Even though the number of landlines in Ireland has fallen, house phones are rapidly becoming a household accessory - with the emphasis firmly on fashion. It went from the portable phone to the retro rotary - but which has the biggest slick factor?
Wild & Wolf 1930s Series 302 €82.50
Appearances can be deceiving. This Wild & Wolf offering has all the trappings of an old-school rotary phone, but look closer and you can see it has a push-button dial.
It comes in black or red, and while it can do the bog-standard tasks of any phone - this one is all about the retro-show.
It mightn't be cordless and it might not be able to transfer calls - instead it's a straightforward device that plugs into a standard socket. Other features include an increase/decrease volume button on the earpiece and also an on/off switch.
Panasonic KX-TG8063EB Trio €122
Why have one phone when you have three? This Panasonic phone is the bee's knees - if you're in a large household and need more than the one phone. This cordless number has 250 hours of battery life which translates to 13 hours of chatting away on the phone time. There's also an answering service, so if you're not there it can record up to 18 minutes of voice messages.
And there's an LED screen on all of the three phones and they can display caller ID.
Idect Eclipse €132
The Eclipse phone is basically a cordless phone, but some savvy designer reinvented the average stand and created this elliptical look.
But looking ultra slick and impressing house guests isn't its only function - it does actually do stuff.
It has its own built-in phone-book, which can store up to 100 names and numbers.
And, like the Panasonic, it has 13 hours of talk time and an answering machine which holds about 15 minutes of messages. There's even an energy-saving Eco mode.
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