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What are Waterproof Telephones?

R. Kayne
R. Kayne

Waterproof telephones are cordless phones that can be safely used in water, whether floating in the family pool or bobbing alongside a boat. The only restriction is that the base must be plugged into an electrical outlet and the handset, which is waterproof, must be within the manufacturer's stated range of the base. A common range is 1500 feet (457 meters).

Waterproof telephones are not meant to be used underwater so much as in, on, or by water. Most meet the JIS7 waterproof standard, indicating the handset is submersible to 3.28 feet (1 meter) for up to 30 minutes. These phones are intended for wet environments that could damage your cell phone or regular cordless phone.

Some cordless phone systems have a waterproof handset that can be used in water.
Some cordless phone systems have a waterproof handset that can be used in water.

A waterproof telephone normally has a floating handset with rugged casing and slip-free grip and buttons. A phone like this can come in handy in many situations. For example, do you have children who are old enough to use the pool unsupervised, but young enough that you still worry about them? Leaving a waterproof telephone floating in the pool brings 911 that much closer for any one of them to dial, should trouble arise.

Have a pool but no children? How about those afternoons when you're relaxing on your floating recliner and the phone rings? Even if you keep a cordless handset poolside you have to paddle over to it and be careful to keep it dry. With a waterproof telephone you can toss it on your raft and forget about it.

Pool parties? No problem. The phone is handy for anyone to use, dry or wet, to order that pizza, or to call the guy who ran out for more chips and soda!

Waterproof telephones are also handy at the marina. With electricity supplied to most slips, the base can be located on the boat. No more worrying about your cell phone getting wet while you're scrubbing the sea salt off the rigging and chrome!

In fact, waterproof telephones are handy for any wet activity that might damage your regular phone. If you're washing your truck or RV, watering the lawn, or even if it's raining, a waterproof phone will get you through.

If you like the idea but don't anticipate needing it that often, you can get a waterproof case for your cell phone. These clear plastic cases come in different sizes, float, and are designed to keep the phone dry. They also protect the phone from dust and sand. You can use the cell phone right through the case, and many are submersible to 15' (4.6m). Either way, when it comes to fun in the sun or the rain, you're covered!

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The biggest reason we decided to get a waterproof cordless telephone was because of our swimming pool. At that time, we had teenagers who enjoyed using the pool with their friends, and it was so nice to have that phone out there and not have to worry about it getting ruined in the water.

We never had to use if for any emergency situations, but just the peace of mind was worth it. It did come in handy many times, and I would not have anything but a waterproof phone out there.


My son spends quite a bit of time on the water, and has lost or ruined several cell phones that have fallen in the water. He finally decided to invest in a waterproof cell phone.

They really do work and he loves to prove it to people. Once he put his cell phone in a glass of water, and then had someone call it while it was immersed in the water to prove that it still works.

I can see how there would be many situations where this would be helpful to have a waterproof phone.

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    • Some cordless phone systems have a waterproof handset that can be used in water.
      By: Michael Shake
      Some cordless phone systems have a waterproof handset that can be used in water.