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Comfortably Connected(HKTDC Electronics, Vol 04,2008)

Cordless Phones

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This 5.8GHz digital cordless phone with Bluetooth connectivity and a high-resolution 65K colour display is one of the latest releases from VTech Holdings Ltd

A myriad of functions combine with sleek looks in a new generation of cordless phones

Technological advances are ringing in major changes to the market for cordless phones, which boast increasingly sophisticated features and stylish designs that add a trendy touch to the home.

A classic example is digital cordless phone model LS5145 from VTech Holdings Ltd. "This phone has the most comprehensive features in the cordless phone category," explains spokeswoman Reon Wong. "It has all the bells and whistles - everything that you would expect of a cordless phone."

Besides, she adds, the phone incorporates some unusual functions. "It has a Bluetooth-enabled feature that pairs the phone with your mobile phone once you are at home, and it is expandable up to 12 handsets and requires only one phone jack."

By transmitting on a 5.8GHz frequency and applying Digital Spread Spectrum Technology, this model offers a high range, clarity and security. "The technology makes it nearly impossible for someone to eavesdrop," claims Ms Wong.

There is a high-resolution 65K colour display with animated wallpaper, and a menu with tri-lingual prompts in English, Spanish, or French. Other features include a memory of up to 100 incoming calls, a voicemail-waiting indicator, a phonebook that stores up to 100 names and numbers, a choice of pre-set musical or user-recorded ring tones, and a blue-backlit keypad.

Ms Wong notes that the line between a mobile phone and a cordless phone is becoming blurred. "We believe that mobile convergence is going to be a key product trend for cordless phones in the next two years."

VTech takes pride not only in its products, but also its marketing strategies. "Designed to fit your home, and your life, is what we say about our products," Ms Wong says. "We do a lot of placement in Hollywood films and TV dramas as part of our product marketing campaign to associate our phones with consumers' everyday life."

Extra edge

The ability to continually introduce new products with new features is among the competitive advantages for A. Team Technology Ltd, according to General Manager Edmond Leung, citing its new model AD9500R, a Digital Enhanced Cordless Technology (DECT) phone with an Internet radio function.

"This unique Internet radio function makes it stand out from other cordless phones," claims Mr Leung. "The user simply needs to connect the base unit to a computer with a USB cable, and then use the setup program to activate the Internet radio function."

The menu-driven phone also features a phone book with a capacity of 40 entries (each with up to 32 digits and 16 characters), redialling functions (with 20 memories of up to 32 digits each), a caller record list (with 30 records of up to 20 digits and 16 characters each), and a PABX memory.

There is also a speakerphone on the handset and a four-language selection on the display. The user can program three barred numbers into the phone, which is available in either black or white.

Also focusing on trends is Elite Century Ltd, which recently launched two new products - model GE-21870 taps into the trend for a user-friendly, large-button phone in demand by older users, and model GE-21877 focuses on the demand for smart and modern designs. "These phones have been well received by our customers, especially large, chain retail stores," says Assistant Sales Manager Eric Chow.

Featuring call waiting and caller ID display functions, a speakerphone on headset and a backlit LCD, both phones are 1.8GHz DECT and available in either black or white. In addition, model GE-21870 has volume control and a 25-phone-number memory, while model GE-21877 is equipped with a phone book, an alarm clock, and a caller ID memory.

"DECT phones are a growing trend, especially with prices dropping in recent years," notes Mr Chow.

Easy options

User-friendly cordless phones are also available from Ko Tech Electronics Co, such as model KCW88 with caller ID display (in FSK/DTMF/ETSI), 10-channel 46/49MHz auto scan, a memory of 60 caller IDs, ringer volume control and tone selection, and a backlit LCD. "This is our best-selling cordless model because it is easy to use and has a good price," notes Marketing Manager Sophia Kao.

Clearly in touch with the latest design and technology trends, Hong Kong manufacturers always make sure their cordless phones keep users well connected in their homes.

TEXT BY VICKI WILLIAMS

FAST FACTS

A. Team Technology Ltd
Unit C, 26/F
Gold King Ind Bldg
35-41 Tai Lin Pai Rd
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2637-3392
Fax: 852-2637-3216
Email:
ateammkt05@ateamtech.com
Web: www.ateamtech.com
Year Established:1999
Major Product Categories: corded and cordless telephones, answering machines, DAB radios, Internet radios
Own Brands & Certificates: ISO 9001
Minimum Order: 5,000 pieces
Monthly Production: 120,000 pieces (corded phones), 80,000 pieces (DAB radios)
Delivery Time: 12 weeks
Factory Size & Location: 9,360 square metres
Workforce: 800
   
Elite Century Ltd
Flat 3C
1-3 Kai Hing Rd
Ngau Tau Kok, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2185-1305
Fax: 852-2185-6285
Email:
eric@elitecentury.com
Web: www.elitecentury.com
Year Established: 1993
Major Product Categories: telephones
Own Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: -
Monthly Production: -
Delivery Time: within 1 week
Factory Size & Location: 20,000 square feet
Workforce: 30
   
KCM Kocmy Electronics Co Ltd
Rm 1703
Witty Comm Bldg
1A Tung Choi St
Mong Kok, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2311-5151
Fax: 852-2311-5169
Email:
kamyuen0@netvigator.com
Web: www.szkcm.com
Year Established: 2001
Major Product Categories: corded phones, cordless phones
Own Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: 1,500 pieces
Monthly Production: -
Delivery Time: 30-40 days
Factory Size & Location: 15,000 square metres; Shenzhen
Workforce: 1,700
   
Ko Tech Electronics Co
Unit 3, 12/F, Phase II
Chai Wan Ind City
70 Wing Tai Rd
Chai Wan
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2960-0607
Fax: 852-2564-7828
Email:
info@ko-tech.com.hk
Web: www.ko-tech.com.hk
Year Established: 1999
Major Product Categories: telecom products and LCD modules
Own Brands & Certificates: KTT; TUV Nord Certificate
Minimum Order: 3,000 pieces (cordless phones), 5,000 pieces (magnetic phones)
Monthly Production: one million pieces
Delivery Time: 35 days
Factory Size & Location: Dongguan
Workforce: 300
   
Victorwood Holdings Ltd
Unit 15, 8/F, Blk B
Sun Fung Centre
88 Kwok Shui Rd
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2423-4880
Fax: 852-2423-4838
Email:
sales@victorwood.com
Web: www.victorwood.com
Year Established: 1994
Major Product Categories: telecom and digital products
Own Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: 3,000 pieces
Monthly Production: 90,000 pieces
Delivery Time: 60 days
Factory Size & Location: Shenzhen
Workforce: -
   
VTech Holdings Ltd
21/F
CNT House
120 Johnston Rd
Wan Chai
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2776-3223
Fax: 852-2319-2316
Email:
reon_wong@vtech.com
Web: www.vtech.com
Year Established: 1976
Major Product Categories: cordless phones, electronic educational toys
Own Brands & Certificates: VTech; TS16949, ISO 13488, ISO 9001
Minimum Order: -
Monthly Production: -
Delivery Time: -
Factory Size & Location: 240,000 square metres; Dongguan
Workforce: -