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ESI Cordless Handset II: best business cordless phone on the market

Not too long ago, I posted about ESI’s line of Cordless Handsets.  They were flexible, easy to use, and had a ton of features.  Now, they’re even better.

ESI Cordless Handset II

Introducing the ESI Cordless Handset II.  Like its predecessor, it comes in a digital version, local IP (LAN) version, and remote IP version.  Like the original version, it’s no ordinary cordless phone like you would get at Best Buy; with ESI’s cordless handsets, you have access to features like transfer, hold, conference, call record, voicemail, call page, door unlock and more without having to remember any feature codes.  You can also easily access or view the status of lines and other phone users thanks to several programmable, lighted buttons.  Here’s how the Cordless Handset II improves on the original:

  • No more “large” and “small” versions of the phone: the new phone is the smaller size only.  Enhanced design also allows for the external antenna to be absent, further reducing bulk.
  • Greatly enhanced battery life versus the original: fully charged, the new model allows for up to 16 hours of talk time, and about 7 days of standby time.
  • Advanced DECT 6.0 technology allows for higher security, crystal-clear audio quality, and minimized or zero interference from Wi-Fi or other devices.
  • 8 programmable buttons, versus 4 for the original model.
  • Built-in speakerphone (the original did not have a speakerphone).
  • Optional repeaters to extend wireless coverage over larger areas or between floors in a building.

One thing I love about the DECT 6.0 technology this phone uses is that it is so clear-sounding due to its digital transmission.  It also uses a different frequency band than other phones (1.9 GHz), and when it does encounter another device in that spectrum, it negotiates with it quickly and silently so that the devices do not interfere with each other.

Some of the more knowledgeable readers out there may ask, “Why 1.9 GHz?  Isn’t that taking a step backward from the relatively new 5.8GHz phones, or even the 2.4 GHz phones that came out before that?”  The answer is simple.  Higher frequencies are not always better–in fact, the higher the frequency in general, the harder it is for the signal to pass through solid objects like walls.  To compensate for this, manufacturers of the 2.4 GHz and 5.8GHz phones tend to boost the signal strength of the phone, which takes more power, which shortens battery life (or requires a bigger battery).  By using a lower frequency, DECT 6.0 phones are actually at an advantage in a typical office environment.

In short, DECT 6.0 is the latest, greatest technology, and paired with ESI features and technology, this phone is a winner.  But in order to take advantage of it, it must be used in conjunction with an ESI Communications Server phone system.  Fortunately, even small businesses can benefit from (and afford) a Communications Server.  If you’re in the Phoenix area and thinking about replacing an outdated phone system, give us a call.

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