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The little-known technology that makes this possible is called DECT (short for Digital Enhanced Cordless Technology). According to Wikipedia, “DECT is a digital communication standard that is mainly used by cordless phone systems” (see full article).
This means that phones that designed conform to the DECT standard can be used with each other. This is fairly common in models manufactured in Europe (where the standard originated), Asia, Australia, etc. A specific part of this standard – GAP (short for Generic Access Profile) describes how the “portable part of the phone” i.e. the handset should communicate with the non-portable part i.e. the base unit. It is this specific part of technology that is most important for us.
In a nutshell, if a telephone set is “GAP Standard compliant” you should be able to use different handsets, no matter what their make, to register to a base unit from pretty much any other manufacturer.
A quick look through your telephone set’s manual will reveal whether your cordless telephone set is compliant. Look for a Chapter or a section on “Using Gap Compliance”. If it has one, all you need to do is “register” your old handsets with your new base unit. Remember to check for the maximum number of handsets your new base unit can accommodate. Alternatively, you may want to keep this in mind the next time you purchase a new cordless phone set.
Here’s what you will find yourself typically doing:
- Press and hold down the “Paging” button on your base unit for a couple of seconds. This is the base unit that is connected to your telephone line.
- Steps from this point on need to be completed pretty quickly – typically within a minute. Find and use the “Register” function in the menu of the handset you are trying to register. This should typically be under “Advanced Settings”.
- You should also expect to enter a “Master PIN code” to complete the registration process.
Note: This PIN is the one that was set using the handset of the Base Unit. If you didn’t set one, the telephone set manual should also tell you the default the phone uses. If not, if should also tell you the process of resetting your phone to the factory default.
This newly registered handset should now allow you to make and receive calls. But it may not provide any set specific functions such as managing voice-mails, etc. But I simply use one of my new handsets to do this.
Summing it all upThe next time you buy yourself a cordless telephone set make sure
- You look for one that is compliant with DECT and GAP standards
- And allows you to register 4 or more handsets
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