I need to pick your brains about modern alternatives to copper landline answerphones or speakerphones for a heavily disabled user since we are planning to get rid of our copper landline.
I need to be able to ring home from my 4G mobile and leave a clearly audible message for my wife who is heavily disabled. If she could reply completely hands free, that is a strong bonus. The message does not need to be saved. She cannot hold or pick up a phone, cannot press buttons on a device and her speech is bad enough that Siri has trouble understanding her.
While we do have the normal Community Alarm service in case of emergency at the home itself, any delay in me being able to communicate a change of plans or accident to her could become distressing very quickly. For example last October I had a minor motorcycle accident and had to ride home injured to make arrangements for her care for before admitting myself to hospital.
At the moment we have the copper landline with a normal DECT answerphone that can echo the audio of incoming messages. She cannot pick up or interact with the handset and we rely on her being in the correct room to even hear the message. More often than not she can only hear the tone of voice rather than the content due to distance to the base unit or its overall low volume.
Our answerphone is the last use of the landline so we are looking for alternatives to it prior to ceasing the landline completely.
Our internet is non-BT FTTP provided by Giganet but we do not currently have a VoIP service. It passes through the ONT into an ASUS router and through an unmanaged switch. I own the only mobile in the household (iPhone).
One preference is that only a whitelist of individuals should be allowed to phone in and leave messages to avoid cold callers initiating an audio call.
When I asked these questions on the ThinkBroadband forum it was suggested that we could look at something like the HT801 VoIP ATA unit with a VoIP service but that didn’t answer how we could actually improve the terrible audio from the DECT answerphone. I then spotted the SIP Intercom speakers such as the GSC3505 family but don’t know what other equipment I would need to allow me to call in.
Please could you suggest how we might solve this issue for our home.
Huge thanks from both of us.