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Before we dive into the process of connecting a wireless headset to a landline phone, let’s clarify what exactly a landline telephone is. A landline telephone is a device that connects directly to a telecommunications network through a physical line. These phones typically feature a keypad on the base for making and receiving calls.
With the advent of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, the use of landline phones has declined for several reasons:
- Cost-effectiveness: VoIP services are far more affordable than traditional landline phone services.
- Flexibility: VoIP allows for greater flexibility, enabling users to make and receive calls on mobile phones and computers as extensions of their office phone.
- Ease of management: VoIP systems allow businesses to purchase equipment outright and have their IT teams manage the service.
- Scalability: VoIP relies solely on the internet connection, making it possible to support an unlimited number of lines.
That being said, if you still find yourself using a landline telephone, we’re here to guide you in connecting a wireless headset to your office phone.
Before you proceed any further, we want to make sure that you’re not looking for a wireless headset for your cordless phone. If you are, we recommend checking out our compatible wireless headsets with cordless phones and how they connect.
Note: Keep in mind that while wireless phone headsets may slightly vary in their connections, the process is generally similar.
So, let’s get started! There are two possible ways to connect your wireless headset to a landline phone, depending on whether your telephone has a 2.5mm headset port or not.
1) Landline phone WITH 2.5mm port:
Not all landline phones have a 2.5mm port, but if yours does and you prefer the convenience of answering and ending calls with the push of a button on your phone, follow these steps:
- Connect the extension cord to your landline phone.
- Plug the AC power adapter into a wall outlet, then connect the other end to your wireless phone headset charging base.
- Your wireless phone headset comes with an RJ9 cord. Plug one end into your headset charging base and the other end into the HA10296 adapter.
- Your headset is now set up and ready to use!
To use your wireless headset, simply remove it from the charging base and press the headset button on your office phone to answer or end calls.
2) Landline phone WITHOUT 2.5mm port:
If your landline phone doesn’t have a headset port, you’ll need to manually pick up and hang up your phone handset to answer or end calls with your wireless landline headset. Many customers opt to add a Handset Lifter along with their wireless headset for added convenience.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Plug the AC power adapter into a wall outlet, then connect the other end to your headset charging base.
- Unplug your landline phone handset from the base of your telephone, then connect the other end to the back of your charging base (where the handset symbol is located).
- Connect the included RJ9 phone cord to the back of your wireless phone headset charging base.
- Plug the other end of the RJ9 phone cord into the base of your landline phone, where the handset would typically plug in.
To use your wireless headset, remove it from the charging base and pick up the handset to answer a call. After the call, hang up the handset to end the conversation. If you prefer a visual guide, refer to the quick video below for an example of connecting a telephone with a wireless headset.
Handset Lifter (highly recommended)
For even more convenience, we highly recommend adding a Handset Lifter to your wireless landline headset setup. The benefits of using a Handset Lifter include:
- Answering and ending calls while away from the landline phone, eliminating the need to rush back to your phone.
- Reducing the number of missed calls and the need to return voicemails.
- Enhanced user experience with the ability to answer and end calls at the push of a button instead of physically handling the handset.
Refer to the video below to see how a Handset Lifter can be installed on your office phone with a wireless headset.
It’s important to note that wireless landline headsets are not Bluetooth. So, if you’re searching for a Bluetooth headset on Google or Amazon for your landline phone, save yourself the trouble because it won’t work. Bluetooth headsets are designed for mobile phones and computers, not landline phones.
Most wireless headsets for landline phones operate on DECT 6.0 technology, which uses its own wireless frequency channel to prevent interference from common devices like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
One more thing to keep in mind: When using a wireless headset on a corded landline phone, you won’t be able to place calls on hold or dial out from the headset. These features can only be accessed from your office phone.
Looking for a new office phone? Check out our article on the 6 best headsets for office phones in 2020 before making a decision.
1. Panasonic KX-TSC11B Single Line Corded Phone
- Caller ID compatible with 50 station memory
- 50-station phone book
- One-touch dialer with memory buttons
2. AT&T ML17929 2-Line Corded Phone
- 2-line operation
- Caller ID/call waiting
- 18 number speed dial, 100 name/number directory
- 3-party conferencing
3. AT&T 1080 4-Line Corded Phone
- Caller ID, call waiting, 200 name/number history
- 1 to 4 line capability, expandable up to 16 stations
- 32 number speed dial
- 3-party conferencing
Cordless Phones With Headsets
If you’re using a cordless landline phone, you’ll be limited to using either 2.5mm or 3.5mm wired headsets, depending on your cordless phone model. There is also a limited selection of wireless headsets available for cordless phones. However, it’s worth noting that unless your cordless phone has built-in Bluetooth functionality, you’ll need to use a Bluetooth headset.
If you don’t already have a cordless phone, an alternative option to consider is the Plantronics Ct14, a cordless phone that includes a compatible corded headset.
Can You Use a Bluetooth Headset With a Landline Phone?
Now that we’ve covered the basics of connecting cordless phones and using corded headsets, let’s explore the possibilities of using Bluetooth technology with a landline phone. Bluetooth wireless headsets have become indispensable for hands-free communication with cell phones. But did you know that you can also use Bluetooth headsets with landline phones?
Yes, you heard that right! If you have a Bluetooth-enabled desk phone or adapter, you can enjoy all the benefits of Bluetooth technology with your landline phone. By connecting your landline phone or office phone system to the adapter, you can pair it with a compatible Bluetooth headset of your choice.
Imagine being able to walk around your home or office while communicating with important clients, customers, business partners, or colleagues using your desk phone. Bluetooth technology offers the freedom of movement without the hassle of cords. For the best experience, we recommend choosing a headset with multipoint pairing capability, allowing you to connect it to both your mobile and landline phones and seamlessly switch between the two.
Whether you want to connect a cordless phone to a landline or use a Bluetooth headset with your landline phone, it’s all possible thanks to the advancements in communication technology. However, it’s important to select the right equipment that is compatible with your specific phone, be it a cell phone or desk phone.
At NokiaMA Headset Design, we offer a wide range of headsets and communication equipment to cater to the diverse requirements of professionals and executives. Make your personal and professional life easier by investing in a headset from us!
So, what are you waiting for? Purchase your wireless headset today and enjoy the convenience and freedom it brings to your landline phone conversations.