Your old firm spent
thousands on a phone system, yet it didn't work.
The speakerphone was useless, cutting off conversations
and annoying callers. Nobody could figure out how
to make a conference call.
can do better than that. You don't need a key
system or complex wiring. One good multi-line,
full duplex speakerphone with caller ID and digital
answering will do the job, and well.
technology helped the home office lawyer more than
here. Great two and three line phones simply
plug into the jack in the wall.
. This one is a Polycom, made by the company which does
the fancy teleconferencing equipment you see in big firm
conference rooms. It comes in 2 or 3 line models, and is
headset compatible. The Polycom Soundpoint's real
strength, though, is the high quality speakerphone. If
you like to use a speakerphone, this is a good one. Just
click on the phone to visit HelloDirect. They have
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to see more phones, including the cool Siemens Gigaset.
This is a cordless, multi-line system which is
I got a Siemens Gigaset
about a year ago and love
it. It's a wireless phone with two lines, good
speakerphone, good answering machine, and many features. It comes with a base
unit and wireless handset, so I can answer the phone
while having breakfast, or taking a cast off the
dock. It takes a simple headset, with no
amplifier, which I really enjoy. They cost about $300,
which includes the base unit, one handset, and a charger
for the handset.
cool feature about the Siemens is that you can get as
many handsets as you want, and plug in the chargers
You'll find a
speakerphone useful in the peace and quiet of your home
office, but be sure to get a full duplex model, like the
Gigaset or Polycom. Otherwise, it is virtually
unusable, cutting off one party while the other is
You have three choices here: the phone
company, an answering device in the phone, or a separate
The phone company
can handle your voice messaging for about 5 bucks a
month. You call in for messages, from
anywhere. Messages are taken even if you are on the
Option two is an
answerer built into your phone. That will save desk
space over a separate machine. You can
retrieve messages from anywhere. I use this option,
on my Siemens Gigaset. It works fine, but will
not take a message if you get a call while you are
on that line. The phone company's voice mail service
will do that. When it becomes available out
here in the wilderness, I'll sign up.
A separate machine
makes sense if you don't get a new phone. If
you opt for an answering machine, built in or not,
be sure to get one with adequate recording
time. Many only give you fifteen or twenty
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