Goodthings: The Greatest Invention since Bell's Telephone..

No, its not the iPhone, nor VoIP and forget the cordless phones.. A while back, shopping for a land line phone. I would ask the shop sales folks if they had anything which had:
  • quick dial - i.e ability to directly dial a handful of numbers quickly (max one or two button press)
  • mute button
  • speaker phone
  • no AC adapter or batteries

I am surprised that there are really advanced phones (phones with bluetooth, skype etc.,) which don't even have quick dial settings. (I returned a good glossy black Philips Skype phone because it had no quick dial!) At first it did not seem possible for me that such a phone could exist, because the smart sales folks at Fry's or BestBuy told me that they had never seen aything like that. The closest they could get was a Panasonic It did not have an AC adapter but needed three batteries.

Then recently I stumbled upon this GE phone at OfficeDepot. (There is also an Activa branded one which is exactly the same model) It provided all the features I was looking for without an ugly AC adapter or batteries. I couldn't believe it, I unpacked it in store to double check what it claimed on the carton. Apparently it is powered by the telephone line! It doesn't have glossy black designer finish, but it gets my nomination for the greatest invention in telephone hardware since Alexander Gram Bell's phone.

A cordless phone which adds two more cords at poor voice quality isn't an advancement, a 500 number phone book which gets erased every time the power gets disconnected isn't an advancement, but a phone which gives more features without retrogression is worth a praise.

Comments:

All the cell phones look alike and have almost the same features. Skype phones are also useful but it also has got its disadvantages. Infact its good to have a challenge for Gram Bell's phone.

Posted by Mike on March 30, 2008 at 10:06 PM PDT #

Wish I could connect my cellphone to landline socket and dial or receive calls (IMO that would be more desirable in a cell phone that blue-tooth or infrared link)

Posted by Chandan on March 31, 2008 at 02:47 AM PDT #

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