Good Questions: UK Phones Work in the US?

Good Questions: UK Phones Work in the US?

Dec 10, 2007

Dear Unplggd,

My wife and I have a stylish home - or think we do - and are looking for the perfect single house phone. We can't stomach putting in a beastly Uniden or Vtech or Panasonic - BORING - phone and really like the Philips phones in white. The best one and simplest is the cd2401s - and seems to only be available in the UK:

If we bought this phone through, would it work in our house?

We're willing to pay for shipping if it will work in the US....

Best, Maxwell

Hi Maxwell,

We have had similar thoughts when travelling through Europe and seeing all the lighting that is both more beautiful and cheaper than anything available to us in North America. Ditto for simple electronics like the cordless phone. The problem that you run into when trying to bring in anything from Europe that needs to be plugged in is the power. 220 to 240 volt in Europe vs. 110 to 120 volt in North America.

While not impossible to use a 220v appliance in North America, you will require a bulky converter which kind of defeats the beautiful minimalist design you were after in the first place. Does anyone else have suggestions for Maxwell?

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