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#1 May 17th, 2005, 01:19
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Hi does it make sense to buy a cordless phone in india? or here in the US prior to move to India? Friends of mine here who are from India seem to think the phones here are better but I am concerned that there may be technical reasons/incompatible technologies that may make buying one here a bad decision.

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There used to be something about taking a permission from the DoT, have it 'inspected' for compatibility (voltage or something) etc., but I don't think that applies or exists any more. Even if it does, as long as you are in the good books of the local line man it may not be a problem..I took one for my mom last time with the aswering machine and stuff and it works just fine.
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Cordless phones can be easy taken into India and they work fine. However, 1. It might be cheaper to purchase it in India and 2. Replacement parts (betteries) might be difficult to find.
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Isn't it amazing how often the-question-you've-been-meaning-to-ask crops up already here?

I've been wondering if it is worth bringing my DECT Answer-phone stuff from UK.

My phone socket here (INDIA) is the 2-pin RJ type. The UK phone has the wider plug with the clip on the side. I've looked on the web for an adapter but not found one --- any clues, anyone?
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I've looked on the web for an adapter but not found one --- any clues, anyone?
Typically, you have to end up cutting the plug off and attching the Indian plug to the cord.
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Check the voltage first. A typical US-bought unit will be 110-120V and will need a converter to use with Indian 220V power. Personally, I don't think it is a good idea to use a converter on a device that will be continuously plugged in as converters do get warm and it would seem to be a potential source of trouble. But I'm no expert.
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Most cordless phones here in the US work on 9V adapters, I left the original adapter here and went to the neighborhood 'customs notified shop' and bought one that works on 220v. As for the price, look out for sales in stores like Best Buy or whatever you have, I got a Uniden with ans. machine a couple of weeks back for $21+ including tax, which is about Rs.921.67. A quick search on ebay India, shows phones with caller ID, I'm not sure about the answering machine, around the same price or a bit more. Now batteries could be a problem, could end up buying reconditioned, or the fake ones that explode No, warranties either.
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good point, Hyderabadi -- just replacing the 110V 'brick' with a 220V one would do the trick.
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Originally Posted by crvlvr Typically, you have to end up cutting the plug off and attching the Indian plug to the cord.
doesn't that require a crimping tool? and what wire to which pin?

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And to account for the power-cuts, you better have a regular phone handy (maybe connected in parallel, although this is technically illegal since it draws more power from the telephone company system). Otherwise, no telephone for some 10 hours a week. Also, my cordless started acting up after some time. I took it to the Panasonic service centre and was told that it was due to the voltage fluctuations.
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Nick,

Unless one end of the chord is fixed to your phone (normally most phones will have a connection chord that can be disconnected from the phone), instead of cutting and crimping, buy an Indian chord with the right shape plugs at both end.

If thats not possible - take the phone to a neighbourhood phone shop (in Chennai) and most of them will have the tools needed to cut and crimp and to fix the right plug!
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Paagla, Good advice, thanks
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Originally Posted by manojb And to account for the power-cuts, you better have a regular phone handy (maybe connected in parallel, although this is technically illegal since it draws more power from the telephone company system). Otherwise, no telephone for some 10 hours a week. Also, my cordless started acting up after some time. I took it to the Panasonic service centre and was told that it was due to the voltage fluctuations.
You do get phones that run on a regular 9v for stand-by power. The parallel phone is a better option though, in many cases the newer homes are designed with phone jacks built in. If I remember right, there was also something about it was now OK to have two phones connected to the same line, or was it the happy line-man trying to make me happy too?

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