Telephones are essential communication devices in a home. Some households have opted to communicate via cell phones and not use a landline at all. However, in some homes, landlines are necessary. When you are in the market for a phone, consider the following:
Corded versus cordless
If you are always on the run, you may need a cordless phone. Cordless phones offer portability and versatility.
Analog versus digital
After deciding which type of phone will best suit your needs, you'll have to choose between digital or analog signal formats.
Do I need an answering machine?
Phones are available with or without answering machines. If you are often outside the house, or run a small business, where every call is important, a phone with an answering machine is necessary.
If you have a home office, modem, fax machine, or a teenager who's always on the phone, you may need a phone with two lines.
Most manufacturers and phone companies provide the caller’s incoming name and number on the phone’s display screen. Additionally, some phone companies allow you to connect your phone to a computer via a USB port and download a picture that you want associated with a telephone number or put the contact information on a TV screen.
When deciding on a phone, determine how many telephone jacks are available. If you have a large living space and don’t want to be tied to one location when speaking on the phone, multiple handsets can be placed in the most visited spots of your home.
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