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1. Panasonic GigaRange KX-TG5571M
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2. AT&T E5965C 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable
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3. Panasonic KX-TG6500B 5.8 GHz DSS
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4. Panasonic KX-TG5240M GigaRange
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5. Motorola MD41 2.4 GHz Accessory
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6. Panasonic GigaRange KX-TG5561M
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7. AT&T E5865 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable
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8. Panasonic KXTG4000B 2.4 GHz DSS
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9. AT&T E5860 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable
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10. Panasonic KX-TG2740S 2.4 GHz DSS
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11. Uniden 5.8 Ghz Digital Cordless
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12. Remanufactured Uniden DCT 648-2
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13. Panasonic KX-TG2344B 2.4 GHz DSS
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14. VTech i5801 5.8GHz Accessory Handset
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15. VTech i5807 5.8GHz Accessory Handset
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16. Remanufactured VTech VT-2421-2
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17. VTech 40-2420 Accessory Handset
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18. Siemens 8825 Gigaset 2.4 GHz 2-Line
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19. Panasonic KX-TG5212M GigaRange
20. Panasonic KX-TGA271B 2.4 GHz Multi

1. 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


2. 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
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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


3. 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
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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


4. Panasonic KX-TG5240M GigaRange Supreme 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable Cordless Phone with Answering System
by Panasonic
list price: $149.90
our price: $129.99
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Asin: B0001Z5KIG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 3714
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Panasonic's KX-TG5240M utilizes the 5.8 GHz band and digital frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology for increased call security and range and for less interference. This system comes with one handset but can accommodate up to three more (for a total of four). Compatible with Caller ID/call waiting, the KX-TG5240M offers a 50-station caller ID memory and dialer, accessible through the handset's three-line backlit LCD. It also features talking caller ID, which audibly announces who's calling through the handset and base speakerphones. Rounding out the main features are an integrated digital answering system and a light-up antenna on the handset that flashes to alert you to new calls and messages. The handsets also offer a variety of ring tones and melodies to choose from.

The KX-TG5240M allows you to pre-program frequently called numbers, even for chain dialing (ideal for calling automated systems that require a series of numeric inputs). It's also Caller IQ compatible, a service provides updates on weather, sports, horoscopes, and more; the information is sent directly to your telephone and displayed on the handset screen. (Caller ID and call waiting require subscription through your phone company. Caller IQ is a fee based service that requires registration.)

What's in the Box
KX-TG5230M base unit, handset, AC power adapter, phone line cord, belt clip, NiMH battery pack, user guide, warranty information ... Read more

Features

  • Caller ID/call waiting, talking caller ID; Caller IQ
  • 50-station memory and dialer; handset speakerphone; voice paging
  • 5.8 GHz digital spread spectrum signal
  • Expandable to 4 handsets, 1 included
  • Integrated digital answering system

Reviews (37)

4-0 out of 5 stars A good phone, not a great one
I bought the 5240 for my business and was happy with it right away.Since it's important for me to have my hands free while talking, I use a Panasonic headset (a cheapie).The voice quality is fine, and when I use the Voice Enhancement feature it's even better.I also have a wireless network (running at 2.8 GHz) and have run into no problems with the two frequencies running so close together.I'm able to walk well away from the base with no cut out problems, either.Talking Caller ID is cool, but not too useful.The handset by itself isn't too comfortable, but it's fine.

The main problem I've had is with the display on the handset.Suddenly, they became so dim I couldn't read them - but only on some of the menus.This became a little worse over the next week or so, so I exchanged.After looking at what was available, I exchanged it for another 5240 since I liked the first one so well.I ran into another display problem almost immediately with this one, but it wasn't bad enough to exchange.Six months later, I still have it and am living with the problem.When compared to sound quality, ease of use, and range, this is a minor problem.

5-0 out of 5 stars Maybe they fixed it?
I read the other reviews for this and many of them complained that the person at the other end would hear your voice garbled or distorted if you got too close to the base unit.We just bought a KX-TG5243M (same as the 5240 but it comes packaged with 3 handsets) on May 27, 2005, and it does not have that problem.I have even held the handset with the antenna literally touching the base unit antenna, and the person I was talking to could hear me clearly.So I guess either the problem did not exist on every unit, or Panasonic has fixed it.
Other than that, the phone has everything we want, including some features that were sorely missing on our old Uniden TRU-5885:On it you could not have a conference call with both handsets - only with a handset and the speakerphone in the base unit.And every time the power went out I had to get the manual out to find out how to set the clock again, despite the fact that every time a call came in the Caller ID showed the CORRECT time.Panasonic has managed to make their phone smart enough to use the caller ID info to update its clock automatically.

5-0 out of 5 stars About 3 months and problem free
I have had this system with one extension phone for about 3 months now and have had no problems with it. Great sound quality, no glitches in performance or operation.

2-0 out of 5 stars Loved the features, hated the sound quality
I bought this unit because of other reviews I had read concerning wireless connections and cordless phones.Well, they were wrong.The extra handset was in the room with our wireless router for our computers.You had to leave the room to get a phone call.There was nothing but static on the phone.

The base unit had some problems too with sound.It would screech and whistle about 15-20 seconds into a call, and that was standing right in front of the base.

I really did like some of the features like the speaker phone/intercom.All the whistles and bells aren't worth anything if the phone doesn't work.I took this back and got an AT & T E5960.So far we are satisfied with that one.

4-0 out of 5 stars One other feature is missing
My old Panasonic answering machine had the ability to call a pre-programmed number to notify that there is a message. They call it 'to page', but since the pagers have long gone - it just calls my cell phone and hangs up. That is the feature that I will miss a lot!

Also, I don't see it offered at Amazon, but Panasonic also has model KX-TG5243: same as this one but with three handsets. If you are planning to buy this and a handset - 5243 combination is cheaper ... Read more


5. Motorola MD41 2.4 GHz Accessory Handset for Motorola MD400 Series (Silver)
by Motorola
list price: $49.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000AKMKY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 1491
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Wirelessly connect to any room in your house!

It's never been easier to put a phone in every room of your house...even your garage. Expansion handsets simply plug into existing AC outlets and build up to a 4-phone system with 1 phone jack! These expansion handsets can be added to an existing base station so that you can create the cordless "system" that works best for you! This optional expansion handset is for use with Motorola MD400 Series Digital Phones.

  • Handset Speakerphone. Gather everyone around and enjoy the conversation.
  • Long life battery. Rechargeable batteries provide up to 5 days standby time.
  • Caller ID with Visual Call Waiting to decide whether or not to take that next call.2
Highlighted Features
  • 2.4 GHz Digital Multi-Handset Capability Accessory Handset Used with MD400 Series
  • Caller ID with Visual Call Waiting 2
  • 50 Private Phone Book Memory Locations in Handset, 49 in Base (99 total)
  • 12 Selectable Ring Tones
  • Speakerphone
  • Hands Free Intercom
  • Handset to Handset Intercom
  • 3 Way Conferencing
  • Room Monitor
  • Walkie Talkie Function
  • Custom Ring Based on Phonebook 2
  • Phone Company Voice Mail Indicator
  • Auto Channel Search Before and During Call
  • HOLD Button
  • 3x4 Backlit Keypad
  • FLASH Button
  • Last Number Redial
  • MUTE Button
  • 4 Line Backlit Display with Date/Time and Feature Icons
  • Headset Capable
  • Charging Only Base
  • Charging LED in Base
  • Indicators/ Alert Features
  • Battery Meter with Audible and Visual Low Battery Alert
2 This feature requires subscription to the Caller ID service from your local telephone company. Caller ID, name and number service is not available in all areas.

To operate the visual Call Waiting ID feature, you must subscribe to Caller ID name/number with Call-Waiting special combination service.>/i> ... Read more

Features

  • Headset compatible, intercom, walkie-talkie function
  • Supplemental handset for your existing MD400 series phone
  • 2.4 GHz digital signal
  • Caller ID with visual call waiting, 50 name-and-number directory
  • Handset speakerphone, 3-way conferencing

Reviews (13)

1-0 out of 5 stars Low quality phone with a big price tag
Less than 8 months after I purchased this phone, all of the number buttons stopped working and I already had to purchase a new battery.Luckily, the one year warranty was still in effect so I was able to return it to the company and they sent me a new one.We had the new one for about 4 months when all of the number buttons stopped working on it and the battery needed replaced once again!!!!This was a very expensive phone and the quality is terrible.Because of this experience, I will never purchase another motorola phone again, and I will advise others against purchasing motorola products.

1-0 out of 5 stars Yuk. Bad battery, buttons stopped after few months.
I bought 3 of these phones, within a few months all of them had battery life issues and the buttons on 2 phones don't work anymore.

Bad motorola, bad!

1-0 out of 5 stars Keypad doesn't work!
I have two of these phones and both started to have trouble with one number--eventually the whole keypad goes out.I have heard of others having the same problem.Motorola was no help--told me to clean the keypad.They obviously know it is a consistent problem and flawed phone.DO NOT BUY!

5-0 out of 5 stars They must abuse their phonesbecause mine is great
I've owned my phone for over a year and have two of them and have had no trouble with them. They are solid and reliable and better than most phones I've had including panasonic. Maybe the other people toss them on the floor all of the time or take showers with them, I'm not sure? I would buy them again in a second but fortunately I won't have to since they have never given me any problems.

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT PURCHASE THIS PHONE
Ditto the reviews below.The "on" button on the handset is not working so the only way to answer the phone is by pushing the "speakerphone" button.To my disgust, Motorola tells me that since the phone is no longer under warranty they will not replace it and - believe it or not - there is no authorized service center that can repair it.In other words, if it breaks the only option is to send it to the landfill.UNBELIEVABLE! ... Read more


6. Panasonic GigaRange KX-TG5561M 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable Cordless Phone with Talking Caller ID (Metallic Grey)
by Panasonic
list price: $129.99
our price: $119.99
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Asin: B0007U8Y92
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 9436
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Amazon.com Product Description

The KX-TG5561M 5.8 GHz cordless phone system from Panasonic offers digital FHSS signal reception for clear, secure calls, plus room to grow. Featuring call waiting and talking caller ID, the KX-TG5561M is able to store up to 50 names and numbers. A light-up antenna alerts you to new calls silently, if you choose, while versatile ringer options let you choose from three sound patterns, four melodies, or even customized ring tones that you can record yourself.

A single, metallic grey handset (model KX-TGA552M) is included; the system can be expanded to eight handsets total. Accessory handsets do not require separate phone jacks--just plug the charging cradle into a power outlet, and the handset will automatically configure itself to the base system.

Additional features include mute, hold, flash, redial (last number dialed from the base, last five numbers from the handset), and dual keypad and display. The KX-TG5561M offers speakerphone capabilities from both base and handset, and an intercom system allows communication between handsets and between the base unit and individual handsets.

What's in the Box
KX-TG5561M base and one handset, AC power adapter, battery pack, battery cover, phone line cord, belt clip, user guide and setup information, warranty information ... Read more

Features

  • Multiple ringer options, customized ringtones, adjustable volume
  • 5.8 GHz digital frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology
  • Expandable to 8 handsets, 1 included
  • Call waiting, talking caller ID, 50-number memory
  • Intercom from base to handset and from handset to handset

7. AT&T E5865 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable Cordless Phone with Answering System and Dual Keypads
by AT&T
list price: $159.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00023CJKE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: AT&T
Sales Rank: 3244
Average Customer Review: 3.5 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 cordless handsets for a total of 8) * digital answering machine with 25 minutes of recording time * 2-way intercom and paging * large lighted graphic display with graphics and icon-driven menu * ... Read more

Features

  • Expandable to 8 handsets, 1 included
  • All-digital answering machine, 25 minutes of recording time
  • Caller ID/call waiting, 50-call history
  • 50-number phone directory; handset and base speakerphones
  • 5.8 GHz digital frequency-hopping spread spectrum signal

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great phone
I have had this phone now about 3 months and I am VERY HAPPY with it. IT has all the things and want and many more, The hand sets are very clear and I love the fact I can check voice mail on any hand set that goes with it I do not have to run to the main answering machine to check the voice mail. The range of the hand sets is great had no problem at all with this.So far I love everything with this phone, It is much better than either of the last two phone I have had.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good phone, with some funky features...
I bought this phone (plus an additional handset) to replace my old Sony 2.4GHz phone. The old phone interfered with my home WiFi network. This new phone, although it is a dual-mode phone, claims not to interfere and so far that has been the case for me.

There are a number of nice features on this phone. Both the handsets and the base station have built-in speaker phones. The answering machine is easy to program. The handsets are easy to set up with the base station (a near impossibility with my old Sonys). The phones are reasonably stylish in a utilitarian sort of way and have enough heft that you won't mind using them.

The phones and base station have LCD displays for programming. The phone has a color display and you can choose "wallpaper" for it (right...). The spare handset I bought was only black and white (I could have chosen another color handset). By default it shows a smiley face. The ringers are a bit cloying (you can set them to play music or choose from several obnoxious ring styles). Here's the digital revolution turning something simple into a needlessly complex toy.

If you ignore all the stupid bells and whistles, though, the phone does everything I ask of it. It was very easy to setup and it works well. Other brands aren't that much better in terms of "silly quotient" and don't offer the range of useful features. I would give this phone 3 1/2 stars if I could, but it's pretty good.

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware... it's another dual-band device
This one looked so good, so I went to Circuit City yesterday to take a look.Right on the box, it brags about using 5.8 GHz AND 2.4 GHz to provide the best performance.Seems that all the so-called 5.8 GHz devices built by V-tech, including those V-tech builds for other companies like AT&T, are dual band.Beware, if you are worried about interference to your computer wireless network. ... Read more


8. Panasonic KXTG4000B 2.4 GHz DSS 4-Line Cordless Phone with Caller ID and Voicemail
by Panasonic
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B00005K2Q4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 9269
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Give your small business or home the productivity-enhancing features of a business telephone system without the high price tag. The KX-TG4000B four-line cordless telephone system accommodates up to eight handsets, while the all-digital voice mail system with auto attendant can be occupied by up to four users simultaneously. And dual caller ID with call waiting lets you see who's calling on either line.

The KX-TG4000B base unit and each cordless handset communicate in both directions using 2.4 GHz frequency-hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) transmission. FHSS technology improves calling range and clarity, and eliminates crosstalk. Because it rapidly changes transmission frequencies within the 2.4 GHz bandwidth, this cordless system helps reduce the possibility of eavesdropping.

The KX-TG4000B operates via cordless transmissions, so no expensive (and messy) wiring or installation is required. Simply hook up the base to your phone lines and plug it into an AC outlet. Then, set up the included KX-TGA400B handset in the desired location and plug in the recharging stand. Up to seven more optional KX-TGA400B handsets can be added to the system.

The convenient, reliable, all-digital voice mail includes many advanced features. The KX-TG4000B offers a general delivery mailbox on the base unit, plus up to eight personal mailboxes--one for each handset. Each user can record a personal greeting, and can access individual mailboxes from any system handset or an outside line. You can set the voice mail system to automatically answer all incoming calls with a recorded greeting, and to route callers to a desired extension or mailbox. The KX-TG4000B allows for four separate voice paths, so four system users can access voice mail at once.

This phone system also includes a digital duplex speakerphone with an eight-step volume control. Digital circuitry in the base unit helps reduce echo and the dropout effect for more natural-sounding conversations.

Dual caller ID with call waiting lets you view the name and number of all incoming callers on either the base unit or handset LCD--even if you're already on the line. This caller ID feature also stores up to 50 names on the base unit (up to 30 names on each handset), with direct callback capability. And thanks to caller ID pager call, you can even program the phone to notify your pager when you've received an incoming call, and to forward caller ID data to your pager's display. (Subscription to caller ID services is required.)

Other features includetwo-way intercom/paging, lighted handset keypad, headset jack in the handset, and a belt clip. The handset offers up to eight hours of talk time and up to 96 hours of standby battery life. ... Read more

Features

  • 2-way intercom/paging, lighted handset keypad, headset jack
  • 2.4 GHz digital spread spectrum operation
  • Supports 4 lines; expands to 8 handsets
  • Caller ID/call waiting with 50-call history on base, 30 on handset
  • 100-minute voicemail system with auto attendant and 8 mailboxes

Reviews (41)

2-0 out of 5 stars Bad handsets a major problem
We have used this system in a business for almost two years.Nearly every handset we have purchased is defective out of the box or shortly thereafter.The major problem is poor sound -- you can hardly hear the caller.With other units, the caller can't hear you.Out of the five handsets we're currently using (all out of warranty) one is good, three are so-so, and one is very bad.We're hoping to find an alternative, but need at least three lines.

1-0 out of 5 stars -2 STARSWORST $600.00 INVESTMENT EVER!!!!
Our office has had this system for two weeks.One handset has already gone bad and another keeps giving a message to move closer to the base unit.Funny thing is, you can be within a foot of the base unit and no reception.We are going to try the Motorola MD681 for half the price of the Panasonic.I'll Let you know about that later.

4-0 out of 5 stars Has flaws but a lot for the money
I've been using this system in a busy office for five years now.True,there are some annoying flaws you should know before buying.. Among them: no mute buttons, handset touch tone buttons that wear out easily,the need to buy extra handsets to set up extra voice mailboxes, lousy sound quality on the autoattendant outgoing message, no way to change the automated attendant remotely.But in general, the system does what they say it will do and it does it reliably.Once you get the hang of it, it's easy to set up.And you get the business functions, autoattendant, intercom, voicemail, remote access, etc, without having to pay a reseller thousands of dollars.There aren't a lot of products like this one.I hope it stays on the market.

2-0 out of 5 stars There is an alternative...
One person mentioned that this system was the "only game in town". Not true.

CentrePoint Technologies's TalkSwitch is a great alternative. If you purchase the Panasonic with a few extensions ($600+), you could easly own this unit for a comparable price. And it has more features, is much more versatile, and uses your existing equipment.

1-0 out of 5 stars WORST PHONE I EVER BOUGHT
I have purchased TWO Panasonic 4 line phone systems for my business. One was for our office in NY and one for our office in IL. I bought both systems through the Hello Direct website.

The #1 that you press on the hand set does not work. It is defective on ALL of our 6 hand sets that we own. This means we CAN NOT use the phone to dial out on long distance calls that need the use of the one.

We had bought and used the first system and then bought another system before we began the issues of the #1 not working. The first system in NY was the one to experience this problem , at first.

I proceeded to call the Panasonic GA office and they also would not deal with the issue.

At this point, now BOTH systems are incapable of being used. All we can do is just dial from the base and then pick up the line on the handset.

Today, we called cusomer service and spoke to Chris Cabutaje, a supervisor, and he told us there was nothing he could do. He even admitted there was a problem with this phone but still did nothing.

I think this is an outrage that a company this big cannot stand behind its product. ... Read more


9. AT&T E5860 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable Cordless Phone with Answering System
by AT&T
list price: $149.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00023CJKO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: AT&T
Sales Rank: 6831
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The E5860 from AT&T is a 5.8 GHz cordless phone with multi-user expandability to eight handsets (one included) and a built-in digital answering system. By utilizing the 5.8 GHz band and frequency-hopping digital spread spectrum technology, the E5860 offers clearer reception and less interference than traditional 2.4 GHz and 900 MHz phones. The answering machine provides up to 25 minutes of recording time, while remote operation allows you to check messages while you are away.

With just one phone jack, the system supports
up to eight extensions throughout your home.

Caller ID/call waiting compatible, the E5860 has a 50-number caller ID memory, as well as a 50-number phone directory to help you keep track of important phone numbers. The handset LCD has a graphic interface with an icon driven menu to help you navigate the phones many functions, while personalized ringer options and image ID provide audio and visual indications of the incoming caller. The E5860 comes with polyphonic ring tones as well as a handset vibrating ringer.

Additional features include flash, redial (last 10 numbers), and mute. An intercom function allows you to speak with other phones on the same system, while call transfer lets you route incoming calls to a different handset location. A conference feature lets you speak with multiple parties at the same time. The E5860 has an 8.5-by-8.7-inch footprint, and an included wall mounting adapter lets you save on counter or desktop space. The E5860 also comes backed by a one-year warranty.

What's in the Box
Base, wall mounting adapter, cordless handset, short and long telephone line cords, AC adapter, AA NiMH batteries, belt clip, user's manual ... Read more

Features

  • Integrated answering machine, 25 minutes of recording time
  • Caller ID/call waiting, 50-call history
  • Handset speakerphone; image ID; personalized ringer options
  • 5.8 GHz frequency-hopping digital spread spectrum signal
  • Expandable to 8 handsets, 1 included

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment
Before I bought this phone, I had a 7-year-old Toshiba 2.4GHz phone and a 7-year-old Panasonic digital answering machine. I had to replace the phone because it interfered with our wireless network, and I figured I'd get a new answering machine at the same time - 7 years later, the technology must be better, I reasoned.

Not so. The sound quality on this phone OK, but worse than on my old phone. And the sound quality of the answering machine is unacceptaby muffled. But those are the first of several big disappointments. The phone has nearly no sidetone, meaning you don't hear yourself speaking in the earpiece. This makes every call uncomfortable. When the phone is on the base station ringing and you pick it up, it doesn't get "picked up" - you have to press a button. Likewise, hanging it up doesn't hang it up. When you press the button to talk, there's a 1-second delay before the caller can hear you, so you end up saying hello twice. Oh, let's see. The "wallpaper" backgrounds are insanely amateurish. No matter how badly you draw, you draw better than the Michelangelos who made this thing. Next: some features are configured on the screen on the base station, while some are configured with an audio interface. The distinction is random. The icons on the phone are highlighted with a movable square outline - except that some of them ARE squares, so the highlight disappears. My outgoing message is unintelligible - I had to yell into the thing, and you can still barely hear me.

This phone would be a bargain at $10, a reasonable deal at $20, a ripoff at $30. I paid $110. Not happy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally a phone that has it all
I had an AT & T phone, when it quit I bought another brand of answering machine and phone. Within 2 weeks I was looking for a new AT&T. They have volumes adjustments for the ringer, they have the toll saver option which is great when you check your messages and it it just a great sounding phone. I had bought a GE and had terrible results. I was told to return the phone and expect a new one in 4 weeks. What a joke. Thank goodness Amazon had AT&T.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very happy, great sound, decent features
I did a resasonable amount of research prior to purchasing this phone. We have owned several cordless phones over the years, different manufacturers, operating frequencies, etc. My wife and I are VERY happy with this phone (and the E580-I handset we bought to go with it). It is solid, sounds WONDERFUL, including the amazing (to me) handset-based speaker phone, and has very nice features. We don't use all of the bells and whistles, but just as a cordless phone it is the most solid and wonderful sounding phone I have ever used. The answering machine is great, easy to set up and easy to use, sounds good, time tags calls, etc. You can even listen to messages from the handset (we've done that a few times).

I agree w/ others that it would be nice to have a single call number database/memory that is shared by all handsets, but that's the only (minor) complaint I have.

Oh yes, I purchased the optional base station backup battery and our phone worked all through a recent multi-hour power failure. Nice! ... Read more


10. Panasonic KX-TG2740S 2.4 GHz DSS 2-Line Expandable Cordless Speakerphone with Answering System and Caller ID
by Panasonic
list price: $179.90
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Asin: B000069LIE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 5337
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Panasonic KXTG2740S 2.4Ghz GigaRange Cordless 2-Line Phone Answering System Silver USA ... Read more

Features

  • Speakerphone, dual keypads
  • 2.4 GHz frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology
  • Caller ID with call waiting
  • Expandable to 8 handsets
  • Tapeless digital answering system

Reviews (71)

1-0 out of 5 stars Good phone but zero battery life
Before I mention some of the phone's good qualities, I must state that I too have horrible battery life. This phone, even after replacing the battery, will only stay on for 10-20 minutes. If you leave it off the charger overnight, the next day it will be dead.

The phone, when it does work, has good sound quality during calls. The plastic buttons are large but they are too smooth and slippery. I would prefer a more silicone-like material and grip to them.Menu system is easy to use.If it weren't for that major battery problem, this could be a 4 or 5 star phone.This phone should come w/ a corded phone to use while your phone is charging.

1-0 out of 5 stars I wish I had read these reviews before I spent the MONEY!!!!
It seems as though most of the people that wrote a review have the same exact problem that I have had with our phone... I researched this purchase thoroughly, and felt that even though it was very expensive, it had all the things we needed in a phone for our home. Soon after setting it up (within 3 months of purchase) we began having problems with the phone keeping a charge. We were going to buy a new battery, but decided to call panasonic customer service to see if they had any information about it. Pat answers... the said that they would send us a new battery and that should solve the problem. We waited and waited and waited, no battery came so we called and called and called...now we had to leave our information on a service and someone would get back to us, no one did.... still no battery!!! I couldn't believe it and I was so sick of the situation I went online to see if I could get some answers there... I was sure there had to be some type of recall or something, I mean this thing didn't work!Within 24 hours a tech emailed me back saying that I should send the unit back to Panasonic and they would check it out, if there was a problem they would send me a new (refurbished) unit, since it was under warranty (covered for the first year, which if you think about it is really rediculous, shouldn't it work for at least a few years?) I decided to send it in. I had to pay to send it to Texas, and there was a problem, (I was relieved, at least there was something they could do about it!) so they sent me a whole new system (refurbished!)... the new (refurbished!) unit only comes with a 90 day warranty, which is about how long it took for the problems to arise again... within a few months, the phone began to cut out after about 20 minutes of use, and now, it barely holds a charge for more than afew minutes... I have also had the same problem with the display saying to move closer to base, when I have been standing right in front of it... so basically it is worthless... the worst part? I still need a phone and this is the only one that has all the options we need... so I called Panasonic and I emailed them too, they said that for a charge (not cheap) they will look at it and see what is wrong.... etc, basically the same thing as before, are they kidding? I won't be buying from Panasonic ever again... I was pissed off before when it was just my phone, but knowing that so many people are having the exact same problem really is aggravating. I can't believe that they do not stand byt their product and I have no confidence in their company as a result. I will never, ever buy from Panasonic again!!
I wouldn't if I were you either!

2-0 out of 5 stars Nice features, terrible battery, quality problems
Had this phone for 1.5 years. Like features, i.e. directory that can be shared and sent across the base unit and a handset or ability to correct a number before dialing it (like in a cell phone).

From the very beginning battery life was a problem. It was around 1-1.5 hour talk time. Do not even think about having a conference call with this phone. It got worse and worse and currently I get ~30-40 min. talk time after charging for more than a day. My very old 900MHz Uniden gives me around 5-6 hours of talk time.

Sometime after using a phone for ~6 months LCD display on the handset started failing when the battery is fully charged. After talking on the phone for a few minutes display starts working again. The problem is that you need display when you are dialing.

The sound quality is OK. It is not better than analog 900Mhz Uniden but not worse.

I was pleasantly surprised than I do not get any interference with WiFi 802.11 B/G network.

Very disappointed in quality of implementation even though like features in this 2-line phone.

4-0 out of 5 stars GREAT PHONE SYSTEM, one MAJOR failing
I love it, but- today I discovered, you cannot change the outgoing (greeting) messaging from remote access.

I needed to put in a temp message, and it's just not possible from anywhere but at the base/at home...

2-0 out of 5 stars Bad batteries small display
Worked (OK) for a couple months. Batteries got progressively short charge. Display is so small and poorly lit. Tried to contact tech support - no response. Hard to find a good pickle! ... Read more


11. Uniden 5.8 Ghz Digital Cordless Caller ID Phone
by Uniden
list price: $279.99
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Asin: B0007A9N5G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Uniden
Sales Rank: 13447
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Product Description

* 5.8 Digital Expandable System * 10 Handset Maximum Expandability* - Compatible with TCX800 Handset * Caller ID/ Call Waiting Deluxe - To activate the Caller ID and/or VoiceMail features, you must subscribe through your local telephone company. * Digital Answering System - The product utilizes microchip technology (no more tapes or moving parts.) This ensures clearer recordings and longer life. * Base Keypad * Handset Speakerphone - This feature gives you the freedom to use the handset as a speakerphone. * Base Duplex Speakerphone * 100 Handset/ 100 Base Programmable Caller ID/ Memory Locations * Do Not Disturb Setting * 4-Way Conferencing (2 Handsets + Base + Outside Call) * DirectLinkTM Mode - 2-Way Radio Communication * Mute and Hold Function * Alphabetical Search * Transfer Memory Locations Between Handsets * New Message Waiting Indicator at Handset & Base, plus Alert Tone * Intercom or Call Transfer Between Handsets * 20 Distinctive Ring Options (10 Melodies + 10 Ring Tones) * 10 Speed Dial Locations at Base * Headset Compatible - Allows for an headset to be connected for convenient hands-free operation. * Trilingual Menu Displays and Voice Prompts - English/ French/ Spanish * Integrisound* - Enhances audio performance from the earpiece speaker as well as the clarity of recorded messages. * Room/ Baby Monitoring * Animation/ Battery/ Clock Display * Earpiece and Ringer Volume Control * Ringer Off Option * Find Lost Handset Key * Wall Mountable * Record Conversation Capability * Remote Message Retrieval - Allows you to receive messages from any touch-tone phone. * Package Included: Cordless Phone and Base; 2 Extra Handsets with Chargers; 3 Belt Clips; 3 Rechargeable NiMH Batteries; 3 AC Adapters; Telephone cord and manual ... Read more

Features

  • 5.8 GHz digital signal; handset and base speakerphones
  • Multi-user expandable to 10 handsets, 3 included.
  • Digital answering machine, 12 minutes record time
  • Caller ID/call waiting compatible
  • 200 caller ID/phone directory memory locations

12. Remanufactured Uniden DCT 648-2 2.4 GHz Expandable Cordless Phone with Dual Handsets, Answering System, and Caller ID
by Uniden
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00081PYMA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Uniden
Sales Rank: 12979
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Amazon.com Product Description

Uniden's DCT 648-2 comes with a number of useful features, including an extra handset with charging cradle, expandability, and an all digital answering machine. Ideal for any large home, this stylish phone set allows you to place handsets in multiple locations so you never miss a call.

Caller ID/call waiting compatible, the DCT 648-2 can store up to 100 calls, while the display-and-dial feature lets you easily scroll through the list of calls and dial with the touch of a button. An auto-scan feature automatically detects the best channel available, while handset and ringer volume controls allow you to easily adjust the phone's settings to your liking.

The DCT 648-2 is headset compatible (a belt clip is provided for hands-free operation), while a room/baby monitoring setting lets you hear audio from another handset location. A page button on the base makes finding a lost handset quick and painless, and the menu-driven handset LCD makes operation easy. A redial button lets you easily call one of the last three outgoing numbers, while both tone and pulse dialing modes are provided in case you need to switch to one or the other.

With the auto-talk feature turned on, you can answer calls simply by removing the phone from its cradle, and the flash/talk button lets you switch to an incoming call (requires subscription to a fee-based service) and put the current conversation on hold. A handset-to-handset call transfer function is provided, as is a memory location transfer feature. With four-way conferencing (two handsets plus base plus outside call), multiple users can easily converse, and the intercom feature lets you communicate with another handset location.

The digital answering system features full remote operation, allowing you to check messages while away from the home or office. Voice prompts help guide you through setup, while play/stop, skip, delete, and repeat keys help you navigate through your messages. A memo record feature is provided, and the conversation record feature lets you record important conversations or information such as driving directions.

Twenty distinctive ringer options are provided, and a visual voice mail indicator on the base lets you know when you have message waiting. Wall mountable, the DCT 648-2 also comes with both a handset and base speakerphone. This refurbished model is backed by a 90-day warranty.

What's in the Box
Base, two handsets, extra charging cradle, phone cord, two AC adapters, two battery packs, two belt clips, user's manual, warranty information

Note: This model is no longer in production, so you may have difficulty finding additional handsets that are compatible with the phone's expandability feature. ... Read more

Features

  • Remanufactured to like-new condition; 90-day warranty
  • Caller ID/call waiting compatible, 100-call history
  • 2.4 GHz digital signal with autoscan
  • Expandable to 4 handsets, 2 included, extra charging cradle
  • Integrated digital answering system; handset and base speakerphones, intercom

13. Panasonic KX-TG2344B 2.4 GHz DSS Cordless Phone with Dual Handsets and Answering System
by Panasonic
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B0001W9HOM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 11200
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Ever feel like you need a second phone? The KX-TG2344B from Panasonic may be the solution, since it's packaged with a second handset and charging cradle. It also comes with a built-in answering system, helping you to consolidate all your communications needs in one easy-to-use machine.

The all-digital answering machine has a 15-minute maximum recording time and can be operated remotely, allowing you to stay on top of your incoming messages even while you are away from home. You can set the outgoing message length to one, two, or three minutes, while voice prompts guide you through operation of the answering system. An LCD call counter lets you know how many messages you have waiting, and a time/date stamp lets you know when each message was received. Additionally, all messages are stored in Flash memory, so if you ever experience a power outage, your messages will be there when you get back up and running.

Caller ID and call waiting compatible, the KX-TG2344B stores up to 30 incoming names and numbers. The log is easily accessible via the handset LCD, while a 32-number phone directory helps you to keep track of all your most frequently used phone numbers. A new message indicator lets you know when you have messages waiting, while a low-battery indicator lets you know when to return the phone to its cradle for recharging.

If you are running short on countertop space, fret not, the KX-TG2344B is wall-mountable. Handset and ringer controls allow you to adjust volume levels to your liking, while an illuminated keypad makes dialing a snap, even in the dark. Headset compatible for hands-free communication, this phone also comes with a belt clip. A page/handset locator lets you easily find a lost handset, and voice paging from the base allows you to communicate with both handsets at the same time. An intercom function lets you talk between handsets or between a handset and the base, while three-way conferencing allows you to communicate with multiple parties at once.

By transmitting on the 2.4 GHz band and utilizing a digital spread spectrum signal and Panasonic's voice enhancer technology, this phone is able to offer clearer reception and greater range than many older cordless phones. Easy-to-use and packed with useful features, the KX-TG2344B also comes backed with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Base, two handsets, two AC adapters/chargers, two rechargeable battery packs, two belt clips, two handset battery covers, one telephone line cord, instructions ... Read more

Features

  • 30-number phone directory; wall-mountable
  • 2.4 GHz frequency hopping digital spread spectrum signal
  • Extra handset and remote charger
  • Answering system with 15 minutes of recording time
  • Caller ID with call waiting, 30-name-and-number log

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Good quality/reasonable price
We bought this phone about 6 months ago and it's met all my expectations since then.Sound come through clearly and I enjoy the features it has - answering machine, caller ID, speakerphone, dual handsets.It was easy to set up and it's easy to program.From what we found, it was very reasonably priced considering all the features, and dual handsets makes it like 2 phones for the price of one!I'm very happy with my purchase.

1-0 out of 5 stars Dead after 3 months
I was actually quite happy with the phone regarding features and reception, until this week! Realizing that I have not heard the phone ring for a couple(?) of days, I glanced at the base unit to see if everything was alright. There I spied no lights at all glowing. I checked the outlet for power, and then the power transformer from the phone- both were working fine. Re-read the instruction manual for any reset tips, but the base unit was dead. I have 3 other Panasonic phones in the house, but this model is the first dud I have ever had from this company.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great deal on great phone.
We've had this set for a few months now, and it works great. Always clear, never drops, works all around the house and out to the street. Handset-to-handset conference function is definitely a plus. I'd recommend to anyone!

5-0 out of 5 stars So Far I Love It
This phone is everything my Uniden wasn't. Easy to set up, easy to use, good sound on the handset speakerphone. I can use it out in the yard. Plus it's a little longer, so that when I hold it to my ear, the mouthpiece is near my mouth, instead of the middle of my cheek. What a concept! Also, coolness: there is a red ring-shaped LED on the top of the antenna, which lights up when you have a message on the answering machine (or when you push the "find handset" button on the base unit.) Anyway, I think it's a very good unit, I hope it lasts. My old, tank-tough Uniden lasted many years, the new Uniden replacement only lasted a few months, died twice, and the second time, Uniden wanted 48 bucks to fix it, even though it was still under warranty. To heck with that.

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible reception
We bought this phone system knowing that Panasonic is a decent brand, but were completely disappointed. The phones have a terrible static noise and calls fade in/out. I looked in the manual for troubleshooting tips and it suggested moving the phones away from other electric devices, which I did, but it didn't help at all.

What good are all the other great features if the basic reception is not there?
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14. VTech i5801 5.8GHz Accessory Handset for vt5831 and i5881 Expandable Phones
by VTech
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B000172F46
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: VTech
Sales Rank: 3159
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The i5801 from VTech is a 5.8 GHz accessory handset loaded with great features. Designed for use with VTech's VT 5831 and i5881 expandable phone systems, the i5801 utilizes the 5.8 GHz frequency and digital spread spectrum technology, providing greater clarity and range than either 2.4 GHz or traditional 900 MHz phones. Plus, 95-channel autoscan automatically eliminates the channels with the most interference.

Caller ID/call-waiting-compatible, the i5801 stores up to 50 numbers in memory. You can also download full color images via a USB port and then associate an image with a caller ID number or set it as "wallpaper." An illuminated keypad helps you dial numbers even in the dark, while a page/handset locator makes finding a misplaced handset quick and easy. You can add up to six handsets (total) to your existing system, while an intercom function lets you communicate between handset locations.

The NiMH battery has an 8-hour talk time and 5-day standby battery life. The handset menu is easy to navigate with a five-way joystick, which provides access to the phones many features (specific features depend on the base system you're using). A handset control allows you to adjust volume levels to your liking. You can record custom ring tones from your stereo or PC as well as adjust ringer and tone settings. The i5801 comes backed with a one-year limited parts and labor warranty.

What's in the Box
Cordless handset, charging cradle, battery pack (BT-446), AC adapter (AD-310), belt clip, wall-mounting bracket, software CD-ROM, audio patch cable, USB cable, special features, guide, owner's manual, other printed material ... Read more

Features

  • Records personalized ringers from your PC or stereo
  • Includes software for downloading images
  • Accessory handset for use with VT5831 or i5881 expandable systems
  • Large color display for wallpaper images or personalized directory
  • Caller ID/call waiting; can assign an image to the directory for picture caller ID

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great accesory handset, no problems!
Excellent quality phone, has been used regularly for over a year with no problems.

3-0 out of 5 stars On their way out
I have the previous model that is the same but without the wallpaper. I have had for 2 years. I have noticed that they are losing quality of reception in certain areas of my home and that some buttons on the keypads I am not able to push.I too am having problems with the charger bases.I have two handsets and both will not fully charge and nor sit correctly in the base.Also in going to the vtech website I noticed that htese are on their way out and they are no longer making the additional handsets.I love the style though and wish I could find a similair style with the blue backlighting.I say find a more recent model.

1-0 out of 5 stars 3 strikes and you are out
Our third handset is on it's way out.3 dead in one year.The keypads go bad (buttons become hard to push, you have to use a pen) and the charging cradle also goes bad; you have to jiggle it just right to get it to charge.All in all the worst phones I have ever purchased.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent accessory handset
I have bought 3 of these handsets and they all work great. No interference with my wireless network as many have reported w/ base system. Downloading pictures and sound clips to the phone is very easy (simple software worked perfectly) and fun (not great quality but what do you expect). Reception on all 3 is very good with 50 number storage and intercom/speakerphone features on each phone. In summary these phones are user friendly and do what they claim.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Cool Phone
I like this phone.The reception is just as good as the regular LCD version.The pictures on the phone are not as clear they appear on the box, but they are still good.The downloadable ringtones only lasts for about 10 seconds or so and then that ten seconds of clip is repeated until phone is answered or the caller hangs up.It is easy to use and the instruction manual is helpful.All in all, I like it and I plan on keeping it. ... Read more


15. VTech i5807 5.8GHz Accessory Handset with Color LCD for i5800-Series Expandable Phones
by VTech
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B00023CJIQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: VTech
Sales Rank: 7082
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The i5807 is an accessory handset for use with VTech expandable phone system models i5853, i5857, i5866, and i5867. It utilizes the 5.8 GHz frequency and digital spread spectrum technology to provide clear, accurate reception with less interference than traditional 2.4 GHz and 900 MHz phones.

Caller ID/call waiting compatible, the i5807 has a 50-number caller ID memory as well as a 50-name-and-number phone directory to help you keep track of important contacts. You can select among eight ring tones and 12 musical ringers, while the supplied audio patch cord allows you to record custom ring tones (up to 10 seconds each).

The full-color handset LCD screen comes with a variety of preset images that you can assign to phone directory entries or set as background wall-paper; the included USB cable and image editor software also allow you to download custom images.

An intercom feature lets you communicate with other handsets on the same system, and a handset-to-handset call transfer feature lets you route incoming calls to another handset location. The redial function dials any of the last ten outgoing calls. With any-key answer, you can just press any button on the phone to answer a call.

The NiMH battery has an eight-hour talk time, with a standby battery life of up to five days. Handset speakerphone and headset compatibility also provide convenient methods of hands-free communication. The i5807 comes backed with a one-year warranty.

What's in the Box
Handset, belt clip, charger stand, AC adapter, battery cells, battery cover, user's manual, special features guide, audio patch cable, USB cable, image editor software on CD-ROM

Note: This is not a standalone telephone. It requires a base system (sold separately) to function. ... Read more

Features

  • 50-number phone directory; distinctive ring detection
  • Multiple ringers plus custom-recordable ring tones
  • For use with i5853, i5857, i5866, and i5867 expandable systems
  • Color LCD with built-in and downloadable images
  • Caller ID/call waiting, 50-call memory

Reviews (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars Great features, nice phone, but interference and poor VM
Features are nice, with no extra charges for loading music and photos onto the handsets.Even the phone's shape, which we initially hated, has grown on us tremendously.It can stand upright anywhere, and the speakerphone is excellent.

Only complaint is the interference on around 15% of the calls -- don't know why this is happening, but this rarely happened with my 2.4 panasonic.

For the base unit, the voice mail box sounds terribly electronic.It's like they updated the handsets but used an old-style voice recorder.

Because of the voice mail and the occassional interference, only 2.5 stars...

3-0 out of 5 stars Great Features - Battery Died after 1 month
This phone has great features & sound quality, but unfortunately the supplied rechargeable batteries died after only 1 month. (they would be completely flat even though the phone had been on the charger for days). I hope it's the batteries and not the charger. I replaced the batteries and now I'm waiting to see how long they last. ... Read more


16. Remanufactured VTech VT-2421-2 2.4 GHz DSS Expandable Cordless Phone with Dual Handsets and Caller ID
by VTech
list price: $106.77
our price: $39.88
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Asin: B00081PZQU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: VTech
Sales Rank: 5257
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Amazon.com Product Description

This 2.4 GHz DSS telephone offers call waiting and caller ID, a 50-name and number phone book directory, handset speakerphone, and headset compatibility. The best news of all is that it is expandable, allowing you to place cordless extensions in rooms without the need for a phone jack. Each VT2421 system accepts up to two additional VT2420 accessory handsets, giving you a total of four. The ergonomic design also makes it a hit in both form and function. This factory-refurbished unit is backed by a 90-day warranty.

What's in the Box
Base unit, two handsets, remote charger stand, two AC adapters, one telephone line cord, two battery packs and covers, instructions

Note: This model is no longer in production, so you may have difficulty finding additional handsets that are compatible with the phone's expandability feature. ... Read more

Features

  • Remanufactured to like-new condition; includes 90-day warranty
  • 50-name-and-number phonebook directory; headset compatible
  • 2.4 GHz digital spread spectrum signal
  • Expandable to 4 handsets, 2 included; handset speakerphone
  • Caller ID/call waiting, 50-call memory

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

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

Features:

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

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

    ... Read more

    Features

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

    Reviews (1)

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


18. Siemens 8825 Gigaset 2.4 GHz 2-Line Expandable Cordless Speakerphone with Answering System
by Siemens
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B00005UFDH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Siemens
Sales Rank: 19831
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Whether it is digital cordless products, mobile Internet devices, or home networking, Siemens offers mobile communication products that allow you to truly experience wireless freedom and total mobility!The Gigaset 8825 cordless phone system offers superior voice quality and security thanks to its 2.4GHz digital technology. The phone offers different expandability features and a 2-Line multi-user capability; a fully digital answering machine with four different mailboxes and an auto attendant feature that allows the caller to route the call to the correct mailbox. Its voice-announced caller ID function allows you to use your own voice to announce incoming calls at the base. To crown it all, Siemens Gigaset 8825 cordless phone system supports up to eight Gigaset cordless handsets with no extra phone jacks required. Siemens - the ultimate in design and functionality! ... Read more

Features

  • 2.4 GHz digital spread spectrum frequency-hopping technology
  • Integrated digital answering system; dual full-duplex digital speakerphones
  • 2-line operation; 1 cordless handset included, expandable to 8 handsets
  • Multi-language programming in English, French, and Spanish
  • Voice-announced caller ID and call waiting

Reviews (111)

1-0 out of 5 stars Siemens - Do you even care ?
Had a Gigaset 2420 - very expensive, worked great for about 2 yrs - then like everyone else that bought one experienced bad display and warbling when on calls. Looked for replacements and found the Gigaset 8825 had the best feature set for the money -bought into Siemens again for even more $$$$The phone out of the box had clicks and pops in the cordless conversations - then lately ( 1.5 yrs old ) the caller ID on line one no longer works. Sad - Very Sad I have to see if I bought this on one of those credit cards that automatically extends wty - Siemens does not want anything to do with it - their 800# support only helps their newest prey - the tech I reached on their toll # only said the phone was shot and bring it to a service center.Collectively people have lost a lot of money to this company.I for one will not buy any Siemens product again - ever.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy Siemens Gigaset at any price
From my experience, Siemens never repaired the issues form their first miserable attempt at creating a consumer/home office phone line of business.I made this mistake of forgiving them on the first iteration, only to see the same problems on the second. If you have the same experience as I, you'll begin to see the LCD fade after a year, maybe two. The handsets deteriorate in short order as well.For me, attempts to contact Siemens result in an offer from them to sell me reconditioned components, or no return e-mail at all.

If you buy this you will be: wasting your money, rewarding gross incompetence, become as frustrated as I.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stay away from Siemens phones!

Pros:Specifications look good on paper.Phone made neat crackling sounds as I used it for target practice with my shotgun.

Cons:Everything else.

This system reminds me of Paris Hilton - nice package that works out great for a while, but sooner or later you discover there is little merit to this overpriced, high-maintenance, fragile and fickle unit.

Customer service is basically from the "we-already-made-our-money-and-we-don't-repair-them-so-screw-you" school of thought.Unfortunately, I bought 2 of them with 4 remotes.Both base stations have failed - so I guess I'm stuck.

I wonder if the remotes would fit in my clay pidgeon launcher...

1-0 out of 5 stars Destruction of the phone by power outages
I had the previous line of phones and paid hundreds of dollars for it only to find that a power outage destroyed line 1. Siemens wouldn't fix it and essentially told me I was out of luck.I swore never to buy another Siemen's product.I was curious about the new generation phones and I see that they still have the identical problem.It doesn't surprise me.They showed zero interest when I reported the problem so how could they redesign the next generation of phones to deal with it.

4-0 out of 5 stars This set has been really great for me
Good range, excellent sound quality, loaded with features.In the Fisk Mansion we needed a way to have a bunch of phones without ripping out the walls and this worked great for us.

Cons :
Hard to get to line 2 from remote handsets.
SpeakerPhone is not loud enough.
No flash switchhook feature on remotes for call waiting (that I know of). ... Read more


19. Panasonic KX-TG5212M GigaRange Supreme 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable Cordless Phone with Dual Handsets and Answering System
by Panasonic
list price: $199.90
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Asin: B0001W9II2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 14409
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

5.8 GHz digital spread spectrum operation * multi-handset operation (add up to 2 optional cordless handsets for a total of 4) * includes two handsets * digital answering machine * handset-to-base intercom * handset-to-handset intercom (additional handset required) * Voice Enhancer Technology (adds lost frequencies back to voices) ... Read more

Features

  • Handset speakerphone, 3-way conferencing
  • 5.8 GHz digital spread spectrum signal
  • Expandable to 4 handsets, 2 included
  • Integrated digital answering system
  • Caller ID/call waiting, 50-call history

Reviews (20)

1-0 out of 5 stars Major recall now!!
This phone was a true disappointment and a stain on the Panasonic brand image.

I owned and used this phone for a little over one year before finally giving up.Two things did this phone in: sound quality and battery life.

Off the gate, the sound quality was poor.Within a 200 sq ft room where the base station was, I got dead spots.I also got callers complaining that I sounded very faint, cut in and out, and that I sound like I was on a cell phone with bad connection.

The deal breaker was the awful battery life.I believe there is a faulty handset design.The handset lost charge faster and faster as time went on.It simply would not hold charge.And yes, I spent $20 and bought a new battery and got the same result.When I can't get through an one-hour conference call on a fully charged handset without the phone dropping dead after 45 min, that was it.

I called and e-mailed Panasonic about this and got the generic-- "reset the base station for sound quality problem and reset the handset for the charge problem".They were of no use.

I plunk down the money on a 5.8GHz thinking so that it will not interfere with my wireless LAN and got this lemon.I gave it one star for its speaker phone and mute functionalities.FWIW, I now have a 2.4GHz (KX-TG2431).One month in, everything works great.Battery life is excellent, no dead spots anywhere, and no interference with my wireless LAN.And it's much cheaper.

4-0 out of 5 stars Decent phone
It seems to work like it's supposed to.The only thing I don't like about it is, it just doesn't have the range that I thought it would have. In my case, about 50 ft.Not much farther than that or if I move slightly when I'm talking at that distance, it goes in and out.One other thing, when you call the phone from another phone number, the answering machine voice isn't very loud no matter how close I get to it when I'm recording an outgoing message.It's loud enough to hear a message that someone left, but of all the phones I have had in the past, this one has the lowest answering machine volume when a person calling is listening to the recorded message.All in all, I'm satisfied.I guess I was expecting a bit more.

2-0 out of 5 stars Lasts for about 6 months... horrible
I paid top dollar for this phone as i can't stand how poorly made cordless phones can be. I believed that if I paid more, than somehow I would get a better phone! Whatever...

Please don't buy this phone - the VTech (which I had previously) is far superior. The battery life on both phones is utterly ridiculous. I have owned this phone for 6 months and already I can't talk for more than 15 minutes (which, for my business is a must) without racing to give out my cell as the phone was about to die. One of them is completely worthless and won't hold a charge, the other lasts for 15 minutes. Panasonic should be ashamed - I wasted my money on this.

The features work as they should however, so I can't complain there (thus the 2 stars). What good is it though if the phones don't work?

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth buying
I have had this phone system with two handsets for over 6 months.The sound quality is horrible.All my callers complain about it.The display on one handset already does not work.

I am very disappointed in this phone system.I have always had a very high opinion of Panasonic products but not anymore.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Phone
This Phone works great. I have it for two weeks and I'm very happy with it. ... Read more


20. Panasonic KX-TGA271B 2.4 GHz Multi Talk Cordless Handset for 2700 series
by Panasonic

Asin: B0000TU4TS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Cordless Phone
The people writing bad reviews for all the Panasonic Cordless phones must have a different colored phone. If you would read the details on each of the extension phones, for some reason the White Phone has a different type battery than the silver, violet, or black. It has an NiMH battery that can be charged without running down. The others have a NiCAD battery of which I can't figure out why. It doesn't make since to have one you have to run completely down. You should have full time usage of the cordless phone. I never leaave my phone off the charger for a long time. It's always back in the charger by at least bedtime. I love the phones except for that. I don't know panasonic was thinking about. They should make all the other ones good by supplying a NiMH battery and a new charger.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, But I Still Want Better
A nice system overall, but not nearly perfect. We purchased a set of these to replace our burnt out Siemens Gigaset 2402 system. While we were happy to have something that worked (the Siemens system had died a slow death over about a year and ultimately became unusable after a little over two years of use) the features and design of this system leave much to be desired. Numerous minor inconveniences and awkwardnesses make these phones less than they could be--nothing major, and perhaps only noticeable when compared with the excellently designed Siemens phones (really nothing more than the difference between Japanese and German design).

Two features stand out in comparison with our retired Siemens phones, one negative and one positive. On the positive side, these phones support detection of voice messages on an existing message system, so that it is easy to see from any handset whether there are unplayed messages on either line. On the negative side, the system does not support handset naming. We imagined this would be a minor inconvenience when we bought the phones, but it has proved to be a major drawback: there's simply no way to get the entire family to learn what number goes with what phone. When we had the Siemens system, which supports handset naming, the we had a working intercom system (not to mention convenient transfers of calls); now we're back to shouting. ... Read more


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