The 5 Best Wireless IP Phones to Buy in 2017

Say goodbye to the traditional landline

Skype, Vonage, and Google Hangouts are names that have become synonymous with the ability to call someone directly over the Internet. And with voice over IP communication, you can talk to anyone, anywhere in the world, if there’s an Internet connection. It’s easy enough to employ your computer for this purpose, but the ability to be mobile and walk around your home comfortably without any cords is hugely beneficial. Voice over IP connections can also allow you to ditch your telephone provider in favor of a more attractive service that offers more favorable pricing. However, buyers should be aware that wireless IP phones don’t offer more traditional handset features such as voicemail. To help you pick out which one to buy, see our list of the best wireless IP devices.

Sleek, attractively priced and stocked with great reviews, the Gigaset C530IP wireless IP phone is unique dual-purpose hybrid device that enables both landline and IP calls. Capable of supporting up to four calls in parallel with multiple handsets (purchased separately), the C530IP offers an ideal solution for either a home with multiple phone users or a small office. Additionally, you can expand the C530IP’s total capacity up to six total cordless handsets and six unique VoIP accounts for use. The 1.8-inch high-resolution display pairs with a 2.8-pound 9 x 7.8 x 4.4-inch base unit that acts as the central hub for all wireless connectivity.

Once setup is complete, HD Voice immediately clicks on and provides high-quality voice clarity that’s unmatched by a more traditional cordless phone handset. Beyond voice quality, the C530IP also allows for the ability to directly download your smartphone contacts into the handset or personalize your ringtones or screensaver.

Released in 2013, the Snom 3098 M9R offers a terrific combination of both price and features. Capable of being integrated into several different SIP-based IP services, the M9R can support up to four concurrent calls with the ability to connect to nine handsets in total. While the M9R is designed to plug directly into an SIP-PBX integrated system, it’s not reliant on this and instead can be used as an internal intercom phone system. The handset supports more than 100 hours of standby battery time when away from its dock, as well as voice encryption (TLS, SRTP, X.509 certificate) for protecting calls over the open Internet. Additionally, the M9R offers a more standardized set of features such as a mailbox for messages, call waiting, call hold, call bridge and three-party conferencing. Finally, the 2.2-pound, 9.5 x 3 x 8-inch base station easily tucks away on a desk or on a table.

Grandstream’s DP720 wireless IP phone is a budget-friendly entry into the VoIP space and has support for up to 10 SIP accounts per handset. The base station requires a separate purchase, but once you’ve acquired both units, you’ll find the Grandstream to be an above-average choice. With a range of more than 300 meters outdoors and 50 meters away from the DP750 base station, the Grandstream is ideal for homes and small offices. Beyond its range, the Grandstream also affords buyers more standard business-like features, including speakerphone, three-way calling, a contact list, call logs and more.

Whether from the on-board speakerphone or from the earpiece, the full HD audio provides exceptional call quality. Setup is a fairly simple process that requires a little Internet know-how to assign devices to users, as well as connect directly to the WiFi signal. The overall build quality complements the budget-friendly pricing to make the DP720 a fantastic choice for homeowners or office renters who want something inexpensive and reliable.

Released in 2016, the Yealink YEA-W56P cordless wireless IP phone has more than 30 hours of talk time per charge cycle and 400 hours of standby time. The W56P can hold up to four simultaneous voice calls (with HD Voice) and the inclusion of a 3.5mm handset jack will free up your arms and hands to perform other tasks. The 2.4-inch 240 x 320 display pales in comparison to a smartphone, but that’s expected. Beyond its display, the W56P shines with the capability to hold up to five handsets and five more VoIP accounts from the 5.8 x 1 x 4-inch, 1.7-pound base station. Additionally, there are a slew of business features, including paging, intercom and auto answer, as well as call waiting, mute, caller ID and voicemail.

Offering its own wireless home service and billing, the Ooma Telo is a fantastic combination of attractive hardware without the traditional monthly fees. The setup time takes less than 15 minutes and you'll still be able to keep your existing telephone number. The Ooma Telo has standard features such as caller ID, voicemail, call waiting and 911, as well as PureVoice HD technology.

Beyond its feature set, the HD2 handset offers two-inch color screen and picture caller-ID with the ability to sync pictures and contacts from Facebook, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Outlook and your Mac address book. Additionally, the HD2 utilizes DECT technology, so you can count on superior call quality and security without interfering with the existing WiFi network. DECT technology also offers extended range away from the base, so you can feel free to move around the home or office without fear of losing a call. Requiring only a high-speed, fixed-line Internet connection, the Ooma service has a varied spread of pricing, including international calling, voicemail transcription, pay-as-you-go and more.

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