Siemens offers battle-hardened land line

Land line for today's rough-and-tumble households


The humble land line is finally getting some love. Not only can the home phone now have its very own ringtones , but at least some models are getting updated for the 21st century--and that means they've got to toughen up to survive, especially in today's unforgiving domestic conditions .

To that end, Siemens says its new "Gigaset E455 SIM" is dust-proof, splash-proof and "comes equipped with rubber pads for shock protection, meaning you also no longer need to worry about dropping and smashing it," according to Pocket-lint.

All that may be true, but we hope Siemens has concentrated a bit more on the basics than it has with land lines in the past. We personally spent a small fortune on a multi-handset "Gigaset 2410" system awhile back, only to end up dumping the whole thing less than a year later when the phones began to die. But we can say it gave us the occasion to do some of our own endurance testing--by throwing them out the window.

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