What was once an integral part of our daily lives, and the first choice of many for communicating – the telephone - has unsurprisingly fallen by the wayside in recent years as the proliferation of mobile telephones has revolutionised the way we live.
As a result of this decline in the use of landlines, and rise in popularity of Smartphones and other Smart products, the way we communicate with one another has altered drastically. No longer do we pick up the phone and dial a number (that we probably memorised by repeating it out loud over and over). Instead, data is stored in the clouds and synchronised on . Telephone conversations are shorter now, and only a part of how we communicate with one another. High-resolution, capacitive touchscreens are used to tap out a quick message to be sent via text, email, facebook, twitter.... Images are captured and shared within a matter of seconds. Updates, notifications, alerts, reminders keep you abreast of where you’re headed and what’s happening around you. Modern life is fast-paced, and demands a communication device that can keep up, and most of us get by just fine without a landline.
However, with the advent of the next generation of Smart cordless telephones, it would appear that this relic of a bygone age is trying to claw its way back into our hearts (and homes) with Smartphone credentials. Rather than trying to compete with their evolved progeny, the mobile phone, many of the next generation landlines are utilising the latest technology to integrate and work in conjunction with them. Here are some of the most exciting new models to hit the market.
The Panasonic Premium Design Range
From the number 1 Global Brand for Cordless Phones, there is a new premium range of designer DECT, and Android enabled home phones. The most appealing aspect of these stylish Panasonic phones (which feature high quality metal frame) is the Smartphone Connect feature: via a free downloadable app, you are able register up to 4 Smartphone’s or tablets to your landline phone, for seamless transfer of contacts and images; it will also facilitate enable you to make and receive landline calls from your Smartphone, and transfer calls or intercom between your devices.
With three different styles to choose from, including the Touchscreen KX-PRX120 (which includes a front facing camera for video calls), there is something for everyone who wants a Smart Home Phone.
The Gigaset SL930A Android Touchscreen Cordless Phone
Long renowned for manufacturing some of the best performing cordless phones on the market, Gigaset update their touchscreen SL910A (a remarkable phone in its own right) to bring us the Android Enabled SL930A in the run up to Christmas. With Wi-Fi capabilities for IP Telephony, and access to a countless number of Apps via Googleplay; the SL930A is likely to be one of the best performing and most sophisticated DECT phones upon its release. It is currently available in the UK for pre-order only with liGo.
Expandable up to six handsets, and with retrospective compatibility with older Gigaset models meaning you don’t need to bin your current model to enjoy multi-handset features, the SL930A is the perfect solution for updating your home phone, so that it can be used for all types of modern communication.
BT Home Smartphone
One of the first DECT phones to be released boasting Smartphone capabilities; this model from BT features a 3.5” multi-capacitive touchscreen and pre-installed apps for accessing social media. This is an extremely user-friendly model that is easy to use and would be ideal for enabling older users to stay better connected with friends and family online.
The landline is far from defunct still offering far superior call quality and reliability; and if manufacturers such as these continue to innovate and help modern users make the most out of their home phone then there is no reason for the landline phone to become a distant memory.