- would like something high-tech and spiffy looking, like the BeoCom 1401 (but preferably under $100 if possible)
- does not look like a commercial "office" phone (I don't need a big screen with 8 lines, or a VoIP phone)
- the buttons have to be on the console, not on the handset! I want to be able to press buttons while still on the phone and hands-free/speakerphone would be a welcome bonus
Editor - Unfortunately corded telephones are not only disappearing from the consumer channels, but those available tend to cater to businesses and usually sport industrial design stuck somewhere around 1989. Using your requirements as a guide, we soon realized there doesn't seem to be a perfect match out there, the closet being an import model designed by Jacob Jensen above (recommended by Unplggd reader, Alex Hoogeveen). Something like the Hulger Pappa*Phone is corded, quite handsome looking, but it is designed as a VOIP solution. Others like the Siemens Gigaset 2-line Cordless Phone offers most of what you require, but is cordless and nowhere as design-centric as the B&O BeoCom 1401 (perhaps your best bet, considering the price isn't too far off from your budget).
Anyone out there have recommendations for Ella and her search for a corded, modern and buttons-on-the-console solution?
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