DECT vs WiFi
I spent some time reading about DECT vs WiFi for residential IP phone options, here are some observations:
- Dedicated WiFi handsets are expensive. Cisco/Spectralink go for $400 to $600. Unidata/ZyXel go for under $200.
- DECT can be had for $100 to $200. Examples: Gigaset S675IP mentioned here already and Panasonic KX-TPA50
- On paper, WiFi is the future, and considering most residential users already have a WiFi network, it is surprisingly not as widely adopted.
- With DECT, you get better range, better quality, cheaper, but you are introducing a second RF band in your house – not that it matters to have a few additional electromagnetic frequencies going through our bodies - I hope it is harmless.