I 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?