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1. GE 29488GE2 4-Line Expandable
$178.59 list($249.00)
2. Polycom Soundpoint Pro SE-225
$161.49 $127.50 list($199.00)
3. Polycom Soundpoint Pro SE-220
$283.87 list($279.99)
4. Polycom SoundPoint Pro 3-Line
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5. Panasonic KX-TS3282B 2-Line Expandable
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6. AT&T 945 4-Line Speakerphone
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7. Panasonic KX-TS208W 2-Line Corded
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8. Panasonic KX-TS3282W 2-Line Corded
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9. Plantronics T20 Corded 2-Line
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10. Panasonic KX-TSC14W 2-Line Corded
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11. AT&T 972 2-Line Speakerphone
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12. AT&T 944 4-Line Corded Speakerphone
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13. AT&T 964 Corded Expandable
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14. GE 29487GE2 4-Line Corded Speakerphone
$111.00 list($169.99)
15. AT&T 955 Corded Expandable
$69.99 list($89.99)
16. GE 29485GE2 3-Line Corded Speakerphone
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17. AT&T 952 2-LineSpeakerphone
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18. AT&T 954 Expandable 4-Line
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19. GE 29480GE1 2-Line Corded Phone
$154.90 list($129.88)
20. IBM 412 4-Line Corded Telphone

1. GE 29488GE2 4-Line Expandable Business Speakerphone with Caller ID and Data Port
by General Electric
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00009OKNE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: General Electric
Sales Rank: 4420
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Manufacturer's Part # 2-9488/29488GE2
This product is Demo. Enjoy the style and features of an executive phone in thecomfort of your small/home office. This luxury telephone has 4-lines, each withdistinctive rings and line-in use indicators. Plus it is expandable to 16separate stations for added versatility. You'll be spoiled by the convenience ofa full performance speakerphone with hands-free dialing and auto-transfer to thehandset. With this feature you have the versatility of dialing out of memory orby using the keypad without even picking up the handset. Call-Waiting Caller ID*displays the name and/or number of the person calling, even if you're on thephone with another caller. For even more versatility, we have included a dataport for fax, modem, or an answerer with the appropriate line selection.

Features:

  • 4 Lines
  • 106-Number Memory
  • 99-Name & Number Call Waiting Caller Id
  • Caller Id Review & Delete
  • Dial-Back Function
  • New Call Led Indicator
  • Speakerphone With Volume Control
  • Auto Transfer To Handset
  • Dial In Base
  • Call Conferencing
  • Expandable To 16 Stations
  • All Station Page & Intercom
  • Data Port
  • This product is Demo and comes with a 90 day warranty.

    ... Read more

    Features

    • Caller ID/call waiting compatible
    • 99-number caller ID memory
    • Supports 4 lines
    • Data port, speakerphone
    • Wall-mountable, headset compatible

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's great when they get it right!
    I've been looking for a high-quality multi-line office phone for several months, and have had a few bad experiences. It seemed that I got what I paid for, which was low-price, low-quality, and I just couldn't find a good solution for less than several hundred (or thousand)dollars.

    My criteria for selection (in no particular order) were: 1) 2 to 4 line support, 2) Speed dial buttons, 3) Caller ID/Call Waiting ID, 4) Headset support, 5) Adjustable volume for receiver (ability to make the caller sound louder), 6) Expandable (support for extensions that work together with each other), 7) Intercom between extensions, 8) Call Transfer, 9) Conference calling, 10) Speakerphone, 11) Line priority (which line is selected when you pick up to make a call).

    The GE 29488GE2 Corded Phone not only includes all of these features, but even more than I could have expected. My biggest pet peeve about phones is when you can't hear your caller, and you have no way to adjust the volume. With the GE phone, you just touch the Volume Up button while you're on the call, and the volume is increased. This isn't a "fake" or "placebo" feature. The voice of the caller is actually amplified, and you can increase it to levels that border on uncomfortably loud.

    The multi-line support (this one supports 4 lines), is integrated perfectly into the phone, and functions exactly as you might expect (definitely how I would expect). When the phone rings, you just pick up the handset, hit the Speaker button, or hit the Headset button (if you have a headset) to answer. You don't have to press the ringing line button first.

    Likewise, to make a call, you just pick up the handset, and an open line is selected. The Line Priority feature lets you set which line is automatically selected when you take the phone off the hook to make a call. This is very helpful to me, because I have the phone programmed to select my second line, rather than using my first line for outgoing calls.

    The phone has 16 speed dial/intercom buttons. Programming is a snap using the 4-line backlit LCD display. Each button can hold a dialed number and double as an intercom number. You can even program a button to use the numbers stored in other buttons to make calls. This is very handy when you have a calling card and need to dial several numbers before/after the actual number. You can program in your calling card and access numbers once into a button or two, and then reference those buttons in the dialing sequence you program into the remaining buttons. Even the length of pauses can be programmed.

    The Caller ID display has a very interesting feature that lets you program the phone not to save any "Unknown" or "Blocked" caller information in the Caller ID history.

    When you plug in a GE 29488GE2 phone, it immediately starts looking for other phones on your lines. Each phone can be identified by a programmable name and a station number, up to 16 phones.

    Each of the 4 lines can be set with independent ringing options, such as volume, tone and whether or not Caller ID information will be displayed for that line.

    You can also program the phone to automatically answer and go into Speakerphone mode when it is called via the intercom from another phone.

    The phone is powered by an A/C adapter, but also has a battery compartment for 3 AA batteries for Caller ID backup.

    It also has a data jack on the back that you can plug your fax or answering machine into, along with a switch that lets you select which of the 4 lines the device will access.

    All-in-all, this phone has the most features and functionality for the price. Its functionality is very well integrated and it operates predictably. It is easy to program.

    My only negative comments are: 1) It comes with two 2-line phone cords, but not any adapters to merge two separate lines into one cord. If you have two separate phone jacks on the wall, you'll need a 2-to-1 coupler for each set of 2 lines. 2) The instruction manual says you can only use one specific brand and model of headset, which you must order by phone from one vendor. This isn't terrible, though, because the headset is about $30 with shipping, but you should be prepared for this extra expense if you want a headset for the phone. 3) The manual gives great step-by-step programming and use instructions, but could spend a little more time explaining the features and what they may be used for.

    I've tried numerous multi-line cordless phones, too, and none of them had the features, functionality or quality of this corded phone. At this price, I can afford to have several of them spread throughout my office, and I don't need to worry about fussing with a cordless and all of its related problems. This phone has some weight to it, too, so you feel like you're getting a quality product.

    Bottom line is if you need or want a phone with these features, this is the phone for you.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Almost a good telephone
    Found all funtions of the phone to work ok. All volume levels were great and could be adjusted for headset, handset, and speaker. Design is great though display is a bit hard to see if phone is not propped up in the rear. The big disappointment is when putting a call on hold. My customer advised be that while on hold there is some type of ringing sound and the customer hears. This was a pain when I needed to put a 20 person conference call on hold. Everyone on the call heard the tones. My old IBM and my AT&T multiline phone don't have this problem.

    Next disappointment was technical support. I contacted them regarding the tones being heard while on hold and was advised that all I could do was remove all power, phone lines and batteries for 10 minutes to try and get the phone to go back to factory defaults. I did this and the problem was still there. I asked to be sent to next level of support since the person I was talking to was just reading from teh manual and was told the she was it. Were it not for the 1 issue with a tone while on hold this would be a great phone. ... Read more


2. Polycom Soundpoint Pro SE-225 2-Line Professional Conference Phone with Caller ID
by Polycom
list price: $249.00
our price: $178.59
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Asin: B00005B60G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Polycom
Sales Rank: 2003
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Polycom SoundPoint Pro SE-225 Full Duplex Conference PhoneWith the Polycom® SoundPoint® Pro desktop Conference Phone, smaller rooms and individual offices get the same full-duplex clarity as the boardroom, with a front microphone optimized for hands-free, one-to-one phone conversation. Press the rear microphone key on the Professional model for group conferencing with 360° coverage. You can have up to a 3-way, unassisted conference right from your desktop. Use it as a handset, in speaker mode, or attach a headset. Change modes with a touch of a key or by lifting the handset. ... Read more

Features

  • Integrated headset amplifier, hanger, and controls
  • Full-duplex conference phone with 2-line operation
  • Caller ID with call waiting
  • 99-number programmable speed dialing
  • Keypad-activated rear mic for maximum room coverage

Reviews (10)

2-0 out of 5 stars Big disappointment
bought two. returned both.first unit broke after two days of light use, and was completely non-functional.Second unit confirmed performance issues I had with the first before it broke, so it was returned as well.

The speakerphone's full duplex action is not nearly as good as the marketing suggests. The microphone is rather weak, so my listeners tell me. The unit runs very hot all the time, which is a little worrisome. And even the handset doesn't give good voice transmission.i recorded a message with the handset and then listened to it, and it was mediocre quality.Sounded like I was on a headset, not the handset.

Wish this thing was as good as it looked.Still looking for a true top of the line quality 2-line speakerphone without voice mail.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Speaker phone
Got this phone because of the great success I had with Polycom phone systems in conference rooms accross Enterpise America.I am not disappointed.It is VERY loud and everyone has said I sound great.I think the echo-ing is a function of room dynamics.Mine are fine, but I have been in rooms where this has been a problem.If you like multi-tasking while on the phone, this is your phone (and mine).Full-Duplex is a must.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great product at a rather high price.
This is a great phone for office. But the price is a bit higher than it shoud be.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good value for the price
With some trepidation I bought the PolyCom SoundPoint Pro #225 but it turns out to be just fine *for the price*.I suspect that a lot of the disappointment comes from making a direct comparison of this phone with the high end PolyCom equipment found in so many office conference environments.I think it's unrealistic to expect this desk top phone (...) to be as good as PolyCom's conference phones selling for three to four times as much.

It is the best desk top speaker phone I've used.The loud speaker perhaps emphasises the bass too much. Thus sometimes recorded voices sound "boomy" but normal conversation seems excellent.It's a bit like hearing voice programs on a high fi system designed for music.I find it definitely good to acceptable.My correspondents have reported good quality sound.

Full duplex operation is excellent *as long as the highest volume for the speaker isn't used*.This is important since at the maximum volume full duplex seems to break down a bit.I suspect that some of the disappointment comes from trying to use this phone at the high volumes normally used for a conference phone.For normal conversations at my desk, I find setting the volume up half way is plenty loud enough and full duplex works well.Conversations are extremely natural.

All in all, I find this a good desk top speakerphone, better than anything else I know of.Yes, I would like and would pay for something better in the configuration of a desk top phone.Until I find one this phone is serving me well.

Note: I would save the money of buying the model with the second speaker.I never use it.This is not a true conference phone.Buy a high end PolyCom phone for that.You won't be disappointed.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not good for the long haul
When I bought this phone about two years ago I was excited, expecting for the price that it would be a great speakerphone and have other good features.

All during my phone usage people I talk to through the speakerphone say it's echo-ey.My my office may be a bad place for a speakerphone.Along with some other reviewers, I have found the volume too low.

In the past year:
The ringer on line one has stopped working,
The hand set has stopped working,
The headset has begun to squeak in a piecing tone.

Overall, I'm in the market for a new phone, and this one is not on my list!Especially for the price--no way. ... Read more


3. Polycom Soundpoint Pro SE-220 2-Line Conference Phone with Caller ID
by Polycom
list price: $199.00
our price: $161.49
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Asin: B00005B60E
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Polycom
Sales Rank: 13823
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Putting an end to speakerphones that clip sound, the Polycom SoundPoint Pro SE-220 features full-duplex performance, so everyone can both talk and listen simultaneously. This corporate-quality phone system offers two lines, caller ID (including call-waiting caller ID), and a 32-character LCD display. Use the phone as a speakerphone or handset, or attach a headset for hands-free conversation.

Although users who need larger-scale conferencing systems will want to look elsewhere, the SoundPoint Pro SE-220 competes well for its price point. Thanks to well-chosen features such as Polycom voice technology for crisp reception, 99-number call-history directory, 20-number speed dial, and any-key dialing, this model is ideal for typical conference rooms.

The SoundPoint Pro SE-220 comes with a one-year warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • 32-character LCD screen; integrated headset amplifier, hanger, and controls
  • Full-duplex conference phone with 2-line operation
  • 36-number programmable speed dialing
  • Caller ID with call waiting
  • 99-number outgoing and incoming call history directories--you can easily locate and dial stored numbers

Reviews (15)

2-0 out of 5 stars Erratic behaviour makes it nearly useless
I had two samples of this telephone then gave up on it in disgust. Both samples behaved the same way. Obvious faults:

- Sometimes people on the other end could not hear me at all when I picked up a call using the speakerphone. I had people hang up because they thought the line was dead.

- I could hear my own voice loudly (louder than the person on the other end) in the earpiece when using a headset (so loud it even got feedback and squealed once).

- The volume seemed to vary substantially from one call to the next. I never notice such variations on calls from the same people on our other phones.

- The angle of the (rather small) display is such that you can't read it unless you lean over the top of the phone.

- Ugliest handest ever. :-)

This could be a really nice unit - it has some great features I haven't seen in other phones, but it seems like Polycom haven't quite gotten the design right, which is inexcusable for the price. We have Nortel phones at work; those seem to work far better, but I haven't found a domestic version.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worked Well For Three Days
Ordered this phone because I work out of a home office and the GE 2 line phone I have is not a good speaker phone.The Polycom SE-220 worked fine for the first three days.On the forth day, I noticed that the phone would no longer place or receive calls, and an earlier time of 2:34 p.m. was on the display.This apparently was when the phone decided to die.No amount of disconnecting the power supply to attempt to re-set the phone worked.

The phone is shipping back to Amazon today.I am disappointed in that I really need a good speakerphone, but this is not it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Looks nice, but not quite near the quality advertised
Overall this phone looks nice and looks professional, but its performance could be matched by other consumer-level phones with similar if not more features.

I hooked mine up immediately after receiving it (the day before the date of this review) and made my first call using the headset (a Polycom headset, which I already owned). As another reviewer experienced, I heard feedback of my own talking through the ear piece. This is something I never experienced with the same headset plugged into my 2.4Ghz Uniden handheld phone.

Polycom describes the speakerphone this way:

"SoundPoint? Pro SE-220 seamlessly integrates handset and headset telephone functionality with crystal clear, hands-free voice conferencing in an elegant personal business phone. .... Polycom?s Acoustic Clarity Technology enables callers to speak when they want without clipped sentences and one-way conversations that are common with ordinary business speakerphones."

I didn't find this to be the case consistently. During the first moments of my first speakerphone call, there was clipping/reduced quality on both ends. However, this can be expected and the Troubleshooting section of the Soundpoint manual explains that the phone must adjust and to give it a few moments. In fact, I found this to be the case, on MY end. After several moments, the quality of sound/voice call through the speaker was very good.

However, the sound quality on the receiver's end stayed poor. I was told that I sounded muffled and that while longer sentences came across fine, any short sentences or one-word answers were clipped. There was also a huge difference to my call participant when I picked up the headphones or handset. This call was over 5 minutes and I would expect the "adjustment" time per the manual to be much less than this. Also, it did not matter whether I moved the phone closer or farther away, or talked more directly into the microphone. On the other hand, several calls since then were of much better quality and the people on the other end thought that it sounded better than a typical, cheaper (e.g., non-Soundstation type) speakerphone. However, they could still typically tell that I was on speaker.

I was initially very disappointed in this phone and even processed a return for it as "defective." However, I may just keep it after all - it's not a "bad" phone.

Otherwise, if you're willing to chance or accept the performance, the phone looks nice, the buttons are layed out nicely, and the features seem pretty easy to use.

Just keep in mind that you should not expect, to any realistic degree, that this phone will provide the quality of a Soundstation, or perhaps not even of a Voicestation. My understanding is that one can pick up a new Uniden 2.4 Ghz phone from some places for about $100, that comes with several handsets with speaker capability. That might not be a good solution for you, but I'm just highlighting that this Soundpoint is certainly not the be-all and end-all of SOHO business speakerphones.

You may be very happy with this one, but you should look at all options: Don't necessarily buy this phone due to the Polycom name or your positive experiences with their high-end products.

-2 Star for poor headset performance (surprisingly, with a Polycom headset). The phone has a built-in amplifier, but I can't find a way to adjust it.
-1 stars for inconsistent speakerphone performance (+1 for speaker on the phone end, -2 for performance on the receiver's end)

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Quality - Needs finishing touches
Here is my impression of this phone (you will find resemblance to what some folks have already said, as I too have discovered the same strengths/weaknesses). I would actually give the phone a 3.5, as it has good quality, but some of the shortcomings are just too large to justify a 4 or 5:

Good Sound Quality
- incoming speakerphone quality is not the best I've heard, but acceptable
- outgoing quality is terrific
- internal amplifier for headset allows good quality headsets to be used without needing an additional amplifier (which would require running the headset through the handset, requiring handset to be off hook when headset is in use)

Poor design shortcomings that even cheap phones provide:
- no notification of calls missed on caller id - must navigate menus, which to me is unacceptable for a phone of this level, and really impacts the ease of use of this phone
- no data port to piggy back a single line to other phones, etc
- no backlit display, and poor phone angle (IMHO, there should be the ability to adjust the phone tilt angle) make for poor visual reading of phone

Overall, a nice phone that provides good speakerphone quality, a trait that is truly more difficult to find than one would think (I've tried several phones, only to be disappointed time and again).But it also has some obvious shortcomings that need to be addressed to make it more user friendly.If you can deal with the lack of missed call notification (which may be a sticking point for me, only time will tell), this phone will suit you well.

2-0 out of 5 stars El Stinko
This phone simply stinks. I have had nothing but problems with it. Although the sound quality is fairly good (not great), I frequently encounter lock-ups, in which case I have to unplug the phone and reset it. Also, something has happended to the phone so that it now constnatly displays both phone lines as being in use, regardless of whether any line is acutally being used. I replaced it with a GE phone with better displays and which cost about $75.00 less. Avoid at all costs. ... Read more


4. Polycom SoundPoint Pro 3-Line Conferencing Speakerphone with Integrated Headset Amplifier
by Polycom
list price: $279.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00002SYDE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Polycom
Sales Rank: 27821
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

SOUNDPOINT PRO 3-LINE DESK PHONE ... Read more

Features

  • Integrated amplifier, hanger, and controls for optional headset
  • Full-duplex conference speakerphone with 3-line operation
  • Caller ID with 99-number history
  • 20-number programmable speed dialing
  • 32-character LCD display

Reviews (7)

4-0 out of 5 stars Polycom SoundPoint Pro 3-Line
I have worked out of my home office for several years and have found the cordless phones quite inadequate. I frequently do 2HR + conference calls to the west coast, and have never felt comfortable using my speaker phone because it lacked professional sound quality. This is an excellent phone for your home office.

Although the speakerphone is not the same quality as their triangualar one, I am now very comfortable now doing long calls on it. I think the incoming speaker quality sounds excellent, I had one caller that had trouble hearing me, but I turned off the rear microphone and it improved.

The keyboard and handset are very comfortable.The menus are a bit too cumbersome to navigate and the phone lacks a voice mail light indicator. You have to pick up the handset and listen to the dial tone, instead of a quick glance, which is disappointing for a phone of this quality.

Features that can be improved include the LCD back light should be added and you should be able to program in more letters to your speed dial. It is restricted to 8 letters, it is also quite an antiquated method of programming them in, it is much too time consuming.

A positive feature for this phone is that it identifies the call length and it is very useful for managing your time in regards to your work day, and if you talk with attorneys you can easily track their billing. The 3 way conference feature works great and I am very pleased with how easily it is to set up conference calls on my own.

I think this is an excellent phone for a home office and would recommend it. I hope they can make a few adjustments for the next version, but in general I am very happy with this phone for my home office and has improved the overall quality of my workday.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Phone
Recieved this phone last week.I bought the phone based on what a friend who is an expert on telecommunications told me.I needed a phone where the speakerphone sounded like I was talking on a handest.The audio is fantastic, but the pepole on the other end can still tell that I am on a speaker phone.So in that sense I am a little disappointed, but it is the best of the worst home office phone options.Other than that the setup is real easy, one other small drawback is when you put the names of people in your speed dial it only holds like 10 letters which is annoying.For a phone of this price I shoud be able to put a sentence in if I wish.Also if you are accessing voicemail you can only enter a few soft pause #'s before it runs out of room.If your reading this Polycom fix these things and you will have a much friendlier system.

1-0 out of 5 stars Unreliable Seller
I ordered this phone on Jan 15, 2004.Today is Feb 9, 2004 and I have not received it to date.I've tried contacting the seller, but the emails are bounced back and it states the email address is not valid.Everyone, I urge you NOT to purchase from this seller.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great full featured speakerphone.
Full duplex speakerphone sound has to be experienced to be believed.Headset lets you dig through files with both hands or keyboard without hindrance.Caller ID and call-waiting caller ID gives you a full time paid for receptionist.Call logs and auto dial from call logs makes it easy to get back, even to people who don't leave voicemail messages (or forget to leave their phone numbers).Second microphone on back of unit for conference calling is also impressive.... mine worked fantastically right out of the box and has continued to do so for the past 18 months.Great company with great design - check their website for occasional product rebat offers.I got [some money] off on my phone.

2-0 out of 5 stars Flawed product from a first rate company
I found the Soundstation product I use in the office to be so good that I decided to get this product for my home office.

I purchased the 2 line version of this phone. I had two problems immediately. The light on the mute button stopped working. Also, there was this annoying intermitant hum on the line (which all others on the call could hear as well). I called their customer service and they were very helpful. They apologized for the problem. They told me that the hum was a design flaw and that new models shouldn't experience the problem. I asked them to send me a new version of the phone so that I wouldn't have this problem going forward. They gave me a return materials number.

I received a replacement phone in the mail within a week and found that phone to have the same problem with a hum. I am very disappointed that they don't stand behind their product. If there is a design flaw then they should replace the product or refund the purchase price. ... Read more


5. Panasonic KX-TS3282B 2-Line Expandable Speakerphone with Data Port (Black)
by Panasonic
list price: $129.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00009MVHF
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 18845
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

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

Features

  • Head-set jack, wall mountable
  • 2-line corded speakerphone with adjustable volume control
  • Flexible numbering for up to 8 optional extensions
  • Caller ID/call waiting with 50 name-and-number memory
  • Redial, speed dialing, mute, hold, call transfer, and more

Reviews (3)

3-0 out of 5 stars No built-in answering machine/voice mail
I purchased the Panasonic Phone # KX-TS282B based on the only 2 reviews I could find, which took several hours to find. Trying to find a site where you can find or leave a review for a Panasonic phone is a joke. As one of only 2 other reviewers stated, "It is a PITA!"

Yes, it is a nice looking phone and yes it has lots of features, however, I was disappointed that it did not have an internal answering machine. My inexpensive GE cordless phone for my residence has that and it has always worked great.I can't imagine a business phone that doesn't come with answering phone or voice mail feature.

I have just purchased a franchise, which I will be doing as a home-based business for the first year.I am it.I need a phone that allows me to connect with my customers when I am away from my office and visa versa.If a customer calls me and wants to leave me an order or wants to inquire about prices or products and I am out on a delivery, that customer cannot leave that information and time is wasted playing phone tag trying to reconnect with that person. I certainly can't afford to lose customers before I even get them.

I will take part of the blame, because I shouldn't have assumed that it had that feature.

Also, a little flyer was in the packaging that stated, IMPORTANT! Before you return product to the retailer! Call us FIRST at 1-800-211-7262.Supposedly their hours on Saturday-Sunday are from 9am-7pm EST.Well, I live in the EST time zone and I started calling at 4pm on Saturday and 2 hrs. later I gave up. All I got was a busy signal.Do they only have one phone line?



5-0 out of 5 stars sweet - finally a decent 2-line phone
What a PITA trying to find reviews for 2-line landline phones.
Using it for a home office phone.

NICE: Crystal clear. Speakerphone is very good. CallerID is great and allows easy addition to built-in directory. Can use different ringtones for each line. Can add other phone of same type as extensions with intercom capability. Has jack for headset (haven't tried it yet). Has Mute button for those boring teleconference calls.

Had a GE 2-line phone that worked for about a year and developed aloud annoying hum. Piece of junk >:(

Buy this one - it's a no-brainer. :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Business Phone
I had a chance to use the Panasonic KX-TS3292B in my home office thanks to a friend who lent me one. Now I need to buy my own. This is a great phone for any small or home business although I'm not sure why it's listed here for $129.99 list when Panasonic's own site shows the MSRP as $99.95. ... Read more


6. AT&T 945 4-Line Speakerphone with Intercom
by Advanced American Telephones
list price: $119.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002ZAYYU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Advanced American Telephones
Sales Rank: 13749
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

A KSU-less phone provides a variety of features, whether it's used as a single unit or as one part of your high-end home or office phone system. You can network these phones together to function as a phone system eliminating the need for an expensive PBX or key phone system. KSU-less phones are affordable, easy to install, and can connect up to 16 phones to take advantage of many big system features. They're Centrex compatible, too. Plus each individual phone offers great features of its own! ... Read more

Features

  • Hearing aid and headset compatible
  • Expands to 16 stations using AT&T models 974, 984, 944, 955, or 964
  • 32-speed dial and 16-intercom memory locations
  • Built-in speakerphone, 2 data ports
  • Intercom, page, and call transfer

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Phone
I bought this phone mainly because I wanted a model that had numerous speed-dialing buttons and a decent speakerphone. Thus far, I am very pleased with the model. The 945 is a 4-line phone designed for office use, but it works great as a home phone. It has 16 speed dial buttons located on the right side of the phone. This makes it a snap to call family and friends by just pushing two buttons - one for speakerphone and one for the number. The speakerphone seems to work well and I also like the green backlit lcd display, which generally looks cool but also makes the phone easy to use in the dark. It also displays the date, time, number dialed, and phone call length, useful for keeping track of how long an interesting (or not) conversation has been going on for. Phone preferences can be set by an easy to use on-screen menu system and there are also a bunch of ring tones to choose from, which I appreciate because I have chosen a lower frequency tone that is so much more pleasant than the typical high-pitched annoying telephone ring my last phone had. ... Read more


7. Panasonic KX-TS208W 2-Line Corded Speakerphone with LCD Clock (White)
by Panasonic
list price: $54.99
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Asin: B0000696Q1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 9502
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Product Description

Panasonic Integrated Speaker Phone 2-Line Telephone System KXTS208w ... Read more

Features

  • Flash, hold, pause, mute, and dial lock functions
  • 2-line corded business phone with built-in data port
  • 3-way conferencing plus speakerphone
  • 10-station one-touch dialer
  • Wall-mountable, headset jack, and belt-clip

8. Panasonic KX-TS3282W 2-Line Corded Speakerphone with Caller ID and Intercom (White)
by Panasonic
list price: $129.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00009MVHE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 7074
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Descriptionq

Panasonic's KX-TS3282W two-line integrated cordless phone system offers a convenient solution to small-office telephone needs. With its flexible extension numbering, built in data port, and included four-wire phone cord (two-wire cord also included), the KX-TS3282W also houses convenient business features, such as three-way conferencing, speakerphone capability, and support for an optional headset. It can expand as your needs grow, up to eight stations.

This model supports caller ID with call waiting (with subscription through your local phone company) and stores caller information in the 50 name-and-number memory. Enjoy the benefits of programmable speed dial and one-touch dialing, as well as call transfer, hold, mute, and intercom. Security features include call restriction and dial lock, and the KX-TS3282W even offers programmable ringer patterns that can be assigned to specific extensions for easy, audible identification.

What's in the Box
KX-TS3282W base unit and handset, handset cord, one four-wire phone line cord, one two-wire phone line cord, AC power adapter, three AA batteries, user guide, warranty information ... Read more

Features

  • Dial lock, call restriction, wall mountable
  • 2-line corded integrated phone system, PBX compatible
  • Supports caller ID with call waiting, 50 name-and-number memory
  • Integrated speakerphone, 3-way conferencing
  • Flexible extension numbering; data port; large 3-line LCD with clock

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent phone
We bought one of these to replace the older model KT3280 which we bought about 10 years ago. We love the built-in caller ID. Haven't tried any other phones as we are pleased with the Panasonic.

1-0 out of 5 stars misleading LCD feature
This phone was listed with LCD features but not suitable for my needs.It was shipped by Beach Audio.Contacted Beach to convey my disappointment and return the telephone.I was required to go through ridiculous red tape procedures plus $10.20 shipping and "required insurance" I purchased this phone on Nov 17, 2003 and returned it on Nov. 23,2003.My visa was originally billed for $94.85including shipping&handling.I paid a total of $105.50.Until I called today there was no credit on my Visa.BeachAudio is allowing me $79.52. This is highway robbery.

1-0 out of 5 stars Great phone
I recently purchased two of these phones for my office to replace two very disapointing GE models, as soon as I had them set up, I immediately bought a third for my home. It might seem to be a minor detail, but even the batteries were included. The hands free feature is excellent, programming is a snap and fairly customisable, the intercom is great, it's expandable up to eight extensions, great sound quality all around. I hope that panasonic will make a cordless model that is compatible with this system. ... Read more


9. Plantronics T20 Corded 2-Line ConverConvertible Headset Telephone
by Plantronics
list price: $79.95
our price: $79.95
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Asin: B00004U8K4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Plantronics
Sales Rank: 12525
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

PLANTRONICS (T20) T20 2-line telephone with convertible headset, flash/mute/re-dial/volume control ... Read more

Features

  • Adjustable noise-canceling headset with microphone
  • 3-way conference calling
  • Online and mute indicators
  • Flash, redial, and hold features
  • Connects to existing telephone jacks

Reviews (7)

3-0 out of 5 stars Fragile headsets
This phone works well for what I need -- but I've gone through two headsets in two years!The first one just quit working -- the second was destroyed when my son stepped on the cord and it broke off at the jack. So be sure to have a warranty or a replacement plan ... and of course, it's the headset, not the base, that's the expensive part.

3-0 out of 5 stars Plantronics T20 Update
Since this product is still being sold and preceding reviews were some time ago, I'll share my recent experience with the product.It's stylish and solid.The volume and tone controls are accessible and effective.Received audio (ear speaker) is clear and rich.Transmit audio (microphone)is adequate, but could use a gain control.

Disappointments: Line and mute controls are very close together, occasionally leading me to disconnect a line when I reach to mute it.No memory functions other than 'Redial', which doesn't seem to work on the second line.

GLARING INADEQUACY:The BLARING touch tones generated by dialing and navigating through interactive phone systems are way too loud, even at the lowest volume settings.Bad idea, bad design, bad Plantronics.Bad, bad, bad.

5-0 out of 5 stars I want to buys
I would like have one but it is out of stocks. When
you can have it on sale. And can you ship to Taiwan?

Thanks...

2-0 out of 5 stars Love/Hate Relationship
I LOVE the style of this phone! I love how the top lights up BRIGHT RED when I'm on the phone. I love how the mute lights up when enabled. I love the tone and volume controls and the fact that it handles two lines beautifully--each lighting up green when active, red when ringing. Even the headset is stylish AND convertible (over-the-ear or over-the-head)!

If only I loved the QUALITY!! :-( The sound is HORRIBLE. When dialing, the tones are deafening--to the point of pain. Seriously.

There is also an irritating noise. It's sounds like an auto-gain control (maybe the noise-cancellation) that induces a hiss ONLY when someone is speaking. If there is silence on the line, it is silent. When someone speaks (me or the caller) the hiss joins in. Fortunately, the callers can't hear it.

Also, people say they can't hear me very well. They say it sounds very thin compared to my cordless phone.

I'm really sad that this beautifully designed phone fails to perform. If I can get over the BLARING TONES and the ANNOYING HISS and the POOR SOUND QUALITY, I'll keep it. Otherwise, I'm taking it back.

1-0 out of 5 stars All Show and No Go!
If this product were only as pleasing to the ear as it is to the eye!But it's not.After more than a quarter century of engineering headsets/amplifiers one would think that Plantronics would get it right.Wrong!!

If I hadn't destroyed the plastic package in which it came I'd have returned this product without a moments hesitation. ... Read more


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

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

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

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

Features

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

Reviews (7)

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

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

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

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

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


11. AT&T 972 2-Line Speakerphone with Caller ID (Espresso)
by Advanced American Telephones
list price: $59.95
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Asin: B000069BDN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Advanced American Telephones
Sales Rank: 13544
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Manufacturer's Part # 972
This product is Demo.Accepts up to 2 Phone Lines / 4-Line LCD / Up to99 Caller ID Memory Display / 18 Name and Number Speed-Dial Memories

ATT 972 2-Line Corded Feature Telephone - In this era of cellular and wirelesstelephones, it's a novelty to find a quality corded telephone for home and Personal use. Corded telephones were the dominant form of Telecommunication throughout most of the 20th century. ATT was the dominantforce behind them. The ATT 972 meets contemporary demands for nostalgic oldergenerations and rediscovering younger generations.

Features:

  • Accepts up to 2 phone lines
  • 7 Foot long coiled handset cord
  • 7 Foot long straight line cord
  • Multifunction 4-Line LCD Screen displays phone number dialed, clock, timer, up to 99 Caller-IDmemories
  • Clearspeak Speakerphone
  • Message waiting indicator
  • 18-number Memory (9 one-touch)
  • Wall or Table mount
  • Tone or Pulse selectable
  • Redial
  • Conference
  • Hold
  • Mute
  • Volume control for speakerphone and handset <...

    This product is Demo and comes with a 30 day warranty.

    ... Read more

    Features

    • Accepts up to 2 phone lines
    • Caller ID with call waiting, 99-call history
    • Multifunction 4-Line LCD
    • Clock, timer, 7-foot coiled handset cord, 7-foot line cord
    • Clearspeak speakerphone

    Reviews (10)

    2-0 out of 5 stars nice looking with poor speakerphone
    This phone worked well, but, in less than 6 months, the speakerphone faded in and out, to the point where it was not possible to hear the incoming message at times.I obtained a replacement, but the replacement phone did the same thing.Other people have reported similar experiences in their reviews.

    3-0 out of 5 stars 2 line interference.
    The phone works OK, all features are fine, but when you are using 1 line and someone else uses the other line, you can hear them and they can hear your conversation. I thought that this was something in my house wiring but fond out that this is not the case, (and by the way, I am using 2 different phone companies).
    Well, if you want something with that price, you expect to have some issues.
    I would give it 3 star rating.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Good when it works...
    This phone has lots of good features for a good price--when they work! The speakerphone on line 1 works great. You can hear and be heard from several feet away. When I use it on line 2, the speaker fades in and out, often so low you can't hear your party. The headset jack has a short in it, so you have to fiddle like crazy to find a position where the headset doesn't crackle (then if you accidently move the plug you have to start over). It has a cool feature that ends a call when the other person hangs up, saving you from having to hit a button to end the call when you're on speakerphone or headset, but unfortunately it occasionally will end a call BEFORE they hang up--embarrassing! The caller-ID will not let you back up to see a number you've already seen--it's just gone. The voicemail waiting light sometimes doesn't blink when you have voicemail. That's all I can think of right now. Anyone know of a good quality 2-line speakerphone that will hold up to every-day home-office use?

    1-0 out of 5 stars One of the worst phones we've ever owned!
    We've had nothing but ongoing problems with this phone.The biggest one was the phantom interefence noises that would eminate from the phone in the middle of the night!They'd go away if you jiggled the cord enough and then suddenly come back a month or two later.The hands-free option no longer works and now it's extremely difficult both hearing and being heard on it.And we've barely owned it a year!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Mouthpiece has plastic smell
    This phone has all the features you would like in a two line phone. I especially like the voice mail received light. The big problem I am having is finding a headset that produces good sound quality. I have tried 4 different headsets including the AT&T H420, and none of the made the cut. I also had to return the first model I bought because it rocked on the table. If anyone knows what headset to use, I would like to know about it. ... Read more


12. AT&T 944 4-Line Corded Speakerphone (Graphite)
by Advanced American Telephones
list price: $119.99
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Asin: B00005B97M
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Advanced American Telephones
Sales Rank: 18856
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The AT&T 944 corded speakerphone provides a long list of features, whether it's used as a single unit or as one part of a whole home and office telephone system. It's also designed to offer affordable operation and to grow as your office does. It accommodates four telephone lines and supports 11 units, so you can connect your staff via intercom, call transfer, three-way conferencing, and paging.

The AT&T 944 offers 24 speed-dial numbers. A built-in speakerphone with headset compatibly provides hands-free conversation. Additional features include a multifunction LCD, redial, "do not disturb" function, and electronic hold.

What's in the Box
Base unit, tilt stand/wall mount, handset, coiled handset cord, telephone line cord, printed speed-dial reference card, instructions, warranty information

... Read more

Features

  • Supports 3-way conferencing
  • Line-in-use indicators and auto line selection
  • 4-Line speakerphone with intercom
  • Expandable to 12 stations
  • 24-Number dialing memory

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars big phone system features for small price
i purchased 5 of these phones for my New Jersey office from my telephone wiring contractor CROWN TELECOM SERVICE (732) 681-3903 and they are a dream. they were up and running with a little programming.

Easy to use, cheap, and have big system features like intercom, page, hold, LCD display, etc.Phone systems cost thousands of dollars for the same features.

Don't fall for the big system hype. Have these installed and save yourself alot of money!

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed Small Business
I purchased 4 of these phones for my small business.They are terrible.While everyone in technical support admits I have tried everything to get the phones to work they do not.I can talk on them but if I put a call on hold and pick it up at a different extension the customer can't hear us....we sound like a Mickey Mouse organization....Avoid these phones no matter how nice customer serivce is they can't help.

2-0 out of 5 stars phone is fine but it broke and no replacement parts
The wires in the handset keep losing contact even though I tried to fix it many times. And, the key here is, there are no replacement parts... So, that is a major problem.

5-0 out of 5 stars the right review!
I strongly disagree with the first review because it is nearly impossable to say they are "fragile"
I strongly agree with the second review and I already have 4 AT&T 944 telephones, 4 AT&T 955 telephones, and 4 AT&T 964 telephones in my office building and I also plan on adding AT&T 955 and AT&T 964 telephones to every room of my floor.

On a seperate issue...

I own 4 AT&T 944 telephones, 4 AT&T 955 telephones, and 4 AT&T 964 telephones since the first day on the market and I have NEVER had ANY problems with ANY of my telephones! I know that I can't say my true feelings on your sickening reviews, but I can say that your reviews are sad and angering, and maybe if you would read the manual FULLY and maybe called a telephone engineer, you would not need to bash AT&T. I LOVE MY AT&T 944 955 AND 964 TELEPHONES!

1-0 out of 5 stars No replacement parts available
AT&T / Advanced American Telephone does NOT provide and will not sell replacement handsets for this phone.

Dear Jim,

Thank you for your recent inquiry to our Customer Service Help Desk.

Unfortunately, Advanced American Telephones does not sell the handsets
or the bases as separate parts of our products.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Sincerely,
Marlon
National Service Center
Advanced American Telephones ... Read more


13. AT&T 964 Corded Expandable 4-Line Intercom Speakerphone with Digital Answering System (Graphite)
by Advanced American Telephones
list price: $229.99
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Asin: B00005B97N
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Advanced American Telephones
Sales Rank: 22074
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Manufacturer's Part # 90529
This product is Refurbished.

AT&T 964 4-Line Telephone and AnswerMachine with Caller ID The ATT 964 is an integrated Telephone TAD IntercomSpeakerphone with Caller ID / Call Waiting that can accept up to 4 separatetelephone lines. It's more than that too! By adding other 964's (or othercompatible phones) you can create a home or business system with versatilefeatures.At a glance...

  • Expandable into a 12 station full featured telephone system
  • Each 964 has its own private answering system with up to 25 Minutesdigital recording time security code and remote access capability
  • Also compatible for use with the AT&T 944 & 955 system phones forflexibility
  • Hands-Free Duplex Speakerphone minimizes clipping allowing you to speakand listen without using the handset
  • Up to 4 Lines of telephone service with capability for Caller ID or CallerID with Call Waiting operation
  • 200 Name/Number Caller ID history on phone s multifunction LCD screen
  • 3-Way Conference capability
  • Each phone is equipped with a port that permits attachment of an optionalheadset
  • Color: Black
Additional Information:

  • Corded Phone
  • 4-Line Operation
  • Expandable Up To 12 Intercom Stations
  • 25 Minute Digital Answering Machine
  • Caller ID / Call Waiting
  • Hands-Free Speakerphone
  • Voice Mail Message Indicator
  • 200 Name / Number Caller ID...

    This product is Refurbished and comes with a 60 day warranty.

    ... Read more

    Features

    • Caller ID with call waiting capability
    • Hands-free Speakerphone
    • Access for up to 4 Separate Lines
    • 3-party conferencing
    • 2 data ports

    Reviews (22)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Typical cheap Asian electronics
    In other words, lots of claimed features, many of which are unnecessary, conflict with one another and are poorly documented. Additionally, we found that this unit (although not the 944 slave) is subject to RFI (static), which required us to relocate it to another room.

    How much is your time worth? Figure on spending at least 5 hours getting this turkey up to a minimal operating level and never being able to get it to work fully.

    Since the RFI appears to be generated by the answering system, consider buying a separate answering machine. The first one we bought, from AT&T, was defective. We ended up instead with the Panasonic KX-TM100B [ASIN: B00000J53X]. You'll save yourself a lot of grief by buying it instead.

    Another reviewer recommends the Voice Logic Voice Pro 412 system. I don't have any experience with that one, but can't see how it could possibly be as bad as this.

    If you do buy this one, or have already bought it, be sure to download and save the operating manual. Otherwise, once amazon stops selling it, you'll have trouble finding a manual. This is, obviously, good advice with any electronics product.

    1-0 out of 5 stars It does not deserve the one star rating
    I purchased one 964 and three 955 for my real estate business.The answering machine was very important to me.I only hope that I can return these lousy phones.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Did not deliver on promises
    I purchased this phone with high expectations based off product features especially the auto attendant.We purchased 2 each 944 and 2 eacch 964.This was for a small office (2 people)The 944 phones worked together but the 964 phones did not.The manual was the worst to date I have read on a phone system and gave no detail.After countless hours with support staff on phone (email support was a joke they copied sections from manual and sent them to me even though I had described following every step of the manual to them in detail) it was determined that while they advertised it would work with any anaolg line system it would not work ours because our system had been upgraded by BellSouth.During course of events I found out that it was common for the phones not to work together.The system never worked as promised and phone manufacture gave up trying to solve problem.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointment and Frustration
    Nothing about this product is intuitive or simple.The hardware and software for this product are poorly designed. The only reason to purchase this product is if you want a product only you can use; this may give you job security but your job will become coping with the phones.Most important, our clients didn't like the process necessary to leave a message.

    The most basic operations, like taking messages and retrieving them, are complex to set up and perform.

    I could not figure out how to set the machine to pick up messages without calling AT&T support.I wanted to have the machine answer the phone and take messages if no one was in the office.Instead the answer message was played three times or the caller had to select an extension to have the machine accept a message.

    If the line you set up to receive messages is busy, you need to have a second 964 if you want to take a message on the second line.This means that you have to check more than one phone for incoming messages. And, if I wanted someone else to pick up messages, it took a half hour to train them because the operation was so confusing.

    The phone has too many buttons. Even after using the phone for several weeks I was not able to find the redial button easily. The directory holds lots of entries but it is not easy to set up or retrieve them.

    The problems just went on.Rather than waste more time trying to use the features on these phones, I set them where they are only used occasionally -- throwing away most of the purchase price for these phones.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Very unhappy with this product
    I originally purchased two 964's to replace Casio Phonemate telephones I had been using. After three months, I went back to the Casio phones.

    Problems included:
    1. Answer function inflexible and poorly designed: If there is a way to let a caller leave a message without going into a "phone tree" I couldn't find it. Phone repeated announcement rather than take message.I had to call support to setup phone to accept incoming messages which is a basic function of the 964. When I was talking on the phone, it couldn't answer and take messages, that required a separate phone and a second place to check for incoming messages.
    2.Poor hardware design: Directory was inconvenient to setup and use. Too many buttons on the face made it difficult to find a specific function quickly. Not able to use a line without having the answer function enabled on it.
    3. Poor documentation: The manual did not have the specifics I needed to figure out what I was doing wrong.

    Avoid this product. Nothing about this phone was intuitive. It has no redeeming features. I'm sorry I can't give it negative stars here. ... Read more


14. GE 29487GE2 4-Line Corded Speakerphone (Black)
by General Electric
list price: $129.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009OKND
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: General Electric
Sales Rank: 4511
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Product Description

Manufacturer's Part # 29487GE2 / 2-9487 GE 2
This product is Demo.

Features:

  • 4-Line speakerphone
  • Intercom
  • Data Port
  • 4-Line LCD
  • 3-Way Conference
  • Expandable to 16 Stations
  • Line-in-Use Indicators
  • Headset Jack
  • Compatible with GE-29488GE2

This product is Demo and comes with a 90 day warranty.

... Read more

Features

  • 1-year warranty
  • Supports 4 lines
  • Expandable to 16 stations
  • Full-performance speakerphone
  • Hands-free dialing and auto-transfer

15. AT&T 955 Corded Expandable 4-Line Intercom Speakerphone with Caller ID (Graphite)
by Advanced American Telephones
list price: $169.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005B97Q
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Advanced American Telephones
Sales Rank: 9036
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The AT&T 955 stands alone or works as one part of an expandable telephone system for your growing office. It boasts an impressive list of advanced features, accommodates four telephone lines, and can communicate with 11 other AT&T model 955 or 964 stations. Connect your staff via intercom, page and transfer between extensions, and engage in conference calls.

Other features include two data ports for fax or modem, 200-name-and-number caller ID history, and 200-name-and-number directory of frequently used numbers. Each handset has a multifunction LCD for convenient display of the number dialed and duration of calls. The speaker phone permits hands-free conversation.

... Read more

Features

  • 2 data ports
  • Hands-free speakerphone
  • Accepts 4 lines; 3-party conferencing
  • Supports up to 11 AT&T 955 or 964 stations
  • Caller ID with call waiting capability

Reviews (15)

1-0 out of 5 stars Flat out....these phones suck!!!!
We purchased 3 of the AT&T 955 phones for a small business.After about a week, they all have had their quircky problems.

1.One of the handsets broke, luckily they actually sent me a new one.
2.Occassionally when you pick up line 1 line 3 lights up (seems to be a common problem).
3.The lines "hum" periodically.After contacting the trouble shooting desk, they recommend I get the jack replaced,well, it still does it.
4.They do not work well with cordless phones, the lines do not release, unless you do it manually.

I am in the process of returning these and getting something else, they ARE NOT DEPENDABLE.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not enough features
I'll cut straight to the chase:

** Only 4 (!) speed dial buttons
** Directory is a pain to use. Phone must be hung up, but when you pick a contact and hit Dial, the contact's name disappears and all you see is the numbers... meaning, you wonder if you are dialing the correct number; numbers in Directory are all together, as in 18003252525 (vs a more visually readable 1 (800) 325-3535.
** Interface isn't logical, overall. Still can't figure out the sequence of buttons to push.
** Auto Redial is for only the last call... which you don't know, but pushing it *immediately* redials this mystery number anyway. Rendering the function pretty useless.

I could go on and on. If you are used to a multiline phone, this one probably isn't for you. Compared to the Nortel Venture system, this doesn't cut it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible!!
Guys, I've owned this phone now for one year and let me tell you that this phone has constant problems. Sometimes when I press the number one line, both the number one line and the number three line will light up!! That's right, two lines come on at the same time!! I regret the day I bought this thing.

4-0 out of 5 stars They work well but are not perfect
I have 2 AT&T 955 telephones and 6 AT&T 944 phones in a 2 story house. I purchased some new and some used from various sources in 2002.We had to return one phone when it was new, but all the others worked.We like several of the features *very* much (paging, especially) and wouldn't consider switching to other phones at this time but we've definitely had our share of problems.Two handsets which originally worked no longer work (and it's not the handset).We put them in rooms where the phone isn't used often and just use the speakerphone.We also have 1 phone where the display gets garbled.If you briefly unplug it from power, the display corrects itself but messes up again after several incoming calls.When you page a phone, it automatically uses the speakerphone.My son's phone recently started humming until he picks up the handset.Until he does, I can't hear him, but he can hear me.We have almost double the length of phone wiring that these phones are supposed to support so we're pleased the system works as well as it does despite the handset and display problems we've experienced with multiple phones.

1-0 out of 5 stars ATT 964 AND ATT 955
We bought 2 phones for our home office on march 23. 2004.The 2 phones have been returned 7 times.Today, we will get full credit from Staples for the phones:

Problems 964:Bad handset . New unit actually was a repakaged unit in the box with a factory seal. Caller ID failed. Did not record calls.Had to reset numerous times.Got a replacement unit.This was a new factory sealed unit.

Seemed to work fine.tried to use the conference feature tieing 2 lines together.Put a loud hum in the lines so no one could talk or hear.

Problems 955Seemed to work fine out of box.After 1 week. the speakerphone failed.Everytime used, hada loudfeedback noise into the line in use.Replaced phone.New phone had caller ID failures.

( When I was at the store doing a swap, ran into another customer who was also having problems.These phone are pure garbage. For an analog multiline phone, these are the
WORST I have ever owned..
Replaced with used Nortel Venture 3 line phones.Work great..

AT&T needs to take their name of this equipment. It is made by American Advanced Telephones.. ... Read more


16. GE 29485GE2 3-Line Corded Speakerphone with 3-Way Conferencing
by General Electric
list price: $89.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009OKNB
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: General Electric
Sales Rank: 30210
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Product Description

For over 100 years, what has remained constant is GE's dedication to change and progress. And it's what will keep the company growing over the next 100 years. From jet engines to power generation, from financial services to plastics, from television to medical imaging, GE people worldwide are dedicated to turning good ideas into products and services that make the world a better place.General Electric GE 29485GE2 is a 3-line business speakerphone. It features 16-number memory, 3-party conferencing, LCD display, data port, Line-in-Use indicators, and more. ... Read more

Features

  • 3-line operation; base speakerphone
  • 16-number memory dialing
  • Handset, ringer, and speakerphone volume controls
  • Hold, mute, pause, and redial functions
  • Hearing aid and headset compatible

17. AT&T 952 2-LineSpeakerphone (Espresso)
by Advanced American Telephones
list price: $39.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005MITK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Advanced American Telephones
Sales Rank: 16822
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

A two-line phone from AT&T, the 952 is a corded desktop unit with a number of user-friendly features. A built-in speakerphone provides an easy way to conduct hands-free conversations, and a headset jack is also provided for your convenience. Switching between the two lines is a snap, while three-way conferencing lets you connect to both lines at once.

The redial feature lets you dial the last outgoing number with the touch of a button, while the speakerphone mute feature allows you to hear the other party without them hearing you. The speed dial memory can hold up to 32 numbers, which can be up to 24 digits long, and the 16 one-touch buttons and 16 two-touch buttons which make up the speed dial, each have their own directory card space on the base.

Line status lights visually let you know when a line is on hold or when you have a new incoming call. Volume controls let you adjust handset, speaker, and headset volume, while both tone and pulse dialing modes are provided in case you need to switch to one or the other.

A data port lets you attach peripherals such as a fax machine or computer modem to line two, allowing you to pick up calls on line one without interrupting your Internet connection or incoming fax. The 952 has a 8.625-by-8.125-inch footprint and is wall-mountable, freeing up desktop space completely. It comes backed with a one-year warranty on both parts and labor.

What's in the Box
Base, handset, coiled handset cord, telephone line cord (two-line), user's manual, warranty information ... Read more

Features

  • Supports 2-line operation
  • Speakerphone for hands-free conversations
  • Accepts optional headset
  • 32 speed dial presets; built-in data port
  • Hold, mute, flash functions; wall-mountable

Reviews (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice Home Office Phone
This phone is working very well as my home office phone, and it is getting a lot of use. After trying a really cheap phone and being unhappy with it, I spent a little more for this and have been very pleased.
- It has more space than I'll ever need for programmable numbers (32) (though the sequence needed to record a new number is not particularly intuitive/memorable).
- It saves programmed numbers when the power goes off. (It saved all my numbers for several days during a move.)
- It has an Auto Redial button, also a nice timesaver.
- The Mute button works well.
- It has Speaker, Handset & Headset options, which you can switch between at any time.
- It allows you to adjust the volume of what you are listening to (with enough range to work well for me).
- Handset has a nice heft, fits the ear reasonably well, and decent sound.
- Keyboard feels reasonably nice and has stood up to a year of use. .
- Speakerphone has good pickup from two feet away.

I have found only a few disadvantages. The phone beeps when you switch modes (to speaker, for example) and when you adjust the volume. You need learn to use mute *beforehand* if you don't want to create a distraction during a conference call. Also, I have tried a couple of different headsets with this phone, and consistently hear that my volume is too low when I have set it as high as possible, which makes me wonder if there is a phone issue with that.

I don't use two lines, but it also has the capacity for two lines, with hold and conference buttons.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worthless phone!
Decent looking phone however the ringers are so whisper quiet---even on the HI setting---that you cannot hear the phone ring! I first bought this phone at Best Buy, returned it for this reason. A week later I found it a little cheaper at Staples so I thought I'd give it another shot in case the first one was defective. No dice---same inaudible rings. Definitely avoid this phone! ... Read more


18. AT&T 954 Expandable 4-Line Corded Speakerphone with Intercom (Black)
by AT&T
list price: $99.88
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Asin: B00000J3MS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: AT&T
Sales Rank: 11890
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

An excellent choice for a small-office environment, AT&T's 954 four-lineintercom speakerphone offers a wealth of features to handle a variety of needsfor both individual and group use. This corded unit handles up to four separatelines and includes a "convenience port," into which you can connect a faxmachine or modem.

Whenever a line is in use, the line-in-use indicator lights up on the otherphones. An automatic call privacy feature allows only one 954 phone at a time touse a line. Users can cancel call privacy to allow others to join in on thecall, obviating the need to employ the conference feature for participantswithin the same office. Call privacy is restored when you end the call.

The 954 provides all the options you'd expect to find in an office phone. Theintercom allows you to call another 954 phone in your office without using anoutside line. Intercom operations feature both single-phone and system-widepaging. The All Page/Dial button allows you to announce a message over all fourlines and to any phone within the network.

The hands-free speakerphone mode is excellent. Callers on the other end of ourconversation experienced minimal echo and distortion, which are problemscommonly associated with speakerphone calls.

The 954 also includes a 36-number dialing memory, and an LCD display shows thedate, time, number dialed, and duration of call. A nifty feature lets youprogram pauses into numbers entered into memory. This is especially handy forbusiness lines that require you to dial 9 to obtain an outside line. We foundall the programming and setup options easy to implement, though you'll want toconsult the manual for all the intercom operations.

If you're looking for a phone to handle multiple lines and basic conferencingtasks, AT&T's 954 four-line intercom speakerphone will provide everything youneed. --John Frederick Moore

Pros:

  • Wealth of features for the small office
  • High-quality distortion-free speakerphone
Cons:
  • None

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Features

  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Provides access to 4 separate telephone numbers
  • Hands-free speakerphone with page and intercom
  • Remembers 36 telephone numbers
  • Displays time, date, number called, and the duration of call

Reviews (17)

1-0 out of 5 stars Intercom problems
I own four, all on "Do Not Disturb" because the intercoms ring constantly.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT PHONE
I LOVE THIS PHONE!!! It has "old" handset styling,phonebook,a screen and multible lines. Reminds me of the Toshiba DKT-2020 Strata series telephone.

1-0 out of 5 stars Want your business to sound like it cares about quality?
Then don't buy this phone!We bought five, and every last one is a piece of junk.Callers began telling us we sounded like we were talking through a pillow or from the bottom of a garbage can.We have surely lost customers as a result.

2-0 out of 5 stars Intercom problem
Bought 4 phones 2 years ago but now one phone's intercom rings automatically and whenthat phone is unplugged, other phone intercoms dont work. Also other phones can now "listen in" on conversations.Not a quality phone for a business.

1-0 out of 5 stars No Replacement parts
AT&T / Advanced American Telephone does not sell replacement parts like the handset

Dear Jim,

Thank you for your recent inquiry to our Customer Service Help Desk.

Unfortunately, Advanced American Telephones does not sell the handsets
or the bases as separate parts of our products.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Sincerely,
Marlon
National Service Center
Advanced American Telephones ... Read more


19. GE 29480GE1 2-Line Corded Phone with 3-Way Conferencing
by General Electric
list price: $24.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000069BDO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: General Electric
Sales Rank: 18416
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Manufacturer's Part # 29480GE1
This product is Demo.Basic two line phone with 10 speed dial numbermemory.

Features:
  • Two-line phone with 10# memory
  • 2-Line corded telephone
  • Ringer control (hi/lo/off)
  • 3-Way Call conferencing
  • Dial in base
  • Distinctive ring for each line
  • Flash function
  • Hearing aid compatible
  • Electronic hold/pause
  • Line status LED indicator
  • Line-switchable data port
  • 10# Memory dialing
  • One-touch redial
  • Programmable pause
  • Temporary tone
  • Tone/pulse switchable dialing
  • Tone feedback when dialing
  • Two-tone ringers
  • Color: White
  • Wall mountable
  • Keypad under handset
  • Battery operated (does not require AC)
  • ...

    This product is Demo and comes with a 90 day warranty.

    ... Read more

    Features

    • Supports 2 lines
    • 3-way conferencing
    • 10 speed dial presets
    • Wall-mountable
    • Handset volume control

    Reviews (1)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good basement phone
    Great price for a two line phone, but I don't recommend it for heavy use areas. Cheaply made, very few features. C- ... Read more


20. IBM 412 4-Line Corded Telphone
by IBM
list price: $129.88
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Asin: B00004S906
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: IBM
Sales Rank: 48228
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

IBM strives to lead in the creation, development and manufacture of the industry's most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices and microelectronics. And the worldwide network of IBM solutions and services professionals translates these advanced technologies into business value for the company's customers. ... Read more

Features

  • Lightweight headset included for hands-free operation
  • Supports up to 4 lines
  • Works with phone systems using up to 12 extensions
  • Speakerphone; intercom and all-system page
  • 24 speed-dial locations

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars A phone for all people and purposes
I have the IBM412 and I like this phone for its ease of installation and use. It definetly is adaptable in all situations. These phones only work with other IBM 4-line phones.

They have Intercom and can Page 1 ext or Page All Ext ... Read more


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