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    1. Panasonic KX-TG2730S 2.4 GHz DSS
    $79.88 $74.85 list($199.99)
    2. Motorola MD681 5.8GHz Cordless
    $349.95 list($379.99)
    3. Fujifilm Finepix S5100 4MP Digital
    $64.88 list($179.99)
    4. Motorola MD671 5.8GHz Cordless
    $599.99 $540.00 list($679.99)
    5. palmOne Treo 650 PDA Phone (Unlocked)
    $163.39 $155.99 list($179.95)
    6. Panasonic KX-TG5433M 5.8 GHz DSS
    $139.99 $129.99 list($149.99)
    7. Panasonic GigaRange KX-TG5571M
    $114.99 list($209.99)
    8. Uniden TRU8866 5.8 GHz Digital
    $37.99 list($69.99)
    9. Cardo Systems scala-500 Bluetooth
    $64.99 $57.60 list($99.99)
    10. Motorola MD61 5.8 GHz Accessory
    Too low to display $179.99 list($259.99)
    11. Panasonic KX-TG6502B 5.8 GHz DSS
    Too low to display list($119.99)
    12. VTech ip5850 5.8 GHz DSS Cordless
    Too low to display list($89.99)
    13. Uniden TCX800 Accessory Handset
    Too low to display list($89.99)
    14. Uniden TCX860 Accessory Handset
    $265.99 $215.99 list($379.90)
    15. Plantronics CS50/HL10 BUNDLE (
    $119.99 list($199.95)
    16. Uniden TRU8865-2 5.8 GHz Digital
    $74.99 $67.95 list($89.99)
    17. Panasonic KX-TGA510M 5.8GHz Accessory
    $185.20 $184.48 list($249.99)
    18. Plantronics CS50 900 MHz Wireless
    Too low to display list($199.99)
    19. Uniden TRU8885-2 5.8 GHz Digital
    Too low to display $949.00 list($1,499.99)
    20. Mintek DTV-263 26" LCD TV/DVD

    1. Panasonic KX-TG2730S 2.4 GHz DSS Expandable Cordless Phone with Answering System
    by Panasonic
    list price: $169.99
    our price: $74.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000068CNH
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Panasonic
    Sales Rank: 8
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Upgrade your home or office phone with this Panasonic 2.4 GHz expandable cordless phone and all-digital answering system. Featuring Caller ID*/Call Waiting ID* with a backlit 4-line LCD display, the handset has a built-in speakerphone, selectable ringtones and direct dialing from the Caller ID memory or the 50-station directory. The answering system includes 3 individual voicemail boxes, Flash Memory message backup, a voice menu, time/day stamp, memo recording and Slow Talk playback for easier listening of recorded messages. The base unit supports up to 7 additional handsets (each sold separately) without additional phone jacks. Includes headset jack and belt clip for hands-free use, AC power adapter and 1 NiCD rechargeable battery. *Requires phone company service. No. TGA2730. Imported. ... Read more


    • 4-line LCD with easy menus; handset speakerphone
    • 2.4 GHz signal, frequency-hopping digital spread spectrum technology
    • Expandable to 8 handsets, 1 included
    • Built-in digital answering system
    • Caller ID with call waiting; 50-number directory

    Reviews (81)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Battery is just awful; everything else is great
    I chose to ignore all the reviews about the lousy battery life.I wish I hadn't.I've had the phone a couple months and the battery is so run down, I can't have a single 3-minute conversation.It's just awful.I'm today shopping for a new phone and will never buy Panasonic again.

    3-0 out of 5 stars No Autodial in Handset
    This phone is missing Auto dialing facility from Handset. You've to use base unit for speed dialing. All other features are cool.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Packs a Punch
    It doesn't take long to figure out that the new Panasonic Cordless packs a punch.In the words of Molvania's own techno-pop duo, Zlad!, this phone is "Electronik - Supersonik"Here, check it out for yourself!

    Pros:Clean, attractive design; lightweight.BoOO - YA!

    Cons:Answering Machine features may be unnecessary for folks with voice mail through their telephone service providers - very common.Still, even if you don't use answering system features, the cost easily justifies the purchase.

    Hey baby, wake up from your asleep.We have arrived into the future.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars great phone!
    i ordered this phone just a few days ago and received it immediately.i'm not sure what the gripe is all about because my phone works just fine.i made a few calls on it and the reception is crystal clear.the only thing that may be a problem in the future is that the battery is a NiCD battery.this means that, if you recharge it before it fully decharges, the battery won't keep the same capacity as it did when it was new.i'm actually assuming this will happen, so i bought a NiMH battery for this phone off of ebay so when the old battery fails, the new battery will be around to replace it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars instructions for maximizing battery life
    So many people have complained about short battery life, I felt it was necessary to post some basic information about the Ni-Cad batteries used by this phone:

    "Ni-Cad has a chemistry-related problem known as "Memory Effect", which limits the discharge capacity of the cell if it is not completely discharged during each use."

    This means that in order to maximize the battery life, you need to:

    1) fully charge the battery for at least 15 hours before using handset for the first time (you only have to do this once)
    2) do NOT put the handset back in the cradle unless the battery is almost dead.This means putting the handset in the cradle ONLY WHEN NECESSARY for charging.The longer you can wait before recharging the batteries, the longer they will last.

    It really is a shame that panasonic didn't use another (better) battery type, but that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy acceptable battery life... it just means you have to follow the two steps above.Once I got used to leaving the handset off the cradle, I realized it was much handier not feeling that I had to put the phone in the cradle all the time to "top off" the battery.

    For $30 (shipped, after $40 panasonic rebate), if you need a new cordless phone/answering system/caller ID box, this is a great deal and can't be beat!

    Edit: I've had the phone for 2 months now, and I still go over a week between charging the battery...(and that's using the phone daily!) ... Read more

    2. Motorola MD681 5.8GHz Cordless Speakerphone w/Answering System/Caller ID
    by Motorola
    list price: $199.99
    our price: $79.88
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000CDELD
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Motorola
    Sales Rank: 39
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan Product Description

    The Motorola MD681 combines powerful 5.8 GHz digital technology with strong call features, an integrated answering system, and expandability to six compatible handsets, each offering caller ID and visual call waiting. Plus, the phone includes a digital answering system with three individual mailboxes.

    Both the handset and base unit offer full functionality, with full keypad, speakerphone, and backlit LCD on each. The base unit is desk or wall mountable and offers face-up handset charging, while the handset also offers convenient intercom features, three-way conferencing, VibraCall alert, and a low battery indicator. Additional call features include redial, flash, mute, and hold. The MD681 comes with everything you need to get started, and is backed by a one-year warranty.


    • 5.8 GHz Digital with Multi-Handset Capability
    • Caller ID with Visual Call Waiting on Base Station
    • Expandable up to 6 total handsets
    • 3-mail box digital answering machine on base
    • Selectable Ringtones
    • Redial, Flash, Hold and Mute Functionality
    • VibraCall alert

    What's in the Box
    MMD681 base, one handset, NiMH rechargeable battery pack, charging transformer, telephone line cord, wall bracket, user manual, warranty information.

    See a detailed view of the phone's feature.
    ... Read more


    • Selective ring tones and VibraCall alert
    • 5.8 GHz digital signal; expandable to 6 handsets
    • Digital answering system with 3 individual mailboxes
    • Caller ID with visual call waiting
    • Speakerphone capability from handset and base unit

    Reviews (96)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best cordless phone that I have used
    - sounds nice and clear for both handset and speaker phone.
    - speaker phone on both base and handset.effectively makes it two phones, which means if you suddenly find your handset out of juice, you can still use the speaker phone on the base, instead of having to get up and run to the corded phone in the other room.
    - NiMH batteries are better than NiCad in general.
    - small and feels to the panasonic kx-tg2227 I had both the base and handset are smaller.

    - 8 uninspiring, ring tones.and except for a couple, too high-pitched.
    - there are 3 voice mailboxes, and there is no way to disable just one or two.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Phone broke 2 weeks after the warranty ended
    So, I liked this phone just fine while it worked.

    But it broke 2 weeks after the end of the 1 year warranty. Now the handset can't find the base, and it beeps approximately 5 times/minute while looking for its electronic mate (which it finds about 1/2 the time). When it can find the base, one can speak on the phone.

    Obviously I have only 1 data point to offer, and so can't make meaningful generalizations about product durability. But our Panasonic cordless system (bought june 2002) still works fine. And for an original $110 cost, I did think the Motorola would work for longer than 54 weeks w/out breaking. (Works out to $2/week in cost).

    2-0 out of 5 stars Worked for 366 days after purchase, then broke
    I was very pleased with this phone ... as long as it worked. It stopped working just after 1 year from the date of purchase (really 11 months from the date of receipt, given left it on back order for 1 month. Which I learned now counts against my warranty time. Who knew?) For $105 I would have liked it work work beyond a few days past the warranty. But that is just me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Crystal Clear Quality of Motorola 5.8GHz Cordless Phone
    Motorola 5.8GHz Cordless Speakerphone w/Answering System/Caller Id is a great buy for many a reason.
    a)Crystal Clear Quality -- I am speechless by the clarity of voice...have not experienced this kind of quality before.
    b) Speaker-phone on the handset and on the Base equipment is a cool feature.
    c) Three mail-boxes -- Wow...I've one for me, one for my wife and one for my children.
    d)Voice-mail beeper -- this draws your attention to a new voice-mail...beeps softly without annoying you until you listen to your voice-mail.
    e) Great Price -- of course, via AMAZING
    g) Handset expandability -- can expand upto 6 handsets (thoughI find this redundant for me)but quiteconvenient for a large family or a small business.

    Definitely, you'd not 'hang up' on it since it's quite 'engaging' and winsome besides its crystal-clear quality.

    Thank you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best phone on the market.
    We've gone through 4 cordless phones in less than one year's time.It's not the batteries, etc.This phone is clearer, crisper and you don't get the static one would get with any other cordless phones.Plus the features are endless. ... Read more

    3. Fujifilm Finepix S5100 4MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom
    by Fujifilm
    list price: $379.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002AHQM8
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Fujifilm
    Sales Rank: 193
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    This Fuji Finepix 4 MP camera looks like a 35mm, but it's digital! Features 4 effective Megapixels; 1.5" LCD monitor; an astounding 10x optical zoom (37-370mm equivalent); 3.6x digital zoom; VGA-quality (30 fps) movie recording with sound; 16MB to 512MB xD-Picture card; high-speed continuous shooting; continuous auto-focus mode; digital movie recording mode with sound; auto, programmed AE, shutter-priority AE, manual, and preprogrammed AE scene position modes; state-of-the-art auto focusing; and manual shooting function such as custom white balance, exposure compensation, aperture or shutter priority; and more. Includes 16MB xD-Picture card; USB/video-out cable; wrist strap; CD-ROM with FinePix viewer Ver. 4.2; and user manual. Imported. Approximate dimensions: 4Wx3Hx3D". 11.9 oz. ... Read more


    • Store images on xD Picture Cards (16 MB xD card included)
    • Powered by 4 AA-size batteries (alkaline included; rechargeable Ni-MH recommended)
    • 4-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 11-by-15-inch enlargements
    • 10x optical zoom; 3.6 digital zoom
    • Captures video clips with sound; 1.5-inch TFT LCD screen; PictBridge compatible

    Reviews (24)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A few less-than-perfect aspects, but who cares?
    Let's be completely honest about the downfalls of this camera...

    1.It has slightly noticable vignetting (but nothing that can't be fixed easily with a few clicks of a photoshop brush.
    2.It's zoom from about 8x-10x is almost useless (at least with my tests)
    3.It's RAW format capability is almost useless.
    4.It's high-rez video recording has too many artifacts (too compressed) for my tastes...

    However, I still love the camera.It feels great in your hand, its manual mode is incredibly easy to use and gives you 5x the picture-taking capabilities of other cameras in its class(I took some amazing 15sec exposures of Paris at night you can check out --see bottom link) and the ability to attach standard lense filters is unheard of at this price.
    I have taken some amazing close-up flower pictures as well with perfect color reproduction and focus.You're pratically stealing this camera with the mail-in rebate bringing the final cost to $200.If all you need is a max 8x10 enlargement, this is about the best buying decision you can make.


    good luck

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fujifilm Finepix S5100 4MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Z
    I was looking for a digital camera to replace a 2.1 megapixel camera with the features and feel of a film SLR without breaking my checkbook and I found what I was looking for in the S5100. I can get great pictures in auto mode and in auto even my wife (who is electronicaly challenged!) is able to use it with outstanding results (even on a moving motorcycle).The camera has a wide variety of features that I use to get the shots and quality I am looking for.The 10X optical zoom was a major feature that I was looking for and it provides closeups that are crisp and clear.Photo quality is excellent in all modes and I feet it is an excellent value in a camera that goes for under $300.It compares very favorably with cameras that a few of my friends, who are professional sports photographers, use and out shines or equals many cameras that cost twice as much.

    It takes a bit of reading to fully understand the functionality of all the features but the menues and features follow a relatively simple logic and with a little practice, they are easy to use and master.The manual is clear and easy to follow.

    This is not a beginners camera but Fuji has made it easy enough for the interested novice to get excellent results with a very small learning curve.While it is not a pocket camera, it is small and light enough to carry and not get in the way.The xD memory cards are a little expensive but you can get over 150 on a 256 card in the highest quality mode.

    I obviously am very impressed.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fuji S5100
    I've recently purchased this camera to replace a canon S330 and Canon G5. This camera's highlight, also the reason why I bought this camers, is that it has 10x zoom. Other postive aspects, it does not drain battery and it uses AA batteries, which means when you run out, you can pretty much purchase them anywhere and get back into action. The negative side is that it does not take pictures as well compared with the Canons in darker areas. The LCD view finder is smaller and not as clear as the canons. When used all 10x, it has a problem with auto focusing. But with the price tag on its quality, one cannot really complain, compared with other cameras with 10x, you are really getting a good deal. Also, of course, quality compared to the G5 is lower, but the G5 still cost over 350 bucks while this guy cost is around 250. I purchased an adapter ring 55mm to 52mm and all my Canon lenses fit perfectly for this camera. Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this camera with its price vs value.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great starter camera for aspiring Photo enthusiast
    I recently purchased this camera for my wife .... well it was a Mother's Day present, but it quickly became one of my favorite toys in the house....

    Anyway, this is our second digital camera, this one replacing the family's Sony DSC-P71 3.2 MP. The Fuji blows away the previous camera that we had, image quality far surpassing my expectations.

    Although an avid photo taker of my children, I had really never had professional photo training.... with this in mind, I did some research, and came up with the Fuji S5100 as the best camera for my budding photo craze... I am very pleased by the camera's Look, feel, and overall weight balance. Image quality is exceptional especially for a 4MP camera, I have found it takes photos at the quality of a higher MP camera.

    Price was incredible... $314 on sale at Best Buy + $50 rebate from Fuji = $264... a steal, considering that I resold our last camera for $140... overall net cost to me was $124.

    Again, this is our first more serious digital camera, and love it... at thisi point would definitely buy another Fuji product...

    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent step up in digital cameras
    I replaced my ancient Olympus, 26 years old, that I had fully outfitted with lenses, etc. with a Fuji Finepix 3800.I was very pleased with this, with one exception. I missed the ability to change films speeds from the SLR film world.I moved up to the 5100 and have not stopped being amazed with the results. I bought a wide angle lens to increase the options with this.

    Today I bought a 3100 model for my daughter.

    I have complete admiration for all the Fuji products. ... Read more

    4. Motorola MD671 5.8GHz Cordless Speakerphone/Caller ID
    by Motorola
    list price: $179.99
    our price: $64.88
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000CDELC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Motorola
    Sales Rank: 66
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    53909 Digital 5.8GHz Multi Handset System - 5.8GHz Expandable cordless telephone system - Only one phone jack required for system- Up to 6 handsets total- Caller ID, call waiting caller ID- Speakerphone (handset and base)- 5 Day battery standby time- 50# Phonebook- Vibracall alert- Rubberized side grips- Quick-touch menu- Multiple ring tones- Headset jack- Blue backlit LCD displays- Handset locator- 10# Redial- Intercom to the base- Dual keypads- Wall mountable- Silver with blue accents
    Package Contents:- Base unit and handset- Belt clip- AC adapter - Wall bracket- Line cord- Manual
    ... Read more


    • Integrated battery meter with audible and visual alert signals
    • Measures 8.09 x 3.5 x 12.75 inches (WxHxD); 1-year warranty
    • 5.8 GHz digital cordless phone with dual keypads and graphic displays (on handset and base unit)
    • Expandable to 6 handsets for large households; built-in base and handset speakerphones
    • Caller ID with visual call waiting and 3-way conferencing technology

    Reviews (59)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Quality phone, short on ergonomics
    This phone, and the expansion kit are high-quality. I'm not one for whiz-bang bells & whistles. It performs clearly and flawlessly as a cordless phone. I think that is the most important part and is where this phone shines. You're paying for that quality, and it's worth it.

    The only strike against it is ergonomics. Small buttons on the base make it difficult to dial from the base. The buttons on the phone are sized appropriately for the size of the phone, and are larger than the ones on the base.

    The phone is flat and relatively narrow. It's easy to hold, especially with the ribbed-rubber sides. However, it does not do well if you try to "sandwich" it between your head/ear and shoulder. It supports a mic/speaker headset (on the portable) with the same type you use for your cell phone.

    The speaker phone is adequate on the phone and base, but I rarely use it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars solid structure and good voice quality
    I have bought 3 of these phones so far and I would recommend it to anyone.This is a better choice to the MD681 which I own 1 of.681 has a flaky answering machine is not integrated with the rest of the device.It is in my opinion not worth the money.Also you can use multiple handsets from different base stations and make thehandsets all look at the same base - this can be cheaper than buying individual expansion sets!

    3-0 out of 5 stars its an ok phone
    I took it bcoz of mail-in rebate

    Its an ok phone
    clarity is fine
    has not interfered with my netgeear router

    the phonebook usage is a mess
    really tedius

    1-0 out of 5 stars I believe this rebate deal is an outright scam
    I purchased this phone several months ago, and subsequently recommended it to a friend, based on the low price after rebate. I submitted my rebate according to all directions - I'm a VERY meticulous person where rebates are conerned. I also handled the rebate for my friend, to save her time.

    Having recently visited a rebate tracking service website, I was shocked to find that both rebates were rejected. According to their information, the offer I submitted was not valid for the phone I purchased. Well, guess what: the rebate -was- valid, and -did- apply to exactly the right item, model number, UPC code, and so forth. I -always- check these things before sending in a rebate. In fact, I check these things twice because I want to avoid precisely this kind of problem. Naturally, since I mailed in the original UPC code for both phones, it's virutally impossible for me to "prove" my case. I'm left with little recourse but to warn other potential buyers.

    The phone itself is of adquate quality, though the speakerphone function leaves much to be desired. Overall the phone would be a reasonably good deal IF the rebate offer were actually honored. As it stands, I feel I've been cheated by Motorola (or whomever handles their rebates), and will never purchase another Motorola product. Buyer BEWARE!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Fine, but transmits on 2.4 GHz also (interferes w/ wireless)
    The phone works fine.

    But it transmits on 2.4 GHz frequency for incoming calls (which is not disclosed on the materials included w/ the phone), and which can interfere w/ wireless networks. As a 50+% 2.4 GHz phone, it isn't a great deal, either.

    I think Motorola should really provide better documentation for this, so buyers can make informed decisons (other than returning the product). ... Read more

    5. palmOne Treo 650 PDA Phone (Unlocked)
    by PalmOne
    list price: $679.99
    our price: $599.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000982UY2
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: PalmOne
    Sales Rank: 740
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Get All You Need, All In OneTreo 650 PDA Unlocked GSM PhoneThe Treo™ 650 smartphone from palmOne makes it easier than ever to stay connected. It simplifies your life by combining a compact mobile phone with email, an organizer, messaging, and web access. There’s also Bluetooth® technology so you can connect wirelessly to other Bluetooth devices. Not to mention an MP3 player, a digital camera that captures video, and a vibrant color screen that brings everything to life – all in a device that’s still small enough to fit in your pocket. Seems like Treo smartphones just keep getting smarter. The Treo 650 smartphone looks and feels just like a phone, but it’s so much more. Carry thousands of business and personal phone numbers with you, and dial any of them by name from your contacts list. Or enter a name or number on the QWERTY keyboard. There’s even an on-screen dial pad. speakerphone, speed dial, conference calling, call history, and caller ID make managing all your calls that much easier. Available as a dual-band digital CDMA phone, and as a GSM quad-band world phone. The included VersaMail® email client makes it easy to access and manage your email on the go – whether you use a popular desktop email client, IMAP or POP3. View photos, HTML, and even native Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint attachments. Synchronize your corporate Microsoft Exchange email and calendar with built-in Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® ... Read more


    • Unlocked for use with your existing GSM 850 MHz, GSM 1800 MHz, GSM 900 MHz or GSM 1900 MHz service provider and SIM card. Note: This phone does not come with service or a SIM card.
    • Fully integrated phone and PDA with digital video and VGA camera capabilities
    • Integrated Bluetooth technology and expansion card slot for SD and MMC-based memory and expansion cards
    • Vibrant 320 x 320 touchscreen display
    • Improved backlit QWERTY keyboard

    Reviews (5)

    2-0 out of 5 stars phone constantly reboots and crashes
    Don't get this phone.It constantly reboots and crashes.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't let the glossy look and the songs of praise fool you
    Although the Treo650 looks incredibly great and glossy and the songs of praise in the magazines keep on coming, this one is a real problem and frustration maker (resets without warning, batteries ware out after a few hours, turns "dead" suddenly so you have to remove and replace the battery to bring it to life again... just to name a few of the problems).

    Posessing the Treo650 will place you in the primary league of most wanted gadget owners, but will shoot you high in the frustration tree as well...

    But the worst is that if you use it professionally, you're bound to miss some important calls and appointments... So beware, this shiny beauty can mean trouble...

    1-0 out of 5 stars Save your money
    I purchased the unlocked GSM phone, and have been extremely disappointed. The phone periodically resets during phone calls, and drops calls randomly. When I called support, they had me do a number of inneffective actions with each call. Finally, I was told that they had a know hardware issue and that I could send my phone in, and within 1-2 weeks I would have it returned, or I could have it expedited (1 week) for 25.00. Eitherway I am very dissatisfied as I am paying for a known issue in their product and spent several hours to get any resolution.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great Palm Smartphone functionality, poor performance!
    Actually, this phone has all the makings of the breakthrough product which PalmOne needed to compete against the Blackberry. But, this phone is plagued with constant endless automatic rebooting and automatic shut down of the phone feature. Certainly, these symptoms are not typical of Palm reliability and stability that their users have come to appreciate. Until these technical issues are resolved, I couldn't recommend this phone to anyone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent combination of phone and PDA
    For those who see things from Palm's point of view (the Zen of Palm, as it were) this device is an excellent choice. It combines the efficient and superbly usable Palm operating system with an adequate phone implementation. Combining the two devices (PDA and phone) is a Good Thing®

    First, the PDA: You're getting Palm's fabled ease of use, coupled with the massive library of 3rd party PalmOS applications. Pretty much anything you want to do with a PDA, from acccessing your PC via VPN, to playing FPS games, is supported by someone. There are literally thousands of utilities, games, and other applications can be downloaded, often for free. The built-in support for MP3's, MS Office files, the 320x320 screen, and the camera all add up to an excellent PDA.

    Next the phone: This is an adequate implementation of a phone. While the device seems to do well at getting a signal, and there is no problem with making calls from the built in applications, putting the PDA to your ear does take some getting used to. A bluetooth headset solves this, and I'm not sure there's a better solution. The speakerphone is both loud and clear.

    The only con (thus far) is a lack of support in some older 3rd-party applications. If you happen to download something that isn't "well behaved" you can wind up with the occasional soft reset. No loss of data, but annoying nevertheless. This is usually the fault of a programmer taking liberties and using "unsupported" methods... for instance, accessing memory directly to write to the screen.

    Overall, I highly recommend the Treo 650. ... Read more

    6. Panasonic KX-TG5433M 5.8 GHz DSS Cordless Phone with Answering System and Three Handsets
    by Panasonic
    list price: $179.95
    our price: $163.39
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007Q3QQM
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Panasonic
    Sales Rank: 219
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Includes Panasonic KX-TG5433M Three-Handset Cordless Phone and Digital Answering System Charging bases for 2nd and 3rd handsets Phone cord Belt clip Batteries for each handset. ... Read more


    • 50-station phonebook shared among handsets
    • 3 handsets, 2 remote charger stands, downloadable ringtones
    • 5.8 GHz digital spread spectrum signal
    • Digital answering system on base unit
    • Supports caller ID/call waiting, 50-call memory

    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Sound Quality
    We purchased a competing phone, but took it back because I was not pleased with the sound quality.This phone is as clear as a bell.

    It would be nice if the menu was a little easier.It would be nice if the main base unit was a speaker phone too.It would have been nice too if all of the buttons on the phone lit up.Only the number pad glows.So basically, you can dial the number in the dark, but unless you are not familiar with the phone, you will not be able to do anything else :)These are not enough to lower the ratings though.

    Otherwise, the phone has it all plus quality.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Phone
    I spent quite a large amount of time researching cordless phones before deciding to purchase this unit.There have been many complaints about Panasonic's slightly older lines of 2.4 and 5.8 GHz phones.However, this phone appears to be of an entirely different desgin as evidenced by the slimmer handset form factor.I have had this phone for a few weeks and have not run into any performance issues.

    While the phone suffers from a few minor flaws such as having to pay to download ring tones on each handset and having handsets register missed calls when another handset is used to answer the phone, these types of issues are pretty much omnipresent in the current generation of multihandest/expandable handset phone systems.

    This product is not perfect but seems much more reliable and than many of the other top of the line phone systems out there.I highly reccomend this product!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love this phone!
    This is the third time I have bought a phone system with one base and multiple handsets, and this is the best one I have used so far.The reasons range from trivial (I like the sounds of the ring tones), to significant (you can use multiple handsets at once).

    The two most important features for me before purchase were:

    1) 5.8 Ghz spread spectrum.My old phone was a 2.4 Ghz, and it would occasionally interfere with my wireless computer network.It was very annoying.My moving to a phone that uses a different frequency range, the problem is completely avoided.

    2) The ability to use multiple handsets at the same time.Another phone I previously had would not let two handsets talk in the same conversation at the same time.This was just miserable.This phone lets you do this without any problems.

    After purchase, I found that it had some other amazing features:

    1) Each phone has a unique ID, and you can conference between the handsets.With the range this phone has, my wife and I now carry them around outside (we have a 3 acre yard) and use them to talk to each other.

    2) The phone has an AMAZING speakerphone capability on each handset!This was not on my radar at all, but it is really useful.

    3) When playing back messages it has recorded, it shows you the caller ID entry for the message.Really nice touch.

    4) While I don't know much about it yet, I can apparently keep the numbers in the phone's phonebook in sync with those stored in Outlook in my computer.I can also download new ringtones, but that's not so importent to me.More info on this is available at

    The ONLY annoying thing about this phone is that when you answer a call on one handset, the other two handsets register it as a 'missed call' in the caller ID list.I considered rating it 4 stars for this, but once you get used to it, the rest of the features more than make up for it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect
    This phone has all the features anyone could possibly need. It's also relatively easy to figure out, since the interace is similar to your average cell phone's menu-style interface. One thing I was surprised by though, is if you pay to download a ringtone, you only get it on ONE of the handsets! You have to pay 3 times to put the same ring tone on all the handsets. I got burned by this, and it's why I'm giving it 4 stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the BEST
    Save your time, and your money...this is the phone you want. I have tried them all, and Panasonics last for years and never let us down.We use this system on our Voip, Packet 8 service and it works perfectly.It is so loaded with handy and useful features, that we are spoiled by it.We rush to answer the phone as this is such a pleasure to use.Panasonic really outdid themselves with the 5433, we just love it.You enter all your phone numbers in one handset and it will copy them over to the other two handsets for at a time or all at once, truly a neat feature. You set the time on one set, any one you like, and the other two handsets pick it up automatically.Did I mention we are happy? ... Read more

    7. Panasonic GigaRange KX-TG5571M 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable Cordless Phone with Answering System and Talking Caller ID (Metallic Grey)
    by Panasonic
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $139.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007U8Y9C
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Panasonic
    Sales Rank: 4082
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    5.8 GHz digital spread spectrum operation * multi-handset operation (add up to 7 optional handsets for a total of 8) * built-in digital answering machine with up to 15 minutes total record time * 3-line backlit LCD display on handset * conferencing between base unit, outside line, and up to two handsets * jack for optional headset * ... Read more


    • Intercom, custom ring tones, duplex speakerphone
    • 5.8 GHz digital frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology
    • Expandable to 8 handsets, 1 included
    • Integrated digital answering system, up to 21 minutes recording time
    • Call waiting, talking caller ID, and Caller IQ Plus compatible

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nice 2nd Gen phone system
    I junked my Motorola MD681 for this phone.I was skeptical about jumping into another wireless phone system, but I needed phones in some areas where there are typically no jacks (garage, attic).After doing some research, I decided to go with Panasonics' new phone system.Unlike Motorola, I see all types of older 2.4Ghz expandable Panasonic phones still available for purchase from the popular retailers. So, this new phone should be supported for some time.Anyway, into the details.

    The Good
    1. Handset : this phone feels good in the hand and on the ear.Though not overly heavy, it has a nice weight and doesn't creak or flex through normal use unlike some other less expensive handsets.Most of the color on the handset is protected by a clear acrylic, so it will retain its color for years.The LCD screen is very large, much larger than I am used to.It does show a great deal of information legibly.It has an orange backlight that illuminates the screen as well as all of the buttons.Most of the navigation is done with a 4-way joystick and 2 soft buttons which makes most things fairly intuitive.

    2. The Base : It is small considering how many buttons and functions it performs.It is however missing a large display for showing callerID information.However, most of the time I will look to the phone to provide this info, and it leaves only one CID list to maintain.On my old system, the base would always show 50 new calls because I never went through the CID list on the base, so this is a plus for me.

    3. Sound : Okay, this is a highly subjective area, but I like the sound of the Panasonic.The speakerphone, on the handset, is probably one of the best I have used.The mic is sensitive enough that we don't have to yell to be heard, and the speaker provides consistent volume and good clarity.There is a voice enhancement filter that you can turn on or off, or have the phone decide when to use it.I have it set to automatic, and I can't tell if it is on without looking at the display.It is never on for domestic calls, but for those overseas calls it activates and the calls sound like domestic calls with a wee bit of static.I have not done an A/B comparison to see how a long distance call sounds with it on and off, so this could be a gimmick.There are the standard beepy, computerized ringtones included, but you can record your own ringtones into the phone from any source you want.I haven't played with this yet, but the demos that are included with the phone sound as good as could be expected from a telephone.I guess I would put them above cell phone quality audio of the same type.

    4. Convenience : The thing that I love about this phone is that you can check/delete/save your answering machine messages from any handset. If there is CID info, you can return the call immediately by pressing talk and the phone will dial the number.The other thing I love about this phone is the shared phonebook.No more looking for the phone with so-and-so's number on it, or having to program 4 phones with the same number, they will all have the same phonebook.This phone also has a distictive ring capacity.You can program anyone in your phonebook to flash the LED in one of three colors (blue/green/orange) as well as play a certain ring tone, including the user recorded types.Plus the standard intercom, call transfers, 3-way calling that is pretty much standard with these types of phones.

    5. Extras : This system comes with a feature called CallerIQ.You have to signup with a 3rd party company openLCR.For $10 every 4 months, they will allow you to call them and download weather, stocks, sports scores, horoscopes and lottery results. Ringtones aren't included and cost extra and are of the downloaded cell phone ringtone sytle.You can also have your phonebook uploaded for safe keeping and reference while away from home.Not sure if this is a plus or minus, but getting the 1 to 3 days of weather on your phone is a nice little thing.I have not tried this myself.

    6. Range : This phone covers my whole house with no static or dropouts.I have not attempted to walk down the street with it because I probably never will, but a walk to the mailbox proved its range to be adequate, especially with the base at the other end of the house.I have also not noticed any intereference with my wireless network, but truth be told you shouldn't with any 5.8ghz phone.

    The Not So Good
    1. The Phone : The buttons are small.Not very small, but noticeably smaller than normal.The Talk/Off/Speakerphone buttons and the Soft Buttons are tiny, and may be hard to hit for those people with big/wide fingers.

    2. The Base : I would not suggest mounting this on your wall.The bracket supplied essentially holds the base horizontally as if it were laying on a table, so it just juts out into the room instead for hanging more or less flush.Needless to say, my base is resting upon a table now.The base also was not intended to be the primary source of input.The LCD panel is small, and only displays the number of calls on the answering machine.A small green light on the base will let you know if the line is being used.I wish there was more info displayed on the base, but the phone is your primary device for accessing the system, so I guess they're keeping it simple.

    3. Sound : Other than the questionable effectiveness of the voice enhancer, I don't have much to complain about here.

    4. Convenience : How hard is it to name the various phones?I don't want to have to tell people phone 2 is in the basement, or phone 3 is the guest room.Why can't we label phones or just pick from a list of common rooms when we associate a phone to the base?I deduct .5 stars for this because everything else is there, why not this?It seems like a total no brainer.

    5. Extras : I'm not sure about the 3rd party site for CallerIQ.They mention on the site that it is a long distance call, but they don't say to where.So, you figure 30-90 seconds a day to download the information.That's quite a bit of long distance calling that you have to pay for on top of the service charge.No too sure about this one.

    So, this turned out to be much longer than I had ever intended it to be.So, I'll attempt to summarize for those who don't want to slog through my rambling.

    The Panasonic TG5571M is a solid phone with a good feature set and some very nice convenience features added in.It allows you to check the answering machine from any phone in the system, it also has one unified phonebook that is shared between all phones, and it has great sound and sufficient range.However, it is missing the capability to name the various satellite phones, the buttons on the phone are slightly smaller than normal and the wall mount projects the phone into the room.I'm giving it 5 stars, because I can't give 4.5. ... Read more

    8. Uniden TRU8866 5.8 GHz Digital Expandable 2-Line Cordless Speakerphone with Dual Keypads (Black)
    by Uniden
    list price: $209.99
    our price: $114.99
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    Asin: B0002EZUYK
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Uniden
    Sales Rank: 400
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Utilizing the latest in cutting edge technology, the Uniden 5.8 GHz DSS phones transmit on frequencies that have less interference, resulting in maximum clarity and improved audio quality. The Uniden 5.8 GHz DSS phones also provide the convenience of up ... Read more


    • Supports 2 lines; dual keypads and displays; 10 speed dial presets
    • Base duplex speakerphone, handset speakerphone
    • 5.8 GHz digital signal; expandable to 10 handsets, 1 included
    • Caller ID/call waiting, 100 shared caller ID and memory-dial locations
    • Call conferencing, room/baby monitoring; tri-lingual menu options

    Reviews (35)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tried them all...this is the only one I kept
    I have tried all the 5.8mhz 2 line phones. None really cut it in the quality/distance specs. This is a great performer for the price and I paid much more than what it is selling for now.

    Pros:Read the other reviews and save me the time...they are all good and I put 8 hours a day on mine and after 9 months it is still going strong.Things I like are good display, best distance of the 3 phones I tried, easy to use without a long read of the manual, and great drop performance.I have dropped this phone many times from counter height to my hardwood or concrete floors with no ill affects.The belt clip is a great design and will not come off. The phone contacts are the best design I have seen as they always make a connection even if the phone is tilted.Having individual phone books is nice except if you syc them with the base you loose your individuality.Not one performance problem.I did order a 3rd handset a few weeks ago and the display was different (a later "imnproved" model)but I noticed a hum/hiss that was not on the other original hansets and did not exist on them when in the same location.I have returned this for exchange.

    Cons: Like all 5.8mhz sets this one has limited range but a good 100 through walls.50 feet if you included an aluminum sided wall. Volume could be higher...what is it with all these phone people...they just can put enough volume in anything whether it be cell phone or wireless handset. Headset also left something to be desired.In ability to add just one contact to the general phone directory, in ability to use speaker phone on intercom mode.I just wish there was someway to push a little more distance out....

    2-0 out of 5 stars Good phone - shame about the speakerphone.
    Got this phone to work from home, along with 4 of my colleagues. The phone offers a very comprehensive set of features. We were also told it would work ok with a wireless network.

    The phone is difficult to use from the base station. The numbers are so close together it's easy to punch the wrong button. I guess that's the price you pay for having a small footprint, which the phone certainly has.

    The biggest problem we are finding is with the base unit. The speakerphone on the base cuts out, meaning large parts of conversations are missed. If it was just my phone I would have tried swapping it, but it's three different phones being used in three different houses.

    Uniden support suggested this was probably due to phone placement. They say the phone should be at least 5-6 feet away from electrical appliances. We're using the phones for work, which means within a few feet of a laptop computer. This seems to be the only common cause of the problem - unless the phones just have a flaw, but nobody else seems to have reported problems with the base unit speakerphone.

    It seems very odd that the problem is only with the base unit. I would have thought electrical interference (from a laptop) should affect the handset more, since it's wireless, rather than the wired base unit. That doesn't seem to be the case.

    One of my colleagues also reported 'garbled messages' when using voicemail. Interesting to see other comments here about voicemail not working.

    The phone probably offers the best set of features compared to other similar phones. Unfortunately the speaker phone problem is proving to be such a pain we're contemplating our options for returning the phones - hence only a 2 star rating.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Very Nice - apart from the echo on line 2
    I have the same echo-like sound when using the phone on line 2 as a previous reviewer described.I had read that review prior to purchasing the phone but didn't believe it.I wish I had.That said, only 1 of my 2 handsets has a bad enough echo that I don't like talking on it.Both handsets work great for line 1 - really clear sound and no echo.As with the other reviewer I swapped lines, phones, and various other combos but got consistent results.Uniden tech support had me do a "reset" of the phones and base unit - to no avail.They said a repair is the next step.

    It's too bad, the phone has great features, feels nice, and all that.I'm not sure if I'll purchase the Panasonic (I've had bad luck with several of their phones) or try to keep swapping additional handsets hoping to get ones that don't echo.I don't use line 2 a lot so can get by for awhile.

    The only other feature I didn't like was that the caller-id info is saved on each phone.If I want to delete a caller-id log record, I have to go to the base, its handset, and my extra handset and deleted from each one.Otherwise it shows "New CID" on the handsets as if there is a call needing attention.Something I'll just have to ignore because it's a nuisance going to each phone to delete them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great phone system
    We have six of these handsets in our home, for over six months, and they work great! The sound quality, range, and battery life are superior to every other cordless phone I have ever used. The feature set is very well thought out, and the phones are extremely easy to use.

    1-0 out of 5 stars poor sound quality
    This phones has great features,but very poor sound quality. Mostly sounds like you're in a tunnel even when in the same room as the base. The range is also extremely poor. Bought an extention to add on and can't use it in the next room without constantly cutting out. All in all, this phone stinks. ... Read more

    9. Cardo Systems scala-500 Bluetooth Headset
    by Cardo Systems
    list price: $69.99
    our price: $37.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0006GFARG
    Catlog: Wireless
    Manufacturer: Cardo Systems
    Sales Rank: 25
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    • Talk time -up to 9 hours per charge / Standby time -up to one week
    • Charging time -2-4 hours
    • Weight -16.7gr / 0.58 oz - less than 1 ounce
    • VersaClip attachment option for ear-loop and eye/sunglasses clip
    • Headset and Hands-free profiles

    Reviews (23)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works with my Motorola Razr
    I recently bought this headset because I recently moved to NJ and handsfree is required for car use in most (all) of the places I drive through on a day to day basis.Although the speakerphone on the Razr is ok at low speeds, at highway speeds the volume just isn't sufficient.The Scala 500 solves these problems.

    It is seamlessly compatible with the Razr.Once the initial pairing is setup, you need only have the bluetooth power on on your phone and turn the headset on to activate it.

    Tapping the CTRL button on the headset to answer a call or activate voice dialing is almost Star-Trekkish and just as easy, and the effective distance is great.The adjustable volume and windscreen technology lets this headset be equally at home in my Mustang GT Convertible with the top down on I-280 and in the quiet confines of my apartment.The talk time is great, and I have yet to manage to deplete the battery in less than 2 days.

    My only complaint is the blue LED that constantly flashes when the headset is on.Although this is only a stylistic issue, I think it's unnecessary and a little too geekish for me.Other than that, I'd say go for it!!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Didnt work with my Moto V600
    I recently bought this headset after reading all the great reviews. The packaging and the headset looks good but the sound quality is pathetic. The other caller had trouble listening to me and I was unable to hear him. Everytime I move my head or move around there is a lot of Static. The range of this device is more like 5-6 feet, it wouldnt work after that, I tested it by connecting to my laptop through BT and the results were same. I think that BT technology has got a long way to go before its ready for consumers.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Poor connectivity with Ipaq h6315
    After reading the positive reviews here I decided to give the Scala 500 a try with my Ipaq h6315.Overall, the Scala 500 seems to be an excellent headset, but connecting with the h6315 proved difficult.

    The initial pairing is a breeze, but every time the headset or the pda is turned off they lose connection.When the devices are powered on again, it is clear that the headset is connected, but no sound is sent to it.Pressing the activity button for a few seconds properly initiates a redial of the most recent phone number, but again no audio comes to the headset.If a call came to the phone clicking the activity button on the headset does not answer the call, but if the call is answered on the phone then clicking the headset button does end the call.This is directly opposite of the manual's statement that a call on the phone will transfer to the headset when the headset button is clicked.Removing the pairing from the pda and readding it fails to reconnect the headset.Only a soft reset of the pda reestablishes the connection.(Note: I did upgrade the h6315's ROM to the latest version, and the problems persist.)

    A peeve of the headset not related to the pda is the requirement to press the multi-function volume know for several seconds to turn the headset on.This is inconvenient for answering calls as I don't wear the headset all of the time.

    Also, when the headset is paired and connected properly the phone does not vibrate or audibly ring except in the headset.This makes the setup useless unless I want to either wear the headset constantly or use it for outgoing calls only.

    Otherwise, the headset's audio was very clear, and listeners had no problem hearing me.It fit very comfortably on the ear, and stayed in place even when my head was upside down.I liked the look and feel of the headset, and I was disappointed that it did not work properly with my phone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My first Bluetooth experience has been great
    Other reviews of Jabra and Bodyglove products led me to this unit.It includes averything needed to get running.The options for carrying the unit are what finally sold me as it includes a neck lanyard, eyeglasses clip, clip on holster and ear hook.I use the earhook and find it comfortable enough that I forget it is on.

    The only complaints are the blue LED that blinks when the unit is on (I get BORG coments from my geeky freinds, and it is unnecessarily flashy) and that there is no car charger.

    I have only been using it for a couple of weeks, so cannot verify it's durability.I can say that the sound is great, people on the other end say it is very clear and the price was great. I am now looking for a speakerphone option.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Cardo Scal 500 is the Best Bluetooth Headset!
    The Cardo Scala 500 is the Best Bluetooth Headset!It is simple to configure and use.The Scala 500 costs half the price of the ones that don't work well (Motorola, Body Glove, Jabba).

    The volume is great and there is no static like the others.Most will not work more than a couple of feet away from the phone.The Scala works 30 feets away through steel frame office walls.

    Want to add a great wireless headset to your office phone?Consider the version that includes the headset base adapter.Search amazon for: Scala Non-Bluetooth.For $79 you get the500 and the base adapter.There is finally a Bluetooth Headset that WORKS! ... Read more

    10. Motorola MD61 5.8 GHz Accessory Handset for MD600 Series Phones
    by Motorola
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $64.99
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    Asin: B0000CDEJU
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Motorola
    Sales Rank: 144
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Use this 5.8GHz expandable handset with your Motorola MD671 or MD681 cordless phone system. You can have a phone in every room of your house without needing extra phone jacks. Plus, you can use the intercom/conferencing features, as well as the handset speakerphone, handset-to-handset call transfer and selectable ringtones. Includes Call Waiting/Caller ID*..*Requires phone company service. ... Read more


    • VibraCall alert; selectable ring tones
    • 5.8 GHz digital signal; built-in speakerphone
    • Works with your existing Motorola MD600 series phone system
    • Supports caller ID with call waiting
    • 50 speed-dial presets; intercom, 3-way conferencing

    Reviews (11)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Phone We Have Ever Owned
    We bought this phone about a year ago and have had no issues yet.The battery life is still the same as when we first bought the phone.The speakerphone is the best speakerphone that we have ever used. Better than Panasonic, AT&T, Uniden,V-Tech, Seimons, or any other brand. Most of the time the people on the other end don't even know you are on speakerphone.If you want a clear connection phone where you can hear the caller and the caller can hear you this is the phone to buy.If you want a lot of different features and have static on the phone then buy another phone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of features, a cool look, a great phone!
    This phone has many more features than most other cordless phones on the market, such as vibrate and speakerphone on the handset.It has a very modern cool blue and silver look, and the keypad lights up blue when touched.Both the handset and base seem to be very sturdy, and I expect they will last me a long time.Most importantly, the calls are very clear and the range is pretty decent (it goes everywhere in my house, not sure how much further).Battery life doesn't seem to last as long as advertised, but still at least a few days on standby which is good enough for me.Overall this is the greatest cordless phone I have ever used.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Anice phone with a big "BUT"
    I like this system and it has worked well for me. BUT, with a newer system now released by Motorola, you should be aware that the two are NOT compatible. So if you have to replace a single phone in your system ... Good Luck. You'll have to throw the whole system away and start over with a new system.

    4-0 out of 5 stars 4stars....
    Excellent range. Easy setup. Clear voice transmission. Like the speaker functionality. No interference with my wireless connection. Could be happier if I could use this as a monitor (I think Unidel allows this). I am not a big fan of Moto cell phones (had 2 lousy ones) but, this household handset is very good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I think this is a great phone
    I have had this phone with an extra handset for about 2 months now and I could not be happier.

    I'm using this phone with my Vonage service and the call clarity is excellent.I can't speak too much for range since I live in a Townhouse, but the extra handset works fine on a different level of the house.

    I've been particularly happy with the speakerphone capability on the handsets.It sounds great and people can actually hear you when you are using it.

    The only thing that might bother people is that the buttons are softer than I'm used to on phones.I found myself thinking I hadpushed the button several times when it was new, when in fact I had not.I have gotten used to this and it does not bother me anymore, but I wanted to mention in case this kind of thing bothers you. ... Read more

    11. Panasonic KX-TG6502B 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable 2-Line Cordless Phone with Dual Handsets (Black)
    by Panasonic
    list price: $259.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002VMDJ8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Panasonic
    Sales Rank: 827
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description



    • Caller ID/wall waiting with 50-call memory
    • Supports 2 lines; flash, redial, hold functions
    • 5.8 GHz digital spread spectrum signal
    • Expandable to 4 handsets, 2 included, with integrated speakerphones
    • 60-minute integrated digital answering system; 4 ring tones

    Reviews (17)

    3-0 out of 5 stars People have trouble hearing us
    I've had the Panasonic 5.8 GHz wireless phone for about six months, with 4 handsets (max total). Overall I like the system, but have a few complaints.First, I had the Siemens wireless system and had 6 handsets (could have 8 total) so buying this system reduced having a phone in the garage, and living room, not a big deal though, as if I'm working in the garage I just take a handset in there. My second and main complaint is I don't understand the voice enhancer (VE).The manual says something about making your voice clearer etc. but when I turn the VE on, I get comments like "I'm having trouble hearing you." When I turn it off, people say "That's a little better." It seems that we get complaints about people having trouble hearing us unless we use the speaker option, or use a headset.The final thing I don't care for are the "missed calls" on the handsets that didn't answer the incoming call.I'm constantly clearing that message from handsets, sometimes a handset that is rarely used will say "34 missed calls."I see no reason for this feature, unless the call was actually not answered by any handset.

    The things I like about the phone system are the lighted antennas when ringing, the backlight, the speaker phone on each handset, good battery life and intercom system.However, I don't like the fact that you can only page from the main station, not from the handsets.

    Overall, it is a good phone system, would be an excellent system if my issues above could be resolved.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Almost excellent...
    I have been using the phone for over 2 months now. All the issues others mentioned seem to have been resolved in 2005 models, except Caller ID. It works only 5-10% of the time; an "Incoming call" is all that you get for the rest. I find this quite ridiculous since my $15 phone can display it almost always. I would expect Panasonic to get such an easy thing right on a $200+ phone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the best of the rest
    This is my second Panasonic 2 line phone. The other one started interferring with my wireless networking at home. I researched some of the others (Uniden, At&T) and went with this one.
    No more interferance with my 2.4 gig wireless. It also has all the features that was missing from the first one and then some.

    I couldn't be happier. Nice ring tones, ability to turn off each lines ringer seperately. Call back editing (which is helpful for local calls where you need to delete the 1). The ring alert feature is great with the flashing light.

    I've had it about 3 months now and couldn't be happier. Great price also.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Best 2-Line Cordless Phone Available
    I have used 2-line cordless phones for years. This model is definitely the best 2-line cordless available in a small universe of 2-line cordless phones. No other model comes close. The positives are mentioned in other reviews. ie; clarity, ease of use, substantial quality, voice-enhancement feature, excellent redial (includes # 1 in the area code number you redial).)My previous V-techs did not ..
    MINUS: (lose 1 star)
    The DUMBEST design flaw of 2004 - When you answer on one handset, your other handsets register "missed call" ! Stupid, beyond belief -- Congrats to Panasonic engineering/design teams.
    The caller ID is slow - Registers the incoming call on the second ring.
    AS for Panasonic consumer products HELP that another reviewer mentioned; Correct ! Panasonic has always been, and still is egregious when it comes to this department. And, Panasonic "ain't" going to ever improve on this..Why ? Cause they don't care ! If you buy Panasonic anything - You go it alone !! (everyone should know this by now)....
    This phone is excellent - You won't find a better model. Despite the few unmerited negative reviews. Some folks just have to complain !
    Enjoy !!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Clarity and Sharpness can be had...
    My last two-line phone was Panasonic. It was ok, perhaps 2.5 stars. After a couple of years, number pad got flaky, noise increased steadily, and worst, the battery really stopped holding charges for more than 5 minutes.

    So I get another Panasonic, go figure... But the tech stuff looked good, two phones in one package. It was hard to say no.

    Right out of the box, it worked flawlessly. So what are the high points: much easier to adjust dates (which is necessary after power interruptions), put in and edit messages, recall caller ids, etc. It's amazingly better than my last one. Furthermore, you can collect voicemail from either remote handset, and caller ids. You need to erase them from each as well. The whole user interface has been greatly simplified. Lots of little things that are convenient, e.g. when ringing, the antenna flashes. That's great in a dark room or where you can't quite locate the phone by sound -- you can see it flash.

    I'm very happy. Will it hold up rough treatment by the teenagers in my family? Only time will tell, but the "feel" of the phones is much better than the older one. It also carries alot further from the base station than the previous one.

    Check it out. SO why 4 stars, maybe a reluctance to over-recommend, but I think it's worth the money. ... Read more

    12. VTech ip5850 5.8 GHz DSS Cordless Phone with Dual Handsets and Digital Answering System
    by VTech
    list price: $119.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0001LQG9C
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: VTech
    Sales Rank: 543
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    The 5.8 GHz VTech ip5850 dual handset system offers a wealth of telephony features: three-mailbox answering system, caller ID, speakerphone, intercom, 50-location phonebook, mute, volume control, page feature, and much more. With 5.8 GHz phone technology, you get ideal performance when it comes to clarity, range, and security. You're also on a much less trafficked area of the bandwidth than either the 2.4 GHz or 900 MHz frequencies.

    The 5.8 GHz VTech ip5850 dual handset system offers a wealth of telephony features: three-mailbox answering system, caller ID, speakerphone, intercom, 50-location phonebook, mute, volume control, page feature, and much more. With 5.8 GHz phone technology, you get ideal performance when it comes to clarity, range, and security. You're also on a much less trafficked area of the bandwidth than either the 2.4 GHz or 900 MHz frequencies.

    You can store up to 50 numbers with names in memory, and the handsets share a common phonebook, which is stored in the base unit. The ip5850 handset is equipped with a 2.5 mm headset jack for use with an optional accessory headset for hands-free operation. The handy handset speakerphone feature allows you to have hands-free conversations, without a headset, while the intercom feature enables two household members to speak when in different rooms of your home. Have a private side conversation while on a call with someone else using the mute feature.

    What's in the Box
    Two handsets, base unit, handset charger with AC adapter, AC adapter for base unit, base unit wall mounting bracket, charger wall mounting bracket, two belt clips, telephone cord, six NiMH rechargeable AA batteries, printed user manual

    ... Read more


    • Caller ID with call waiting capability, 50-call history
    • 50-name-and-number phone book; handset-to-handset transfer
    • 5.8 GHz digital spread spectrum signal
    • Second handset with remote charger stand; base speakerphone
    • Integrated digital answering system with 3 mailboxes

    Reviews (18)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Below Par: Makes Background Noise
    Every feature said to be available exists, but, over several months, the quality has dropped to worthlessness.

    The secondary handset recharger stopped recharging.

    Both handsets crackle and fade. Others hear me fine, but I am unable to hear them. New batteries did not help.

    The phonebook is rudimentary. The Nokia cell phone I received free has a better phonebook. Each name only gets one number.

    The handset is heavy. For the price, some of the weight should be engineered out.

    When things were working, the volume was easy to change.

    Standard rechargeable batteries.

    Unsure: I never used the answering machine feature. I have voice mail, and did not find it necessary. My opinion of the phone does not include this unused feature.

    Overall, I am disappointed. Hopefully, their customer service people will provide a solution.

    I realize many people have found the VTech 5850 a fine phone, but I do not. Maybe I bought a lemon. VTech's reputation is strong, and better luck might be found with this popular phone. I am bound in this review to provide my experience, and that experience was that of a sub-par cordless telephone.

    Anthony Trendl

    4-0 out of 5 stars powerful phones
    I am looking for a cordless phone with the longest range or close to 1/2 mile. The most powerful I see are the 5.8 Ghz.
    Joseph DeFranco

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love it !!!!
    This is the best phone i've ever used.It is so clear that my friends could hear the clock on the wall ticking!Easy to follow directions, great features and the answering machine is wonderful.I highly recommend this phone.And, the second phone doesn't require a phone jack.How sweet is that???!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Watch out
    This is a wonderful phone system and I was going to give it
    five stars until one of the most important features I got it
    for, broke.

    I've had Vtech phones for a long time and found them superior. This time, they've changed the belt clip to not only have very sharp tines that dig into and tear clothing, but after only four months of use, the vicious clip has snapped and according to the 'customer service' line, can't be replaced as they are available only with the system at purchase. After a strong complaint to customer service, they offered to send me one when they might get one in their stock. These clips are apparently unavailable in the stores, although during my first questions to the service rep, I was told to go to the store to buy another. The belt clips of the older Vtech were a well designed, didn't tear clothing and were very sturdy, after years of use, still intact. This new one, after only four months is useless. If this feature is important to you, you might want to look elsewhere.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
    This phone has some good options, just not ones that I use. For instance, it does not have a speed dial option. It has what's called a phone book. You have to scroll through a menu to pick what number you want to dial. I use my speed dial to put in my calling card 800 number and then another speed dial to put in the pin. Now I have to scroll through to get the pin number in time to enter it when it's asked for. What a pain.

    I put this phone where my old cordless was and there's nothing but static and this tin can sound. I have changed the location of this phone to 7 different spots, no luck. It still sounds terrible.

    It is very uncomfortable to hold up to your ear. The ringer choices are so obnoxious that I have the ringer off and use the old phone just so something rings when a call is coming in.

    I don't have caller ID in my area so I cannot comment on how well that works.

    The answering machine is nice but you have to be very careful as to when you hit the delete button to delete a message. If you hit it at the end of a message it will delete the NEXT message not the one you were just listening to.

    For the money this phone is a real disappointment. It's such a hassle to return it that I guess I'm stuck with it until some friend needs a phone and I'll give it to them or put it in a rummage sale. ... Read more

    13. Uniden TCX800 Accessory Handset for TRU8800 Expandable Phones (Silver/Black)
    by Uniden
    list price: $89.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0001WSG3A
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Uniden
    Sales Rank: 558
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Uniden is creating a World Without Wires. Which means the company is building products that give its customers more freedom to enjoy life, solve problems and always stay connected with others. From cordless phones to two-way radios to radar detectors, Uniden makes electronic wonders an everyday occurrence. As one of the world's largest manufacturers of cordless phones and consumer communications devices, chances are there's a Uniden product that's already making things more convenient in and around your home.PRODUCT FEATURES: 5.8GHz Digital Expandable System with Caller ID; Caller ID/Call Waiting Deluxe (to activate the Caller ID and/or VoiceMail features, you must subscribe through your local telephone company); Handset Speakerphone feature gives you the freedom to use the handset as a speakerphone; 100 Programmable Caller ID / Memory Locations; 3-Way Conferencing (2 Handsets + Outside Call); DirectLink Mode; Mute and Hold Function; Alphabetical Search; Transfer Memory Locations Between Handsets; New Message Waiting Indicator with Alert Tone Option; Intercom or Call Transfer Between Handsets; 20 Distinctive Ring Options (10 Melodies + 10 Ring Tones); 10 Speed Dial Locations in Handset; Headset Compatible allows for an optional headset to be connected for convenient hands-free operation; Trilingual Menu Displays and Voice Prompts; Clarity Booster; Room / Baby Monitoring; Animation / Battery / Clock Display; Earpiece and Ringer Volume Control; Ringer Off Option; Belt Clip Included; NiMH Battery Pack. ... Read more


    • Room/baby monitoring, walkie-talkie function
    • Tri-lingual display; headset compatible, belt clip
    • For use with Uniden TRU8800-series phones except the 2-line TRU8866
    • 100 caller ID and memory-dial locations
    • Speakerphone and conferencing capability, call transfer

    Reviews (7)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best phone set I've ever owned.
    Love these things.I have 5 handsets so far, and I'm thinking I need two more.

    I set the banner on each handset to things like "Kitchen", "LivingRoom", "MasterBed", "Garage1", etc.Once you do that, you just hit the "intercom" button and the list of handsets pops up with the banner names, and you select the appropriate destination by name.Love that.Every handset can be a room monitor by a similiar function.

    Every handset has a speakerphone function too:)Joy.Easy to use, easy setup.great functionality.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a Great Acessory to the TRU 8885 Phone
    This hand set was easy to program and is exactly the same as the ones that come with the phone. I have the TRU 8885 but this hand set works with a number of Uniden models.
    Some many great features; long battery life, battery life indicator, speaker phone (my favorite), answering machine access, easy to read in any light, lighted keys, and more.
    A great addition, and well worth the money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Uniden Pulls Off Another Cordless Phone Coup
    The Uniden TCX-800 is lightweight but the features are full blown.The handset speakerphone is as good as any I've tested.Plus the Caller ID and phonebook services are really functional and make things easy on the average user.I really like the orange backlit screen on the phone too - it makes reading the numbers and information so much easier than the competitor's products.To top things off, the sound clarity is outstanding on the handset.I feel that the connections I get with my cordless are better than what I was getting with my corded phones!Overall, I am extremely satisfied with this product - it was well worth the money spent and capability-wise, it offered more features that its competitors' products.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You can "name" each phone!
    Just in response to a previous poster - you indeed can "name" each handset.Under "menu," go to "handset setup," and then "banner."I've named mine by room (i.e. "Office").After naming each handset, once you press "intercom," it will give you the banner name you've chosen as well as the handset number as an option for calling other extentions.

    Uniden did think of everything.I've replaced my fairly new Panasonic 5.8 GHZ mulitple handset system with this one and it no longer sounds to my friends and family as if I am making calls from a busy train station. Crystal clear.Also am thrilled with the possibility of having up to 10 handsets!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Easiest setup ever on a well designed cool phone
    Uniden engineers/designers need to be congratulated on making the set up so easy. Just pop in the battery, charge and place in the base station for a few minutes.

    The phone itself is full of features and looks cool. One of the few phones without a visible aerial. (GE also has one but looks & feels cheap & plasticky).

    If the designers are reading this then I have one recommendation for improvement - if you could make the software such that we could nickname the phones individually it would make it easy to transfer incoming calls around the house without remembering that Handset 4 is located in the study. ... Read more

    14. Uniden TCX860 Accessory Handset for TRU8866 Expandable Phone System (Black)
    by Uniden
    list price: $89.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002EZPE0
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Uniden
    Sales Rank: 603
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Uniden TCX860 is a 5.8GHz Digital Expandable Handset for use with TRU8866. This accessory handset must be registered to a main base to operate. PRODUCT FEATURES: Caller ID/Call Waiting Deluxe - to activate the Caller ID and/or VoiceMail features, you must subscribe through your local telephone company; Handset Speakerphone - this feature gives you the freedom to use the handset as a speakerphone; 100 Programmable Caller ID / Memory Locations; 3-Way Conferencing (2 Handsets + Outside Call); DirectLink Mode - 2-Way Radios; Mute and Hold Function; Alphabetical Search; Transfer Memory Locations Between Handsets; New Message Waiting Indicator with Alert Tone Option; Intercom or Call Transfer Between Handsets; 20 Distinctive Ring Options (10 Melodies + 10 Ring Tones); 10 Speed Dial Locations in Handset; Headset Compatible - Allows for an optional headset to be connected for convenient hands-free operation; Trilingual Menu Displays and Voice Prompts; Clarity Booster; Room / Baby Monitoring; Animation / Battery / Clock Display; Earpiece and Ringer Volume Control; Ringer Off Option; Belt Clip Included; NiMH Battery Pack. ... Read more


    • Room/baby monitoring, walkie-talkie function
    • Tri-lingual display; headset compatible, belt clip
    • For use with the two-line Uniden TRU8866 phone system
    • 100 caller ID and memory-dial locations
    • Speakerphone and conferencing capability, call transfer

    Reviews (3)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not without problems
    Most cordless phones theses days are a dissappointment. The Uniden TRU8866 and TCX860 are an improvement in usability, but still have some serious shortcomings.
    1. Their microphone reception are very faint (to point of inaudability) on Hello direct and Plantronics headsets that work fine on other phones. Uniden's answer is "buy a Uniden headset." Right. Box doesn't say Only works with Uniden Headset.
    2. Their touch tones don't work on many voice response systems I've encountered. My other phones do.
    3. While handset voice quality is good, range is less than any other cordless phone I have. Barely the length of my small house.

    I won't buy anymore handsets for this system and can't recommend it for the above reasons. I give two stars because they do have some novel features and if they fixed the above would be great.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Addition to the TRU8866 System!Very Satisfied.
    This is NO April Fools review!I had an older Uniden 2-line cordless system that developed some problems, but, after some online research, I decided to try this TRU8866 system.I was pleasantly pleased.The clarity of the sound is wonderful!Most people that I talk to can not tell whether I'm on a corded phone or a cordless.The features are well thought out and well integrated.One early-on bonus was that you can easily copy the phonebook that you enter in one handset to the base or to other handsets.It is very easy to add Caller ID info to your phonebook.The two-line operation is intuitive; no intruction book is necessary!Another neat feature is that each handset is a wonderful, hands-free (clear as a bell) speaker phone! I'm back at Amazon to order some more TCX860 Expansion Handsets.The system is great.As far as durability and longevity, only time will tell.

    5-0 out of 5 stars How Good Is This Handset/SpeakerPhone?
    So good that callers do not even know I am on a speakerphone when I am on this handset outdoors, 100 feet from the base.

    With two line operation, and a host of features, this phone is genuinely incomparable ... Read more

    15. Plantronics CS50/HL10 BUNDLE ( 66664-01 )
    by Plantronics Inc.
    list price: $379.90
    our price: $265.99
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    Asin: B0002DODXA
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Plantronics Inc.
    Sales Rank: 1637
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    Product Description

    The Plantronics CS50 Wireless Office Headset System brings the ultimate in mobility and handsfree conversations to your phone. The CS50 gives you eight hours of talk time and the wireless convenience to roam up to 300 feet with secure conversations. And remotely taking or ending a call is as simple as pressing a button with the Plantronics HL10 Lifter.The HL10 handset lifter fits on your telephone, letting you answer calls with the touch of a button, conveniently and automatically takes your handset off hook. ... Read more


    • Telephone headset with lifter
    • Eight hours of hands-free talk time
    • 300 foot roaming distance
    • Secure channel
    • No desktop footprint

    16. Uniden TRU8865-2 5.8 GHz Digital Expandable Cordless Speakerphone with Caller ID
    by Uniden
    list price: $199.95
    our price: $119.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001F9KLO
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Uniden
    Sales Rank: 1397
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Uniden is creating a World Without Wires. Which means the company is building products that give its customers more freedom to enjoy life, solve problems and always stay connected with others. From cordless phones to two-way radios to radar detectors, Uniden makes electronic wonders an everyday occurrence. As one of the world's largest manufacturers of cordless phones and consumer communications devices, chances are there's a Uniden product that's already making things more convenient in and around your home.PRODUCT FEATURES:5.8 Digital Expandable System;10 Handset Maximum Expandability;Extra Caller ID Handset and Charger Included;Base Keypad;Handset Speakerphone - This feature gives you the freedom to use the handset as a speakerphone;Base Duplex Speakerphone;100 Handset / 50 Base Programmable Caller ID / Memory Locations;Do Not Disturb setting;4-Way Conferencing (2 Handsets + Base + Outside Call);DirectLink Mode. ... Read more


    • Caller ID/call waiting, 100-call history
    • Handset and base speakerphones
    • 5.8 GHz digital signal; expandable to 10 handsets, 2 included
    • Direct-link walkie-talkie mode
    • 4-way conferencing, call transfer

    Reviews (25)

    2-0 out of 5 stars I have serious range issues
    I was used to the Panasonic GigaRange phones and I should have purchased that, but I didn't because I already have a 2.4 network running here.

    So... I got these thinking that the 5.8 would be plenty to spread across the home, even purchased a few extra base units. Sadly, it only works in the very room the base is in, all the other rooms it is spotty and difficult to have a conversation.

    I called Uniden tech support and they were far less than helpful, saying that the house was interfering with the signal. I even informed them that the wireless network had connectivity in ALL sections of the house, even out towards the pool and that I couldn't even use the phone out in the hallway outside my room!

    I'd not recommend this phone for anyone who wants range on the cordless, but if it's a small apartment or single room office, that's perfect!

    Now I gotta find out how to return this thing and get something that'll work.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Range
    I live in an 860 sq. ft. apartment, and the reception cuts in and out when I am on the opposite side of the apartment versus the base.I would not recommend this phone to anyone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best cordless phone I have ever owned
    Had recently been looking for a perfect cordless phone.I needed a phone with good battery life, good clear sound and not very expensive.I purchased the Uniden TRU 8865 5.8 gz and it has lived up to its billing.I would recommended this phone for anyone.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Nice phone with a few problems
    Update as of 6/16/05:Uniden sent one of their headsets to see if it's one of my 3 headsets that may be causing the problem.The issue is still with the phone itself. I sound like I am in a cave and the volume is very low.The customer service person was not very friendly.She wanted to replace the phones with the same model AGAIN!!She sounded frustrated...wonder why??Since it's too late to return the phones to Office Depot, I am exchanging the phones for the Uniden CLX465 and hopefully the headset issue is better there.Problem here is that the CLX465 is out of stock.They don't have a way of notifying me when it's available so the only option is to continue to check the web and call back when I see it available.Also, Uniden support is not able to contact me or ship when it's available. This company is not very customer focused. If you need to use a headset DON'T BUY THIS PHONE!!!

    Update as of 4/28/05:Uniden sent me a new base unit and handset.The problem is that they sent refurbished equipment.And they did not correct the handset/headset volume issue. So what was the point! The volume is still so low you really cannot use a headset and the voice sounds like you are in a tunnel on the other end.Another issue to look for is that the volume while using the speakerphone via one of the handsets is very low also.There is no adjustment for that either.The base unit speakerphone volume is fine.It's just the handsets that have the problem.My guess is that the two speaker issues are related.I will be calling Uniden tomorrow morning to either ensure New Phones are sent with the problem resolved, or begin processing the refund.

    I purchased the single line version of this phone first.Business needs required me to have a two line phone, so I gave the single line phone as a gift and purchased the 2-line version.Nice phones but there are a couple issues:

    1.This 5.8ghz phone does not have the range of my previous 2.5ghz Panasonic.I can't even use the intercom feature when out on the patio with this one.

    2.This is the biggest issue.Sound coming from the phone to others, expecially when using a headset is very bad.You sound like you are in a tunnel and are very low. The other party cannot hear you.The volume is too low on outgoing calls from the handset using a headset.There is no adjustment for the volume on the headset either.I thought it was my headset so I tried 3 other headsets with the same result.The issue is with both the single line and the 2-line phone units.I spoke with Uniden who is exchanging both units, including the accessory handsets, and testing the headset/handset issue before shipping to ensure the volume issue is corrected.I hope this resolved the issue, or I will need to return the units.

    Note, there is a $10.95 charge for the shipping and you have to give a credit card number.Your new unit is delivered within 3-5 business days.You will have 15 days to return the defective unit once you have your new unit.

    3.Another issue is with dialing long distance numbers from the caller ID list.I haven't figured out how to have the unit add the 1 before the number, so far I have had to redial the number.This is very cumbersome.

    Other than those issues, the phones do a good job. I am just surprised that these basic phone use issues were not caught during initial testing for the initial rollout of the product.

    5-0 out of 5 stars marvelous
    thanks to all the other comments, which provide great detail, i was fortunately directed to this phone.

    this is a great phone.i am told by my phone-call-counterparty that the speakerphone, which i use all the time for work-related conf calls while telecommuting, is of exceptional quality at their end.

    my expectations have been completely met.

    as a side note, i avoided the TRU8885 because of the comments about the user-unfriendlyness of the asnswering machine, and kept my ATT 1720 stand-alone digital answering machine which works just fine. ... Read more

    17. Panasonic KX-TGA510M 5.8GHz Accessory Handset for KX-TG5100M Series
    by Panasonic
    list price: $89.99
    our price: $74.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000950SD
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Panasonic
    Sales Rank: 380
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Panasonic's vision of the digital future is driven by the needs and aspirations of its business customers and millions of consumers around the world who use its products every day. The company shares their dream to live a fuller life by providing ways of working smarter and enjoying the rewards of technological advances. ... Read more


    • For use with KX-TG5100M and KX-TG5110M expandable cordless phone systems
    • 5.8 GHz frequency-hopping digital spread spectrum signal
    • Supports caller ID with call waiting
    • 3-way conference capability
    • 4-line backlit LCD; speakerphone

    Reviews (12)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Battery life is very poor
    The features of the phone are nice.The sound is clear but none of this matters if the phone lasts 10 seconds before cutting out.Two of the three phones we purchased about a year ago have batteries that have recently failed.If you're interested in this phone, add $10-15 bucks per handset for the replacement batteries.Other than the batteries, the phone works fine.

    4-0 out of 5 stars lost a star for high price
    I got one a couple of these with the main base unit a year or two ago with amex points. Everything's worked great, but I want to add a couple more handsets to the mix and they're damned expensive! $50 - $60 sounds like a lot more reasonable price for these. They're also hard to find. It seems like panasonic didn't make them for long, and newer handsets won't work with my base phone AFAIK. I also replaced the batteries with Energizers and they still work great.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great features -- poor battery life
    Excellent features on the phone.I work at home often and wanted one with clarity, mute button, many memories, caller ID, speaker phone and a headset jack.

    The only complaint is the battery life.After 2.5 hours of use it dies.Then it takes 6 hours to charge to full capacity.

    Bottom line:Great phone for features and for casual use.Bad phone for business use when you are on constant conference calls.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great phone, features; easy setup - battery life is poor
    I bought a couple of these units to expand my KX-TG5100 base unit.Setup was a snap as was synchronizing phone books.

    The handsets are identical with the one that comes with the base unit.I've found the speakerphone on the handsets to be a great feature.I also love the simplicity of the interface.

    The batteries that come with the units out of the box are terrible and could not hold a charge after six months; however, I've found that the Energizer ER-P511 is a great replacement battery for the Panasonic P-P511 that comes out of the box, and is fairly cheap at anywhere between 10 and 20 bucks.

    As for the class action suit, most of the phones listed are Panasonic's 2.4GHz models in the KX-TG22 through KX-TG27 range; you've probably seen these phones stacked up in droves at Costco or Walmart.I've had my KX-TG5100 5.8GHz unit for almost two years and have never had any problems with interference, contact loss or keypad failure.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Love the phone but Poor Batter Review
    I've had the base unit and 4 remote handsets for the past year and a half, but have had to replace the batteries on 4 of the units in the past year.Even thou the battery indicator shows a fully charged battery they have a habit of dying after a few seconds removal from the charging unit.Other than that the handsets are used up to a hundred feet from the base unit and is used as an in-house and house to shop communicator. ... Read more

    18. Plantronics CS50 900 MHz Wireless Office Headset System
    by Plantronics Inc.
    list price: $249.99
    our price: $185.20
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000CEPC8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Plantronics Inc.
    Sales Rank: 468
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

  • 900MHz technology provides up to 300' transmission range with clear, private and secure conversations
  • Answer and end calls with the touch of a button
  • Compatible with most office or PBX-based telephones
  • Convertible headset with noise canceling microphone
  • Interchangeable, reversible earloops for perfect fit on either ear
  • Rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery provides up to 8 hours of talk time on a single charge
  • Battery recharges in less than 3 hours ... Read more


    • 8 hours of wireless talk time
    • 300 feet roaming distance
    • 900MHz for secure conversations
    • Features integrated IntelliStand
    • Wearing option of over the ear or over the head

    Reviews (12)

    3-0 out of 5 stars It's good, but not great
    I bought this product because I wanted to go wireless and loved the idea of it.I am on the phone for a large part of the day and work out of my home office so I thought this was a great item to buy.

    My biggest con about this product is that only one of the headsets has a cushion and is uncomfortable to wear.When you answer and hang up the phone, you are required to press your ear in, which in turn will make your ear red and sore.I tried the behind-the-neck band, which does not have a cusion and just hurts altogether.I've tried wearing the headset off my ear to the front, which makes it sound bad, and you can't raise the volume so high because it sounds scratchy.

    Plantronics told me that there is no accessory, nor attachment, nor alternate headband which the device fits into.Only one of the headbands has a cushion which doesn't feel that great either way.

    So... now i am using the behind the neck band, with the leatherette inserted between the device and my ear which seems to be the best way so far, and strangely enough, it's not made to be used that way!! so the leatherette falls when you take the headband off.

    I still use the headset, I love the mobility of it, but dissatisfied with the performance.But hey, $375+ later I guess I should get some use out of it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Earrings problem
    The ear rings problem was fixed by Plantronics by the end of 2004. Since late 2004 they have been shipping this product with a different, stronger set of ear rings. Great product. Use it all the time. have one at home & one at the office.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great convenience, good sound, but know your expectations
    I have been using this headset for about a week and overall I am very pleased.It was relatively easy to set up, it charges quickly, it's easy to use with the buttons on the earpiece easy to reach and understand.Compared to a couple of other system I bought previously that were not even remotely worth the money I wasted (including a GN wireless headset) this is REALLY worth the current low selling price of $169.

    BUT, be sure to realize that you are buying a "wireless" headset and, like wireless phones, there will not be a crystal clear line.Also, if you have other wireless devices, there can be some distortion.

    Having said that, I'm thrilled with the performance so far, and HIGHLY recommend the handset lifter that does with this.It works really well.

    3-0 out of 5 stars great but must be connected to a regular phone
    We bought ours three months ago and use it constantly.The little ring that everybody talks about broke within 24 hours and had to be scotched up.The headset is great because it rests on the head and earpiece does not press on the ear. The base station stays on the desk and is not carried around by the user, like some other systems.On the other hand, with this system you cannot make a call without going back to the base station.

    The thing that is amazingly stupid about this is that the base station is not a phone!! So, you have to connect the base station to the handset plug of a regular phone. But since the handset of the regular phone rests on the button that takes the phone off-hook, you have to lift the regular (but unconnected) handset from the regular phone to get the dialing tone, put on and turn on the headset to hear what's going on since the regular handset is unconnected, and then dial using the regular phone.

    Likewise, there is an answer button on the headset, but it just connects you to the base station.If you want to answer the phone, you have to go to the base station and unhook the regular receiver.

    This headset comes with a contraption with a motor in it connected to a lever that is designed to pick up the regular handset, so that the phone goes online.Since phones come in all shapes and sizes, this contraption isn't likely to fit your fit phone. It didn't on ours.

    the advantage with this design is that the headset works on any phone that has a plug-in handset, which means it would work on an office system - if the contraption fits.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Works great, no broken earpieces
    I ordered and received this headset from Amazon during the week of August 14th, and have been using it constantly since then.I have not experienced the problem with broken earpieces that others have been harping about, and my usage has been 3-8 hours a day, every day (minus a week of vacation in September).

    I feel paranoid, though, and want to order extra earpieces from Plantronics as they do *look* flimsy.

    I do have several gripes; one is that I get echo in the earpiece if I turn up the gain on the microphone too high, but I do not know if this is a problem with the headset, or my phone (Cisco 7960).Another nitpick would be to have some way to put the phone on/off hook w/o using the HL10--it's such an ugly hack...

    All in all, the product performs perfectly as advertised, crystal clear communication, the earpiece is comfortable if you don't wear glasses (sometimes I don't wear my contacts and the earpiece can become uncomfortable with glasses on; the headband should rectify this, but I don't like headbands).This is a solid piece of kit that I would definitely recommend and buy again should the need arise.

    PS.Why did Amazon raise the price on this lovely little item?($165 -> $199)Regardless, this is still a great value. ... Read more

  • 19. Uniden TRU8885-2 5.8 GHz Digital Cordless Phone with Dual Handsets and Answering System
    by UNIDEN
    list price: $199.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001F9KLY
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: UNIDEN
    Sales Rank: 666
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

  • Total of 10 handsets expandability
  • Caller ID/call waiting deluxe with 100 caller ID memory
  • Dual keypads with 20 distinctive ring options
  • 10 speed dial location and clarity booster
  • Voicemail waiting indicator at handset
  • Intercom or call transfer between handsets
  • Includes 2 handsets, 2 charging cradles and 2 belt clips ... Read more


    • 5.8 GHz digital signal; handset and base speakerphones
    • Multi-user expandable to 10 handsets, 2 included
    • Digital answering machine, 12 minutes record time
    • Caller ID/call waiting compatible
    • 200 caller ID/phone directory memory locations

    Reviews (63)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Worked great for a couple of weeks
    I did a lot of research (consumer reports, amazon, etc) and decided to get this phone.It has worked excellent for a couple of weeks.Now all of the sudden, the static, or interference, has been unbearable.Like the other reviewer said, you can't change channels or anything.The user manual says "1)Keep the handset away from microwave ovens, computers, remote control toys, wireless microphones, alamrm systems, intercoms, room monitors, fluorescent lights, and electrical appliances. 2) Move to another location or turn off the source of interference." Are they kidding? Power down everything, then use the phone.I am going to return and buy another brand.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Poor Sound Quality - Took it back

    This phone has it all.The menu system was really easy.The room monitoring feature was cool.I liked the fact that all of the buttons glowed (Think about it, if you are in the dark, what good does it do you if you only see the number pad?You may need to transfer a call, adjust volume, etc.).


    As easy as the phone was, we took it back because I was not pleased with the sound quality.Using the phone people that called me sounded great.However, people thought that I sounded fuzzy.The sound quality is okay, but was not as good as my current 900 and 2.1.Due to that fact we purchased a competing 5.8 phone and the sound quality was as clear as a bell.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic sound quality!
    The sound quality is really incredibly clear. The double handset is a great feature.

    The only downside is the handset display is a little 1977. I think the resolution is like 30x30 pixel LCD display. But I couldn't care less, the sound is great.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Super Phone!Great!Except for some annoying flaws
    We love this phone....had to upgrade to 5.8 after our 18 month old threw the 2.4 Vtech in the bathtub.It is great except for two major flaws which make us want to return it!
    1. The talk/hangup/flash button is placed dead center just below the earpiece.When I am holding the phone without my hands between my ear and shoulder, it routinely hangs up!I suppose my cheek pushes the talk/hangup/flash button every single time I pick up the is truly an annoying problem, since I rarely have a hand free to hold the phone.
    2. You cannot simply enter long distance phone numbers from caller id into the phone book.If you need to dial a 1 before the area code in your zone, you cannot simply store a number from caller id to the phone book.While storing, you have to basically memorize or write down the number on a scratch of paper, delete the number on the screen with the keypad, enter the number 1 and then the number you are trying to remember or have written down.It is a pain in the neck, especially when you CAN edit the name when storing from caller id to the phone book, it does not make sense.
    Other than those two items, I love this phone, but I am afraid that the hanging up problem is going to make me have to return it...such a bummer because it really answers all our needs in every other way.
    Too bad Uniden....

    2-0 out of 5 stars Nice features but can't execute the basics
    I bought this phone to replace a Uniden expandable 2.4 Ghz model that interfered with my wireless network.But for that, I was very happy with the phone system.So I figured an upgrade to a 5.8 Ghz model from Uniden should provide me with the same features and benefits with no interference, yes?Well, after hacksawing through the plastic packaging and setting it up, the best I can say is that the TRU8885 doesn't interfere with my network but it doesn't do much else either.

    The big issues?1)The handsets take FIVE seconds to connect to the base.Yes, five seconds while my friends and family are forced to wait saying "Hello? Hello?" while I sit impotent waiting for the phone to establish contact.2)Once I actually connect, the reception is terrible!Constant static, electronic squeals, etc. such that I can't hear what the other caller is saying unless they speak loudly.And since there's no ability to change security channels, the only solution is to suffer through the call or hang up and redial.(This option is obviously not realistic if one is stuck in a Customer Service queue with significant wait times.)

    I gave this item two stars because it does have a nice feature set.But if you can't actually use the phone, it's useless.Some reviewers appear to have no or few problems; others report similar disasterous results like me.So it's a crap shoot.As for me, I'm returning the phone and will probably end up with a higher-priced Panasonic. :-( ... Read more

  • 20. Mintek DTV-263 26" LCD TV/DVD Combo
    by MINTEK
    list price: $1,499.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0007OK4TG
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: MINTEK
    Sales Rank: 7110
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    DTV-263 is a 26" Wide Screen LCD TV with DVD.PRODUCT FEATURES: DVD / DVD-R / DVD+R/RW/ MPEG4 / MP3 / CD / CD-R / CD-RW / Kodak Picture CD; 26" 16: 9 HD Digital LCD Wide Screen Monitor; HDTV Ready; Super Slim, Super Light Weight; Built-in Slot Load DVD Player; Built-in Dual Stereo Speakers; Headphone Jacks Input; USB Interface for Digital Camera Card Reading; 3 in 1 Memory Card Socket; VGA Socket for PC Monitor Capability; Audio / Video Input and Output; Antenna Input. ... Read more


    • HD Digital LCD Panel
    • 26 Inch LCD TV
    • Plays DVD/CD/MP3/CD-RW

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
    I bought the television the other day. I was amazed! I hung it on the wall and fired it up. It looks wonderful! Colors are rich and vibrant. The sound system is very good (I hung this in the bedroom). The DVD player works well. The remote is well layed out but does not have a backlight feature. The box includes a stand and multiple componet wires. The stand comes off and it hangs nicely on the wall with a standard 100mm VESA mounting bracket.
    This is an amazing television for the price. You will not be disappointed.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Review of Mintek DTV-263 26" LCD TV/DVD Combo
    For those of you interested in this LCD TV but have had a hard time finding information about it, I hope that this review
    helps. I have included at the end of this review a list of features and specifications that has not. Also check
    out the extra pictures I have posted above to give you a better idea of the unit.

    First of all, this is an excellent TV for the price. It is way better than I expected. Compared to my Samsung 42" plasma,
    this Mintek beats it hands down (except for the size).

    * Excellent picture quality:
    What surprised me the most was the excellent quality of the picture. Bright and vibrant are the words that come to mind when
    describing this beauty. When I first set it up I placed it next to my Samsung plasma for comparison (this LCD TV is for
    bedroom use). I was stunned how much brighter and how much more detail I could see compared to the plasma. Black levels on
    this LCD is comparable to CRT TVs. Also, I was unable to detect any motion trails or blurring effects whatsoever - that
    blew me away. And 26" is a good size. I was worried it would be too small. It is just right.

    * Analog cable:
    Analog cable on this LCD TV (as with any other) is watch able but it yearns to be better. So if you get this TV subscribe to a
    digital service.

    * Digital cable:
    WOW! Now we are getting somewhere. Standard digital cable and Comcast HDTV service is as close to perfection as a sub $1000
    LCD TV can get. Excellent black levels, no motion trails in fast moving scenes. Bright and vivid picture.

    * I have not used (nor will I use) the composite or S-video inputs. So no comment there.

    * HD Component Input:
    Only one of these on the unit but hey, the DVD player is built-in. Combined with the fact that there is also a DVI - this is

    * DVI:
    It's digital and it looks and works great. The downside is that it's audio in is an 1/8" input. They must have intended this
    for commuter use. Also, you can only use the DVI or VGA one at a time. Bummer.

    * Built-in Slot Load DVD Player:
    Very convenient, cleans up the area from gear being everywhere. It works as a typical DVD player should. No bad things to
    report. The nicest thing is the picture quality. Since there is no analog to digital conversion here then the pic quality is
    awesome. Better than I have ever seen. Oh, and as soon as you pop in a disc the mode will change to DVD and the menu is
    booting up. It also played most formats I threw at it including but not limited to: DVD / DVD-R / DVD+R/RW/ MPEG4 / MP3 / CD Audio
    / CD-R / CD-RW / Kodak Picture CD / DiVX - - - Sweet!

    * Memory Card slot:
    Fun stuff. Come home from an outing and pop in the card - viola! Instant slideshow. My 2MP camera pictures look stunning. I
    love it. The family does to. As soon as the card is popped in TV changes mode and thumbnails of pics start drawing. You can
    either control the playback yourself or put it on auto-matic slideshow.

    * Remote control:
    Nice layout. Doesn't look to bad. But it is very light even with the batteries in which gives it a cheap feeling. I hope I
    don't break it. But it is responsive and seems to be omni-directional.

    At this time I can not comment on the long term reliability of this unit. I will post another review in a few months or if
    something goes bad. No comment on customer support. The manual is spares but enough to get you going.

    So I am going to give this TV 4 stars because everything works as advertised and exceeds most of my expectations. I would
    recommend this TV.

    Thank you


    * 26" 16:9 LCD Screen
    * HDTV Ready - 1280 x 762 Native Resolution
    * Built-in Slot Load DVD Player
    * Built-in Dual Stereo Speakers
    * USB Interface for Digital Camera Card Reading
    * 3 in 1 Memory Card Socket (SD, MMC & Memory Stick)
    * RF Antenna/Analog Cable Input
    * Composite Audio/Video Input
    * S video Input
    * HD Component Input
    * DVI Input
    * VGA Socket for PC Monitor Capability
    * Optical Digital Audio Out
    * 1/8" Audio In (for VGA/DVI)
    * Audio/Video Monitor Output (composite)


    * Picture Resolution: 1280 x 762
    * Viewing Angle: 176° / 176°
    * Brightness (cd/m2): 500
    * TV System: NTSC
    * Tuning System: Analog Auto Tuner System
    * Power Output: 6W x 2
    * Dimensions (with stand): 30.5" x 7.25" x 21.25"
    * Weight (with stand): 32 pounds

    * Excellent picture quality
    * No detectable motion trails
    * Amazing black levels for LCD
    * Decent Viewing Angle
    * Bright picture and high contrast
    * Built-in DVD player
    * Memory Card slot
    * USB Port for digital camera

    * Only one of each input
    * No headphone out
    * Thin sounding speakers
    * No HDMI input
    * No built-in HDTV tuner
    * Remote is cheap feeling but responsive and functional ... Read more

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