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1. VTech 20-2420 Accessory Handset
$55.99 $40.00 list($69.99)
2. 8x8 Packet8 Broadband VoIP Service
$94.78 list($129.99)
3. Plantronics CT10 900 MHz Cordless
list($149.99)
4. VTech 40-2420 Accessory Handset
$48.98 list($69.99)
5. Uniden DXAI388-2 900 MHz Dual
$147.99 list($349.99)
6. VTech 40-2421 2.4 GHz DSS 4-Line
$28.99 list($39.99)
7. Panasonic KX-TC1486B 900 MHz Analog
$59.95 list($69.99)
8. Panasonic KX-TSC14W 2-Line Corded
$168.14 $157.05 list($254.99)
9. Plantronics CA10 900MHz Cordless
$37.99 list($89.99)
10. Uniden EXI2926 900 MHz 2-Line
$49.88
11. SONY SPP-A946 900MHz Cordless
$15.51 list($39.99)
12. GE 26928GE1 900 MHz Analog Cordless
Too low to display $42.00 list($59.99)
13. Motorola MA361 2.4 GHz Cordless
Too low to display $24.95 list($49.99)
14. GE 26938GE2 900 MHz Analog Cordless
$288.00 list($299.00)
15. ZyXel Prestige 2000W VoIP Wi-Fi
Too low to display list($39.99)
16. GE 26928GE2 900 MHz Analog Cordless
list($39.99)
17. Southwestern Bell FF908 900 MHz
$59.90
18. VTech 00-2421 2.4 GHz DSS Expandable
$22.88 list($39.99)
19. Vtech 9152 900MHz CID IT AD
$32.99 list($69.99)
20. AT&T 9353 900 MHz Analog Cordless

1. VTech 20-2420 Accessory Handset for VT20-2400 Series Expandable Phones
by VTech
list price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000060K4Z
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: VTech
Sales Rank: 3527
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Following the success of 900 MHz frequency phones, 2.4 GHz phones transmit at even a higher frequency. If you already own one or more 900 MHz telephones, consider a 2.4 GHz model when you are looking to add an additional cordless telephone. Many 2.4 GHz phones can transmit greater amounts of data than lower-frequency units. VTech calls this greater bandwidth. One advantage of greater bandwidth is the ability to link multiple handsets to a single base unit.Add this expansion handset/charger to your base unit to turn your cordless telephone into a multi-handset system. Imagine, up to 4 cordless phones with only one phone jack! Features include call waiting ID, 50 name-and-number phone book directory and handset speakerphone. ... Read more

Features

  • Built-in speakerphone
  • Caller ID compatible
  • Accessory handset for VTech models VT20-2431, VT20-2481, and VT20-2489
  • 2.4 GHz digital spread spectrum signal
  • Supports 2 lines, intercom, conference calling

Reviews (6)

2-0 out of 5 stars Great features; not so great durability
Phone has good sound quality in handset and speakerphone mode, great range from base station, easy to use presets and other dialing functions.However, many of the keys have already become somewhat lame.They now require you to press very hard; I have missed more than one call because the on/answer button simply would not respond no matter how hard I pressed it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good and not so good
This phone system met our needs perfectly (two lines, no messaging system, speaker phone, multiple handset capability) and from that point of view its been a really good phone.However, the keypads on the handsets have become problematic:you have to really press hard to get a number to register and when you do you often get multiples of the one number you're trying to type.

5-0 out of 5 stars Also Works With VTech 20-2489 System.
This VTech 20-2420 Accessory Handset also works with the VTech 20-2489 Expandable Phone system.

The 20-2489 system is identical to the VTech 20-2481 Expandable Phone system, except that the 20-2489 system has a 20-2420 handset (with stand/charger) included in the box, for a total of *two* handsets, instead of just one.

5 stars because it works well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent phone system
This is a terrific, well-priced, and reliable phone. Reception is clear, battery life is adequate and it is simple to use. I have tried many, more expensive systems and the v-tech 2 line is the best. Additional phones can be added seamlessly and you do not need an outlet in every room. The answering machine can be acceseed from any handset and the paging functions work quite well. I now have 5 phones using 2 lines on the system and am very pleased.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works Great
The expandable two line phone solved all our phone problems. It has been very reliable and I have added to the system so we now have four phones plus the base. A good buy. ... Read more


2. 8x8 Packet8 Broadband VoIP Service with DTA-310 Phone Adapter
by 8X8INC
list price: $69.99
our price: $55.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002JUHJ8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: 8X8INC
Sales Rank: 5696
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

8x8 offers an array of Packet8 broadband telephone service plans delivered over high speed internet connection ssuch as cable or DSL to meet the most pressing needs of residential, business telephone and video users. Programs include unlimited residential voice and video calling plans to US, Canada, Europe, Asia and more. Business plans for extremely high round-the-clock continuous telephone communications, even hosted PBX services. 2 months Free, Free Activation. ... Read more

Features

  • Caller ID, call waiting, personalized voicemail, 3-way calling, online management
  • Unlimited calls in the U.S. and Canada for a low monthly fee
  • Unlimited worldwide calling to other Packet8 subscribers at no extra charge
  • Compatible with any high-speed DSL or cable modem with Ethernet
  • Adapter connects easily to any regular corded or cordless phone

Reviews (58)

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst customer service experience
The service itself is a little below expectation. Esp when
making int'l calls, often broken up, or need to call couple
times in order to connect. The customer service is really
bad. The CSR is so rude that I can't even finish describing
the issue. And when requested to talk to a supervisor, he's
basically won't do it. After I insist and another long hold,
only then able to talk to a not-so-helpful supervisor. And they
actually delete your account from their system when you cancel
the service. Now they need to charge me
for the disconnect fee, but since they have deleted the account,
they cannot charge my credit card (they only tell me AFTER taking
my credit card information!). And now they need me to send in a
check. And no detail on what to write on the check, what
should be the payable to, what number to write etc, nothing.
A very bad business model, plus not-so-good technology, and
very bad customer service. I should sell my 8x8 stock.

5-0 out of 5 stars It works.
(...)

Packet8

Plan: Freedom Unlimited

Features included:

Unlimited Minutes
FAX
Local Number Porting
Personalized Voicemail
Caller ID (Number only)
Caller ID Blocking
Call Waiting
Call Waiting ID
Call Forwarding
3-way Conferencing
Call Return
Online Management & Billing
Choose Your Own Area Code
Call Waiting Disable
Do Not Disturb
Anonymous Call Blocking
Distinctive Ringing for Virtual Numbers

Intro:

Packet8 is one of the leading VOIP companies. They have one of the largest selections of rate centers, and were among the first to offer E911. They offer a phone number in whatever area code you would like, provided that it is available, and offer additional"virtual numbers" in other area codes, for $5 a month. The features included with this plan are very similar to other offers, but Packet8's price is still cheaper than the rest.

My Experience:

When a member of my family had to move to another state for months, I realized that the phone bill was going to go up. I started looking at alternative options, I decided I either could use calling cards, at a few cents a minute, or I could run up my phone bill. I decided that neither was a good option, so I was going to have to be content with speaking to them a few times a week. When I was browsing some broadband forums, I stumbled accross VOIP forums, and after a little bit of reasreach, I found that I could get unlimited long distance and all of the feautures I had never had for only $20.00 a month! I think this is an exceptional deal.

I placed my order for the DTA from Amazon.com on a Friday evening, and it arrived Tuesday. Ordering from them gave two months free, and a $60 rebate, which will reduce the cost of my DTA to -$4.00. The DTA arrived in a well decorated box, that protected the DTA well. (...)

Once the main box is opened, there is smaller box inside, with all of the components wrapped in bubble wrap. (Not pictured, as these pictures were taken a few days after I had unpacked the equipment)

The items in the box included the DTA, a phone cord, power cord, power adapter, ethernet cable, startup note, tips sheet, and an invoice.

After I took the DTA out of the box, and plugged in the power, the power light immediately turned on. I next plugged the ethernet cable into a free port of my router, and the Link light tuned on .I then connected a phone, and picked up, to find a dial tone. When a number was dialed, a packet8 recording telling you the URL to activate your service was heard. I went to the web address supplied in the recording, which matched the instructions on the sheet, and was told to enter my MAC address that was found on the bottom of the DTA. When I entered my MAC address, it returned an error which is shown below.

I tried three times, and each time the same error came up. I then placed a call to packet8 support, who answered after a few rings. I had no hold time at all. They confirmed my MAC address, and changed something in their system. I then tried again, and was put through. The problem, so far as I can tell, was caused by me buying it through Amazon, and the DTA must not have been registered properly in their system. After I had filled out the required billing information, I paid an activation fee, and printed my account details. I then picked up the phone, and placed a long distance call with perfect quality. I felt that the quality was almost as good as my land line, if not better. I did not have to configure anything special on my router, the DTA was truly "plug and play". The phone light turns on steady when the phone is in use, and flashes while it is ringing.

After making several calls over a few days, I am almost satisfied with the Packet8 service. There are however some issues. One day, I placed a long distance call, and suffered horrible quality, and lost the call. When I checked the call log, I had 12% packet loss. However this was not Packet8's fault, as it was my internet connection. After a quick reboot of modem and router, everything was working perfectly again. In normal calls, I lose about .2% packets, but this may or may not have something to do with Packet8. This does not cause any quality problems though. The voicemail works reasonably well, except for the timestamp is sometimes off. I do wish we had the name on the Caller-ID, as we currently only have the number. After I was satisfied with the service, I went outside and unplugged my land line from the box, and marked it clearly. (Well, clearly as the 10 year old child I let do it could)

Then I connected my DTA to the wall outlet, and all phones were powered. I am able to hear people clearly with four phones up, which is all I have use for at this time. As for the quality, long distance calls sound much better, and local calls are loud and clear, people say they notice an increase in quality. The quality is much better than cellphones, and I can confirm it sounds better than my old landline.

My only real problems with the service, so far, is the fact that 911 will not work perfect, and if I lose power, or my internet breaks, I will not have phone service to call and have it fixed. Out of the 7,000 min. I have used so far, less than 50 have had a problem, which is equal to less than 1 percent. I love that the billing is done online, and they just bill my credit card each month. When a visitor used the phone, and forgot to dial one, it was billed as an international call, but when I called Packet8, they credited my account quickly. I haven't had any major outage problems as of yet, just waiting to see when new featues are coming out.

The picture below shows you the Packet8 billing interface, which lets you view your bills for each month, and what you have ordered in the past.

Below is a shot of the call log. Very handy to see who called where, when, and for how long.

Next we have a picture of the settings that you can change in our account.

(...)

1-0 out of 5 stars AWFUL!!!
I signed up for Packet 8 after reviewing the services online and finding pretty good reviews for this service and the price.I also liked that they had the enhanced 911 service.What a mistake!After I activated my account the company sent me an email to tell me that E911 was NOT available in my area after they said it was when I checked online.3 days after I activated I still didn't have service.Family and friends were calling on my cell phone to tell me that the message said I had a disconnected phone.When it was working, the service would drop out in themiddle of conversation.I do NOT recommend this service.When I called the cancel, I waited about 10 mins and got a rep.He was very nice and helpful and didn't make me feel bad for canceling.I have now signed up with Optimum Voice and love it!It's worth every extra penny.

1-0 out of 5 stars Packet8 might just have the worlds worst customer service...
OK- so on April 20th- we trotted out & bought the packet8 set up.We followed the set up step by step... and waited.And waited.It's nice that they gave us 2 free months of service - because our local number STILL hasn't been set up.They haven't contacted us- or returned our email(s) to them.When I check out account on their site- all I see is "Pending" for the number porting...

Today I contacted them & was told there is some form they need-and the set up process *should* have prompted us to complete it.SO I was annoyed- but wait for it.....this form is nowhere to be found on their site.They couldn't find - I couldn't find it.It was like some kind of joke.And the whole time all I got from their customer support is " I understand"NO- you DONT!I am still paying for my home phone and in a couple of weeks- will be paying for theirs as well!

When I mentioned that we had emailed 3 weeks ago & hadn't gotten a response- my thinking here was this could have been resolved 3 weeks ago.. she couldn't find any email... and said to me " Well, I'm not saying you're lying.. but we don't have this email..."Uhhh-YEAH-I think you ARE saying I'm lying- despite having a printed out copy of the email in my hand!

And this is just to get us set up- just to give them our business!I can't imagine when we have a real problem with the phone- god help us!

ANYWAY-If you are prepared for headache after headache- have at it.If I had been more aware of their heinous customer service- I would have thought twice!

You've been warned... ;)

1-0 out of 5 stars POOREST TECH AND CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER!
Tech service reps diplay little or no technical knowledge and seem to rely totally on a script. If the question asked isn't on the script, even simplistic questions, the answer is unavailable. Email questions are unanswered. ... Read more


3. Plantronics CT10 900 MHz Cordless Headset Telephone
by Plantronics
list price: $129.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004U8KM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Plantronics
Sales Rank: 5026
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Plantronics CT10 Cordless Headset Telephone is so small it easily fits in a pocket, and has a lightweight headset that lets you roam hands-free in your home or small office.

The 900MHz CT10 features an ultra-compact dialing unit that lets you make calls or take calls, with a range up to 150 feet. It has a full telephone keypad with all the standard functions, including a 10-number memory and a mute button that softly "beeps" to remind you when it's engaged. And the stylish, comfortable headset features a noise-canceling microphone to filter out background sounds, so your conversations are always crisp and clear.

Around the house, in a home-office or a small office, the Plantronics CT10 Cordless Headset Telephone delivers unmatched mobility, comfort and convenience. With your hands free, you can talk while you walk... or bounce the baby... or grab a file... you make the call.

Features

  • Easy installation, plugs into standard telephone jack
  • Ultra-compact cordless telephone fits in the palm of your hand; has up to 150 foot-range; 6 hours of talk time
  • Stylish, lightweight headset with noise-canceling microphone delivers great sound quality and hands-free convenience
  • NiMH 9V DC Battery, Talk time 6hrs, Standby time 80hrs
  • 1 Year Warranty
... Read more

Features

  • Lightweight design
  • Complete cordless phone in pocketsize remote unit
  • Hands-free mobility with up to 150-foot range
  • Noise-canceling microphone
  • Long-life battery; 6 hours talk time, 80 hours standby

Reviews (68)

5-0 out of 5 stars I love the Plantronic CS50
Just got my new Dell Computer and my new Plantronics CS50 headset. The instructions were slightly confusing, but after I got through the technical mumble jumble, it is heaven. I love my head set, its cordless the range is awesome and there is absolutlely no static.The only thing I would recommend would be the option of connecting it to music wirelessly, or even the speaking on my computer. I would love to have this at home, in the car, everywhere it is sooo comfortable. Now that I'm using my cordless headset I really resent having to pick up the heavy receiver on the phone. When the music option is available please let me know, I'll be the first in line.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good & Bad
As much as I like the phone, I have only small complaints.The Key pad is extremey small, hard to read & the keys are the same color as the battery pack unit, so they are very hard to see.Big fingers may press multiple keys at the same time.Also the belt clip to me is worthless unless I stand the whole time.As soon as I sit or bend at the waist-boom the phone is on the ground or on the chair.

Over all-I like it very much & use it often.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not the best from Plantronics
I'm a huge Plantronics fan. Their products and customer service are first-rate. This phone, though, is sub-par.Mine, at least, discharges too quickly; loses its speed dial settings when it discharges; has poor, staticky sound; and doesn't charge reliably on its stand.I recommend paying a little more for the CT-12, which is very good.

2-0 out of 5 stars Plantronics CT10
Plantronics usually makes quality products.This is not one of them.The case is sturdy and headset is ok.The battery is built into the belt clip which is mounted upside down for some who knows why reason?Then I tried it... audio came howling back into the earpiece like an echo, similar to the original cordless phones 20 years ago.Totally unacceptable!!Back it went and replaced with the new Plantronics CT12 and its GREAT!Totally different, regular type lithium battery and sounds and talks great!Well worth the little $ difference.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great, but not excellent!
The other reviewers are right on.The phone is excellent and I've come to trust Plantronics equipment for home and office.The numbers are fine even if on the small side.My major complaint is trying to keep it on the belt or some place where it won't fall off and hit the ground!The battery replacement I purchased does not fit snuggly on the unit and slips off easily.Reception is fine and I agree with the volume comments of other listeners-adequate, but a touch on the low side.I did have a problem with the first unit and it was replaced with out difficulties.I've had it over 2 years and would gladly give another as a gift although the caller ID feature on the CT12 is nice.I've heard the numbers on the CT12 are even more difficult to use, but for the added convenience of caller ID and 2.4ghz it may be worth the trouble.
The BEEP, BEEP is annoying!But like anything else, accept it and it seems more tolerable. ... Read more


4. VTech 40-2420 Accessory Handset for VT40-2421 Expandable Phone System (Silver/Black)
by VTech
list price: $149.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000060K4V
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: VTech
Sales Rank: 26741
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Manufacturer's Part # VT-40-2420
This product is Brand New.

Features:

  • 2.4 GHz Extra Handset / Charger
  • 4-Line Operation
  • Expandable Up To 12 Cordless Handsets
  • Handset Speakerphone
  • 50 Name / Number Caller ID Memory
  • 50 Name / Number Phonebook Directory
  • Digital Spread Spectrum Technology
  • Any Key Answer
  • Backlit Keypad / Display
  • Call Timer
  • Call Transfer
  • Conference Call Capability
  • Do Not Disturb
  • Headset Jack
  • Hold / Mute
  • Intercom
  • Programmable Ringer Types
  • Color: Silver/Black
  • Note: Vtech VT40-2420 Will Not Work Without The VtechVT40-2421...

    This product is Brand New and comes with a 1 year warranty.

    ... Read more

    Features

    • 4-line expansion handset for the VT 40-2421 system
    • 2.4 GHz operation
    • Handset speakerphone
    • Caller ID/call waiting compatible
    • 50 name and number phonebook directory

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Phone system
    My son gave my daughter and me this four line V-Tech system.It is great.You can carry one phone around with you while the others are on the bases so you don't have to run to the phone when it rings.We had a cordless phone, but these phones are small.If you misplace one, you can call it and find it by its chirping.Also, if I need to reach my daughter, I can call her through this system.You can store phone numbers, redial, look to see whom you called.It has so many features that I don't think we found them all. This was the best gift I have received! ... Read more


5. Uniden DXAI388-2 900 MHz Dual Handset Cordless Phone System with Extra Charging Cradle and Answering Machine
by Uniden
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B00006JSV0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Uniden
Sales Rank: 15787
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.Uniden DXAI388-2 900 MHz phone offers extra-long range, a digital answering system that handles your calls while you are away, supports Caller ID/Call Waiting as well as handset-to-handset call transfer. ... Read more

Features

  • Simple 900 MHz analog operation
  • Second handset and extra charging cradle included
  • 30-number caller ID memory, 10-number speed dialing
  • 1-touch Rocket Dailing key
  • Backlit display, voice menu prompts

Reviews (9)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great phone for home use
This is the second set I have gotten. This time for my mother. Works well, nice size, easy to set up second phone. Uniden is the only company I can find that gives the option of audible beeping when there is a new message. I wish the sound of the beep could be turned up a little more, but better than just a blinking light. Very happy with my first set.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice Uniden Unit
So far ive had no problems, Set up was easy, hearing is very clear, no static at all, i love the 2nd handset,Everything was easy to setup on it,and the price was great,alot of other reviews ive read they say nothing but problems, mine is great.
Thank You!

2-0 out of 5 stars It's ok....but I'm replacing it
I got this phone thinking it would be great - the extra handset is a nice feature and I like that part.I have noticed that the battery life is pretty short and once when I was talking the battery died and then my phone never "hung up" - so for 15 minutes I was without a phone and could not pick up any phone in the house to use it.This has happened two times and is soooo frustrating, especially since the other phones in the house that are corded could not be used.

You can't use the 2 phones at once so that is a bit of an inconvenience as well.The reception is ok but it has it's moments.I have had the phone for about 6 months so it's broken in and the honeymoon's over.I am going to replace it, it was a nice try to get a cheaper phone but it's been more trouble than it's worth.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the best portables I've bought
I've gone through a lot of portable phones, and especially for the price, this is by far the best.The Caller ID doesn't seem to function, but neither did the previous phone on our system. Great sound, nice having two handhelds.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works great, great price
I've had this phone system for a month now & I love it.I bought the 900MHz on purpose because the 2.4GHz interferes with wireless 54g routers & I have one.To date, i'm super impressed with this phone.The sound quality is clear & the extension unit works great in my bedroom (which doesn't have a phone line).The answering system is digital so you get a little distortion (nothing like good old tape) but I can live with that.Also, the battery lasts a long, long time unlike my Vtech which dies out in 2 hours.Overall, I highly recommend this product. ... Read more


6. VTech 40-2421 2.4 GHz DSS 4-Line Expandable Cordless Phone with Caller ID
by VTech
list price: $349.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000060K4W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: VTech
Sales Rank: 4548
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The 40-2421 from VTech is a four-line, multi-user expandable phone system designed for the small office or busy home. It consists of a base unit, which supports up to four phone lines, and one cordless handset. As your needs grow, you can add up to 11 model VT 40-2420 handsets, for a total of 12. Each handset/charger stand can be placed anywhere you have a power outlet, eliminating the need for additional phone jacks and complicated wiring procedures. The intercom feature lets you communicate with other handsets, while the call transfer function provides a convenient way to route incoming calls from one handset to another. The conference feature allows you to communicate with multiple outside parties, or conference-in an additional handset.

The 40-2421 utilizes 2.4 GHz digital spread spectrum technology, which provides clearer reception over larger distances than traditional cordless phones operating on lower bands and transmitting an analog signal. Call-waiting and caller ID compatible, the phone stores up to 50 numbers in memory, while the speed dial feature lets you quickly dial the 20 most frequently used numbers. A headset jack and handset speakerphone offer comfortable hands-free options.

Handset and ringer volume controls are provided, as are both tone and pulse dialing modes. With the auto pick-up setting turned on, you can answer calls simply by removing the handset from its cradle. A visual voicemail message indicator alerts you when you have messages waiting. (Voicemail, call waiting, and caller ID require subscriptions through your local phone company.) The 40-2421 comes backed by a one-year limited warranty on both parts and labor.

What's in the Box
Base unit and power adapter, handset, handset charger and power adapter, handset battery pack, wall-mount bracket, telephone line cord (x2), belt clip, user's manual ... Read more

Features

  • 2.4 GHz digital spread spectrum operation
  • Supports 4 lines; expandable to 12 handsets, 1 included
  • 50-name and number caller ID memory
  • 50-name and number phonebook directory
  • Headset compatible; 1-year warranty

Reviews (2)

2-0 out of 5 stars Nice idea, poor implementation
We've been very happy with our VTech 2431 single-line 2.4MHz
phone system for the past few years, so now that we have
three lines this looked like just the right thing.
Unfortunately this system appears to have been designed by a
completely different team.The handsets are very large (too
large to fit into a pocket), the menus are more difficult to
use, the speed-dial feature is extremely clumsy, and the
signal quality is very poor, with lots of hissing in the
background.We've sent this one back and replaced it with a
two-line VTech 20-2431 system, which is much more like the
original 2431 and doesn't suffer from the problems of the
40-2421 series.

2-0 out of 5 stars Nice idea, poor implementation
We've been very happy with our VTech 2431 single-line 2.4MHz
phone system for the past few years, so now that we have
three lines this looked like just the right thing.
Unfortunately this system appears to have been designed by a
completely different team.The handsets are very large (too
large to fit into a pocket), the menus are more difficult to
use, the speed-dial feature is extremely clumsy, and the
signal quality is very poor, with lots of hissing in the
background.We've sent this one back and replaced it with a
two-line VTech 20-2431 system, which is much more like the
original 2431 and doesn't suffer from the problems of the
40-2421 series. ... Read more


7. Panasonic KX-TC1486B 900 MHz Analog Cordless Phone with Caller ID (Black)
by Panasonic
list price: $39.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001P5482
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 4358
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Panasonic's KX-TC1486B cordless phone offers 900 MHz analog signal transmission plus 40-channel autoscanning for great-sounding calls. Ready for caller ID with call waiting, the KX-TC1486B is able to store up to 40 names and numbers, accessible through the handset's 3-line backlit LCD. It also offers 10 programmable speed dial locations for easy one-touch dialing, plus convenient features including flash, redial, and desk or wall mounting.

The KX-TC1486B cordless telephone combines quality, affordability, and ease of use. 900 MHz technology has been refined over the years to assures excellent sound quality and extended range. Caller ID lets you know who's calling, even if you're currently on another call.

Features:

  • Call waiting caller ID. See the name and phone number of incoming calls even while talking on another call.
  • 40-station caller ID memory and dialer. The handset can store up to 40 callers' names and phone numbers, with call-back capability.
  • Multifunction backlit three-line LCD display on handset. The 3-line LCD shows each caller's complete information without additional scrolling. Backlighting greatly aids visibility even in low light.
  • 40-channel autoscanning. The phone automatically selects the channel with the least interference in order to provide the best sound.
  • 10-station speed dialing. You can store up to 10 numbers for convenient speed-dialing.
  • Reversible handset charging. You can see the LCD while the handset is charging.
  • Wall mountable. Easily convert from desktop placement to wall mounting.
What's in the Box
KX-TC1486B cordless phone base, handset, phone line cord, AC power adapter, battery pack, user guide, warranty information ... Read more

Features

  • 3-line backlit LCD display on handset
  • Reversible handset charging; desk or wall-mountable
  • 900 MHz analog signal, 40-channel autoscanning
  • Caller ID/call waiting with 40-name-and-number memory
  • 10 programmable speed dial locations

Reviews (10)

1-0 out of 5 stars worst phone ever
Battery is close to dead only after three months.The volume was never good. The worst phone ever bought.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
I started having problems with the battery within 3 months.It is a real dud. I would not advise anyone to buy this phone regardless of the inexpensive price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Update: Short battery life
I rerate this down to 2 stars and suggest buyers look at other models.

Panasonic says the phone's is capable of providing 5 hours of continuous talk time or 5 days on standby per charge.This is not true. My phone is only 4 months old and the batteries now operate at half their advertized life. That's after only about two or three dozen full charge / discharge cycles. Now there's no more than about 2 hours of continuous talk time per charge. This cordless is for light duty use only.

However the phone is very easy to use.The 40 number caller ID feature makes callbacks, editing and storing to its 10station memory easy.The caller's ID appears after the first full ring in the 3 line backlit LCD.

This phone has good audio quality for a cordless,an easy user interface and good transmission range (at least twice that of my antique AT&T cordless). One neat feature I didn't expect was a plug for a headset, which I am using with an earpiece meant fora Nokia cellphone for handsfree use.Another thoughtful feature is the removable belt clip.

Aside from the weak batteries, another (minor) annoyance with the phone is with the half-second delay after pickup for an incoming call before you can actually speak. Otherwise the design and manufacture are typically Panasonic; solid andstylish. Sony makes great phones too but it seems Panasonic's products are generally built a little tougher even if they are not quite as slick.

1-0 out of 5 stars What Battery?
I concur with all comments concerning the battery.What a piece of [...]!Although I don't have this Panasonic model (I have a Panasonic KX TG2215 - unfortunately, a much more expensive model), the battery is equally worthless.I'm on my second (and LAST) battery within a year.I'm giving the phone to my girl friend's elderly mother who doesn't usually spend more than 15 minutes on the phone at a time, which is the absolute outer limits of the in-use-battery charge.I seriously doubt I will ever buy a Panasonic phone again.

1-0 out of 5 stars sucky phone and battery
This phone has sucky performance and the battery life went away fast.Now it hardly keeps a charge.The caller ID takes too long to come up and if I am in my backyard the phone starts ringing way too late.I have people tell me it rang three or four times before I pickup, except that I pick up during the first ring.I am throwing this away. ... Read more


8. Panasonic KX-TSC14W 2-Line Corded Speakerphone with Caller ID (White)
by Panasonic
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B00005K2QP
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 5554
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The KXTSC14W supports two phone lines, making it ideal for families and small businesses, who will also greatly appreciate the phone's speakerphone for hands-free operation. For those who subscribe to Caller ID service, offered by most local carriers, the phone's two-line LCD on the base makes screening and tracking your calls a breeze. Fifty phone numbers are stored in the Caller ID memory, acting as a virtual phone book for quick callbacks. In addition, the KXTSC14W boasts a digital answering system, with three mailboxes.

Wall mountable, the phone features basics like flash, redial, and hold, as well as a 10-number speed dialer for frequently called friends and a 90-day warranty.

What's in the Box
Base unit, tilt stand/wall mount, handset, coiled handset cord, telephone line cord, instructions, warranty information ... Read more

Features

  • Hands-free speakerphone
  • Operates 2 lines with 3-way conferencing
  • Call waiting/caller ID with 50-station memory and dialer
  • 3-line LCD in base station
  • 10-station speed dialing

Reviews (7)

3-0 out of 5 stars Had to add a mute button.
I had to modify the phone with an on-off pushbutton to mute the mic.I couldn't find another corded phone in this price range with two lines and speakerphone but the lack of mute really sucks on this one.

2-0 out of 5 stars Nice Phone, But Lacks Some Essentials
I have to agree with everyone.Two lines are very nice, but the lack of a mute button makes this phone unusable for conference calls.Unfortunately, I am going to have to replace it with another phone that has two lines and a mute button.Fatal design flaw.Lack of a lighted "message waiting indicator light" is also a big drawback, but there is a faint message waiting indicator on the LCD.

4-0 out of 5 stars I like it better than most
It's true, it's not perfect, but it doesn't cost a fortune either. There is no mute button, but Iuse the speakerphone to listen until I get off the endless hold of banks, tech support, whatever.. so that is not a problem for me. I like that I can use my headset, the handset OR the speaker. The sound quality is good. I set Line 1 as my default line, and I HAVE dialtone on Line 1 when there is no power. I have had the phone unplugged for up to an hour an NOT lost my settings, so I don't think that's all that much of a problem either. Yes, you have to be able to use a menu to set the ringer volume, but once it's set, I leave it, so again, no problem there. For me this phone was a good value for the money, and I am happy with it.

4-0 out of 5 stars No MUTE button while on speakerphone
Great phone for 2 line use in my home office, however lacks a MUTE button for conference calls.

2-0 out of 5 stars Beware No Mute, No Easy Ringer Off
No mute button?Isn't that illegal?How about having to drill down menu after menu to just to turn off the ringer?Otherwise the phone works great and sounds great.But these are biggies to me. ... Read more


9. Plantronics CA10 900MHz Cordless Amplifier
by Plantronics
list price: $254.99
our price: $168.14
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Asin: B00004U8K9
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Plantronics
Sales Rank: 35120
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Product Description

If you already have a compatible H-Series headset, Plantronics 900MHz cordless CA10 amplifier may be purchased alone. ... Read more

Features

  • Ideal for call centers, supervisors, and managers
  • 150-foot mobile range from base
  • Adjustable volume control
  • Phone, talk, and charge indicator lights
  • Channel change for optimal reception

10. Uniden EXI2926 900 MHz 2-Line Cordless Phone with Caller ID and Speakerphone (Charcoal)
by Uniden
list price: $89.99
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Asin: B00005K3B3
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Uniden
Sales Rank: 4051
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Step up the pace with a two-line Uniden EXI2926 cordless telephone-speakerphone with call waiting and caller ID. You decide whether to interrupt your work to answer an incoming call. Special features include intercom and page, a 50-number caller ID memory, and a large, clear backlit LCD. The 900 MHz analog operation offers clearer sound and longer range than older models operating on a lower frequency band provide.

The EXI2926 provides dual dialing and displays on both handset and base. The unit's memory is programmable to 40 speed-dial numbers with one-touch connections. Caller ID remembers the last 50 incoming calls, displaying the caller's name, number, date, and time of each call. Incoming calls are stored in memory with a three-line display for information that is clear and easily readable.

You'll appreciate the independence of a speakerphone to allow unrestricted and hands-free movement when placing and answering calls, especially since this model is headset compatible. With adjustable volume control, intercom, and paging to recover the misplaced handset, the phone is designed for your desk or for convenient wall mounting. ... Read more

Features

  • 900 MHz extended-range cordless phone
  • 2-line capability
  • Caller ID/call waiting
  • Backlit caller ID display
  • 80-number caller ID memory

Reviews (6)

3-0 out of 5 stars Great phone except for one problem
This is a great phone.It had all the features I was looking for -- 2 lines, conf, call waiting, call id, transfer, mute, headset jacks, volume, ringer on/off.The only problem is that you cannot turn off the ringer on the handset.If your talking on one line and another call comes through on the other, it rings loudly in your ear.I called Tech Support and you cannot turn this off -- only to hi or low volume (and 'low' isn't that low).If it weren't for this, I'd recommend it highly.

1-0 out of 5 stars Cannot recommend it
After less than one year, I am shopping for a new phone.The handset does not work anymore.I replaced the battery thinking that was the problem but it wasn't.When I click on one of the lines, there is either no sound at all, no dial-tone or anything OR it is just static and fuzz.

I hope my next phone lasts longer than this one did!

2-0 out of 5 stars Not a good desk phone!
I bought this phone with the intention of using it in my home office.The caller-id function is very important to me.Unfortunately, the phone lays to flat for you to see the caller-id display or read the keypad.Also, speakerphone volume is really loud, even when turned all the way down.I am taking this phone back.

1-0 out of 5 stars A terrible phone
I bought this phone lastChristmas and within two months the handset quit working unless you bang it on something. It also will not hold a charge.What a waste of money!

3-0 out of 5 stars clear phone
You might not like the price on this, no matter how low the sale is, but you will see it all worth it when it arrives.If you find it hard to hear the other line walking around your house, then I suggest you move.This phone is so clear, when your in the same room with it's charger, it will seem as if you are actully in the same room with your chatter. ... Read more


11. SONY SPP-A946 900MHz Cordless Telephone with Digital Answering Machine
by Sony

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Asin: B00007FON8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2173
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Sony offers an SPP - A946, a single-line cordless phone with digital answering machine. Analog 900MHz is used for extended range thanks to superior transmission technology and you can carry your cordless phone further-and still carry on a conversation. The base speakerphone feature lets you answer incoming calls at the base. The tapeless digital answering machine records up to 15 minutes of conversation, counting your messages and audibly indicating them. All messages are written in permanent flash memory so you will never suffer a loss of a single second of conversation. The LCD Display on base unit performs call screening. Intercom lets you talk between handset and base unit. Page signal initiates intercom contact in either direction. ... Read more

Features

  • Analog 900MHz reception for clear signal and extended range
  • Tapeless all digital message storage (up to 15 minutes)
  • 7 hour talk time and 7 day standby
  • Handset and base keypad
  • Integrated speakerphone

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent value!
This is a great combination phone/answering machine; I had it hooked up in less than 5 minutes.Excellent sound quality which is critical for me, as I am hearing-impaired.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good buy
I have had this phone for nearly 2 years and have to say that I am satisfied. The sound quality is very good and the I love being able to page the handset from the base. Great speakerphone but the lack of battery backup bothers me still. A pretty good buy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great durable phone
I have had this phone for a good 5 years.I have dropped it countless times and it still works excellent!
Great phone - Great price.

4-0 out of 5 stars last longer than other phones
I have had this phone for about 3 years going on four.. I bought the phone for the range. And at that time that was the highest range now they have 5.3 I believe.. Anyway the phone still works like a charm.. I have another phone in the living room and Panasonic and quiet frankly I am not happy with the phone.. But my Sony takes a licken and keeps on ticking.. The battery doesn't run down as fast as the other phone. And I can leave it off the base for more than a day with out having to charge it up..

2-0 out of 5 stars A disposable phone for a throwaway world
This product functioned suitably while it lasted. Unfortunately, it was only about 18 months. I replaced the Nicad battery twice at a cost of almost $20 per pop. And yes, I DID run the battery down as recommended and did not have it constantly on the cradle. The sound quality was relatively good and the ability to page the handset from the base was nice. The speakerphone was also relatively good. A huge complaint-No battery backup. Everytime the power went out, everything-remote access codes, basic settings and OGM had to be reset. I generally love Sony products. Not this one, however. I am still looking for a replacement. The handset is completely dead-not the battery this time. Save your money. ... Read more


12. GE 26928GE1 900 MHz Analog Cordless Phone - white
by General Electric
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B000069UZB
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: General Electric
Sales Rank: 14722
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

For over 100 years, what has remained constant is GE's dedication to change and progress. And it's what will keep the company growing over the next 100 years. From jet engines to power generation, from financial services to plastics, from television to medical imaging, GE people worldwide are dedicated to turning good ideas into products and services that make the world a better place.General Electric 26928GE1 is a 900 MHz cordless phone. It features a 40-channel auto-scan, a 10-number memory, a digital security system, one-touch redial, a battery-low indicator, a handset volume control, and more. ... Read more

Features

  • 900 MHz analog operation
  • 10-number memory dial
  • Redial, mute, and hold buttons
  • Low background noise
  • 1-year warranty

Reviews (10)

3-0 out of 5 stars Low volume and no headphone jack.
Low volume and no headphone jack.

1-0 out of 5 stars Unusable, but perhaps so due to 802.11b wireless and apptmnt
The phone was unusable due to high static, yet it might be because of the number of wireless data networks around my appartment.And yes i did charge the battery for 24 hrs before use.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible Range, Incredible Value
Tried this phone for $10 because of the poor range of our Unidens and really lucked out. This thing will work over 300 feet away! The Unidens start breaking up at about 30 feet.

Other Pros: Good sound, single Talk button, 900MHz won't interfere with wireless networks, stands on its end, wall-mountable, very solid construction.

The only minus is that it doesn't auto-answer when you pick it up from the charging station, something that would only be useful if it had Caller ID. But the large Talk button is easy to hit and the phone hangs up facing the wall so you don't have to flip it around like many of the other brands, most of which are no longer even wall-mountable.

The ringer can be turned off but is not adjustable. The default tone and loudness are fine, however.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great phone for several reasons
I bought this phone for my parents who are older (70-80)
The two features that prompted me to buy it are:
1. One combination talk and off button.My parents previous phone had both a talk and an off button and many times after a conversation, they would mistakenly press the Talk button instead of the Off button, effectively leaving their phone off the hook, sometimes for hours.
2. Prominence of the volume buttons.When one person needs greater amplification than the other this gets adjusted often.Visibility of this control is important.

After they received the phone the curved hourglass shape made it easier to hold.
Additionally, the black numbers on translucent buttons made them easier to see.Strangely enough this was better than black on white when compared to an old phone they had.

Time will tell though if these rubberized buttons will have the numbers wear out however, as a previous phone did.

The only negative and it was one I was aware of prior to purchase, is that you cannot answer the phone from the base station.Given the price this is not expected.

Given the price overall the sound quality and features this phone have make it an excellent deal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great basic cordless phone at a great price
If you are looking for a new cordless phone, look no further, as you won't find a better phone at a better product.This GE product is an attractive, quality cordless phone which provides excellent performance.The phone has a clear, easy-to-read and easy-to-use dial complete with large, lighted buttons.The sound quality is very good; it includes a volume control option as well as other nice basic features such as memory dial and remote phone locator.To top it all off, the phone has a pleasant, distinctive ring tone.Overall, a highly recommended product! ... Read more


13. Motorola MA361 2.4 GHz Cordless Phone with Caller ID and Digital Answering System
by Motorola
list price: $59.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00006JBJD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 17485
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Throw out those old answering machine tapes and store your messages on a computer chip with this Motorola 2.4GHz cordless phone. All-digital answering system lets you skip, save, replay or delete messages without rewinding a tape. Retrieve messages from the handset or via remote dial in. Digital LCD Caller ID* also displays calls waiting. Durable gray plastic phone features easy-grip rubber sides. Other features include 10 speed-dial resets, backlit display and keypad, handset locator, low battery alert, last number redial, messages-waiting indicator and hearing-aid compatibility. Includes belt clip and rechargeable battery. Wall mountable. *Requires phone company service. No. #53675. Imported. ... Read more

Features

  • 1-year limited warranty
  • 2.4 GHz analog operation
  • Tapeless digital answering system
  • Caller ID with call waiting
  • 6-hour talk time, 6-day standby battery life

Reviews (62)

1-0 out of 5 stars I wish there was a "0 Star" option
This is the worst phone ever!I have *never* had a call with clear reception, and the answering machine only picks up when it feels like it. I wish I had kept my reciept, but instead of going back to Motorola, this phone is going in the garbage.

1-0 out of 5 stars This is the worst phone out there!
This phone does not even deserve one star. The answering machine will sometimes play one of my messages that a friend or family member left as my "hello I am not here" message!Sometimes I don't get any messages at all...it will skip them all together and play them later.Also, the battery died after one year.It is just bad. Don't buy it.

1-0 out of 5 stars It only lasts about a year
Please, save yourself a lot of trouble and ignore the 4- and 5-star reviews this phone has gotten. When I first bought it, I would have given it four stars, but now, I wish I could give it zero. There have been some things that have annoyed me about this phone since the beginning, so I'll start with that:

* There's no ringer on the base. This may not seem like a big deal, but since it takes time for the base to locate the handset and then send the ring signal, sometimes you completely miss the first ring.

* When the power goes out, you lose the time on the answering machine, and resetting it takes forever because you have to listen to the voice say, "12 AM, 1 AM, 2 AM, ..." The unnecessary AM just bothers me.

* IT KEEPS THE CALLER ID LOG IN RANDOM ORDER. If someone just called, and you missed the call, you'd expect to be able to pick up the phone, hit down, and see who it was, right? Nope. I called them about this problem when I first got the phone, and they said that it doesn't re-order duplicate calls, so if the same person calls, their spot in the caller ID menu stays where it was before. In my experience, however, it honestly just seems to be random.

Okay, now the things that are disfunctional after 18 months:

* The rubber on the sides of the phone is stretched and about to fall off.

* It skips numbers a lot, so you have to listen very carefully to what it's actually dialing. The worst part is that it still shows that it dialed the number, e.g. if you're dialing 867-5306, the phone might show 866-753-3009 since you have to hit some numbers twice.

* I get a lot of static and have to skip channels very often. I have a Wi-Fi router, but I've had it for a while, and it just started being staticky lately, so I'm not sure if that's the problem or not.

* Sometimes, instead of a dial tone, you get solid static. Sometimes, when you hit talk, it beeps and does nothing. If you try again, it may work, it may not.

* I had to change the battery a few months ago, which I'm not upset about, but even after changing it, it doesn't seem to always charge. Sometimes, it can be off the charger for a few days and be fine, but others, it's on all night, then dies after two or three phone calls.

* Sometimes, it just doesn't ring. We hear the machine pick up and scramble to the phone to call the person back. When coupled with the random caller ID listings, this is a major problem.

I bought a 2-handset Uniden as a replacement.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor sound on the answering machine
We bought this phone less than a year ago. The phone itself is ok, it picks up some interference from our wireless network but it's ok for a 2.4 GHz. The answering machine didn't have the clearest sound quality when we bought it but the messages left were understandable so we kept the system. Now, less than a year later the sound quality when playing back messages has degraded to the point that you can not understand the messages at all. I thought it might be the speaker phone but ruled that out since the sound quality is perfect when checking the date and time. It's a digital recorder so I'm not sure what would be causing the poor quality on playback but guess that it must have something to do with the recording device. Final analysis, you can get better quality for your money. ... Read more


14. GE 26938GE2 900 MHz Analog Cordless Phone with Caller ID (Black)
by General Electric
list price: $49.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00006LLI3
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: General Electric
Sales Rank: 29673
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Product Description

For over 100 years, what has remained constant is GE's dedication to change and progress. And it's what will keep the company growing over the next 100 years. From jet engines to power generation, from financial services to plastics, from television to medical imaging, GE people worldwide are dedicated to turning good ideas into products and services that make the world a better place.General Electric 26938GE2 is a 900 MHz cordless phone. It features a 10-number memory, a digital security system, one-touch redial, a battery-low indicator, a handset volume control, and more. ... Read more

Features

  • 1-year warranty
  • 900 MHz analog operation
  • 40-channel autoscan
  • Caller ID
  • Hearing aid compatible

15. ZyXel Prestige 2000W VoIP Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz Cordless Phone
by ZYXEL
list price: $299.00
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Asin: B0002KK63Y
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ZYXEL
Sales Rank: 42978
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Prestige 2000W VoIP Wi-Fi phone, compatible with IEEE 802.11b wireless standard, is a perfect solution for Voice over IP applications. It allows users to make or receive phone calls as long as they are in the coverage of IEEE 802.11b or 11g wireless Access Points. By using the Prestige 2000W, users no longer have to pay expensive communication fees and can enjoy the convenience of wireless mobility. The brand new application is developed to support open standard SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), which interoperates with major SIP-based call servers, IP-PBXs and various VoIP client devices. It is not only an ideal alternative for ITSPs (IP Telephony Service Providers) to deploy their VoIP services; it can also be the wireless handset, which is applied in corporate IP-PBX centric VoIP environment. The Prestige 2000W is very easy to use and configure. It allows users to configure with LCD screen menu or web browser. Meanwhile, with the smart auto-provisioning mechanism, ITSPs can easily deploy and manage the VoIP services. Easy-to-use and convenient, the Prestige 2000W delivers high quality voice functionality in a cost-effective way. ... Read more

Features

  • Headset compatible; 2-year warranty
  • IEEE 802.11b wireless standard; 2.4 GHz signal
  • Site Survey; 64/128-bit WEP encryption
  • Caller ID/call waiting compatible, display and dial
  • Redial, hold; speaker volume control

Reviews (4)

3-0 out of 5 stars Solid Proof of Concept
Being one of the first Wi-Fi VoIP (SIP) phones on the market, ZyXEL Prestige 2000W is a solid proof of concept that is deemed by many to see explosive growth. With this unit, ZyXEL seems to be targeting two markets - a cordless phone for corporate SIP environments and residential broadband VoIP services (like Vonage). The unit gets 3 stars for actually working in one deployment scenario, but lacking many required features.

We have received several units from ZyXEL in October to investigate a deployment scenario with Asterisk PBX as a SIP server. The phone picked up a signal of our internal 802.11b/g wireless network with no problems. However, the initial attempt to register with Asterisk server was unsuccessful. Upgrading firmware to version 'f' solved the registration problem and now we could successfully move on to evalute phone's functionality.

Positive impressions:
1. Reception of Wi-Fi signal is good and is on par with other wireless devices (we compared to notebooks with WiFi cards).
2. Sound quality is very good and is comparable to your average cellphone.
3. Battery life is decent and will handle several hours of talktime. Standby mode is not as effective as with your modern cellphone, therefore the phone has to be charged every night.
4. Unit is fairly compact and lightweight (about the size of an older Nokia cellphone).

Unfortunateluly, this is where the positive impressions end. To give ZyXEL some credit, core technology seems be in good shape and the unit lacks any serious drawbacks. However, many important features one would expect in a cordless communication device are underimplemented or not implemented at all:
1. Phone looks and feels old, like one of the cellphones from the 90's. Screen is tiny and only has four lines.
2. Handsfree - both speakerphone and headset ports exist, but are not functional.
3. Battery compartment is very hard to open. Not that one should have to take out the battery that often, but this is the only way to reboot the phone when it occasionally locks up.
4. Only one incoming line is implemented.
5. Phone registers to a SIP server only upon bootup. Therefore, if the connection to the server is lost during normal operation, the phone will have to be rebooted.
6. Hold, transfer, and conference buttons are not implemented. As is the MWI (Message Waiting Indicator).
7. Wireless security is underimplemented. On paper, WEP up to 128 bits is possible, in reality that means you will have to punch in the keys manually (use the web interface for that) and quality of sound will deteriorate. WEP keys are easy to break anyways, so that leaves you with MAC Address filtering - wait, that's easy to spoof also. So do not bother yourself with security on this phone.
8. You have to know your SSID to access the wireless AP. No autodiscovery and no ability to store several SSIDs and to connect to whichever one is found first.
9. The lists for missed and dialed calls exist, but are out of order (at least chronological one). Plus, no details are offered.
10. Ringtones are godawful and cannot be changed.

In summary:
1. Corporate clients will be turned off by the lack of multiple lines, transfer and hold functionality, and lack of security.
2. Service providers, like Vonage, seem to prefer analog adapters to end devices that talk native VoIP protocols. In the case of Vonage, one may be able use Prestige 2000W on their network using credentials issued for the SoftPhone service. But given the extra charge for the service as well as the premium price of Prestige 2000W itself, the economics are against such scenario. It is much more economical for residential customer to purchase an analog or digital cordless phone in 900Mhz or 5.8Ghz spectrum and use it through VoIP provider's telephone adapter.

Unless you have an extra $250 laying around and like your technology raw, patience will be rewarded. New and improved WiFi SIP Phones are starting to show up. For example, Hitachi Cable's IP-5000 looks more modern and supports advanced security features like WPA and EAP-TLS (there are reports, however, of poor firmware design and incompatibility). Cisco 7920 seems to be dominant in the large corporate sector and may capture small and medium-business markets if they finally release SIP firmware and work on lowering the $500+ price-tag.
Motorola is releasing a CN620, which as a hybrid GSM/WiFi SIP phone for the corporate market.

There is a lot of development in this area and kudos to ZyXEL for braving the turbulent waters. Hopefully, they can improve on hardware design, add more firmware features and turn the ugly duckling that Prestige 2000W is into a beatiful swan.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Product if you select the right service
4 stars for having an ugly design and a high price but no alternative (as of know). I have no opinion on battery life. I shall see.

I ordered the product from Amazon yesterday with Ground UPS, and received it today. There goes an applause to Amazon!

About the product: It is very simple, but seems to serve the purpose: send and receive calls. the sound quality is excellent. entering the information to access the service provider took approximately one minute. After you have a connection between the phone and the router, you then need to enter the rest of the information by accessing the phone's settings from your computer's browser.

I live in a Manhattan apartment building where I share a wireless connection. The router is located on the 6th floor. I live on the 8th floor. The quality is not exactly the same as using the phone next to the wifi router, but still acceptable. I will solve that problem by adding a signal booster to the router.

I signed up with BroadVoice, which only offers SIP based VOIP services. This phone only works on SIP based systems. Major VOIP providers provide SIP as an additional service that costs you more over your regular VOIP service fee, and comes with limited minutes. There are many other companies that are out there offering SIP, just google "sip providers" and you will find a lot.

I could use a free software phone to access these servers, but I really appreaciated talking on a real phone and hear the difference in quality of sound, instead of having to wear a headset and stare at the computer screen. Believe me, it makes a way lot of difference.

I'm originally from Turkey, currently living in the US. It costs me to call Turkey around 45 cents a minute from my cell. These services cost you from 10 cents to 20 cents, depending on whether you call a landline or a cell number. Although the phone is pricey, I will be saving a lot in a few months by lowering my cellphone plan and using the 2000W for national and international calls. I still get call waiting, rejecting a blocked number, voice mail and so forth. I was even able to get a (212) area code number, which has become a rarity. I will pay about $21 for calling unlimited national and 21 international countries (no Turkey is not one of them, useless for now, but you never know).

Initial charge to signup with the service cost $32.04 including that $21.00. So there is no reason to complain, even the service fails once in a while (not yet happened). Let me be ridiculous and assume that I call turkey 20 hours a month. It would cost me $540 with cell carrier, and $120 with this one.

If you ask, why didn't you go for one of the major VOIP providers, my answer will be, I do not want to see any more bulky devices on the floor. Also, I would be required to install a converter in order to be able to use a regular phone. In addition to all of these issues, I would have to buy a high end cordless phone to have a clear sound upstairs. At the end the cost would be much higher.

I think this product is really good for a starter. I am pretty sure that many others will enter the market in the near future, as Vonage is planning on releasing their own wifi phones.

I can also take this phone with me whereever there is a wireless hotspot available. The only problem is that some places such as Starbucks use TMobile hotspot, which requires you to download a piece of software that connects you to their network. In that circumstance I do not think that this phone will be usable. But, since there are a lot of people who do not secure their wifi connections, I am sure you will find a place in your area to enjoy this phone and call your friends and family as if you are calling them from your cellphone.

3-0 out of 5 stars This is real phone
Forthose who may be confused about Voice over IP services, this is real phone that can dial and receive calls with any other real phone in the Word unlike PC to PC voice connections that can only be placed between PC clients. And as for any VoIP connection, it requires service provider to provide connection with phone networks. Vonagesoft phone plan cost about $12 per month with free local calls and cheap international calls, and for that price you get full phone service just like you would get from cell phone or land line company. And the best part - you can use the same service (and the same number) from any wireless internet Access Point in the world. Imagine that you live in NY and can make and receive the same free unlimited local calls with your NY number while traveling to London, Paris or Beijing from any Wi-Fi internet connection.
That is the theory anyway, in reality customization of the pone and understanding of IP networking may be required to set up the phone for different locations.

1-0 out of 5 stars This is NOT free phone service
Originally I thought this was a phone that would let me use VoIP technology to make free phone calls to anywhere in the world.Wrong!As the italic fineprint on Amazon points out, you must subscribe to a VoIP service plan (e.g., Vonage).These plans are usually quite expensive, and have restrictions as well.Plus the phone itself is so expensive.If you are looking for a free VoIP solution, this is absolutely NOT it.

For now, I guess you should stick to a PC VoIP program like Skype or MSN Messenger. ... Read more


16. GE 26928GE2 900 MHz Analog Cordless Phone (Black)
by General Electric
list price: $39.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00006LLI2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: General Electric
Sales Rank: 26288
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

For over 100 years, what has remained constant is GE's dedication to change and progress. And it's what will keep the company growing over the next 100 years. From jet engines to power generation, from financial services to plastics, from television to medical imaging, GE people worldwide are dedicated to turning good ideas into products and services that make the world a better place.General Electric 26928GE2 is a 900 MHz cordless phone. It features a 40-channel auto-scan, a 10-number memory, a digital security system, one-touch redial, a battery-low indicator, a handset volume control, and more. ... Read more

Features

  • 1-year warranty
  • 900 MHz analog operation
  • 40-channel autoscan
  • Desk or wall mountable
  • 10-station speed dialing

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Basic Phone
About six weeks ago I purchased this phone to replace one that was probably 15 years old. I paid $9.99 for it at Big Lots and have been satisfied with it so far, but for ten bucks how can you go wrong. It sounds good and is nice and clear. So far I have no complaints.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Phone for the Money!
I recently bought the GE 900 MHz phone for like $15 bucks. I mean for a 15 dollar phone you really can't go wrong.. This phone has a 10 number storage feature and a on/off button on the phone for the ringer. Overall this phone is pretty nice but I think GE needs to do some adjusting with the sound. When you talk on this phone you can't hear what the people are saying hardly. But other than that the phone is awesome.

5-0 out of 5 stars GE 26928ge2
I love this phone!!!Very attractive and just the right size.Voices are crystal clear.You have the option of turning the ringer off.It has a button on the base to page or locate your phone. ... Read more


17. Southwestern Bell FF908 900 MHz Cordless Telephone (Black)
by SOUTHWESTERN BELL
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00000J1PM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: SOUTHWESTERN BELL
Sales Rank: 37957
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Southwestern Bell's FF908 offers the extended range and clarity provided by 900 MHz technology and 40-channel auto scan. Use the flash button to get an instant dial tone and the last number redial to keep trying a busy number. The built-in pager locates the FF908 handset if it has been misplaced. The Handset has an illuminated keypad, volume control, 10 speed dials, flash, and redial. With an extended battery life, the FF908 is powered by a rechargeable battery pack and AC adapter/recharger. It is designed for the desk or for wall mounting. Southwestern Bell provides a one-year limited warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Desk/wall mountable
  • 900 MHz analog, 40-channel auto scan
  • 10-number memory
  • Extended battery life
  • Page/handset locator

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything I've Ever Wanted in a Cordless Phone
I have no technical aptitude and no patiencereading instructional manuals. Nevertheless, I was able to set up this phone. What's more, it's sturdy (I've had it for six months or so with no problems), attractive (in a form follows function sort of way) and gets clear sound from every room of my spacious (by New York City standards) one-bedroom apartment.

1-0 out of 5 stars too many problems
I bought my SW Bell FF908 about two years ago.Afterowning it for 10 months it failed for no apparentreason.I sent it to Conair (the manufacturer)for waranty repair.They sent it back with a freshbattery but still nonfunctional.(I guess they don't read the problem description if the battery is old). After I returned it again they sent me a replacement phone that worked fairly well for a year.

When the battery wore out recently I looked in every storein town that carries cordless phone batteries butcouldn't find a compatable battery so I ordereda replacement battery from Conair.I unquestionably gave them the correct model number for the phone but they sent the wrong battery.When I called to request the correct battery, their computers were down and they told me to call back another day.I called back a couple days later and finally got them to send the correctbattery.Now that I have a working battery again I have discovered that the phone doesn't dial correctly.Most of the time I get silence or a "wrong number" recording when I use the FF908 to dial.The keys must be worn out.

I suggest trying another brand if you are looking for an inexpensive cordless phone that will last (butnot GE/Thomson: their low-end 900Mhz phone has awfulaudio quality and range)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent cordless phone
We have used this phone nearly 1 year. The reception is always clear, indoors and out. Talk time is surprisingly long, my teenager talks literally for hours without recharging. It is a great value, simple toprogram and use. The handset takes lots of physical abuse without crackingor malfunctioning. Highly recommended.

2-0 out of 5 stars Static on line
I purchased the white version of this phone when it was on sale for $15.00 at amazon.com and the reviews were good.Unfortunately the phone has static on it when in use.Changing the channel or anything else doesn'thelp.I guess I'll have to send it back because it is basically unusable. None of the other reviews had mentioned this problem, so maybe it is amanufacturing defect rather than a design problem.

5-0 out of 5 stars best cordless phone i have ever used!
this is a really simple phone.you can store memory numbers and it has lots of other buttons.it's really easy to set up because it has step-by-step instructions.after you dial the number it has a little pause, but that's because it's looking for the clearest channel for yourconversation.i haven't used it for very long, a few days maybe, but thereception isn't the clearest i have ever heard, but the good thing aboutthat is that you can manually change reception channels to find the bestone yourself.you can page people with it, too.my other cordless phone(before it broke) was never clear, and i had to recharge it every fiveminutes.this is a big change, and i'm glad i got it.i really reallyreally recommend it! ... Read more


18. VTech 00-2421 2.4 GHz DSS Expandable Cordless Phone with Dual Handsets and Caller ID
by VTech

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Asin: B00006I9SF
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: VTech
Sales Rank: 44065
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

This state-of-the-art 2.4GHz, Digital Spread Spectrum telephone offers Call Waiting Caller ID, 50 Name & Number Phone Book Directory, Handset Speakerphone, and Headset Compatibility. The best news of all is that it is expandable, allowing you to place cordless extensions in rooms without the need for a phone jack! Each VT2421 system accepts up to 3 VT2420 accessory Handsets, giving you a total of 4. The ergonomic design makes it a hit in both form and function. ... Read more

Features

  • 2.4 GHz DSS multi-handset cordless phone system
  • Call waiting, caller ID, and handset speakerphone
  • 50 name and number caller ID memory and phonebook directory
  • Expandable up to 4 handsets; headset compatible
  • Programmable ringer types; conference call capability

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars BAD !!!!!!
THIS PHONE SUCKS , YOU CAN HARLY HEAR ON IT AND THE BATTERY LIFE IS TERRIBLE , RINGS ARE LIMITED AND IS AN ALL AROUND A BAD PHONE .

5-0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAT I EXPECTED, has features like your cell phone...
I read the reviews on this phone before buying and was a bit skeptical because of some of the negatives, but took a chance. I work out of my home so a good phone is important to me. So far this phone is more than I expected. (I've had it about 3 weeks)It was the only phone that had everything I was looking for: spread spectrum (for privacy), compactness, large lcd screen, hold function, speakerphone, intercom (didnt think I would use this but it IS handy), and built in phone directory (like my cell phone). I don't even have call waiting but the phone does that too, of course. But even so the phone directory is a real time saver. It holds up to 50 numbers and you scroll up and down. Simplicity is also important to me and I don't like a lot of unnecessary buttons just for show. Vtech kept this one SIMPLE and that is what I like best. The large lcd is nice, back lit, and basically tells you what u need to know. The 3 "softkeys" work like a cell phone and change functions in different menus. I didn't really expect the speakerphone to work well but it sounds better than expected and I do use it, so far with no complaints from callers. Oh, and the belt clip actually works pretty well, unlike some which let the phone slip easily off and onto the floor. NOW, you ask is it as good as a corded phone? Who would expect any compact cordless phone with all these features to have 100% clarity of a corded phone? But the slight difference is far more than compensated by the many advantages offered in this small package. I sometimes use this phone while sitting in front of my desk phone, because of its size and portability! If mine breaks after the warranty, I will just go and buy another handset unless someone else comes up with a better phone for the money, which so far I have not seen. ... Read more


19. Vtech 9152 900MHz CID IT AD
by VTech
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B000060K4U
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: VTech
Sales Rank: 35263
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

In addition to providing great sound and mobility, the VT9152 handset gives you access to your digital answering system. Record your outgoing announcements; listen to your messages; even screen incoming messages as your callers leave them - all from the handset! You can also listen to your messages at the base, so it's almost like having two answering systems for the price of one! It is a great combo package at a very affordable price. ... Read more

Features

  • Belt clip and headset jack
  • 1-year warranty
  • 900 MHz analog operation
  • Integrated answering system
  • 10-station speed dialing

Reviews (3)

2-0 out of 5 stars Get what you pay for....
I bought this phone because I wanted a cordless phone with an answering machine (all 1 unit) for my kitchen, but I didn't want to spend very much.Well, with the answering machine, itis very difficult to understand the messages.I have to listen to them from the handset.And the clarity in the handset is awful!Not only is there an echo of my own voice in the earpiece, but it picks up every little sound from the room and amplifies it.It is also very difficult to hear the person on the other end.But what should I have expected from a $13 phone.(Of course it was $30 when I bought it.)I should have just waited and spent the extra money on a better phone as now I am on the search for a new better quality phone.

1-0 out of 5 stars liz
if you have friends who leave real long meassages on phones and you would like to avoid this this phone would be great it consistantly cuts people off after 5 or 8 words and the sound quality is pretty poor.the volume is usually so low and you can never tell how many message you have or erase a skipped messsage you have to hear all your annoying message first. I just bought this a couple of months ago and am now planning on replacing it.

2-0 out of 5 stars It's a fine phone, if you don't need your messages.
This is a typical, low-cost phone, and it works about how you'd expect.The signal doesn't carry strongly through 4 walls -- whatever.

The main problem is the ease with which you can erase the message you're about to listen to, when you mean to be erasing the one you've just heard. ... Read more


20. AT&T 9353 900 MHz Analog Cordless Phone with Answering System (Espresso)
by Advanced American Telephones
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B00005NZ3B
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Advanced American Telephones
Sales Rank: 40954
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The AT&T 9353 keeps your phone line crisp, thanks to 900 MHz transmission and 30-channel autoselect for the clearest connection. The built-in answering machine features tapeless digital technology and records up to 15 minutes of messages. Those who go out of town for more than a few days may be frustrated by this limitation. The answering system compensates for this shortcoming with three mailboxes, call screening/intercept, remote access so you can check messages from any phone, and time-date stamp.

The phone features a 10-number memory for frequently dialed friends, a page/handset locator, and is headset and hearing aid compatible. Perhaps the nicest feature is that the ringer is programmable, letting you customize the sound. The phone is backed by a one-year warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • 900 MHz analog cordless telephone
  • 30-channel autoscanning
  • Digital answering system with 3 mailboxes
  • 15 minutes of recording time
  • 4 selectable ringer sounds

Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst phone ever
Don't buy this phone..it's useless. The first phone lasted 9 months. It was replaced by the manufacturer with the same model. It has worked fine for 2 years..and now nothing. Replaced the batteries, no good. Can't make a call, makes a lot of noise on the receiver...people can't call me...what a waste of money this was...I threw it away.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst quality of sound ever heard
Don't bother to go near this phone, unless you want to use this as a answering machine. Handset continously looses connection with base unit and makes wierd noises while talking.

Answering machine functionality is OK. Sometimes it wouldn't even show the caller ID.

1-0 out of 5 stars Dont Buy
I bought this about a year ago for college and worked fine until recently. It no longer charges or will allow me to even turn the phone on to answer calls (I have tried to replace the battery and that isn't the problem). However, the answering machine still works fine.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worked for a year
This phone was good for about 1 year.Now, the receiver doesn't work properly.I can hear the person on the other end, but they can't hear me.It's become an answering machine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Handy and easy to use
I ordered this because of the special price and also because I had an AT&T answering machine (without the phone) so I thought it would be easy for me to use.This answering machine is actually easier than my old one.A voice instructs you on how to set it up and use it.The buttons are very straightforward.I read another review which criticized the sound quality and I wonder if that person got a defective phone.Mine works well and I have no problem with the volume (there is a button on the answering machine console to turn the volume up or down).The cordless phone also works well.I think this is a real bargain. ... Read more


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