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Lesson 5. Using High-Tech Tools and Software >  The 30-Second Recap - Pg. 26

Using High-Tech Tools and Software Tip 26 For the office, buy a phone with an answering machine. Other good features include two or more lines with Hold buttons, caller ID, speaker-phone capability, and remote message access. Telephones You have four categories from which to choose a telephone--corded or cordless, and with or without integrated answering machines. Cordless systems enable you to move around without restrictions to location or distance, within limits. Typical brands include Panasonic, Sony, AT&T, V-Tech, Nortel, and Siemens. Prices typically range from $100 to $500. In more recent times, the use of portable headsets has become very common among executives and SOHO environments. It allows you to communicate by phone, hands free, while performing some other function like typing, filing, and so forth. Caution If your home office has two telephone lines--one for Internet and the other for telephone/ fax--portable phones can create frequency interference, depending on the quality of home wiring. Pagers Basic pagers have a numeric readout of the paging phone number. Prices range from $10 to $50. The next grade up offers numeric and word messaging with an average price of $80. Sophisticated pagers allow two-way word messaging and contact management software for prices up to $400.