Universal handsets for the highest IP voice quality with any router
With its universal handsets, Gigaset opens up all the benefits of IP telephony – including many convenience functions and HD voice. Devices in the HX series are compatible with all of the most common routers on the market and speak the languages of different manufacturers. As a result, users no longer have to stay with one brand, but have total freedom when choosing their devices.
In most cases, calls made today are digital – without anyone noticing. That’s because many operators, such as Telekom, have already converted their customer lines to telephony via Internet Protocol, or IP telephony. It means that calls are no longer carried through a phone line, but are transmitted as digital data over the Internet via router. Benefits of the new technology: outstanding HD sound, three numbers per line, and the ability to hold multiple calls at the same time.
A quantum leap
The difference between the old telephone quality and HD voice is similar to the difference between a gramophone and a record player. And what has long been possible with smartphones thanks to the expansion of high-speed mobile networks has now made its way to IP telephony in the fixed network. The HD voice standard uses a wider bandwidth and offers brilliant voice and audio quality. But in order to fully appreciate it, you need the right equipment.
One for all
Modern routers with a DECT interface are a telephone system and answering machine in one. If needed, they will replace the base station for cordless phones: Handsets can be directly coupled, making their location completely independent of the telephone socket. But in order to take advantage of everything the IP connection has to offer, the right handset is required. That’s because the routers from AVM and Telekom don’t speak the same language: The FRITZ!Box primarily uses DECT and supports CAT-iq 2.0-capable handsets beginning with FRITZ!OS 6.80. In contrast, the Speedport uses only the CAT-iq standard. “We wanted to keep these technical issues away from our customers,” says Michael Zenz from Gigaset. “That’s why our universal handsets work with both protocols. They are fully compatible with most routers in German households. Consumers don’t have to know which model they have from which manufacturer – with our HX series, they’re always good to go. Next year, we plan to expand our range and bring out even more stylish HX devices.”
A new world
With IP telephony, nothing will ever be the same. The fixed network telephone still has its place at home, but the lines are blurred. When a call comes in, the answering machine in the router can send the voice message straight to a mobile phone. Missed calls are also reported so they can be returned while on the go. The universal handsets from Gigaset enable full access to these router-based convenience functions. And thanks to their compatibility, they offer extraordinary voice quality. The HX series is HD voice-certified and transmits calls in crystal clear broadband quality. Not only does it work with other IP fixed network telephones, it even works with smartphones that use voice over LTE (VoLTE). “HD voice is really an experience,” says Michael Zenz. “The voice on the other end sounds much fuller and calls feel much closer. And the technology simply filters out bothersome background noises.”
The HX universal handsets from Gigaset are available with different features at prices ranging from €49.99 to €139.99 (MSRP) at retailers and the Gigaset Online Shop. The devices can also connect to any DECT base station – without a router.