Which phone fits your lifestyle best?
DECT 6.0? 5.8 GHz? 2.4 GHz? 900 MHz? Analog? Digital?
A little fuzzy on the differences? Not to worry, our handy guide will give the low down on cordless phone technologies and why one may be better for you than another.

Cordless telephones provide secure and reliable voice communication with the portability and versatility that you can't get with a corded phone. With new improvements in technology, the sound and security of cordless telephones now rival those of corded phones.

There are many cordless telephone options available today with varying technology, styling and features. Determining the right phone for you depends on how you want to use it and the environment you live in. Criteria to consider include:

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FREQUENCY
Cordless phones operate on various radio frequencies, which are set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The four most common frequencies today are 900MHz, 2.4GHz, 5.8GHz and DECT 6.0:

900 MHz Cordless Phones
Currently the most common frequency for cordless phones, 900MHz phones may offer a greater range than other frequencies. However, the 900MHz spectrum is cluttered and may result in interference with baby monitors and other 900MHz cordless phones. Radio scanners can also easily pick up this band.

2.4 GHz Cordless Phones
2.4GHz phones offer better clarity and security than 900MHz, but may experience some interference with microwave ovens and wireless networking (wi-fi) products.

5.8 GHz Cordless Phones
The most advanced cordless phones available, 5.8GHz phones transmit on a new, open frequency and have the least chance for interference. They will not interfere with wireless networking (wi-fi) products.

DECT 6.0 Cordless Phones
DECT 6.0 operates on the 1.9GHz frequency. Though newly approved in the US, this frequency has been used for many yars in Europe and can increase call clarity and security. The wi-fi friendly DECT technology easily integrates into homes with wi-fi and internet services because the 1.9GHz frequency is exclusive to DECT, making it interference free for cordless communications.

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Uniden DECT 6.0 Cordless Telephones:
Advancing Technology to Become Your "Whole House" Solution

Advanced DECT 6.0 technology operates on the newly released 1.9GHz frequency band recently allocated to support cordless telephony. Uniden DECT 6.0 incorporates unique "listen before transmit" technology that avoids interference with many household products, such as baby monitors, microwaves and WiFi (which operate on frequencies like 2.4GHz). As a result, these state-of-the-art phones will offer consumers enhanced voice clarity and crystal clear digital sound quality. DECT 6.0 technology also offers high security and voice protection, as well as longer battery and battery standby life. Uniden DECT 6.0 products are whole house telecommunications solutions that are perfect for the busy home or small office. Each DECT 6.0 base unit is expandable to a total of six cordless handsets with each cordless handset having the ability to register and place calls on to up to four separate base units. The multi-base registration provides the ability to significantly extend your telephony coverage over a traditional cordless telephone (depending on the number of bases added to the system). Uniden DECT 6.0 series handsets are more compact, lightweight and can offer you a thin, modern, space saving design. And with multiple handset bundles, Uniden offers you a wide variety of colors to match any home environment. You will also be able to use the handsets within range of Wireless Home Networking (WLAN) systems without interference. Most models feature handsets capable of storing up to 70 phonebook numbers, Bilingual menu displays, voice prompts, and personalized ring-tones for pre-set callers. Users can also personalize features on each handset to further customize the phone system for their individual needs. DECT 6.0 joins 5.8GHz technology as the leading cordless technologies for your home. Both offer the advantages of digital technology and multiple handset capability. 5.8GHz works very well offering great range and sound clarity, DECT is interference free and is the most WiFi friendly of the two. Either way you go, cordless technology has improved to offer the consumer higher technology, more features and a better price to improve your ability to communicate from home.

Benefits of a Uniden DECT 6.0 Cordless Telephones:
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ANALOG vs. DIGITAL
Cordless phones can operate with analog or digital technology.

Analog
Analog technology is common in cordless telephones, especially in inexpensive models. Analog signals tend to be more noisy or prone to interference with respect to sound quality. In addition, analog signals are easily picked up and interpreted by radio scanners.

Digital
Digital technology allows phone signals to sound clearer and also offers significantly increased security.

Digital Spread Spectrum
Digital spread spectrum (DSS) technology enables voice data to "frequency hop", or transmit in pieces over several frequencies between the receiver and the base, making it almost impossible to eavesdrop on cordless phone conversations.

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KEY FEATURES TO CONSIDER
When purchasing your next Uniden cordless phone, look for the four most requested features built into cordless phones today.

Battery Life
All cordless phone handsets have a rechargeable battery (i.e. nickel-cadmium, nickel-metal hydride, lithium). Nickel-cadmium batteries are subject to a memory effect. Nickel-metal hydride and lithium batteries have no memory effect. Battery life depends on the type of battery and the transmitting power of the handset. Battery life usually ranges from 2-7 hours of continuous talking or 4-7 days on standby.

Cordless Phone Features
Cordless phones have evolved extensively in both design and features. In response to consumer demand, many cordless telephones today are equipped with cell-phone like styling and features.

Basic Cordless Features Include: Advanced Cordless Features Include:
Multiple-Handset cordless phone systems
Multiple-handset cordless-phone systems are an increasingly popular trend in cordless telephones, enabling consumers to place additional handsets around the home without the need for additional phone jacks. (Be sure to note that accessory handsets will not operate without the base unit.) Bundling handsets into the same package helps alleviate confusion for customers as they often find it difficult to locate additional handsets after they have purchased the base system. Expandability varies from two to ten handsets.

Three Cordless Phone "Rules of Thumb"