Cordless telephones

The only phone-jack in my house is in a bedroom so is that where the base-unit (with answering machine) must be located?
Does the base-unit need a handset or can I buy a cordless handset to use in my kitchen and a cordless handset to use in my den?
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
In alt.home.repair, on Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:40:35 -0700 (PDT), Bob
Probably. Unless you want to install another jack somewhere.

It would be almost impossible to find a base without either a wired or cordless handset. And don't you want a phone in your bedroom anyhow?
You can turn off its bell and still adjust the bell in another room so that you hear it when awake but not when asleep.
Uniden makes nice phones, with a base station and 2 or 3 wireless extensions. You can even add more, up to 8 iirc.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Can I plug the base-unit into the phone-jack and use its handset in a different room? Can I can buy only a charger for that handset?
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
wrote:

Generallt speaking yes on both counts, bur why not get one with one or more wireless extensions - then you get the chargrs with them.
We have a wireless base on the wall in the kitchen with answering machine built in, and I have another wireless base on my desk in the basement with 2 remotes - o0ne in the living room and one in the bedroom. We have both bases and the IP Phone system on UPS units.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
snipped-for-privacy@snyder.on.ca posted for all of us...

On my Panasonic system the system works as long as there is a fully charged handset in the base.
--
Tekkie

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On 8/14/2017 3:40 PM, Bob wrote:

There are many variations available. We have an ATT set with one base and 4 portables. (Amazon.com product link shortened)
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
Works well, the sound is clear and if off the charger it will last a couple of days. If I needed to do it over, I'd get the same setup with no hesitation.
Many of the others on the market are bit cheaper but the sound quality is just not up to par.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Can I plug the base-unit into the phone-jack and use its cordless handset in a different room? Can I can buy only a charger for that cordless handset?
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
wrote:

You could, but it would probably be cheaper to buy a unit with three handsets and two auxiliary charging stands.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:34:49 +0000, Stormin' Norman

Lot's of good, 3 handset options, through Amazon.
See: http://amzn.to/2vVUAOx
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
In alt.home.repair, on Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:34:49 +0000, Stormin' Norman

I agree. Probably cheaper.
I wanted a base and 3 extensions and I bought two sets, one a base with a cordless phone and 1 extensions and a base with a corded phone and 2 extensions
If the base ever fails I have another base.
After about 6 years, I had to replace one of the batteries in the phone I use the most. After about 8 years, the Answer button on that same cordless phone has to be pushed hard**. I don't want to have to start all over if a phone fails, so by this time extensions were available on ebay, and I bought 2 more phones with chargers.
I had to make sure my two original purchases and the later phones were compatible with each other. Uniden has a list online, so that was not very hard. There are two kinds of phones, with two different shapes, so there are two different chargers and they won't fit into the wrong charger, but the charger is unlikely to break and if it does, I can fix it with parts, from another charger if no place else. So that's not a problem.
** After about 31 years, the on/off button on my expensive KLH table radio doesn't always work. Prior to that was a stage where it worked twice when I was trying for once. The 60-minute sleep button still works well, but if it fails, I expect that cleaning the switches will be difficult.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On 08/14/2017 03:34 PM, Stormin' Norman wrote:

I wanted more handsets for my phone (up to 10 were allowed). when I found out the price for those additional handsets, I found it was cheaper to buy another cordless phone and use those handsets (and get a "free" additional base for when the first one failed).
--
Mark Lloyd
http://notstupid.us/
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Monday, August 14, 2017 at 4:25:50 PM UTC-4, Bob wrote:

Yes. One thing you might want to check though is how you check for and pick up messages. I've always used the main base station to listen to them on the speakerphone. You may be able to retrieve them from the other handsets too, seems logical, but I'd check the features/ instructions for whatever you decide to buy. Probably a lot of choices on Ebay too.

Probably, but the typical gear is sold as a set of about 4 phones with chargers. Costco for example always has several or more choices for ~$45.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
In alt.home.repair, on Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:23:28 -0700 (PDT), trader_4

Yes, that's one of the best features of the Uniden I have. No point in giving the model number. It's old. (Though except for the one button and two batteries it works just as well as ~10 years ago.) I can play my messages from any extension. I don't have to go upstairs where the base is. I can do just about anything else from the extensions and just about anything when calling in from another phone.
When I was on my long trip this spring, I called in using Skype and I was supposed to be able to interrupt my outgoing message to play my incoming ones, delete them, and make room for more. But I never got a return beep or instruction (I think it gives instructions in English, rather than beeps). I think the problem was using Skype and it would work with a standard domestic phone call but I haven't checked.
By this time, a friend checked for me and found it didn't even play my message, only a beep, becuase it was full. All the more reason for me to delete messages, but I couldn't, and this was only 3 weeks into a 3 months trip.
When I got home I had about 28 messages adn 18 were from one spammer, 8 were from other spammers and only 1 or 2 had any value. Who knows who called in the remaining 8 weeks, cause it didn't asnwer.
The one advantage of this was that the number of spam calls I get now is markedly lower than before my trip. I think I've only gotten 1 in the last 2 or 3 weeks but before the trip the same place called every day, and others called to.

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On 8/14/2017 7:40 PM, micky wrote:

Speaking of spammers, the Panasonic models have a memory for spam numbers. When you get a call, (you need caller ID) and you determine it's a spammer, you then put the numbers in the spam memory. Future calls from that number are then blocked.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On 8/15/2017 12:04 PM, Art Todesco wrote:

Would be nice but the spammers change caller id numbers every few hours.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Our primary land line (VoIP) is serviced by Google Voice (completely free service), we have been using this for at least four years now.
Google does a fantastic job of indexing and blocking spam calls, it does not require any interaction from us.
Can't remember the last time we got a call from a telemarketer. Google simply intercepts and disposes of the call.
--

The problem is Donald Trump. The solution is impeachment or, the otherwise legal removal, from office, of the greatest threat to peace the world has ever known.

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On 08/15/2017 12:06 PM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

Although they do use the same number for awhile, so blocking helps some. I wonder what happens when that block list gets full. It would be nice to have the oldest entries auto-deleted, but that could be too much to hope for. It looks likes there's also no mass delete feature.
--
Mark Lloyd
http://notstupid.us/
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Ed Pawlowski posted for all of us...

My Panasonic has 3000 spam slots. I have used less than 800 of them. Press one button press the accept and they are history. No more Rachael from card services, MS support, or politicos. If I have time I play with them until the want info then all of a sudden GONE. My record is 17 minutes. I like it when females call...
--
Tekkie

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

I'm in the UK, so the law will be different. But why would it be against the law to call a mobile to sell something, but not a landline?
--
Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On 8/19/2017 7:38 AM, James Wilkinson Sword wrote:

Back in the day, we in the US had to pay a per minute charge regardless of who initiated the call. It was decided, rightly so IMO, that we should not allow telemarketers to force us to incur those charges without our consent.
Think of it this way. In UK there is a charge of 30 pence every time your doorbell is used. Do you want to pay that every time some uninvited peddler rings your bell selling something that you have no interest in?
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.