Voip DECT phone or cordless with ATA?
I am a new poster on this forum and a fairly new user of Voip. Some background:
I moved into a new house this August and I decided to take this opportunity to drop my Bell landline and move my number to voip.ms. I got a simple setup with one Linksys SPA3000 ATA (Sipura) and a Uniden cordless with two handsets. The initial setup had some hiccups but my config is stable now.
My Uniden are getting old and replacing the batteries would be expensive so I am thinking of upgrading. I read a few posts where people mentionned how moving to a real SIP phone was a good move and I am considering it.
However, compared to the pleathora of standard cordless phones one can get at Costcos, Best Buys, WhateverMart, etc.. there are not that many Voip DECT phones. I have heard of a handful: Panasonic, Grandstream, Siemens, Yealink, Snom. And those phones are expensive.
Since my usecase is really just a simple household of one dad and two daughters with just one DID (for the moment) would I be better to simply go with a fresh cordless with a modern ATA? I do not really require the feature of a SOHO that most of the Voip phone seem to cater to. However one thing I'd really like to have is a message waiting indicator on the phone. Currently, my ATA only provides audio notification. Are there ATA with better features that permits to connect to standard cordless that would give me that?
I am currently leaning toward the Voip DECT Panasonic. The cost of a new ATA with a new pair or triplet of cordless would probably get close to 200$ so the extra money for SIP phones is probably worth it.
Any better recommendation for Voip DECT phones? BTW, are all those DECT moved to standard AA batteries now? I am tired of being ripped off for custom betteries.
I saw the Grandstream is a fair price but I don't think it has the message waiting indicator.
Any other comment appreciated.