What kind of cordless phone to buy - 2.4, 5.8, 6.0 or 900mhz?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by kavika411, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. kavika411 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2006
    I appreciate anyone's thoughts. I am not quite ready to give up a home telephone and need to buy a new set of cordless phones. I only use it about once a day for family/friend calls, so the quality need not be perfect. Most important to me is that I don't hear wireless router interference or cause interference to my wireless router. (Incidentally, the houses in our neighborhood are VERY close together here, so other routers will always be around me.)

    Should I get 2.4 ghz, 5.8 ghz, 6.0 ghz or 900 mhz? Thank you very much for your thoughts.
  2. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    2.4ghz is an absolute no-no if you're worried about wifi interference, as routers also operate on this frequency.

    900mhz is iffy (to me at least) because people with modified police scanners can listen in you.

    If you want the cheapest phone possible, get a 900mhz phone. Otherwise 5.4ghz works really well.
  3. kavika411 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2006
    Thank you. I am a little concerned because someone (who may or may not know what he is talking about) said router will be going to 5.8 and, therefore, you'll have the same 2.4-type problems we have today. Do you think that is correct. Thanks.
  4. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    We have a 5.8 GHz cordless less then a foot from our wireless router, and there is no interference whatsoever. We also have a 900 MHz for my sister and it seems to work ok, although it gets a little fuzzy sometimes. so whatever your needs are.
  5. true777 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2000
    California, Austria, Arkansas
    The 5.8Ghz ones work like charms. Highly recommended.
  6. LinuXtreme macrumors regular


    Jul 15, 2007
    Near Aspen
    I have a 5.8GHz but I'm not so happy with it.

    I used to have a 900MHz cordless and I never had any problem with range. When I replaced it with my current phone (5.8GHz) I ran into all sorts of problems with it. The first thing I noticed is that I could hardly walk across the house (which I used to be able to do) without the call dropping. Secondly, I do have a police scanner, and every once in a while it picks up my conversations (the phone picks a new channel before every call). The whole family can listen in until I start wandering and realize that I'm being broadcast! You should see me dive for the Channel button on the phone to change channels! :eek:

    Despite all this, I'm still using my 5.8GHz because I love the clear reception. Otherwise I'd get another 900MHz. YMMV, though.
  7. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    We just got these new cordless phones that operate on a brand new frequency called "DECT (digitally enhanced cordless telephone) 6.0" it's actually around 1.8GHz and currently reserved only for telecommunications. Definitely recommend it.
  8. gallagb macrumors 6502


    Apr 28, 2004
    that's what i've got :)
    been through the 2.4 and the 5.8 recently
    all sorts o static w/ the interference from wifi

    but the DECT system is great
  9. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

    Jan 14, 2007
    Not 2.4GHz because it interferes with WiFi.

    I would recommend Panasonic phones, they seem to be very good and last a long time. We've had GE, Motorola, Uniden, you name it, we've had it. My family has really bad luck with house phones. We've had a set of Panasonic for a quite a while and they work great.
  10. saxman macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2004
    I second a DECT phone. One thing to check on with the 5.8GHz phones is that it is 5.8GHz from the base to the handset AND from the handset to the base. I found that most, if not all, 5.8GHz phones are really only 5.8GHz from the base to the handset. They are 2.4GHz from the handset to the base. I believe this is to conserve battery life, but leaves you with the same interference with many 802.11x products.

    I have this panasonic cordless phone with the new AEBS with zero problems. But I'm also using 802.11g exclusively since I don't have any 802.11n clients
  11. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    5.8Ghz is where its at! We had a pair of them, and they rocked!

    I think we're using 2.4Ghz, no Wi-Fi interferance(that I know of)...but Wi Fi is find of weird, no sure if its the phones or not.

    I'd say go 5.8 to avoid any problems.
  12. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2006
    5.8mhz is nice and digital, but 900mhz is some real nice spectrum unfortunately I've never even heard of a 900mhz digital phone. Always crappy analog.
  13. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2005
    5.8. 2.4 is way too congested. 900 MHz might be fine, but it's analogue.
  14. David G. macrumors 65816

    Apr 10, 2007
    I second this.
  15. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2005
    I also agree about Panasonic. We have two of them that we've had since probably 1999. Motorola has some cool new ones that are small and you can page from room to room, which is cool.

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