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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
$64.88 list($179.99)
3. Motorola MD671 5.8GHz Cordless
$163.39 $155.99 list($179.95)
4. Panasonic KX-TG5433M 5.8 GHz DSS
$139.99 $129.99 list($149.99)
5. Panasonic GigaRange KX-TG5571M
$64.99 $57.60 list($99.99)
6. Motorola MD61 5.8 GHz Accessory
Too low to display list($119.99)
7. VTech ip5850 5.8 GHz DSS Cordless
Too low to display $179.99 list($259.99)
8. Panasonic KX-TG6502B 5.8 GHz DSS
Too low to display list($89.99)
9. Uniden TCX800 Accessory Handset
Too low to display list($89.99)
10. Uniden TCX860 Accessory Handset
$185.20 $184.48 list($249.99)
11. Plantronics CS50 900 MHz Wireless
Too low to display $131.74 list($179.99)
12. AT&T E5965C 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable
Too low to display $53.95 list($79.99)
13. Panasonic KX-TGA520M Accessory
$93.73 $85.94 list($99.95)
14. Panasonic KX-TG5422M 5.8 GHz DSS
Too low to display $46.99 list($79.99)
15. Panasonic KX-TGA270S 2.4GHz Extension
$99.99 $93.88 list($169.99)
16. Uniden TRU8860-2 5.8 GHz Digital
Too low to display $70.69 list($79.95)
17. AT&T E580-2 Accessory Handset
Too low to display $119.94 list($179.99)
18. Panasonic KX-TG6500B 5.8 GHz DSS
Too low to display list($129.99)
19. Panasonic KXTGA400B 2.4GHz Accessory
Too low to display $79.99 list($149.99)
20. Uniden DCT 648-2 2.4 GHz Expandable

1. Panasonic KX-TG2730S 2.4 GHz DSS Expandable Cordless Phone with Answering System
by Panasonic
list price: $169.99
our price: $74.99
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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

Features

  • 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!

www.molvania.com/video_medium_2.html

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
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Asin: B0000CDELD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 39
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com 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.

Features

  • 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.



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Features

  • 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
Pros:
- 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 sturdy.compare to the panasonic kx-tg2227 I had both the base and handset are smaller.

Cons:
- 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 Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com.
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.
Ravi

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. Motorola MD671 5.8GHz Cordless Speakerphone/Caller ID
by Motorola
list price: $179.99
our price: $64.88
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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
BATTERY:HHR-P546 or ATTBAT-2401ADDITIONAL HANDSET:MOT-MD61
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Features

  • 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


4. 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
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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

Features

  • 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 www.openlcr.com.

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 you...one 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


5. 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
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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

Features

  • 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


6. Motorola MD61 5.8 GHz Accessory Handset for MD600 Series Phones
by Motorola
list price: $99.99
our price: $64.99
(price subject to change: see help)
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

Features

  • 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


7. 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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Amazon.com Product Description

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

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Features

  • 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.

Cons
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.

Pros
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
editor, HungarianBookstore.com

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


8. 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
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Asin: B0002VMDJ8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 827
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

PANASONIC KX-TG6502B TWO-LINE 5.8 GHZ GIGARANGE EXPANDABLE CORDL ... Read more

Features

  • 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


9. 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

Features

  • 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


10. Uniden TCX860 Accessory Handset for TRU8866 Expandable Phone System (Black)
by Uniden
list price: $89.99
our price: Too low to display
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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

Features

  • 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


11. Plantronics CS50 900 MHz Wireless Office Headset System
by Plantronics Inc.
list price: $249.99
our price: $185.20
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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

    Features

    • 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


  • 12. AT&T E5965C 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable Cordless Phone with Answering System
    by AT&T
    list price: $179.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001MR13G
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: AT&T
    Sales Rank: 1044
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The AT&T Elite 5.8GHz Expandable Answering System with Talking CID and Dual Keypads and Color Display in Handset is expandable to 6 handsets and covers all the bases for your home or office communication needs. The handset and base have large graphical displays and hands-free speakerphone, and you can access the answering system directly from the cordless handset. Features canned graphics; 6 polyphonic ringer tones; vibrating ringer; lighted handset keypad; directory for 100 names and numbers; 50-name and -number Caller ID log; multilingual display menus; intercom between handsets and base; integrated digital answering system with 15 minute record time; talking Caller ID/Call Waiting capability; and power failure operation (batteries required). Requires phone company service. ... Read more

    Features

    • Expandable up to 8 handsets, 1 color-LCD model included
    • All-digital answering machine, 25 minutes of recording time
    • Handset and base speakerphones; caller ID/call waiting, 50-call log
    • 50-number phone directory; selectable ring tones
    • 5.8 GHz digital frequency-hopping spread spectrum signal

    Reviews (18)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Features missing
    For prospective buyers:This phone has no ability to transfer the phone book between handsets and/or base unit (you have to enter the number manually into each one) and has really irritating ring choices.

    2-0 out of 5 stars wireless LAN users please read this
    I do not own this wireless phone
    but I was checking the replacement of Vtech, which has a lot of static, and the voicemail records without any reason
    when I check this model, I found this phone is running on both 2.4 and 5.8GHz (same as Vtech)
    wireless owners, pls think twice before buying this unit

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not good with wireless communication
    This is the second 5.8 we purchased and returned.It disconnects our wireless internet when the phone is in use.We have to turn the computer off and reboot to get it back once the call has ended.Funny, the label states this was developed just for wireless connections.We tried the Panasonic KX-TG5240M first which I commented on too.

    The sound quality seemed to be good and battery life okay, just kills the internet... Really liked some of the features, but was a little complicated to program.You only have to do that once, though.So, if you are not worried about the wireles internet and can work your way through the first programing, this might be a good choice.

    We are on our third brand, Radio Shack's 5.8.Funny, it costa LOT less and so far no problems.

    4-0 out of 5 stars main pros and cons
    This phone is top of the line AT&T has to offer.It includes all the features we often use as consumers.However, remember that this technology is rather new to the cordless phones market.If people learn about them and find out how they are best used, it will minimize the complaining factor.The only negitive thing i see about these new phones is their warrenty.When you pay that high the warrenty should be at least 3 years.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AT&T E5965C 5.8 GHz
    Great Phone. Straight forward, useful features, easy to use and to figure out, nice clear display. ... Read more


    13. Panasonic KX-TGA520M Accessory Handset for KX-TG5200M Series Expandable Phones
    by Panasonic
    list price: $79.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001Y4KR4
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Panasonic
    Sales Rank: 536
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    5.8 GHz FHSS (frequency-hopping digital spread spectrum) * 4-line backlit LCD shows Call Waiting Caller ID info (where available; subscription required) * illuminated keypad * silver finish * 50-entry personal directory * 50 Caller ID memories * NiMH rechargeable battery * base/charger * warranty: 1 year ... Read more

    Features

    • Light-up antenna indicates new calls and messages
    • 5.8 GHz digital spread spectrum signal
    • For use with Panasonic KX-TG5200M-series expandable phone systems
    • Supports caller ID/call waiting and talking caller ID
    • Speakerphone; headset jack and belt clip

    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Panasonic does it again( KX-TG5202M )
    Last phone was a Panasonic it endured 11-12 years of daily use.Purchased the KX-TG5200M,for it's features,2 phone set,speaker phone,ect.So far so good.I don't for-see any problems.
    The volume control is outstanding,clarity is good.Topping it off they are not that bad to look at either.User friendly.Outstanding product.I don't expect nothing less from a Panasonic.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Annoying Caller ID Problem and Disappointing Quality
    We bought the KX-TG5210M and the optional extra handset (KX-TGA520M) in Dec. 2004.The display on the option handset quit working in Jan. 2005.Like the other reviewer said, a phone that doesn't work is worthless.In addition, after answering a call on one of the handsets, the other handset (the one I didn't answer) shows a missed call even though I just answered it.This is annoying because you can't keep track of calls you missed because some of the calls shown as missed were actually answered.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Phone
    This is a great phone that has great features.Don't listen to the negative hype.There is usually a great rebate offer too.I got 20 bucks and I think they are up to 30 now.

    This handheld phone has seven different ringers (on the base unit KX-TG5240M), and can control all the base unit functions.It can also be used to monitor a room (like a baby monitor), check the voice mail, phone to phone conference, multiple (up to 5) conference, and many many more features.If you have multiple handsets, you can use it as a pager for each OR all handsets at a time.

    I experience excellent clarity several hundred feet away from the house, and that is through three concrete walls.This model comes equipped with NiMH batteries, which beat the heck out of NiCd in both capacity and long (battery memory free) life, which is a huge bonus, considering how much replacement batteries cost nowadays.

    My wife loves the talking caller ID so that see doesn't have to cross the room or even clean her hands while cooking to answer some annoying telemarketer.

    Good quality, good clarity, and the longest lasting best batteries!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Needs improvement
    For about a month, I've been using this system with a total of 3 handsets for VoIP. Sounds great, I like the feel and some of the features like speaker phone and talking caller ID. Here's what I'd add/change:

    When one handset answers the phone, the other handsets should not display a missed call.

    One handset should be able to erase all the other handsets missed call log.

    The handsets should display the time and date.

    The handsets should be able to supercede the caller ID. Meaning: when the phonebook is programmed with a friends work number and the handset receives the call from the friend, the company's name displays instead of the friend's name in the phone book.

    Single button dialing to the carriers voice mail system. Doesn't make much sense to press the VM button and then the talk button or vice-versa.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Steer clear...
    I bought the base station (KX-TG5200M) and a second handset (KX-TGA520M) and both failed within 2 months. (Comapred to my last Panasonic 900MHz phone that lasted 8+ years and counting...)
    The features on this phone are great and worth 5 stars (programmable phone book, room-to-room monitor, multiple voicemail inboxes) but a great phone that doesn't work is worthless. ... Read more


    14. Panasonic KX-TG5422M 5.8 GHz DSS Cordless Phone with Dual Handsets
    by Panasonic
    list price: $99.95
    our price: $93.73
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007Q3QP8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Panasonic
    Sales Rank: 1465
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    5.8 GHz digital spread spectrum operation * dual handsets * 3-line backlit LCD display * handset-to-handset intercom * 3-way conferencing (between handsets and outside line) * jacks for optional headsets * ... Read more

    Features

    • 50-station phone book accessible from 3-line LCD
    • Digital duplex speakerphone in handsets
    • 5.8 GHz frequency-hopping digital spread spectrum signal
    • Supports caller ID/call waiting, 50-call history
    • 2 handsets; downloadable ringtones

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Vonage and this phone
    This phone is a great match to Vonage.The Voice message indicator light works (needs to be turned on, its off by default on the handsets, uses more battery).The Screen will also display that you have a voicemail waiting.As for the function of the phone, its great, it has not interfered with anything else in my house andis a good feel on the ear.All in all I recommend this phone for use with Voicemail setups, and its good for Vonage. ... Read more


    15. Panasonic KX-TGA270S 2.4GHz Extension Cordless Phone (Handset Only)
    by Panasonic
    list price: $79.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000068CNI
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Panasonic
    Sales Rank: 479
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    For select Panasonic telephones * 4-line backlit LCD shows Call Waiting Caller ID info * illuminated keypad * NiCad rechargeable battery ... Read more

    Features

    • Wall mountable
    • For KX-TG2700S, KX-TG2730S, KX-TG2720S, and KX-TG2740S models
    • 2.4 GHz frequency-hopping digital spread spectrum (FHSS) technology
    • Caller ID with call waiting, 50-station memory
    • 2-way intercom and paging

    Reviews (58)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Excellent features, two terrible flaws
    I have been using this phone for over a year and still like features like ability to send directory from the base to a handset. The problem is that this phone has 2 fundamental flaws. One is battery life, even with Energizer NiMh replacement battery (much better than the original NiCd battery), that is pathetic 1.5 hours of talk time. Do not even consider having a conference call with his phone (even without wireless booster activated).

    The second problem is that display fades in and out. I noticed that when the phone is totally charged it is mostly out. This makes dialing "blind" and stored directly totally useless.

    I do not think I will be buying any Panasonic phones in the feature even they have all the features I want.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this phone
    Wish I'd read the reviews before buying this phone. Like the other reviewer said, just take your money and flush it down the toilet, at least it'll save you the aggravation. We spent more than $300 for this system and several phones for our home. The batteries had to be replaced at a hefty sum eight months later.Three months later, and now three of them say, "no signal with base," which may be another battery problem. We're done throwing good money after bad. This phone doesn't even deserve one star.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Would be Perfect if Batteries Lasted Longer
    I have had this system with 7 extensions for roughly three years. Unfortunately, the batteries must be replaced every 14 months or so. However, the system excels in every other regard. Reception is static free and crystal clear - better than some corded phones I have had. And while I have not researched the market lately, at the time I bought this system, it was the only 2.4Ghz or better system on the market that could accomodate 2 phone lines on a multiphone cordless system. Fearing that if the base station ever broke, I would have flushed about $700 down the toilet, I actually bought a second base station which still sits in its box in my closet, since the original base station has performed without a hitch. The ability to transmit stored phone numbers or entire phone lists from one handset to the others is a nice feature. This system also allows for conference calling, separate voicemail boxes, and many features that I have never even bothered to learn to use.To me, the many pluses make it worth the investment in replacement batteries, which can always be found relatively chep on the web.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Too bad there is not a lemon for list for phones
    We have 8 of these phones and are extremely carefull about the dreaded memory effect and they still are awful!!!The displays fade in and out at will....whether they are fully charged or not.We have one phone that will last all of one dialing fully charged.We bought new batteries for these and started all over, not charging until the phone was completely dead.Same results as before.HEY Panasonic...these are the most terrible phones we have ever had.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't hold a charge and is breaks fast
    This is a very poor product from Panasonic.I have always purchased Panasonic cordless phones and had great luck. This unit met all my specifications.I was so excited when I ordered it.

    You cannot leave it off the charging station more than a couple hours or the batteries need to charge over night.

    Within 6 months 2 units were returned for repair.6 months later they were bad again but the warranty was up.

    For the price I paid I should be writing a glowing review, instead I'm telling you to stay away from this product.It's no good and I'll never trust Panasonic again. ... Read more


    16. Uniden TRU8860-2 5.8 GHz Digital Cordless Phone with Dual Handsets and Caller ID (Black/Silver)
    by Uniden
    list price: $169.99
    our price: $99.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000246Y2W
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Uniden
    Sales Rank: 3772
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The Uniden TRU8860-2 cordless phone system offers an attractive bundle of features, with room to grow. With 5.8 GHz digital signal transmission for increased call clarity and security, it also stores up to 100 calls in its caller ID log, includes handset speakerphone and conferencing capabilities, and can be expanded to 10 handsets (model TCX800).

    The caller ID log shares space with a programmable memory and is accessed via the handset's three-line backlit LCD. It also features a thoughtful alphabetical search option (just like a cell phone), so you don't have to scroll from A-Z, and you can transfer stored numbers from one handset to another.

    Additional features include call transfer between handsets, distinctive ring tones, household intercom, and even remote room monitoring (baby monitor). The TRU8860-2 requires just one phone jack, no matter how many handsets you add. Simply plug the base unit into a phone jack, and the additional handsets will configure themselves to "talk" directly with the base unit.

    What's in the Box
    TRU8860-2 (base unit and handset plus additional handset and charging cradle), one phone line cord, two AC power adapters, two NiMH battery packs and covers, two belt clips, user guide, warranty information ... Read more

    Features

    • Handset and ringer volume controls
    • 5.8 GHz digital signal; handset speakerphones
    • Expandable to 10 handsets, 2 included
    • Caller ID/call waiting, 100-call history
    • 3-way conferencing, intercom, room monitoring

    Reviews (8)

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent 5.8 Ghz phone
    I have been trying out a number of phones lately, and this
    Uniden phone has by far the best reception of the bunch.The connection is very clear and callers sound like they are in the next room.In fact this is the clearest cordless phone I have ever had, and I have had many office and home phones for my home office.The features are pretty nice, and fairly comprehensive.The speakerphone in handset is a really nice and addicting feature. The battery life is not quite as good as my previous Panasonic phone.

    I use this phone with the Vonage VOIP phone service and it is plugged into the wireless router and sits about three feet from the wireless antennae.I have had no problems with interference. I did have interference problems on other 5.8 GHz phones I tried.Many 5.8 Ghz phones do use the 2.4 Ghz spectrum for part of the signal, so still may interfere with 802.11B & G wireless.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally a 5.8 GHz phone that has quality!
    I was looking for a handset that would not interfere with 2.4Ghz wireless that has taken over my neighborhood and caused many reception problems. Saw the Motorola 5.8Ghz and thought I'd give it a try after trying out a Panasonic 5.8Ghz which sounded like I was talking through atin can. Unfortunately Motorola was just a bit better on sound quality, but not much. The last part of every word gets cut off. I couldn't go far from the base without loosing signal and the volume was low to medium. Battery life was marginal at best.I am slightly hard of hearing, (but have perfect pitch) so having a little more juice in this department would be good. The features are okay but, layout and interface are primitive compared to other phones in this price range. I guess the3rd time is the charm because I ended up finding the 5.8GHz Uniden Tru 8860-2 finally with normal human voice quality and volume when needed. The layout and functionality for the features are intuitive and easy where the phone is not drawing attention to itself because of it's quirkienessand low quality (Motorola and Panasonic.) Take it from me, if you are looking for a 5.8 Ghz phone, get the Uniden

    4-0 out of 5 stars A very good phone.
    Like most people, I have purchased an unreasonable number of sub-$50 phones over the last few years, and universally, they have turned out to be crap.I finally took the financial plunge and purchased the Uniden TRU8860-2 (which is actually two handsets) and have been very, very pleased.It is extremely easy to use, is a real digital phone (DSS), has a great range, is loaded with features (that are easy to access), does not conflict with my wireless network, has a good battery life and acceptable sound.I have some slight criticisms that should not discourage you from your purchase:I don't find the sound quality to be as clear as I would hope (this has a very faint hiss), but there is no denying that it is still FAR better than all other cordless models I've purchased.Also, I find the handsets a bit small for my taste (others will disagree, to be sure), but again, a small price to pay for finally getting a cordless phone that does everything it should do - every time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best phone I've ever had!
    I have owned some decent but expensive Panasonic phones and a V-tech system that I wasn't crazy about in the past.This system is my favorite by far because of its great sound clarity and features, easy programming and reasonable price.I did spend some time inputting nearly 50 numbers into the phonebook including distinctive rings for frequent callers but copied it to the second handset in about 30 seconds!The phonebook shares memory space with the caller id log but you can store up to 100 numbers either way.You can also program 10 numbers on speed dial and a separate voicemail access number.I am also very excited about the message waiting indicator because I have an answering machine on my fax and rarely remember to check my voicemail!Now when someone leaves me a message I'll be sure to get it!You can use a handsfree accessory purchased separately or speakerphone on the handset AND you can even use the phones as walkie talkies in or outside of your home!This phone system has everything and I will be purchasing additional handsets to replace all of my other phones.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great phone
    I am very pleased with this telephone set.I works great!My husband, who is hearing impaired, loves the super efficient volume control.I enjoy the intercom feature as well as the room monitor feature.The light up screen is a big help in a poorly lit room.I know that I have only scratched the surface of its capabilities.I have gone through many telephones over the past 12 years and I must say that this one is the best I have found yet.I hope it will be a very long time before this one needs replacing. ... Read more


    17. AT&T E580-2 Accessory Handset with Color Display (E5800 and E5900 Series Expandable Phones)
    by AT&T
    list price: $79.95
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001MR136
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: AT&T
    Sales Rank: 1035
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The AT&T Elite 5.8GHz Expansion Handset with Color Display is ideal for use with AT&T E5860, E5965 and E5900B expandable answering systems. Features hands-free handset speakerphone; large full color graphical display and lighted handset keypad; canned graphics; six polyphonic ringer tones; intercom between handsets and base; handset access to TAS; Caller ID/Call Waiting capability; Caller ID log for 50 names and numbers; and multilingual display prompts; *Requires phone company service. ... Read more

    Features

    • Caller ID/call waiting, 50-call history; image ID; personalized ringer
    • 50-number phone directory; intercom, conferencing, call transfer
    • Graphical color LCD; handset speakerphone and message retrieval
    • 5.8 GHz frequency-hopping digital spread spectrum signal
    • For use with E5860, E5865, E5900B, and E5965C expandable phone systems

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very good phone system
    Easy to set up and use, lot of features and has very good reception. I got the 5.8 verswion as opposed to the 2.4 version because it is not suppost to interfer with wireless lans. It has not. Only down side is that you have to enter a number in the directory into each handset. 3 hand sets three different entries. It would be nice to have the ability to down load a number directory from the base station to each Handset.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE PHONE
    this is the best phone in the world and i am not even playing i hav 3 of these in my house and they have the best recp in the world i recomend this to anyone who wants a cool phone ... Read more


    18. Panasonic KX-TG6500B 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable 2-Line Cordless Phone (Black)
    by Panasonic
    list price: $179.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002VMDIY
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Panasonic
    Sales Rank: 8367
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    5.8 GHz digital spread spectrum operation * 2-line operation * multi-handset operation (add up to 3 optional cordless handsets for a total of 4) * digital answering machine * black finish * ... Read more

    Features

    • 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, 1 included, with integrated speakerphone
    • 60-minute integrated digital answering system; 4 ring tones

    Reviews (5)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very nice phone system
    An incredible little phone system. We purchased a full compliment with 3 additional handsets a few months ago. So far it's been great. The default ring tone is nice but the other options are pretty annoying. The screen is easy to read and the menu system is very easy to navigate. The speakerphone is surprisingly clear. There has been no interference and our wireless computer network hub is only 10' away from the base. The Voice Enhance feature is pretty much worthless. It makes everyone sound like a Decepticon. The signal won't make it through our building's firewall about 200' away but I have yet to find a phone that will.

    One point on caller ID: The handsets that do not answer a call will display "XX Missed Calls" but the caller ID data is still there. Hitting the up/down button will take you right to the numbers, just like on most cell phones. From the other reviews is sounded like Caller ID data would not be recorded on idle handsets.

    This system replaces the hellish nightmare we had been using: the Siemens 2420 Gigaset. The Siemens phones had bad internal electrical connections that resulted in the earphone cutting out and non-functioning buttons. Those Siemens phones also had the worst menu system ever devised for a phone. Transferring a call was so complicated we got in the habit of physically handing the phones to the person the call was for. We're still getting used to being able to transfer calls!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Misleading product
    I purchased this phone, specifically for the mailbox functionality claimed by Panasonic ("Up to 3 mailboxes").

    Unlike their other products, this product DOES NOT support mailboxes. Only after several conversations with their technical support did I "help" them come to the conclusion that their web site and product specs are incorrect.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good phone but could use better user interface
    I've owned several multi handset systems over the last 4 years beginning with the product the started it all off, the Siemens 2420.Don't even get me started on how bad the Siemens cordless handset reception is.Everyone who uses one knows they are pathetic.Other than the poor reception, the Siemens 2420 and 8825 still have the best menu system and setup of any multi handset system, Panasonic 6500/6502 included!

    Just so everyone understands, Panasonic, Uniden and most companies (I believe Vtech/AT&T included) use the same chipsets from www.dspg.com.This is why the ergonomics of most of these systems are the same or similar.I'll list the advantages and disadvantages I see in the DSP Group implemenation as compared to Siemens way of doing things....

    Advantages:
    -Excellent handset reception (even the 2.4Ghz models are OK and do not experience much interference)5.8 is very clear with no interference in my home.
    -handset range is actually better than I suspected at 5.8Ghz (remember the higher the frequency the shorter the wavelength
    and generally the shorter the range).
    -Room/baby monitor

    Disadvantages:
    -no handset naming
    -handsets show missed call even if the call is answered by another handset.
    -no password lockout for settings (such as answering machine PIN).Can't lockout the kids from being nosey.
    -only supports 2 digit answering machine PIN
    -When remote checking answering machine it does not support reading of caller ID info for message (how many people say "call me" but you don't remember their #)?
    -overly complex menu to manipulate answering machine from remote phone.
    -does not set time by using caller ID info
    -4 handsets only
    -True Speech voice compression quality is horrible even if set to "enhanced" mode.

    So, reception alone is enough to convince me to keep this system and toss my aged Siemens.Ergo-wise, I will definitely miss my Siemens.Unfortunately Siemens Corporate tells me they will not have a new phone system until the second half of 2005.

    Sorry that this review turned into a comparison to Siemens, however I feel that DSP Group, Panasonic, Uniden, etc. who support them need to get of their rocker and begin to expand the feature-set of the chipsets to support features that people can really use!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars VERY Satisfied with this phone
    I purchased this phone with three additional handsets and I am extremely happy with it. The quality is excellent, compared to 2.4GHz phones, and it does not interfere with my wireless computer network. The range is excellent. All features are easy to use, clearly explained, and function perfectly. The phone has a great feel to it, and I am extremely satisfied with my purchase.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not well executed
    There are, at this time, exactly two 5.8 GHz 2-line expandable phone systems -- this Panasonic and the Uniden TRU8866 -- and I found it frustrating to research them because they're new and there's not much information out there. So my two cents, should it be helpful...I bought this Panasonic 6500B and three handsets, played with them for a week, and called today for an RMA number to return them. I'm now evaluating the Uniden system, which I think I'll end up keeping.

    (For reference, I'm migrating from a Siemens gigaset 2420, 2-line 2.4GHz system, amazon item B00004R7R1. It's noted for a few quirks, but it's been solid for 6 years and I'd easily favor it over the Panasonic.)

    Pros:
    -- you only have two options at present, so this phone does deliver 2-line 5.8 GHz functionality
    -- blinking antenna for ringing/message was a nice touch
    -- all of the basic stuff you'd expect...intercom, speakerphone, Caller ID, etc.


    Cons:
    -- poor sound quality, even compared to my 2.4GHz system -- there was a constant hiss even when standing near the base, and it wasn't line noise. (There is a voice boost/voice enhancer function, though even the manual notes that it might amplify any existing line noise you may already have.)

    -- one 'feature' that tilted me toward the panasonic was a 'shared' phone directory among the handsets and base. It actually works like the Siemens - you have to manually copy phonebook entries from one handset to another, so keeping them all in sync is a pain.

    -- The handsets didn't behave like extensions of the same line; when you answer a call on one handset, all of the others display 'missed call', which you must then clear from EACH handset. So I always seemed to pick up a handset with a few missed calls, which were actually answered on a different handset.

    -- Lack of an aux port so the phone can catch the distinctive ring and shuttle a call to the fax (btw, the Uniden doesn't have this either)

    -- Misc. minor annoyances: Panasonic still uses a two-digit code for the answering machine, as it did ~15 years ago. Only eight ring tones (4 ring/4 melody), none of which were great.

    -- basic interface is just crude compared to other modern phones/cell phones (I'm a techie with a UI/usability background, so I do have bias there).

    Overall, I found this Panasonic to be a step down from the Siemens. I've only had the Uniden for a couple days, and I'd certainly say it's the better option of the two. ... Read more


    19. Panasonic KXTGA400B 2.4GHz Accessory Handset for KXTG4000B Expandable Phone (Black)
    by Panasonic
    list price: $129.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005K2Q5
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Panasonic
    Sales Rank: 1586
    Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Expanding your Panasonic 4x8 cordless phone system? Using 2.4 GHz technology, the handsets let you take your cordless calls fartherand with better clarity. Plus, you get convenient buttons for intercom, speed-dialing, and more. Each handset's big, 3-line LCD makes viewing Caller ID info or browsing your call directory quick and easy. You'll also enjoy handy, compact charging stands, lighted dialpads, call counters, and buttons for hold, flash, redial, volume, and more. For use with the panasonic 4-Line cordless phone system. ... Read more

    Features

    • Up to 8 hours talk time
    • Additional handset for Panasonic KXTG4000B 4-line phone system
    • 2.4 GHz digital spread spectrum operation
    • Caller ID with call waiting capability, 30-call history; 50-number directory
    • Supports 3-way conference calling, 2-way paging/intercom

    Reviews (15)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible product
    I bought this phone through Amazon(4 lines system) for 2 years. (warranty is 1 year)after 1st year, the wireless handsets start to have a loud noise. I tried to call Panasonic customer service, no one answer the call. I left a message, no one call back. I tried the internet, and sent out tons of emails, no one answer.

    DO NOT buy this product!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Unreliable handsets
    After multiple positive experiences with Panasonic phones, I purchased a KTXGA400 system with four handsets.I have NEVER been this disappointed with Panasonic and can't imagine purchasing another phone system from them again.At this time (the system is 3 years old), only 1 of the 4 handsets can dial out without difficulty.The keypads simply fail.

    A very poor purchase decission on my part.

    1-0 out of 5 stars #1 on keypad fails on every one of them
    These phones have a manufacturing/engineering/production defect that results in the number 1 on the keypad failing within a year or so (usually on day 366 of ownership!). Out of 5 phones purchased, 4 of ours have had the number 1 fail.2 other companies we deal with who have these phones have also had to replace their handsets because of this problem.Reviews all over the internet report this problem.Panasonic so far has done nothing to remedy the situation, although I am sure that they are aware by now that these are defective.Don't buy them.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Run away from this product!RUN AWAY!
    I regret my purchase of the Panasonic 4000B base-and-handsets two years ago, as it was useless right out of the box.So why am I writing this review 2 years after the fact?Because in moving recently, I rediscovered this $500 set of paperweights in a box where I'd stashed them after nearly going insane trying to make them work!
    I'd had good luck with a Panasonic cordless previously, so the 4000B was my choice when I needed a feature-rich, expandable phone system for my small business.Um, wrong choice.
    The god-awful battery problem, so frequently mentioned in Panasonic cordless reviews, rendered my handsets useless, and I mean USELESS!Talk-time was nil, and replacement batteries did nothing, (as did Panasonic customer service).Voice quality when speaking through the corded handset on the base was also mediocre (though speakerphone quality was very good - go figure.)
    The less-than-intuitive operating system for the phone became a moot point since nothing worked anyway!
    Look, I've had and still have various Panasonic stuff that works fine, but I can't stress enough what a dog this unit is.In addition, my only other review on Amazon is a scathing rip on another fatally-flawed Panasonic product (FP-155 fax machine), which has a design flaw (experienced by most of the reviewers)which turns it into - you guessed it - an expensive paperweight.
    Panasonic, please consider this a wake-up call -- you're burning a lot of people with your poor engineering/design on some of these products, and losing an immense amount of goodwill.

    3-0 out of 5 stars 1 key fails also - chronic problem
    My parents bought 2 of the handsets - both #1 keys failed.Mine lasted a little longer, but the #1 key is also failing.have even taken the blasted phone apart to try and get it to work to no avail.buyer beware.

    Other than this nasty little problem, the phone is great. ... Read more


    20. Uniden DCT 648-2 2.4 GHz Expandable Cordless Phone with Dual Handsets, Answering System, and Caller ID
    by Uniden
    list price: $149.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0000WZZRQ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Uniden
    Sales Rank: 1791
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    This sleek all-digital phone system from Uniden comes with 2 stylish handsets and lets you add 2 more for a total of 4. Store up to 100 numbers in memory and enjoy caller ID and call waiting (requires phone company service). Transfer calls from handset to handset and you can even use the system as a baby monitor by hearing audio from another handset. The DCT648-2 is wall mountable and comes with a phone cord, 2 AC adapters and 2 belt clips. Made in USA. Base with handset: 8Hx7-1/4Wx5-1/2D" Handset with charger: 7-1/2Hx2-3/4Wx3-1/2D". ... Read more

    Features

    • Caller ID/call waiting compatible, 100-call history
    • Handset and base speakerphones, intercom function
    • 2.4 GHz digital signal with autoscan
    • Expandable to 4 handsets, 2 included, extra charging cradle
    • Integrated digital answering system

    Reviews (11)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everything I was hoping for
    So far, this phone is EXACTLY what I was looking for. I wanted to try out the two handsets concept, and that works great. I have the second handset plugged into the bedroom outlet where no phone jack is required.I can't get over how much phone I got for the price. It has the built in answering machine, speaker phone, phonebook, multiple ring tones (about 20 I think), I could go on and on. There's really a ton of neat features, only half of which I'll probably ever use. You can even use the two handsets as walkie-talkies without even being near the base.The answering machine was easy to set up as are the handsets. Most of it is relatively intuitive, although if you need to refer to the manual, it is easy to understand.The handsets are small, which may or may not be to everyone's preference. I actually like them small, because they are lightweight and easy to attach to my belt.They aren't too lightweight either, meaning that they don't feel flimsy or empty at all.I have not experiened anything unpleasant in the sound quality. The sound has been crystal clear for me. Also, the range on this phone is very impressive. I walked to my neighbor's house with barely any interference.I have always had good experiences with the Uniden brand. Every time I've tried another brand, I've ended up unhappy. This model is sleek and stylish, compact and full of features. Most of all, the quality of sound and construction is excellent. I would highly recommend this phone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It simply works
    I've been using this phone for a year without any problems.One sure sign that this is a quality product is that I never have to think about it.I'm not easily impressed with technological gadgets, but this system does everything it claims without my having to worry about it.

    The sound quality is good.The handsets are comfortable to use.I keep them in their chargers when not in use and they perform without a hiccup.The answering machine works fine and there are plenty of cool ringtones from which to choose.There are other features that I haven't even explored. I'll leave those for people who need to communicate with extraterrestrials or whatever they are for.I'm sure they work fine too.:)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not happy at all with these phones ...
    After reading all the positive reviews I thought this was the best phone out there.I was so excited to receive the phone, only to be quickly disappointed.

    First, the phones are so tiny it's very uncomfortable.My ear was actually hurting so much I would get off the phone because of this.Also, you could hardly hold the phone with your shoulder because they were so small.

    2nd - The sound quality was terrible!Sometimes it would be fine, but mostly there was a lot of problems.#1 being it would echo a lot, I could hear my voice echoing thru the phone.There would also be clicking.

    3rd - The extra handset and base that came w/ the phone died within a week.Needless to say the phone is already on it's way back.

    4th - I did not like how you couldn't listen to your messages while you are on the phone.I think that's common with some phones, but I do not like it.

    5th - The answering machine was terrible!The greeting and any messages received were very muffled.

    6th - I was also unhappy with the call record feature.I tried it out with a friend and as it was recording, it would constantly beep.That was annoying.

    I gave this phone 2 stars instead of 1 since it does have some cool features, like 2 way walkie talkies and speakerphone from the handset ... these features did work well.

    My last phone was a Uniden, it's lasted probably 10 years.So, I did not want to give up on Uniden all together just because of this phone.Yesterday I went to Walmart and bought a Uniden EXAI 5180 phone.So far so good.The phone itself is larger and much more comfortable.My ear no longer hurts! :)The quality has been great too!Answering machine is clear!Very happy with this phone!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great set for Under $100.00
    This is the first review I have written on Amazon.com, but felt compelled to write one for this great set of phones from Uniden.I have only had them approx. 1 week, but the sound and feature set is great.I had one small issue with static and the echo mentioned in other reviews, but after moving the base station to a more open area (instead of inside an entertainment center), this cleared up.The sound/reception is great, now.

    Pros:
    1.Phonebook copy.Contacts stored in phone can be copied to all handsets.Many other phones will not do this.
    2.Speaker phone on each handset.
    3.Digital answering machine is very user friendly.You can check messages from any handset, which is very handy.
    4.20 ring tones to choose from, and distinctive ring tones can be assigned to your contacts so you know who is calling just by hearing the ring.
    5.Color (silver casing with orange backlighting) is very cool, and highly visible in low-light situations.

    Cons:
    1.When on a call, if you switch to another handset due to battery/location/etc., you have to transfer the call to that handset.You cannot just pick up another handset and push "Talk".This disconnects the call you are on.This is explained in detail in the manual, and is fairly simple to do, but annoying if your phone battery is about to give out.
    2.Numbers stored in contacts do not appear that way on caller id, as with many cell phones.Not a very big drawback, but would be nice to see "MOM CELL" pop up instead of "Birmigham, AL 205-###-###".I store phone numbers for a reason, so I don't have to remember them.

    Conclusion:
    This is one of the best sets around for under $100.00.In most cases, you can find them in a 3 phone set for around $90.00.The feature set is excellent, the phones look great, and battery life seems to be very good.The use of NI-MH batteries is nice, as the NI-CD batteries seem to develop a memory and not hold a charge much quicker than the NI-MH or lithium batteries.I would definitely recommend this set to anyone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lovin' it!
    What an upgrade this was from my old Panasonic 900mhz phone.

    The phone is great. What stands out from this phone.
    The good

    -Bright screen and easily readable text.
    -Clarity of sound, no static.
    -Easy to setup, took about 5 minutes.
    -Small, stylish, fits in your hand nicely.
    -Answering machine is easy to function, the messages are loud and clear.

    Not bad of a deal forunder $100 for a two headset phone. My first Uniden and I very much like this one over the Panasonic phones I've used for years. Highly recommended. ... Read more


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