Idea: Corded DECT phone

Philips DC255 DECT phoneI bought a new home phone this weekend. Two of the extra handsets from my Siemens Gigaset setup had given up after years of daily use, and since new add-on handsets are nearly impossible to find (and very expensive), I decided to go for an all new system. One thing I noticed was that it’s very hard to find anything really nice. When DECT was a new technology, getting a new phone was exciting. There were lots of models to choose from, and some of them were really sexy.

It may be the current recession, but all three stores I visited had the same bland, boring and cheap models. None of them offered anything special, and the only model with a decent color screen was gathering dust in the back of the display and had only a single handset.

But anyway. I was walking back to my car when this idea hit me. A corded DECT phone. But not like this one which only has a corded base station. My idea is to create a desk phone that uses a cord between the phone itself and the horn, while using DECT to talk to the base station. This would allow small offices to get rid of a lot of cables, but without the trouble of changing handset batteries or the possibility of running out of juice in the middle of a business conversation. The phone would simply be plugged into a power socket. And if they ever promote you to that nice corner office, all you need to do is pick up the phone and take it with you.

The total number of handsets that base stations accept could be a limiting factor, but I’m not sure what the maximum number is that the GAP standard allows. DECT itself has become incredibly cheap over the years. My new a-brand 3-handset setup cost less than $100. So I guess phones like this wouldn’t have to be expensive.

What do you think. Should office desk phones go wireless? Or will mobile phones or computer based VOIP setups eventually replace them altogether?

6 Comments

  1. Hey – we had created the DECT business desk-phones at Hagenuk in Kiel in 1996 & people thought we were crazy – but wow what a success they were. They worked with a telephone that was also a base station – Europhone XL – as well as the DCS 3 (3 radio bases) and the DCS 32 (32 radio bases for large installations). This was a great hit until the company Hagenuk was sold to a group from Singapore who bankrupted that great company and took all of our German technic to China. Please look on Google Images online for picture of the EUROPHONE XL/ DCS 3 / DCS 32 for the DECT Desk phones. Keep in mind also that we created the world’s first low radiation GSM internal antenna and the internal antenna for the DECT phones too. Nobody ever celebrated the best telecommunications mavericks and engineering team in the world at Hagenuk Telecom GmbH in Kiel Germany (RIP).

    One company in China is making a similar desk phone model now and we will see.

    Comment by NSBerlin — April 19, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

  2. I was thinking the same thing and came across this site after doing a google search. I see some solutions for SIP-DECT, but I would really like a POTS-DECT business solution for a small office.

    Comment by Kenneth Michaels — June 29, 2009 @ 2:19 am

  3. any idea where i can find the chinese model?

    Comment by mams — December 14, 2009 @ 7:43 pm

  4. Siemens produced a DECT desk phone, but it’s probably discontinued now.
    It was the “Gigaset 3000 Mobile”. Manual can be found here:
    http://gigaset.com/medias/sys_master/gigaset3000mobile_ug_int_eng_50.pdf

    Comment by tony — March 31, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

  5. I have had the same idea since yesterday. I find it exciting.
    I have been googling for sth like that, and it is not easy to find. I have found Aristel DC 209 and DECTsys 2200.

    Comment by Pawel — April 22, 2010 @ 7:26 am

  6. hey

    i have been looking in to this, and i cant find the gigaset 3000 mobile anywhere for sale. i am not sure if the dectsys will work with the gigaset base station.

    i am really interested in finding a desk dect phone which will work with the G685 VoIP base station.

    I have also seen the Konftel 300W which might be good as I mainly want the desk phone for hands free conf calls (the mobile units are not that loud and have fiddly mute/unmute) but its quite expensive.

    thoughts? comments? updates?

    Comment by Simon — April 28, 2010 @ 10:59 pm