Written by Charles Peacock
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Speakerphones have long been a great friend to those who like to work at their desks while they're talking. They give you the ability to use your hands while you're talking, and they also have the added advantage of making group conversations over the phone quite easy. With the advent of IP teleconferencing and tiny mobile phone technologies, the term "speakerphone" has also begun to take on a wide range of new meanings.

New Types of Speakerphones

I was ecstatic when I purchased my first home telephone with a built-in speakerphone. I've always disliked holding a phone receiver to my ear for the duration of a long phone call (and it's gotten worse as phones have gotten smaller). For this reason, I love having a speakerphone in the home so I can lean back in my chair or even walk around the room while I'm talking to someone--and use my hands at the same time.

Some newer cell phones come with built-in speakerphones, and I would highly recommend getting one if you've never had one. A lot of people use headsets to free up their hands while they're on the cell phone, but I find that a built-in speakerphone is much more effective. It eliminates the need for one more piece of equipment, and it also doesn't require any extra wires.

Speakerphones intended for office use have also become highly advanced in recent years. Full duplex speakerphones allow for conference calls where both parties can be talking at the same time, which is really a necessity if you want to have a comfortable conversation with someone. Modern conference speakerphones also have built-in microphones that are made to pick up sound all around the room, so you're not forced to point your mouth at the phone itself every time you want to talk.

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