Munich, May 4, 2017 - Planned obsolescence, where a manufacturer deliberately limits a product's useful life, is a worry for consumers in Germany and throughout the world. That is no surprise: After all, they and the environment suffer if products are inadequate and so have to be replaced soon. The HTV-Life® mark of excellence provides clarity – and Gigaset is one of the world’s first manufacturers to have already gained it for its Repeater 2.0 and the telephone lines A400, E310, E550, E630, C430, C620, S850, SL400, CL750 and E560. The premium phone Gigaset SL450 has now also been awarded this certification.
The seal of excellence is certified and awarded by HTV, one of Europe’s largest independent test houses. HTV has been testing electronic components for more than 27 years and specializes, among other things, in testing and identifying deliberately built-in weaknesses in products.
“We’ve already had various product families in different price classes certified by HTV,” says Dr. Kurt Aretz, Head of Voice Consumer Products at Gigaset. “We want to show we don’t differentiate when it comes to quality – whether the phone is a low-cost, ergonomic or designer one. We want to gradually obtain the HTV-Life® mark of excellence for our complete portfolio.”
Our promise: quality “Made in Germany” and a long useful life
“By having our products certified with HTV Life®, we are one of the very few manufacturers that tackles the issue of useful life and quality vigorously and head on,” says Raphael Dörr, Head of Corporate Communications & Investor Relations at Gigaset AG. “As a result, we underscore our mission to produce quality ‘Made in Germany’ and guarantee to our customers that they won’t have to buy a new product after just a few years due to planned obsolescence.”
HTV-Life® mark of excellence for the Gigaset SL450
Gigaset SL450 is the perfect device for the discriminating user. It impresses with high-quality materials, excellent acoustics and an extra-large address book. At 2.4 inches, the SL450's TFT color display is the largest of all cordless keypad phones in the Gigaset family. The SL450A GO, the variant with an answering machine, and the universal handset SL450HX to extend common routers and DECT systems make the model series an all-rounder for telephony of the future. A special highlight of the Gigaset SL450 is its outstanding audio quality.
When calls are made over the Internet (VoIP), the GO variant impresses with unmatched sound quality thanks to Gigaset High Definition Sound Performance (HDSP™). A headset, for which there are different handsfree and headset profiles, can also be connected via Bluetooth 2.0. The SL450 comes in three variants: As a conventional telephone system, as a Gigaset GO phone with an answering machine and additional IP capability for the new all-IP connections, and as an HX handset to complement DECT base stations and routers.
HTV has existed since 1986 and is an independent test house for conducting electronic, mechanical and chemical analyses, as well as examining the service life of products. The company currently has around 220 employees. HTV's expertise is highly sought in studies, such as by federal offices, as well as for expert reports or qualifications. As a specialist in long-term conservation of components, HTV has very great competence in testing and analyzing mechanisms that cause products to age or fail and in determining the useful life of components. More information on the HTV mark of excellence can be found on the official Gigaset homepage. You can go there directly by clicking on this link.
What is planned obsolescence?
In technical jargon, planned obsolescence denotes part of a deliberate product strategy in which weaknesses are built into a product, solutions with a shorter durability are developed, raw materials of lower quality are used or no spare parts are offered. All of that means a product becomes faulty or defective sooner than necessary and so cannot be used to the full extent. Planned obsolescence is thus closely linked to today’s throw-away society, in which products are no longer repaired, but discarded and replaced by new ones.