look out for. The caller ID feature allows you to save names to numbers so that you can see who’s calling you and who has tried calling but missed you. It also allows you to show or hide your own number and if you can receive incoming calls, your caller ID will show who is calling.

Hands free – for even more convenience you might want to ensure that your new home phone has a hands-free feature. It’s a speaker that lets you speak and listen without holding the phone to your ear.

Talk time – this is the amount of time that you can talk on the phone without needing to recharge the batteries. If you find yourself on the phone a lot then you will need a lot of talk time; if you’re only using the home phone as an emergency then you won’t require as much. This feature is only applicable to cordless phones.

Name and number memory – This will allow your phone to store names and numbers allowing you to always have easy access to the numbers you dial the most frequently. Many people use this feature to store family and friends’ numbers.

LED screen – Do you want your phone to light up as well as ring when someone calls? This is useful as it makes the number easier to read, but is also ideal for those who often have trouble hearing.
Remember to choose a home phone with the right features to suit you and your family to ensure that you get the best out of it.

Take a look at our wide range of telephones today to see which one is best for you.

7 thoughts on “Choosing A Home Phone”

  1. Hi We have a BT8500 Trio less than one year old. One of the phones has stopped working although it’s connected 24 hours. The main hb phone and other phone are working fine. Can you please tell me why the 3rd phone has stopped working. Many thanks Michael M

    1. If you give our customer service team a call they’ll be able to help you out: 0800 917 0510 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri)

      Thanks, Alex

  2. We have a BT 8500 landline phone and although excellent if my GP wishes to phone here or the hospital (we are disabled older people) they can not get through as their number is withheld.
    Please is there any way in which this phone can be switched off if we know the GP or hospital may call please? at the moment they are even unable to leave a message on the answerphone and we think of getting rid of this phone …
    We are BT customer and have been for 40 more years please help.
    We use our AOL email as it’s easier for us to access rather than our BT one which is too difficult to get on. Thank you

    1. Hi Susan,

      You are able to change the settings on your phone to allow with held numbers to get through.

      They will still have to say their name before you answer but should hopefully solve your problem.

      Thanks, Alex

  3. I would like a corded phone with one or more cordless accessory handsets – is such a device available for home use?

  4. The base for my BT8500 has stopped working. If I were to buy a new BT8600 would I be able to register my present BT8500 satellite handset to a new BT8600 base unit?

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