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ADSL – ADSL and ADSL2+ are broadband internet technologies that use the standard telephone line. If you have ADSL or ADSL2+ you must install line filters to each telephone that is connected to that telephone line. You must do this or the ADSL signal will cause inference on your phone line, also you phone may cause your internet connection to drop out. It is important to install a filter on every phone not just the one connected near the modem to ensure both you telephone and internet work correctly.


Backlit Display – Where a telephone has a backlit  display it allows you to be able to read the screen in low light conditions.


Backlit Keypad – Where a telephone has a backlit keypad it allows you to see the keypad in low light conditions.


Caller ID – Caller ID is where the if someone was to call your telephone, their telephone number would be displayed on your telephone. This allows you to decide if you wish to take the call or not. Most phones with caller ID today will also show the number of a second caller if they ring while you are on the telephone, this is often called call waiting caller ID. For this feature to work you may have to contact your telephone service provider and pay a subscription.


Call Timer – this shows the length of time that the current call has been active.


DECT – Is the abbreviation for Digital Enhanced Cordless Telephony. This is now the most popular worldwide standard for cordless telephones. In most regions around the world it operates on a frequency of 1.88GHz to 1.9GHz . The benifits of DECT from a cordless users perspectve are; brilliant voice and sound quality, protection against eavesdropping and far better usable range than 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHhz cordless phones. In addition they are Wi-Fi friendly so there is no onterfernce with home or office wireless networks.


Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) – Where a telephone is said to be hearing aid compatible, it means the handset has a special coil of wire which uses electromagnetic waves to transmit the audio signal to a hearing aid that has a T switch. The hearing aid picks up the electromagnetic wave and converts it to sound in the hearing aid.


Intercom – For the intercom feature to work you will need to have at least two handsets on your cordless phone. The intercom feature will then let you call from one handset to another.


Keypad Lock – with this feature turned on you can ensure that any accidental presses of the keypad do not operate the telephone.


Last Number Redial – This feature allows to you make a call by pressing just one button, it will then dial the last number you dialled. Now it is also common for there to be the last 10 numbers dialled to be stored so you have quick access to those numbers.


Mute – Mute turns of the microphone in the handset so that the person on the other end cannot hear anything. This is useful if you want to confer to another person in the room without the other party hearing, or if you are in a noisy environment which is interfering with the conversation.


Phone Book – The phone book in a telephone lets you store the number or name and number of your friend and family.


Phone Book Look Up – With this feature if you subscribe to your telephone carriers caller ID service, instead of just showing the callers number, if the person is stored in your Phone Book the callers name will be displayed.


PSTN – This is the abbreviation for Public Switched Telephone Network which is the standard wired telephone network that you have connected to your home. Sometimes this is referred to as POTS which is the abbreviation for Plain Old Telephone System.


Speaker Phone – The speaker phone feature which can be on your cordless handset or base, allows you to make or receive call hands free. This is useful if you are doing work and need both hands free or to have a group conversation.


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