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I like to multitask and do chores like ironing or dishes while I talk on the phone with my mom, brother and best friend back in the States. A headset makes doing so infinitely easier. It also makes waiting on hold for long periods more bearable. The past 3 weeks I have been using my phone even more as I find holding the phone difficult with my broken right hand and raising the phone to my ear puts strain on my injured left shoulder.
My phone has a single 2.5mm jack so I was limited in my headset options (although this seems standard for landline phones most headsets have 3.5mm jacks more common on computers). I ended up buying a Panasonic KXTCA60 headset even though it wasn't exactly what I wanted- it was the best I could find for a reasonable price and Panasonic is generally a fairly good brand.
===About the headset===
As I mentioned earlier, the Panasonic KXTCA60 has a single 2.5mm chord which is 120cm (4ft) long. It has a lapel clip to keep the chord in place and reduce noise. There is a padded speaker for one ear and a movable microphone arm on the same side (the headset can be turned to be worn over either ear). The headset is adjustable, but even on the smallest setting I find it too big for my (small side of average for a women's) head. For this reason I don't think it would work well for a child.
I have been a little disappointed with this headset. Frankly, I expected better from a brand like Panasonic. The speaker is not particularly clear and makes a lot of static and crackling noises. It is good enough for me to use on casual calls to friends and family from my quiet house, but I don't think it would be ideal for work use where there's more background noise. I think the microphone is slightly clearer because I haven't had anyone complain about the reduction in call clarity, but maybe they are just being polite.
You cannot adjust the volume on this headset.
One thing to note is that you must plug the headset into the phone before starting a call. You can't plug it in half way through a call. You can, however, unplug the headset during a call and switch to using it normally (but you won't be able to go back to using the headset during that call). I don't know why this is the case, but it was the same with another phone and headset I owned years ago.
===Price and availability===
I bought my headset on Amazon where it is still available for £12.96 (free super-saver shipping).
This headset does what I wanted it to do- multitask while making calls to friends or family. It is a little too big for me and isn't quite as clear as I would like, but it does free up my hands to do other things while talking (much better than using speakerphone or trying to hold the phone with my shoulder). I'm happy to give it 3 out of 5 stars.