- Say goodbye to the traditional landline
- Best Overall: Gigaset C530IP
- Second place, best result: Snom 3098 M9R
- Best Budget: Grandstream DP720
- Best Splurge: Yealink YEA-W56P
- Best Design: Ooma Telo
Say goodbye to the traditional landline
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- Best Overall: Gigaset C530IP on Amazon, “HD Voice clicks right away and delivers high-quality speech.”
- Second place, best result: Snom 3098 M9R on Amazon, “The phone supports over 100 hours of standby time when not docked.”
- Best budget: Grandstream DP720 at Amazon, “Setting up is a fairly simple process, requiring a bit of internet knowledge to assign devices to users.”
- Best Splurge: Yealink YEA-W56P on Amazon, “There are many business features, including paging, intercom, and auto-answer.”
- Best design: Uncle Body from Amazon, “Setup time is less than 15 minutes and you can still keep your existing phone number.”
Best Overall: Gigaset C530IP
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The elegant Gigaset C530IP cordless IP phone is a unique hybrid dual-use device that allows you to make both landline and IP calls. Supporting up to four parallel calls from multiple handsets (sold separately), the C530IP is the perfect solution for a home with multiple phone users or a small office. In addition, you can expand the total capacity of the C530IP to six cordless phones and six unique VoIP accounts. The high-resolution 1.8″ display is mated to a 9 x 7.8 x 4.4″ 2.8 lb. base unit that serves as the central hub for all wireless connections.
Once setup is complete, HD Voice clicks right away, delivering high-quality speech clarity unmatched by a more traditional cordless handset. In addition to the voice quality, the C530IP also allows you to download your smartphone contacts directly to your handset or personalize your ringtones or screensaver.
Second place, best result: Snom 3098 M9R
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Released in 2013, the Snom 3098 M9R offers a great combination of price and performance. The M9R integrates into a variety of SIP-based IP services and supports up to four simultaneous calls with the ability to connect to a total of nine handsets. Although the M9R is intended to be connected directly to an integrated SIP-PBX system, it is independent of this and can be used as an intercom telephone system. The phone supports more than 100 hours of battery life offline, as well as voice encryption (TLS, SRTP, X.509 certificate) to secure calls over the open internet. In addition, the M9R offers a more standardized set of features, such as message inbox, call waiting, hold, call bridge and three-way conferencing. Finally, the 2.2-pound, 9.5 x 3 x 8-inch base station stores easily on a desk or tabletop.
Best Budget: Grandstream DP720
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The Grandstream DP720 Wireless IP Phone is an inexpensive entry into the VoIP space, supporting up to 10 SIP accounts per handset. The base station has to be purchased separately, but once you’ve got both devices at home, the Grandstream is an above-average choice. With over 300 meters outdoors and 50 meters from the DP750 base station, Grandstream is ideal for home and small office use. In addition to the range, Grandstream also offers more basic business features for shoppers, including speakerphone, three-way calling, contact list, call logs and more.
Whether it’s a built-in speaker or loudspeaker, Full HD audio delivers exceptional call quality. Setup is a fairly straightforward process, requiring a bit of internet knowledge to assign devices to users and connect directly to a Wi-Fi signal. The overall build quality adds to the budget price, making the DP720 a fantastic choice for homeowners or office renters who want something affordable and reliable.
Best Splurge: Yealink YEA-W56P
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Launched in 2016, the Yealink YEA-W56P Wireless IP Phone has over 30 hours of talk time per charge cycle and 400 hours of standby time. The W56P can hold up to four simultaneous voice calls (with HD Voice), and the inclusion of a 3.5mm handset jack will free up your hands and arms for other tasks. The 2.4-inch 240 x 320 screen pales in comparison to a smartphone, but that’s to be expected. In addition to the display, the W56P can hold up to five handsets and five more VoIP accounts from a base station weighing 5.8 x 1 x 4 inches, 1.7 pounds. In addition, there are many business features, including paging, intercom and answering machine, as well as call waiting, mute, caller ID and voicemail.
Best Design: Ooma Telo
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Offering its own wireless home service and billing, Ooma Telo is a great combination of attractive hardware without the traditional monthly fees. Setup time is less than 15 minutes and you can still keep your existing phone number. Ooma Telo has standard features such as Caller ID, Voicemail, Call Waiting and 911, as well as PureVoice HD technology.
In addition to the feature set, the HD2 phone offers a 2-inch color screen and caller ID image with the ability to sync images and contacts from Facebook, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Outlook, and your Mac address book. Plus, the HD2 uses DECT technology, so you can expect superior call quality and security without disrupting your existing Wi-Fi network. DECT technology also offers a longer range from the base station, so you can move freely around your home or office without fear of losing a call. Ooma’s service only requires a high-speed wired internet connection and has a different price breakdown, including international calls, voicemail transcription, pay-as-you-go, and more.