Cordless phones

Why doesn't my Bluetooth headset work?

Panasonic KX-TCA430

Episode 1515

Diane from Chicago, IL

Diane needs a cordless phone headset that will give her a hands free experience with her Ooma VOIP phone number. She bought one, but the caller can't hear her. What are her alternatives? Headsets can easily break. So before she spends money on a brand new phone, she should just try to replace the headset. Leo recommends the Panasonic KX-TCA430 for $17. There's a good chance it's a standard headset.

What's a good cordless phone?

Panasonic KX-TG6843B Cordless Phones

Episode 1384

Walter from Burbank, CA

Walter wants a good cordless phone that is secure. Leo says that DECT is the current state of the art for cordless phones and Leo likes the Panasonic phones. Just make sure it has DECT on the box. It also uses FDMA/TDMA which works to spread out the signal across 10 different channels. There is a rudimentary encryption on it, but it's generally regarded as being rather weak. But weak is better than none.

How can I connect my cell phone to a cordless base station?

Vtech DS6522-4 4 Handset Connect to Cell Answering System

Episode 1297

Keetahn from Walnut, CA

Keetahn wants to know if he can hardwire a speaker to his cell phone that will let people hear the phone ringing in another room. Leo says that a Bluetooth speaker would be ideal, but the problem is that it can lose connectivity and would need re-pairing. Leo says the best is a base station corded phone that he can pair with his cell phone service.

Why am I getting a "chirp" sound on my speaker phone?

Episode 1084

Jane from San Diego, Ca

Jane has a Panasonic cordless phone, and when she switches from her headset to the speaker, she gets has a "chirping" noise that drives her nuts. Leo thinks that Jane is suffering from "slippage," when the cordless phone gets out of sync. It's not unusual. Jane needs a DECT headset, which is a digitally enhanced cordless phone. Leo also says that if it's from the speaker, it could be echo cancellation kicking in, which causes the chirp. That's why he doesn't like talking on speaker phone.

What's the best cordless phone for a landline?

Panasonic Cordless Phone

Episode 1002

Barbara from Simi Valley, CA

Barbara wants to get a cordless landline phone. Leo says he likes Panasonic, and says that Barbara should make sure that whatever model she gets, it come equipped with DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunciations). Leo also says she can get them to also answer the cellphone number while she's at home.

Leo says it's still important to have a regular phone with a landline through an actual phone company (not a cable provider) for emergencies. That way, if the power goes out, there's still a phone that would work from the power provided through the phone jack.