How to Choose the Right Cordless Phone for Your Home

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Choosing a cordless phone for your home can be just about as difficult as choosing the right mobile phone for yourself. There are a multitude of options available, each with their own set of features. And, as if that wasn’t confusing enough, different cordless phones today work on several different frequencies as well. Therefore, one has to keep in mind the operating environment and choose a phone with the right features in order to get the best possible performance and voice quality.

Cordless phone

So here’s a low-down on the points to consider when choosing the right cordless phone for your home:

1. Analog vs. Digital:

Earlier generations of cordless phones were analog in nature. Modern cordless phones are mostly digital and therefore offer superior voice quality.

In an analog phone, the signal quality degrades over distance, and this degradation is irreversible. In a digital phone, by contrast, the degradation in the signal can be “corrected” and the original signal quality restored, thereby directly improving the voice quality of the phone. This is also the reason why digital TV (DTH, CAS, IPTV, etc.) offers superior picture and audio quality to analog cable TV.

Additionally, newer digital phones make use of Spread Spectrum techniques to further minimize the degradation by spreading out the signal over a wider frequency range.

2. Frequency:

In a cordless phone, the base unit and handset(s) communicate with each other using a wireless signal. The frequency of this wireless signal determines the range of the signal and how prone it is to interference. Therefore, one must pay attention to this aspect when choosing a cordless phone.

Modern digital cordless phones support the following frequencies:

– 900 MHz
– 2.4 GHz
– 5.8 GHz
– 1.9 GHz (DECT 6.0)

The first generation of digital cordless phones used the 900 MHz frequency band. This frequency band offers a good range and penetrates easily through walls, making it ideal for indoor use. But eventually, due to its popularity and use by various wireless electronic devices, the 900 MHz band got saturated and the 2.4 GHz band had to be opened up for cordless phones.

The second generation cordless phones use the 2.4 GHz band. This band offers improved voice clarity due to reduced interference. However, the higher frequency signals do not propagate through walls and solid barriers as well as 900 MHz signals do. Another major problem with this band is that it is also used by Wi-Fi routers and Bluetooth devices, both of which are becoming more and more common by the day. So if you have a Wi-Fi router in your home, it is strongly recommended that you do not buy a 2.4 GHz cordless phone.

To counter interference problems from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices, a new frequency band at 5.8 GHz was opened up. This band is used by the third generation cordless phones, offering better voice clarity than even 2.4 GHz phones, and has the advantage of being in a largely unused frequency band. The downside is a slightly reduced battery life due to the higher frequency, and marginally poorer performance in the presence of walls and indoor obstacles.

The latest technology to do the rounds is DECT 6.0, which stands for “Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications”. This technology uses the 1.9 GHz frequency band which is reserved solely for cordless phones and is therefore completely interference-free. Also, this band gives the best of both worlds. It has the longer range of 900 MHz phones, as well as the superior voice clarity of 2.4/5.8 GHz phones. Thirdly, by using Spread Spectrum technology, it eliminates chances of interference from other DECT 6.0 phones and provides protection from eavesdropping.

3. Features:

Here’s a list of some features that are potentially useful in a cordless phone:

a. Caller ID: Probably the most useful feature in any phone! It is strongly recommended to go in for a cordless phone with Caller ID support, as most telephone companies (such as BSNL, MTNL and Airtel) offer the Caller ID facility for free nowadays.

b. Phone book: Gives you the ability to store numbers on your cordless phone, just as you would on your mobile phone. This saves time when calling frequently dialed numbers, and eliminates the need for a paper phone book.

c. Speakerphone: Allows you to converse hands-free, and lets others listen to the conversation too. Great for families. And useful if you’re attending a meeting or an important call, and need to work on a laptop or other device simultaneously.

d. Multiple handsets: This can be useful in a large house, or a house with multiple floors, as it eliminates the need to provide physical extensions across the house. Also, the multiple handsets allow the phone to be used as an intercom within the house.

e. Base Unit battery backup: Can be really useful if you use your cordless phone to attend meetings or important calls. Without battery backup for the base unit, an ongoing call will be dropped the moment the electricity goes off. Given the power situation in India, it makes sense to have this feature for a business phone.


1. Digital wins: Digital phones are clearly superior to analog phones in every possible aspect. Unfortunately, it is very easy to mistake an analog phone for a digital one. For example, a commonly sold phone – the Panasonic KX-TC2100 – is actually an analog phone! So, when buying a phone, make sure to ask the shopkeeper clearly for a digital phone.

2. DECT is best: Use the following table to select the right cordless frequency for your specific needs. As you will see below, DECT 6.0 phones are ideal for most scenarios.

Cordless phone frequency selection

3. Features matter: Choose a phone with the right mix of features for you. There is a wide range of cordless phones out there, ranging from rudimentary home phones to advanced phones with business features like Call Waiting, Voice Mail, additional phone lines, multiple handsets, etc.

4. Battery: Battery life of the handset is very important for a good user experience. A longer battery life truly turns the cordless phone into a short-range mobile phone. The best battery available today (in terms of longevity and performance) is Li-Ion, followed by NiMH.

Always remember to check the battery type used before purchasing a cordless phone, and do not forget to check the talk time and standby time specs. Also, to extend the life of the battery, avoid placing the handset back on the cradle every time after making a call. Do it only when the low battery indicator flashes on the handset. This will reduce unnecessary recharging of the battery.



  1. Cyril FernandesCyril Fernandes03-28-2016

    I stay in Mumbai (Bandra East) in 1BHK, Have just 1 wall between bedroom and hall, don’t have power cut issues at all….. Currently I am using CDMA cordless phone (Tata Docomo) but plan to disconnect the line now since my handset is very old / spoiled and Tata Docomo don’t have any new handset with good and latest features….!!

    I am planning to buy new cordless phone…. Kindly advise which cordless phone I should go for (e.g. panasonic ) and which operator I should go with (e.g. Idea / Reliance / Vodafone) ??

    I require features like Caller ID / Phonebook / Speaker phone etc…. How is Panasonic KX TG 3411 SXH model ????

    Kindly suggest few other good models…!!

    Cyril Fernandes

  2. PavanPavan03-26-2016

    Very useful info on cordless phones.

  3. Jitin ChandelJitin Chandel03-16-2016

    Hi Vijay,

    Thanks for the informative article. I have been scouting for a good cordless phone since 2 days but have still haven’t been able to find one. I have a WIFi connection at home and that fact itself clarifies that I need to buy a DECT phone. But my other requirements are to have a power backup in the base unit as I want uninterrupted call in case of power failure and also a good range. I understand that you have repeated again and again that you don’t recommend specific models, but I am not able to find a phone suitable for my needs. Can you please make an exception for me. Thanks

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar03-17-2016

      If finding a phone with backup power is difficult, you can purchase a cheap external UPS and connect your existing (or any DECT) cordless phone to it. That will serve your purpose. You can find UPSes for less than Rs. 2000 that should be adequate.

  4. RajeshRajesh03-02-2016

    A very good article…It given good knowledge before buying a cordless phone to my family. Thanks a lot…Vijay…Keep it up…

  5. himanshuhimanshu02-14-2016

    Thanks vijay,
    A really very nice article

  6. Radha LakshminarayanRadha Lakshminarayan01-04-2016

    Well written, informative. It is was written quite some time ago. Does the info still hold good?

  7. vasanthrajavasanthraja12-29-2015

    thanks a lot very good article and useful too……….

  8. SheetalSheetal12-15-2015

    Hi Vijay,

    Thank you for such an informative article. Based on benefits learned from your article I want to buy 1.9 Ghz frequency cordless basic handset since I have 2 months old baby also has wifi connectivity zeroed on Panasonic KXtg2511 but I have seen certain websites mentioned that this model is replaced by TG2711 or discontinued can you please suggest will it be good decision to still buy the same or any better model in range of Rs2000- Rs.2500

  9. Harjeet SinghHarjeet Singh12-12-2015

    it was a good guidance and certainly will influence my buying decision. Just want to add that you could have been more specific to india and comment if 1.9 Ghz band is available in india or not,

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar12-13-2015

      DECT 6.0 phones are available in India, though few in number. The 1.9 GHz band is not officially unlicensed yet by the Government, but things are moving in that direction considering it’s that way the world over.

  10. AshishAshish12-05-2015

    Panasonic kx tg9528b will this two line phone work well in India ?

  11. pipbhaaipipbhaai12-01-2015

    awesome article. thanks so much, vijay. reading this article and comments helped me immensely in my decision.

  12. Manoj JainManoj Jain11-24-2015

    Great research. Borrowed yr advice. Buying 2511 from snapdeal. Hoping the handset will be dect. Thanks a ton for your detailed analysis.

  13. VinodVinod11-01-2015

    Need suggestion for buying a corded and cordless phone to attend meetings (more than 1 hr) while continue to work on a laptop. Also, looking for recording the meetings for refernece later.

    Thanks in advance.

  14. GaneshGanesh09-26-2015

    Hi Vijay

    I plan to bring one DECT 6.0 Cordless phone from USA to India. So I would like to know whether DECT 6.0 Cordless phones work without any problem in India (with BSNL connection)?

    Do you recommend any brand Panasonic or Motorola?
    I appreciate your reply.


    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar09-27-2015

      There are no issues with DECT 6.0 phones in India. However if the phone supports FSK then you may need to bring a DTMF-to-FSK converter for caller ID to work.

      • GaneshGanesh09-28-2015

        Thanks for the response, Vijay!
        Do you know if DTMF to FSK converted available in India (kerala or online shops) at a lower price? The one I found in costs $60 which is near to a cordless phone price!!


  15. MadhuMadhu07-14-2015

    Hi padiyar bhai, khem cho,

    Well very nice information,
    Im Basically from blore n live in baroda, I m confused with beetel and panasonic, which one to buy, can u pls tell which one offers better battery backup,

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar07-15-2015

      Generally speaking Panasonic is better than Beetel in terms of quality.

  16. VinodVinod06-26-2015

    Excellent Article. Very detailed and illustrative. Makes it easier for us buyers to choose. Thanks a Ton!!


  17. mayankmayank03-16-2015

    Hi vijay,
    Good article. Just what I was looking for. You have explained lucidly and clearly what one should look for in a cordless phone. However, looking for a dect6.0 phone is fraught with such difficulties. There is hardly any choice available and most phones that I’ve seen operate on the 2.4GHz band. Which according to you causes interference. Perhaps the next blog should be about the Indian market.. Which is the best phone to buy here practically?

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar03-17-2015

      There are DECT 6.0 phones available here, though choice is not much. I do not wish to recommend specific phones. Please choose the best phone keeping the points mentioned here in mind.

  18. Kausik DuttaKausik Dutta03-12-2015

    Vijay I think this article had been copied from a site. In india DECT 6 version phones are not available. Grey market sell it but many cases there are problem. Kindly check when you PASTE please.

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar03-12-2015

      Please check your facts before making baseless accusations. This is an original article by me and it has also been published by Regarding DECT 6.0 phones, the same are available in India both online as well as in stores. I have myself seen them in retail outlets.

      • TapasTapas06-18-2015

        Hi Vijay, very nice article. Thanks for that.
        Based on the above, recently I purchased TG2511 online. But the seal was broken; therefore I returned that fearing it might be an old or duplicate one.
        Now I want to buy that from a store so that I can check the seal. Can you please advise where in Bangalore it may be available? I have found other (mostly 2.4 GHz) models in stores, but not DECT 6.0 ones. Appreciate your feedback.

        • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar06-18-2015

          You can find them in stores like Croma or eZone. You can also try more reliable websites like Amazon, Junglee, etc. I don’t recommend eBay.

  19. ShekharShekhar11-26-2014

    Thank you Vijay. It helped me a lot in selecting the right cordless phone.

  20. Dear Vijay
    I would like to go for an Indian make simple and basic cordless phone set which is robust in performance, voice clarity and longevity
    Have used the ubiquitous panasonic since childhood.. and would like to give beetel or any other SOLID phone a try. Should be the DECT 6, as u suggest.
    is for my parents who live alone, so something which will work without any hassles
    Could you suggest me a good make and model please. May sms / call me as well
    Rajeev. Chennai

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar07-12-2014

      I don’t like to give specific product recommendations. But since it’s for your parents I’ll make an exception. You can try the Panasonic KX-TG2511. If you need something a bit more expensive, you can try the KX-TG4711. Beetel doesn’t make DECT phones as far as I know. Binatone doesn’t sell DECT phones in India (and it’s not exactly an Indian brand).

      • SrinivasSrinivas02-02-2015

        Thank you Vijay Padiyar. I am looking for two line cordless phone. Your blog is very helpful. Please suggest me good long range two line cordless phone.

  21. mv raomv rao06-04-2013

    Very often we tend to pay attention for selection of high end items such as led tv etc. and may not bother about the features and selection of cordless phone. This is an excellent article and extremely useful. Thanks

  22. UtpalUtpal07-13-2012

    Nice article.Very informative
    I now realize how ill informed are we will buying any electronics

  23. avnish gautamavnish gautam06-03-2012

    Very nice way to choose right cordless mobile phones. Thanks for suggesting us.

  24. Srinivas V.KudvaSrinivas V.Kudva06-02-2012

    Good article. Enjoyed reading the same. I wish you mentioned the name or source of a base station battery backup which I have not seen around so far

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar06-02-2012

      I generally don’t give specific product recommendations. But for battery backup you can try Panasonic KX-TG 3615 model cordless phone. It is a 2.4 GHz phone that has a battery backup of 5 hours. Another option is to purchase an inverter for your entire house if you are having frequent powercuts. A third option is to power your existing cordless phone from your computer’s UPS if you have one.

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    • Nirav ShahNirav Shah12-12-2012

      Article is good and have answered my query, as I am looking to buy one Cordless phone for my home. And recommended is 1.9 GHz Dect phones. However, will anybody can suggest… which is the best phone for India. I am looking for a phone which could be easily used in an independent house of 2 floors . So I am worried about the range . Many times, specification mentioned doesn’t work in practical environment..

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