The best modern landline handsets are svelte and cordless, with some even featuring large colour touchscreens.
Most useful of all, however, has been the emergence of blocking.
You can block nuisance callers by adding their numbers to a blacklist too, and silence calls from withheld or anonymous numbers.
Vo IP means you can use it to make calls over the internet, as well as landline, and the 50m indoor range and 300m outdoor range means you should always have a great connection. Philips M6 Luceo: £79.95, John Lewis If you think this model looks outrageous, just wait until you see the Idect home phone further down the page.
Home phones might not be quite as glamorous as today’s mobiles, but they’re still central to hundreds of thousands of households across the country.
We’ve come a long way since the days of the rotary dial.
You can also sync data, such as Outlook contacts, via Bluetooth or mini USB. BT Halo: £81, Amazon Just behind the SL910A in the aesthetic department, the BT Halo is a very modern-looking handset, and it’s a real monster in terms of specs.
The Eclipse Plus also comes with space for up to 200 contacts and 30 minutes of voice message recordings, and lets you add 20 numbers to your blacklist and a further 20 to your whitelist. Panasonic KX-TGH260: £49.99, Amazon Panasonic prides the KX-TGH260 on Link-to-Mobile, which lets you make and receive smartphone calls on your landline via Bluetooth, a feature that comes in especially handy if your mobile has poor battery life.
It features Nuisance Call Block technology too, which lets you add 50 specific numbers or groups of numbers to a blacklist and allows you to block calls from withheld numbers.
The Halo can handle up to 3,000 contacts and 60 minutes of voice messages recordings, and you can use it to handle your smartphone calls when you sync them up via Bluetooth.
Its standout feature, however, is tru Call, which you can use to block up to 1,000 specific numbers, as well as withheld, anonymous and international numbers and calls from payphones.