Handset Cords (information is high up, products are down below)

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There are thousands of different telephones in use, and a huge number of telephone handset cords are available. It's not difficult to get the right ones—but people often make wrong choices. Here's what you should consider:

  • LENGTH: normally 6, 12, or 25 feet long, or maybe a custom size

  • COLOR: probably to match the body of the phone, but maybe not

  • PHONE BRAND: not normally a consideration, but could be

  • SPECIAL CONSTRUCTION: Some phones use cords with straight sections (see below and at right). Some people want non-coiled cords or even armored cords. We have them. 

IMPORTANT: side jack or bottom jack: what kind of phone do you have? What kind of handset cord do you need?


It's important to order the right kind of cords for your phones.
 

  • Most "desk" phones have handset jacks on their sides.

  • But some phones have handset jacks on the bottom and cord retention channels (grooves) to hold the cords in place.

  • Standard handset cords can be difficult to install in these phones because you have to untwist them and stretch them out.

  • We have special handset cords with four-inch and eight-inch straight sections that are easy to install in the channels, so life will be easier if you order the right cords. Most companies don't sell these cords, but we do.

  • If you have a wall phone with a jack on the lower edge—which you might logically call the bottom—for purposes of selecting the cord, consider the jack to be on the side, not on the bottom, and order a standard cord.

 
 
Handset Cords for Panasonic Phones

Panasonic "system" phones in the KX-T7400, 7600 and 7700 series, VB44000 series, and some Panasonic "consumer" phones, have handset cord retention channels in the phone bottoms.

Normal handset cords can be difficult to install in these phones because you'd have to untwist them and stretch them out. We have special handset cords with four-inch straight sections that are easy to install in the channels. These cords will also work in other phones that have similar construction.

 

  • NOTE: The new KX-DT7300 series phones use standard handset cords.

  • Most Panasonic "white" consumer phones use Light Gray cords, but some have jacks on the side for standard cords, and some have jacks on the bottom and use cords with extended straight sections. Please make sure you order the right cords.

  • We will be adding to the charts below.

The following phone types use cords with extended straight sections.
Please make sure you order the right cords.

The following phone types use standard cords, NOT cords with extended straight sections. Please make sure you order the right cords.

 
Handset Cords for AT&T, Lucent, Avaya phones
 
Handset Cords for Nortel & Aastra phones

Older Northern Telecom phones had handset jacks on their sides and use standard cords. Most recent Nortel and Aastra phones have handset jacks on the bottom with cord retention channels.

Standard handset cords can be difficult to install in these phones because you'd have to untwist them and stretch them out. We have special handset cords with four-inch straight sections that are easy to install in the channels. These cords will also work in other phones that have similar construction.

In the 1990s, Aastra took over certain product lines from Nortel. That's why we are grouping Aastra and Nortel together on this page. To make things even more complicated, many phones made by Aastra, are branded by phone companies that distributed them, such as BellSouth.

And if that's not complicated enough for you, Some Nortel phones, such as the 1120E "IP" phone, require cords with even longer straight sections (below). Fortunately, we have them, too. 

 
Handset Cords for Cisco phones

For Cisco phones, we recommend our handset cords with 4-inch straight sections to fit into the cord retention channels, in either medium gray or glossy black, depending on your phones.

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