Buying a headset compatible fixed-line phone is a great utility as the headset eliminates the inconvenience involved in having to cradle the handset with your cheek and shoulder during conversations. Headset use has high relevance today due to the popularity of Internet and Skype telephone calls on Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones to lower utility bills. Wireless headsets provide mobility in your home or office during telephone conversations increasing productivity, especially when a call is placed on hold.
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The Aastra Intercom analogue fixed-line models 9120 and 470 have headset connectivity through specific headset jacks. Its Standard Internet Protocol (SIP) enabled digital phone 6739i is compatible with modular standard headsets through its headset connector and with blue-tooth headsets through its Bluetooth interface and DHSG ports. The Aastra SIP-Dect technology enabled cordless phone 142 and the 600d family phones also have headset jacks. The 620d and 630d have a Bluetooth interface, too.
Cisco IP phones belonging to the 7900 series are headset compatible. The high-end models contain dedicated headset jacks. Their inbuilt amplifiers render the expensive external amplifier headset accessory unnecessary. You can affix the headset to the handset port for low-end models-7905, 7906, 7911 and 7912 for mutually exclusive use of either the wired headset or handset at a time. However, special Cisco specific cables usage permit simultaneous activation of both the handset and a wireless headset.
You can pair the Cisco 7940, 7960 and 7970 models with single ear headsets when used in call centres or with double ear headsets.
Polycom's VoIP soft phone range is comprised of hands-free speaker phone models to which you can connect USB headsets through its USB port for Skype and other similar VoIP application calls. These phones are provided with loud natural audio levels so you need not spend more on an amplifier when using the headset.
The world leader of the telecommunications industry, Siemens provides headset compatible models in various series such as 2100 and 2200, A56, A56i, C56, C61, CF62 and 63, S40 and the SL series. The 12, 24 and 34 button Siemens phones and entry/advanced level phones belonging to the Opt client, Optipoint and Optiset series also have headset connectivity.
Panasonic's KX-DT series digital phones 321, 333, 343 and 346 accept corded and cordless headsets. The Panasonic VoIP phone series' KX-NT IP models are also headset friendly. Other Panasonic phones that have ports for connecting wired binaural/monaural headsets or accept cordless headsets belong to the KX-TDA7600 series and KX-T 7000, KX-T 7200, KX-T 7400 and KX-T 7700 lines.
Snom fixed-line phone models such as 220, 300, 320 and 360 are headset compatible; however, the Snom 300 model requires a headset cable different from the headset cables accepted by the 220, 320 and 360 models. Snom's VoIP models 190, 320 and 360 work best when their modular headset jack is plugged with the Snom headset HS-MMW available in monaural styles with a single earpiece.
BT Converse Phones
Business landline analogue corded telephone models from BT Converse belonging to the 1100, 1200, 1300, 2100, 2200 and 2300 series have special headset sockets for enabling hands free telephone calling. The BT Meridian Featurephone M3820, an ideal office digital phone with data, messaging and call features, has one headset jack. BT diverse series cordless phones are also headset connectable.
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