AVM FritzFon X6 in first review: DECT phone for FritzBox

Landlines, do they still exist? Yes, not least thanks to the home office boom. But when AVM shows a new FritzFon, it should be clear: This is about much more than just making calls. In fact, the FritzFon models have now become a kind of remote control for the FritzBox and also provide a number of smart functions and practical extras without wanting to compete with the smartphone. At IFA, COMPUTER BILD took a first look at the brand new FritzFon X6.

The X6 is the first FritzFon with a favorite button. This makes it possible to call up smart home functions faster.

FritzFon X6: design and display

The basic concept of the FritzFon – a large color display in the usual format for a cordless phone – has remained the same. But the design is new, and it is immediately noticeable at first inspection: In contrast to the popular FritzFon C6, the housing is very angular and therefore resembles the design language of the new FritzRepeater 3000 AX, which also has several edges. That the FritzFon X6 with a diagonal of 2.4 inches has a slightly larger screen than the C6 (2.2 inches) can only be felt in a direct comparison. New is also an additional favorite button on the page, which can be freely assigned with shortcuts. A wired headset jack is still present, but now in a more convenient location on the top.
FritzFon X6 headset

The headset jack (3.5 mm jack) is longer on board and has been moved upwards. Bluetooth headset not working. In the background: FritzRepeater 3000 AX.

DECT phone with HD sound and eco radio

The FritzFon X6 is a full-fledged DECT cordless phone with HD telephony and hands-free function. It comes with a slim charging cradle, but without its own base. Because any FritzBox with a built-in DECT base works as a DECT base (on board virtually all current FritzBox models). According to AVM, the DECT voice transmission is securely encrypted from the factory. FritzFon supports the FritzBox’s ability to reduce the DECT transmission power, which works without problems, at least in smaller apartments, despite the reduction in range. In the optional “DECT Eco” mode, the transmission current is cut off completely as soon as there is no call in progress and all connected telephones are in standby (all devices must support this function, which is the case with the FritzFon and virtually all Gigaset handsets. In Eco mode, the phones are only woken up when a call comes in, so the first ring is “swallowed” Up to five answering machines and several phone books can be used via FritzBox Proximity sensors turn off the display when the handset is held to the ear, e.g. used for smartphones.
FritzFon X6: Clear back

Simple design: The back of the FritzFon X6 is characterized only by the speaker.

When the smart home calls…

The integration of the FritzFon X6 into the Smarthome could be seen live at IFA: If the DECT-based window sensor, which is also integrated into the Smarthome system on the FritzBox thanks to FritzOS 7.50, detects the opening of a door or window, can this trigger an action can be configured in the smart home. In the demonstration, the FritzFon X6 rang when the window sensor was triggered – even though no one wanted the phones in the house to ring every time a window was opened. However, such a makeshift alarm system could possibly be constructed.

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FritzFon X6: weather, WLAN, baby monitor and more

In combination with the FritzBox, the FritzFon X6 – like all FritzFon models – gets all sorts of smart functions. Due to the larger screen, these should come into their own on the FritzFon X6:

  • Display of weather information, appointments
  • Playback of internet radio stations (configuration via FritzBox) via the internal speaker
  • The guest WiFi network’s QR code makes it easy for guests to use WiFi securely
  • FritzBox remote control: Switch WLAN on/off
  • Control the FritzBox media server (music, photos) even when playing on a TV/network player/WLAN speaker
  • baby alarm function
  • Smartphone phone book can be synchronized via a Google account, for example
  • Display of compatible video intercom systems

FritzFon X6: release, price

The FritzFon X6 will be presented to the public for the first time at IFA 2022. However, sales will only start in the 4th quarter of 2022, i.e. in good time for the Christmas business. The price of €89 (RRP) is €10 higher than the previous RRP of the C6. A charging holder is included in the scope of delivery, the DECT function of the FritzBox itself serves as a basis.

Alternative: test winner FritzFon C6

In addition to the larger display, the favorite button and the changed design, the FritzFon C6 offers the same functions. It is commercially available for around 80 euros and came out on top in the last major DECT cordless phone test.

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