Amplicom PowerTel 680 ‘Home Alone Phone’ for the elderly

Amplicom PowerTel 680 'Home Alone Phone' for the elderlyIt’s not exactly what you’d call super-sexy, high tech gear, but for elderly folks living alone, the Combo 680 home phone could be a life saver.

The phone combination from Amplicom comes with a Wrist Shaker bracelet featuring a Emergency Panic Button, which can send out a personal pre-recorded message to 5 different numbers until it receives a response.

The Wrist-Shaker packs a vibrating alert for incoming calls, and can remotely turn the phone on to let the user talk hands free.

Amplicom PowerTel 680 'Home Alone Phone' for the elderlyThe PowerTel 680 handset is made up of a corded and cordless handset and packs an answer machine, extra large buttons, amplified sound, ringer, alarm clock and a visual and spoken number ID.

The Hearing Aid Compatible combo can slam out a room shaking 90db to ensure hard-of-hearing users can take calls.

It’s a fairly pricey affair ar £149, but with no contracts, wiring or installation fees, Amplicom argue that their Combo 680 will save users dosh when compared against services provided by monitoring companies.

The handset is available from the Royal National Institute for Deaf People online shop at


  • Powertel 500 cordless phone:
  • Maximum volume of 110dB
  • Maximum ringer volume of 90dB
  • 2 programmable personalised volume/tone/boost settings in addition to a personalised default setting
  • Tone control with a 5 band equaliser, each of which has a different bass, mid and treble tone characteristic
  • Handset boost button
  • Adjustable loud ringer volume (5 settings and off)
  • 9 ringer melodies including 5 polytone on handset
  • Hands free loudspeaker (5 settings)
  • 2 extra bright flashing white LED’s on the base and handset to indicate incoming calls
  • Adjustable super loud base ringer (5 settings and off)
  • Alarm clock function with audible alarm
  • Auto talk (handset will automatically answer the call when you pick up the handset from the base)
  • Caller ID for 30 numbers with recall
  • Hearing aid compatible
  • Last number redial (stores the last ten telephone numbers dialled)
  • Mains powered
  • Paging function for locating additional handsets
  • Recall button
  • Mute function
  • Socket for PowerTel Vibrating Pad
  • Headset socket (2.5mm jack socket)
  • Neckloop socket
  • Standby time up to 100 hours or maximum of 11 hours continuous conversation
  • Talk Time display
  • Phone book for 200 names and numbers
  • REN value = 1
  • Powertel 58 corded phone:
  • Maximum volume of 127dB
  • Maximum ringer volume of 90B
  • Tone control with a five band equaliser
  • Ringer tone and volume control
  • Boost button on the base
  • Nine ring tones
  • Hands free function
  • Answer machine (11 minutes)
  • Announces the numbers as you press them (this can be turned off)
  • Redial and mute buttons
  • Large buttons and backlit display
  • Three direct dial numbers
  • Caller ID compatible (if you subscribe to Caller ID with your service provider)
  • Telephone lead 2.7m
  • Mains power lead 2.8m
  • 200 number phonebook
  • REN value = 1

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4 Comments on “Amplicom PowerTel 680 ‘Home Alone Phone’ for the elderly”

  1. i did bought powertel combo 680 from Germany cost £117.00 with free postage unfortnatly
    german plug @ german intruction book have to return it shame lots cheaper than UK.. so expensive here.. how i can cheaper all i found its cost £149.00!

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