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Digital Answering Machines
Comparing the Alternatives


Digital answering machines have been around since the 60's, but didn't take off commercially until the 80's with the release of an AT&T answering machine - the 1337. They have now completely superseded electro-mechanical tape based systems. Flash based memory is not only cheaper but also more reliable. There are no moving parts or tapes to stretch, warp and jam.

Cordless Phones with Answering Machines

Despite the uptake of voice mail services most consumers still end up buying cordless phones with integrated digital answering machines, but the tide is turning. A review of the top selling phones confirms that the top spots include several cordless phones without answering machines.

The most popular cordless phone answering machines fall into two categories. They are either cheap and basic such as the AT&T EL52200 or top end phones such as the Panasonic KX-TG7645m. Cost and expandability are key differences, but in the case of Panasonic cordless phones consumers are influenced by other features including talking caller ID, power backup and call blocking.

The digital answering systems are more or less identical from one brand of cordless phone to another. Recording times may vary depending on density of recording and that will also influence the quality of sound. For example the Siemens SL785 Bluetooth cordless phone has a digital answering system that can record up to 45 minutes of messages, but sound quality is significantly better when recording time is reduced.

Multi-Line Cordless Phones

2 Line Cordless Phones with Answering Machines - multiple lines generally also means multiple digital answering machines. Panasonic and Uniden phones offer the most in terms of maintaining privacy where multiple users are sharing a cordless phone system.

4 Line Cordless Phones with Answering Machines - the best is an ATT 4 line phone not because it has a better answering system, but because of excellent range and the fact that it's a DECT 6.0 phone.

Do You Need an Answering Machine?

There is a good case for using a cordless phone without an answering machine. For a start they are cheaper! Secondly voice mail is arguably more secure. It's not unlike storing confidential information in the Cloud. Once your familiar with voice mail it's also infinitely more convenient than using an answering machine.


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