Although many people nowadays use a mobile phone number as their primary or only contact number, landlines still remain very much in use. Personally, I wouldn’t want to rely on a cell phone as my only contact. On the other hand, it can be a hassle and expense to put in a phone jack in each and every room of the house or office, particularly if you run a small business out of a home office or a small office suite.
One great solution for the house or small business is to buy a cordless phone and answering machine system with multiple handsets. You can hook up the main cradle with the answering machine to one phone jack, and distribute the other handsets around the house, where all they need is for the cradles to be plugged into a power source, without needing a phone jack in each room. You can buy an expandable cordless phone system so that you can add handsets as needed.
I have been very happy with the Uniden cordless phone system I bought at Costco a few years ago. While I don’t know whether that precise model is sold any more, there are other, upgraded Uniden and Panasonic cordless phones with answering machines for sale on Amazon.com with similar features, and at a very reasonable price. You can get a system with three handsets for about $60 on some models. And you can always add more handsets as needed. It is great to have a cordless handset within easy reach anywhere in the house, which means no more running frantically to take a call.
You can also listen to the messages on your answering machine from anywhere in the house, by calling in from your headset. This is in addition to being able to access your messages remotely from an external phone. Another neat feature of the Uniden is the intercom feature. It is a great way to reach family members or roommates in other parts of the house. It makes it so much easier to tell everyone dinner is ready, or to contact someone inside the house when you’re working in the yard.
The Uniden cordless phone also has a speaker phone feature that works quite well. Since I telecommute on occasion, I find it very useful when I have to take part in work-related conference calls from home, leaving my hands free to work on my computer. It is also a great feature to have when you are placed on hold, for instance on those occasions when you are engaged in a long call with a customer service agent with your utility company, credit card, etc. Having the speaker phone feature activated on those occasions means I can go about my work at home, carrying my cordless phone handset around as I move about the house, while I listen to the muzak and wait for the service rep to come back online. At least that is better than sitting for ages with your ear glued to the phone.
The following are some of the other best rated cordless phones with answering machines according to Amazon.com:
Vtech DECT 6.0 Silver/Black Expandable 3-Handset Cordless Phone System with Digital Answering Device and Caller ID
Although this model comes with three handsets, you can add up to 9 more without needing any additional phone jacks. It has both caller ID and call waiting, as well as a speakerphone. Customer reviews for the VTech have been overwhelmingly positive, with reviewers commenting on its ease of use and the long times that the handsets can go without needing to be recharged.
Panasonic KX-TG6545B DECT 6.0 PLUS Expandable Digital Cordless Phone with Answering System and 5 Handsets
This Panasonic cordless phone also comes with excellent customer reviews. Neat features on this phone include being able to block certain numbers (so they will always experience a busy signal if they try to call), the ability to program each handset so as not to ring at certain times (thus, you can turn off the handset in your bedroom while sleeping, but leave other handsets on) and operating in low-energy consuming / eco-friendly mode.