Convenience features make the cordless phone easier to use or more versatile; some of these features are identical to those in standard cord phones. Convenience features include the following:
- speaker phones
- pager/handset locator
- one-touch dialing/programmable
- volume control
- ringer in base
- keypad on base
- extra battery charger
- hands-free headset
- wall mount
Speaker phones can be on the base and/or handset. Speaker phones have a microphone that can pick up the sounds around them and a speaker to broadcast incoming sounds. With a speaker phone, more than one person can talk and listen to the call at the same time. You can use a speaker phone for conferences or family conversations.
With this feature, a button can be pressed on either the handset or the base to find whichever part you're missing. The button sends a radio signal to the other unit, and when the other unit receives the radio signal it sets off a beeper. This feature is most helpful in locating the handset. For example, my 19 month old son frequently runs off with our cordless handset and hides it somewhere. This feature makes it easy to find the handset. In addition, this feature can be used to page someone, or as an intercom. When I am upstairs and my wife is downstairs, we can use this feature to ask each other questions over the phone without having to yell up or down the staircase, because my base unit has a speaker phone.
Indicators on the handset can be combinations of beeping sounds, LCD messages and flashing LED lights that tell you when your battery is low and needs to be recharged or when you are getting out of range of the phone's base unit. On the base unit, the indicators can tell you when the handset is done charging or off the hook.
With this feature, the handset or base unit has a memory chip that can store the last number called by the phone. To redial the number, you just touch the button on the handset and/or base and it dials that number through the phone line.
Like with the redial feature, the handset or base unit has a memory chip that is capable of storing several numbers, usually 13 to 18. Each number can be activated at the touch of a key. This feature is convenient when you cannot remember a number, are outside or away from a phone book or need to dial an emergency number in a hurry.
This feature adjusts the sensitivity of the speaker, ringer and/or microphone so that you can hear and be heard by the caller. It is especially useful for conference calls on speaker phones.
With this feature, a switch temporarily disconnects the microphone of the handset and/or base unit. You can talk to someone else nearby without your caller hearing your conversation.
Ringer in Base
With this feature, you can tell when you have an incoming call even if the handset is not nearby.
Keypad in Base
This feature allows you to dial from the base to make a call even if you do not have the handset nearby. It is almost always found in combination with a speaker phone on the base. This feature keeps the phone usable when you have temporarily lost the handset (or your child has hidden it somewhere).