You can pick up a 2.4 gigahertz phone (almost 3 times as powerful as a 900 mhz) at radio shack for $125. It has tons of features including caller id and call waiting caller id etc. They claim up to a mile reception distance, unobstructed. I can reach my warehouse 600 feet away through 2 house walls, 300 feet of trees with wet leaves, and a 1' thick cement wall. There is absolutely no reason to have to go to all the trouble of hardwiring a phone line. If you don't want to drop it, they sell a stick on belt clip for about a buck or you can buy a hip holster for it.