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Digital Telephones Explained

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 18 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
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Telephone technology has moved on in leaps and bounds in the last two decades with the advent of mobile telephones, answering machines and now cordless home telephones which operate using crystal clear sound technology. Here we look at digital telephone technology and discuss its uses in both the workplace and the home.

What is a Digital Telephone?

A digital telephone is a telephone that operates wirelessly and has the signal sent from a base unit which is plugged into the main telephone socket. These telephones send a signal through the air which can be received at varying distances without reducing the quality of the call and without picking up interference from other digital sources.

Why Should I Use a Digital Telephone?

As we have already mentioned these telephones provide near perfect quality audio just as though the person you were speaking to was in the next room. In addition to this most of these telephones are wireless and independent from their base units giving the user the freedom to move from one room to another or even allowing them to use their telephone handset a distance from their home. Most telephones operate up to around 50 metres before any difference in quality is noticeable.

Do Digital Telephones Offer Any Other Features?

As a result in the continual evolution of the technology digital telephones also allow for the recording and storage of messages in the same way as an answering machine by without the need to have a separate answering machine plugged into your telephone line. This is useful if you are a home user and only have one telephone socket and also represents a considerable saving in money as there is no need to buy any additional equipment.

What Happens If I Lose Power?

Digital telephones work with rechargeable batteries so if there is a power failure in your building you can still use your telephone to make and receive calls. In the past many telephones had to be plugged into both the mains electricity and also the telephone socket which itself provided a modicum of power. With digital technology the base unit has a charger which powers up the batteries when the telephone is in its cradle which allows the telephone to function in the event of a power cut.

Are Digital Telephones Expensive?

Again as a result in the continual evolution of the technology the cost of such telephones has been drastically reduced in recent years. You can now purchase such a telephone for around £10 from one of the hundreds of high street outlets. Likewise you can also use your digital telephone to send and receive emails whilst some models allow for the storage of pictures and documents sent via electronic mail and mobile telephones.

It should be noted however that the more you wish your digital telephone to do the more you are likely to pay for it. So when choosing a digital telephone either for your home or office it is important to consider in advance of purchase just what you will be most likely to use if for. If it is simply to be used as a telephone then a cheap model will suffice.

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