6 Best Corded Phones | March 2017

We spent 31 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. OK, kids, pay attention to today's history lesson. These are called "corded phones." You don't swipe them and they can't play games, text or take pictures. But your mom and dad (and grandparents) still think they need one, so here's a few to choose from. Skip to the best corded phone on Amazon.
6 Best Corded Phones | March 2017


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This Durable Retro Novelty Telephone from iSoHo Phones will be a breath of fresh air for anyone tired of tricky touchscreen dialing. It doesn't get much more basic than this telephone, and that's the point.
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This AT&T 210M Corded Phone has a decent array of functions for such an ostensibly simple unit. It can store ten numbers in its speed dial function, and it has three 1-touch memory buttons you can set for emergency or frequent calls.
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This VTech AT&T CL2940 corded phone is a great choice for the office or for home use. Its large, crisp LCD display lets you see who you are calling, and its caller ID function lets you know who is trying to call you.
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This Slimline Blue Colored Phone is perfect for a playroom or a family den. It comes in youthful colors, like periwinkle blue and hot pink, and its simple design is easy for a child to use, assuming they don't already have an iPhone.
  • led indicator for incoming calls
  • works as desk or wall unit
  • receiver has dual volume settings
Brand Blue Donuts
Model pending
Weight 8.8 ounces
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The Emerson EM300WH Big Button Corded Phone will be a favorite with older folks. Its large buttons mean easy dialing, and its few features mean little chance for confusion. It's also amplified for those with hearing loss.
  • 10-number speed dial function
  • hands-free speakerphone mode
  • phone base is wall mountable
Brand Emerson
Model EM300WH
Weight 1.3 pounds
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The Crosley CR62-BC Kettle Classic desk phone looks like an antiquated rotary-style phone but, in fact, it's a push-button dialer. Purists will still appreciate its large, classic handset shape and the fact that it's corded.
  • earpiece volume control
  • comes with redial feature
  • looks great at home or in an office
Brand Crosley
Model CR62-BC
Weight 4.4 pounds

Two Cans And A String

One of the coolest things about corded telephones is that they can work on next to no power. It's such a small amount of power, in fact, that it's supplied to you by your phone company.

Do they bill you for it? Probably, but their systems have so many battery generated fail safes that in the event that the power went out for days in your neighborhood, you'd still be able to reach out and touch someone.

This is all related to the fact that a telephone is an utterly simple device. Without over-simplifying it, it really is just two cans and a string.

Modern phones have incorporated everything from caller ID to video conferencing technologies, and the line between these older corded designs and the more futuristic applications is daily blurring.

But a phone still takes your voice, translates its vibration into a digital signal, sends it across a long stretch of copper wire (adult string), and translates it back into vibration through a small speaker.

These Are The Phones Of The 1990s

I am what you might call an early millennial. Some people define members of Generation X as kids born from the loins of baby boomers, and I technically fit that description, as well.

I guess you could say that I'm on the cusp.

That means that, unlike the stereotypical millennial, I spent most of my childhood playing outside, allowed to roam the town and the parks without a cellular leash tied around my neck.

When I finally did get a cell phone, it was in conjunction with the acquisition of my driver's license. That way, if I ran into trouble on the road, I could more easily seek help.

So, I have fond and storied memories of my youth and teen years spent talking on corded phones.

The first phone I remember growing up with was an old orange rotary phone in the shape of a propeller driven airplane. Its numbers and rotary dial were built into where the propeller would turn.

And, of course, I became a master at picking up the handset without being heard when my sister was already on the phone (sometimes with boys!). I was that kind of awesome brother. Such eavesdropping is impossible with the state of modern technology. Unless you're the NSA, that is.

It's that kind of memorable physical interaction with the world that I fear is disappearing from the lives of the next generation, as the consolidation of services for entertainment and communication reduces the variety of ways in which we experience life.

Grabbing one of these corded phones for your home isn't just about clinging to older technologies or riding the wave of a fad; it's about experiencing and investing in a mode of communication that will sorely be missed once it's gone for good.

Phoning It In For Over A Century

While it's assumed that the lover's telephone, made by stretching a length of string taut between two tin cans, dates back even further, the first known example of it comes to us from British physicist in 1667.

It took more than 200 years from that time for the telephone as we know it today to be developed. Let that sink in for a moment: 200 years.

200 year ago today, James Madison was the president of the United States. That year–1816–was known for the Summer that never was, an agricultural disaster that resulted in great poverty and hunger.

What I'm getting at is that a lot has changed in 200 years, and even more will change in the next 200. Yet, somewhere nestled among all that change there came about this method of communication that laid the groundwork for the revolution of the Internet, which is liable to be remembered as a great turning point for our species.

Could Alexander Graham Bell have foreseen any of this when he first spoke those famous words to his assistant? -- "Mr. Watson–come here–I want to see you."

Well, in 1906 he also said, "The day will come when the man at the telephone will be able to see the distant person to whom he is speaking."

Not bad, Alex. Not bad at all.



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