Adding An Extra Telephone

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SteveD | 10:56 Thu 16th Jan 2014 | How it Works
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My mother-in-law would find it useful to have a telephone in her bedroom. She is not capable of using a cordless phone or a mobile one. Currently, she has two phone outlets, one in her sitting room and another in the kitchen (which is next to the bedroom) each with a phone attached. In order to install a third phone in the bedroom, is it simply necessary to get a two-way adapter for the kitchen phone socket and a length of appropriate cable to run round the skirting into the bedroom? It would never be necessary to use more than one phone at the same time.

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That would do....
Short and sweet, quicker than me!

Yes, but I think you need to make sure your phones don't exceed a 'ren' rating of 10. Ren ratings should be quoted somewhere on the phone labels.
You can get a ready made lead in various lengths such as this:-

I've seen them in 3 to 30 metre lengths.
Is she upstairs? I did this for my mother. It works fine but don't underestimate the length of extension cable you will need...stairs use a lot!
Subject to REN number restrictions, you should be OK. REN won't be a problem for 3 phones provided they are basic no-frills equipment.

For more about REN go to
On a related note

I had one like this for my father when he got beyond a mobile phone

There are programmable buttons for one button dialing and when he got beyond dialing a number he could just push it to call me or my sister etc.
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Thanks to all for the excellent replies. I assume that, when a call is received, all three phones will ring at once?
Yes, all 3 phones will ring at the same time. I have 3 phones that are connected up as you describe, and never had a problem.

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