If you'd like to ask us this question this blog is for you... We currently stock two options that offer exactly the same level of amplification for sound on incoming calls. Geemarc's Amplipower 50 and Amplicom's PowerTel 60 both state an amplification level of up to 60dB (decibels). In case the decibel doesn't mean much to you, suffice it to say that this level of amplification is rated sufficient to help those with very severe hearing loss.
Most of our other amplified phones (which are still substantially louder than standard home phones) offer between 30-40dB extra volume.
Ok, so both have the same amount of extra volume, which one should I go for?
Geemarc's Amplipower50 is a popular choice, and before the launch of Amplicom's PowerTel60 was the most powerful phone on the market by far. It is extremely easy to use, with huge buttons, and a robust casing. Many of our customers like the simple volume slider on the top of the phone, which can be left in place so that there is always a certain amount of amplification ready to go.
Amplicom's PowerTel60 was launched this year, and perhaps as it is newer, incorporates a digital display which can be used for Caller ID, call duration and to store a phonebook of up to 32 numbers. The key pad is also back-lit, making dialling easy in dim lighting, or for those with impaired vision. Accessing the extra volume boost involves one extra key press compared to the Amplipower 50. If more than two, speed dial 1-button-press numbers are important, the Amplipower50 does have 11 buttons available on the face of the phone, whereas the PowerTel60 allows just two instant dial memories - the other 10 are accessed via an extra two button presses, and a separate list of who's who needs to be kept near the phone.
Both phones have good hands-free speakerphone options. Amplicom's price for the PowerTel60 is extremely competitive, and from a feature point of view, very good value for money. However, the usual recommendation is for people to have a look at both options, as the final decision usually comes down to personal preference for looks & design, and of course whether the person the phone is intended for will be comfortable using it. It's worth pointing out that both phones (as with many amplified telephones) require their own power supply due to the increased amplification, but should there be a power failure, the phone will still be able to be used.