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1. Motorola MD681 5.8GHz Cordless
$163.39 $155.99 list($179.95)
2. Panasonic KX-TG5433M 5.8 GHz DSS
$139.99 $129.99 list($149.99)
3. Panasonic GigaRange KX-TG5571M
Too low to display list($119.99)
4. VTech ip5850 5.8 GHz DSS Cordless
Too low to display $131.74 list($179.99)
5. AT&T E5965C 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable
Too low to display $119.94 list($179.99)
6. Panasonic KX-TG6500B 5.8 GHz DSS
Too low to display $79.99 list($149.99)
7. Uniden DCT 648-2 2.4 GHz Expandable
$149.99 $119.99 list($239.99)
8. Uniden TRU8888 5.8 GHz Digital
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9. Panasonic KX-TG2357B 2.4 GHz DSS
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10. Remanufactured Uniden DXAI5188-2
$75.95 list($79.95)
11. Panasonic GigaRange KX-TG2432B
$129.99 $78.95 list($149.90)
12. Panasonic KX-TG5240M GigaRange
$94.95 $79.95 list($99.95)
13. Panasonic GigaRange KX-TG5471S
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14. AT&T E5865 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable
$406.90 list($499.99)
15. Panasonic KXTG4000B 2.4 GHz DSS
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16. AT&T E5860 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable
$47.45 list($49.95)
17. Panasonic KX-TG2322B 2.4 GHz DSS
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18. Uniden 5.8 Ghz Digital Cordless
$48.94 list($49.95)
19. Panasonic GigaRange KX-TG2431W
$54.98 list($149.99)
20. Remanufactured Uniden DCT 648-2

1. Motorola MD681 5.8GHz Cordless Speakerphone w/Answering System/Caller ID
by Motorola
list price: $199.99
our price: $79.88
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Asin: B0000CDELD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 39
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

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

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

Features

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

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



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Features

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

Reviews (96)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you.
Ravi

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


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

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

Features

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

Reviews (5)

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

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

Otherwise, the phone has it all plus quality.

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

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

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

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

The two most important features for me before purchase were:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


3. 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


4. VTech ip5850 5.8 GHz DSS Cordless Phone with Dual Handsets and Digital Answering System
by VTech
list price: $119.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0001LQG9C
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: VTech
Sales Rank: 543
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

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

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


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

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

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Features

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

Reviews (18)

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

Cons
The secondary handset recharger stopped recharging.

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

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

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

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

Standard rechargeable batteries.

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

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

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

Anthony Trendl
editor, HungarianBookstore.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


5. 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


6. 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


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

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

Features

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

Reviews (11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


8. Uniden TRU8888 5.8 GHz Digital Expandable Cordless Phone with Corded Base, Dual Keypads, and Answering System (Black/Silver)
by Uniden
list price: $239.99
our price: $149.99
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Asin: B0002EZYH8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Uniden
Sales Rank: 2030
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Utilizing the latest in cutting edge technology and increased power levels, Uniden's 5.8 GHz DSS phones transmit on frequencies that have much less interference, resulting in unparalleled clarity, maximum audio quality and range. ... Read more

Features

  • Conferencing, base and handset speakerphones, room/baby monitoring
  • 10 speed dials locations; tri-lingual menu options
  • 5.8 GHz digital signal; digital answering system
  • Expandable to 10 cordless handsets, 1 included; corded handset on base
  • 100 caller ID/memory dial locations in base, 100 more in handset

Reviews (11)

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I recently purchased this phone and have to say that I am disappointed in the corded base phone.It sucks. For one, the mouth piece/microphone is several inches from my mouth because the overall handset is too short.Two, it has a strange echo sound to it that I immediately disliked. Three, why should I have to set the time and date on a caller ID phone? This phone was meant to replace my aging Nortel phone but it isn't even in the same ballpark. I am returning the phone and shopping on Ebay for another Nortel.

5-0 out of 5 stars All The Bells & Whistles
I did alot of research before I purchased this phone. I've had it going on a month now. there's nothing I do not like about it!. You can even turn off the featured beeps that let you know you have messages waiting. The sound quality is exceptional. Everything this phone has to offer is well worth the price. I especially like the monitor feature. I have a little one.

2-0 out of 5 stars No headset capaibility on base unit, good phone otherwise
I bought this phone to gain headset capability on a corded base while still having a cordless handset.I am returning the phone, as it does not allow the use of a headset on the corded base.Not only does the phone lack a 2.5mm jack or a second audio port, the base is incompatible with universal headset adapters (confirmed by Uniden customer service).It's too bad, beacuse the cordless phone audio quality is as good as I've heard.

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent phone but poor handset quality
I just recently purchased this phone and found the other editorials useful in setting up the system.However, I have to agree with the opinions of the quality of sound in the handset is horrible.It sounds like your in a hollow cave.It's easier to grab the handset & hook up a headset.The speaker works great and the volume controls are easy.It's basically a no brainer.I live in the country and found when the power goes out having a cordless phone is useless therefore the corded phone does the trick.

3-0 out of 5 stars It's just not Siemens
I regret purchasing this phone, but there's really nothing better out there.

I have only owned it for a month now.

My Siemens Gigaset System was made inoperable by a wicked caller id bug they don't seem to have plans to fix. It was also 2.4 Ghz and my microwave and 802.11b network caused the handsets to pop. I wanted a new expandable system that had a similar form factor (corded speakerphone on the base) but at a fraction of Siemens inordinately high cost.

The Uniden TRU888 is really the only expandable system on the market that could ever compare. I bought it. Now I know it just barely compares Siemens (who seems to be bowing out of the consumer home phone market in the US).

Here's why I say that.

The Uniden is boxy. The Siemens had that European sexy and sleek minimalist thing going on - it regularly showed up on television sitcoms, probably because it was so cool looking. I felt the Siemens was an accessory to my house. The Uniden is embarrassing.

The Uniden has this silly belt clip that sticks out a good inch or more - making it impossible to actually fit under a bet and making it fatter than it ever really need be. The whole form factor is clunky, although the base handset is extremely heavy - something I actually like.

The Uniden has this annoying beep beep beep that the base announces until you finally check your messages. If you are using call screening or "let the machine get it" while you are watching a movie or having a nice Easter dinner, it will nag the crap out of you until you finally go listen to new messages.

The Uniden has the day and time on the handset which is nice, but it is only the weekday (Mon, Tue, Wed) - not the actual date. This is system-wide and it means that when you get a voice mail, you have to figure out the date for yourself, it just tells you the weekday. Is it really so hard to account for the month and year? No.

The Uniden does not display the caller id information on the voice message! The Siemens, in contrast, even let you "call back" while you were listening to a message just by picking up the handset.

The Uniden has the goofiest user interface I could have ever dreamed up. It is extremely clunky - almost to the point that my wife prefers to not use it. Accessing the speakerphone, the phone book, especially changing settings is an exercise in patience.

The Uniden hides the caller id information or the number you are dialing as soon as you push talk. I suppose I could thumb through the caller id list or the redial list, but it's just another example of a weak user interface.

The Uniden phone book works basically the same as the Siemens did (why can't a USB interface sync with Outlook contacts?) with the exception that the Uniden cannot delete the book at one time. With 40 entries on 2 handsets + the base, clearing the phone book is a carpal tunnel-causing experience, deleting 120 records with no less than three actions each.

The Uniden does not do a good job of displaying the phone book entry with the incoming caller id information. I don't know what I am doing wrong, but it's nuts. The manual is helpful, but very inadequate. If you want anything past the basic stuff, it is no real help.

The Uniden is lacking so many features:

It simply doesn't handle area codes at all; it's horrible. There is no barring certain area codes. There is no inserting a call around prefix. The handset does not work if cradled. There is no way to turn features off - like storing caller id or the annoying beep beep beep on the base. There is no way to restrict dial or pick-up access to a single handset. Transferring a call does not work like you expect. And all the other great stuff I enjoyed with the Siemens phone.

It does a few things well, though:

The handset speakerphone is superb. The illuminated keyboard is great. Distinct ring tones for phone book entries is cool. The ability to manage global settings from a handset is neat. The day and time on the handset display is handy.

But that's about it.

The reality is, I had no choice but to buy this phone. There is nothing on the market that is half as good - as far as I have found - and Siemens seems to be out of the home phone market. Had I never owned a better phone, I would likely be enamored with this Uniden. But once you taste the best, the rest just isn't.

If I have to say one good thing about this phone it would be that it is inexpensive. ... Read more


9. Panasonic KX-TG2357B 2.4 GHz DSS Cordless Phone with Dual Handsets, Answering System, and Talking Caller ID (Black)
by Panasonic
list price: $129.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00020KZTO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 1249
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

2.4 GHz operation * Talking Caller ID * digital answering machine * two handsets, base and charger stand included * 50-entry directory * Voice Enhancer technology * downloadable ringtones * handset speakerphone ... Read more

Features

  • Digital duplex speakerphones in base and handset
  • Illuminated keypad, wall-mountable
  • 2.4 GHz digital frequency-hopping spread spectrum signal
  • Integrated digital answering system; 2 handsets
  • Caller ID with call waiting, talking caller ID, 50-call history

Reviews (16)

2-0 out of 5 stars Poor range - had to return
I have a 900 MHz DSS Uniden EXI8965 cordless phone which I have had for a few years and have been *very* satisfied with it.It has excellent voice quality, good range, and great battery life and I hope to continue to use this phone for a long time in the future.

However, I have a den which does not have a phone jack and therefore I need a dual handset phone so I can have keep a handset in the den at all times. I have been searching for a dual handset cordless phone for some time with the following features:
(1). Fairly large and comfortable feeling handset. I guess I am old fashioned (and old) and like the larger handsets much better than the smaller ones.
(2). Good voice quality.
(3). Good range.
(4). The ability to use both handsets at the same time. Plus the ability when using one handset, to simply pick up the other handset and join in the conversation.
(5). Speaker in the handset.
(6). Caller ID/Call Waiting
(7). Chain dialing for long distance and calling card usage.
(8). At least 50 memory locations for storing caller ids.
(9). Five or more last number redials.
(10). Lighted keypad.
(11). Large display with date and time of call, caller name, and caller number on one screen.
(12). Selectable ring tones by caller.I now have BellSouth Complete Choice local service where you can have a distinctive ring for up to 10 different numbers.Using this feature, I can tell when my kids or grandkids are calling before I answer the phone. However, I can't tell which one is calling because there is only one distinctive ring.I was looking for something like the AT&T VIP ring feature.
(13). Misc other features like Intercom, handset paging, and fairly secure transmission.No answering machine capability.
(14). I didn't want to pay over about $100 for the phone set.

I found the Panasonic KX-TG2357B on sale at Staples ($20 rebate). It seemed to have gotten pretty good reviews on the Internet for the most part so I decided to go ahead and buy it.The phone had an answering system which I didn't need but the $20 rebate was enough to help convince me to buy it anyway. I came home and unpacked it and plugged it in for its 6 hour charge. I installed the base station at one end of the house and the extra handset at the other end of the house in my den. After charging, I began testing the phones out.

Pros: Nice set of features. Nice sizing of handsets for me. Attractive phone. I liked the handset speakerphone. Not a bad price.

Cons: There were two main problems:
(1). *Range*. My house is about 70' long. The base was at one end of the house and the second handset was in the den at the other end.There is a brick wall between the base and the second handset.When using the phone in the den, the reception was bad. The conversation kept breaking up to a moderate degree.If I moved on the other side of the brick wall, the reception seemed to be fine.I could have moved the base closer to the second handset but I needed the Intercom capability between both ends of the house and I would have lost this had I moved the base. I understand that wireless networks, microwaves, etc. can affect 2.4ghz phones.I don't have a wireless network, nor to my close neighbors plus the microwave wasn't running.
(2). Sound Quality.The sound quality on my end was pretty good if I wasn't too far from the base station. However, the sound quality for the person to whom I was talking was not good, according to the person who was helping me test out the phones. He said it sounded like I was calling from a not so good cell phone. I could call him on my Uniden and he said the sound quality from it was very good - just like a corded phone.

Other Comments:
(1). Talking Caller Id. I liked the idea of the talking caller id. However, for me, it did not prove to be that useful.The main reason is that the phone does not tell you who is calling until after it rings twice. Usually by that time, I have already picked the phone up and checked the caller id. I believe for me, a distinctive ring tone for certain callers would be more useful. However, for some people, I could see where the talking caller id would be useful. I understand that this is a limitation of the phone company, not Panasonic, as the caller id information is not transmitted until after the second ring. As other reviewers have noted, it does not always pronounce the names correctly and even provides some humor in the way it pronounces names at times.
(2). Caller ID display.It takes two screens to display all the caller id information when you receive a call.I believe the number of the caller is displayed on the second screen. The phone alternates back and forth between the first screen and the second screen of information.This is not critical but just an annoyance. My Uniden displays all the information on one screen which I like.
(3). You have to press one button to answer the phone and another to hang up.I prefer to press Talk to answer and to press Talk again to hang up.Not critical - just my personal preference.

Couple more comments:

Since I love my old Uniden cordless phone, I looked into getting a dual handset Uniden phone. However, it appears that you can only talk on one handset at a time. At least this is the case on the cheaper Uniden phones.If anyone knows differently or has found a dual handset phone that you are happy with which has the features I am interested in, please e-mail me.

I mentioned earlier that I bought the Panasonic phone from Staples.When I returned it they were very nice and helpful and I would recommend them. I am not associated with them in any manner whatsoever.

I am still searching for the perfect dual handset cordless phone!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great phone to work with VOIP.
I originally purchased this phone to use with VONAGE VOIP service.Then I realize you can actually rewire your home phone switch box to have all the phone jacks in your house to run off 1 single VOIP line.So that kinda destroyed the purpose for me to buy this phone buy still, I don't regret my decision on purchasing this phone.I must say I am a big Panasonic phone fan.After I purchased this phone, I realize now I have 4 Panasonic phones in my house (2 from this Dual handset, 1 older Panasonic 2.4Ghz cordless phone, and 1 fax machine).All-in-all great product with nice features.Surely this phone doesn't pronounce the name from Call ID that well, but I am usually able to hear who is calling me.

One drawback... Pain in the A$$ for trying to enter names into phone book.For example, when you want to type MONEY.Notice M, N, O are all on #6, you can't just wait 2 seconds and press the number again to have the cursor move to next block, you have to press "6" and "->" then "6" to have enter "MO".

Still a great phone after you entered the phonebook first.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent phone
Great phone system for the price.Happy with everything.
Only con is that the speaker phone on handsets do not go louder.
Still sound very good though.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worked for 5 days a quit
Base handset lost connection with base station. Before this, the range was very poor.A waste of money.Look for something else, and not a V-Tech.They are bad too.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Features, Good Value
We moved recently and our old, reliable Radio Shack answering machine/phone didn't survive the move.So we found and bought the Panasonic 2357 and for the most part are happy with it.Other reviewers have covered the key operational points well, so I'm just chiming in to say that battery life looks to be good thus far and audio quality is very good to excellent.I like the features and the layout.The handset is a little bit slippery and on longer calls, my thumb gravitates towards the rubber cover that blocks the headset plug hole to get a better grip.Range is excellent and the talking caller ID is useful. ... Read more


10. Remanufactured Uniden DXAI5188-2 5.8 GHz Analog Cordless Phone with Dual Handsets, Digital Answering System and Caller ID, Silver/Black
by Uniden
list price: $119.99
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Asin: B00081Q0W8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Uniden
Sales Rank: 2139
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Amazon.com Product Description

Uniden's DXAI5188-2 cordless phone system offers a wealth of benefits--5.8 GHz analog technology, an integrated digital answering machine, caller ID and call waiting capability, as well as an additional handset. Still, the DXAI5188-2 requires only one phone jack for operation. Simply plug the main base unit into a phone jack, and the extra handset will configure itself to "talk" wirelessly with the base unit. The base unit also houses the digital answering system.

All call features are accessed through the phone system's handsets, including last number redial, call transfer between handsets, and convenient volume control. Each handset has a three-line backlit LCD for displaying caller information and for access to saved numbers, both of which are available even while you're taking another call. Information and menus can be displayed in your choice of English, French, or Spanish. Handsets are also compatible with most hearing aids and headsets (sold separately). The base unit and charging cradle are desk or wall mountable. This factory-refurbished model is backed by a 90-day warranty.

What's in the Box
DXAI5188-2 base unit, main handset, additional handset, remote charging cradle, phone line cord, two AC power adapters, two rechargeable battery packs, two battery covers, user guide, warranty information ... Read more

Features

  • Remanufactured to like-new condition; 90-day warranty
  • Convenient LCD with English, French, and Spanish menus
  • 5.8 GHz analog signal; integrated digital answering system
  • Caller ID/call waiting ready; 10 speed dial locations
  • 2 handsets and remote charging station, handset-to-handset call transfer

11. Panasonic GigaRange KX-TG2432B 2.4 GHz DSS Cordless Phone with Dual Handsets and Answering System (Black)
by Panasonic
list price: $79.95
our price: $75.95
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Asin: B0007Q3QOO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 2514
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

2.4 GHz digital spread spectrum operation * dual handsets * built-in digital answering machine with up to 15 minutes total record time * 3-line backlit LCD display * handset-to-handset intercom * 3-way conferencing (between handsets and outside line) * jacks for optional headsets * ... Read more

Features

  • Last 5 number redial; Voice Enhancer technology
  • Illuminated ringer and keypad; downloadable ring tones
  • 2.4 GHz FHSS signal; additional handset and remote charging cradle
  • Caller ID/call waiting, 50-station memory
  • 50-station speed dial phonebook; digital answering system

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Last reviewer wrong... this phone is great.
To the last reviewer:
You complained about incorrect information from Amazon regarding this phone. Never in Amazon's description do they mention that THIS phone has "talking caller ID". The phone with talking caller ID is the:

Panasonic KX-TG2357B 2.4 GHz DSS Cordless Phone with Dual Handsets, Answering System, and Talking Caller ID (Black). It sells for $110.19 (at the time of this review).

Please do your research and not give a GOOD phone a bad review when your reviewing the WRONG item.

THIS phone is great... and I really have enjoyed using it. It's not as fancy as some others out there, but it does the job!!

1-0 out of 5 stars NO TALKING CALLERID
I purchased this phone for the sole purpose of the "Talking" Caller ID that Amazon advertises in the description. After receiving the phone, I see NOTHING on the box or in the book that says ANYTHING about having "Talking" caller ID. I contacted the seller, and he too said he saw nothing about it. I contacted Amazon...but they don't seem to get it....that they are advertising something thats not there.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great!
This phone if GrEaT!!! it comes with plenty of features such as transfering the call to another handset. However, you can hear some staticky noise in the background while your on the phone with someone else. The range isn't that great either. If i go in my backyard, the tone starts to skip. Overall, this phone is full of features that are very useful. ... Read more


12. 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


13. Panasonic GigaRange KX-TG5471S 5.8 GHz DSS Cordless Phone with Answering System
by Panasonic
list price: $99.95
our price: $94.95
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Asin: B0007QM8DO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 1582
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

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

Features

  • Speakerphone, Voice Enhancer technology, easy menu operation
  • Illuminated keypad; 3 ringer patterns and 4 melody rings
  • 5.8 GHz signal with frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology
  • All-digital answering system with 16-minute recording time
  • Call waiting/caller ID compatible, 50-station memory dialer

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars So far so good.
This is the third cordless phone I have bought in a month. The first, a Motorola, had terrible echoes and sound. That one went back. The second, a GE, was fine, for the first three weeks. Then the answering machine shut down erasing all the messages every time I put the phone in the cradle. That one went back. I've only had the Panasonic a couple of days, cut so far so good. The sound is decent, though I would like the handset to be a little louder. But everything else works and I have to admit, the talking caller ID is pretty cool. Hopefully this one will keep working.
Update: A week later and still working. I just wanted to add, however, despite what the Amazon site says, this only has one handset and is not expandable.
One more cool feature I have found. You can subscribe to the Caller IQ serivce to get weather and other things on the phone. This is OK, but the best part is you can use the web site to import your Outlook contacts. Then you can check the ones you want on your phone and they are automatically downloaded to the address book in the phone. Saves lots of work. ... Read more


14. 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


15. 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


16. 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


17. Panasonic KX-TG2322B 2.4 GHz DSS Cordless Phone (Black)
by Panasonic
list price: $49.95
our price: $47.45
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Asin: B0001P547I
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 1756
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

2.4 GHz operation * illuminated keypad with extra-large keys *built-in digital answering machine with up to 15 minutes total record time * Voice Enhancer Technology (adds lost frequencies back to voices) ... Read more

Features

  • Visual Ringer
  • Lighted Keypad
  • 2.4GHz FHSS Cordless Phone
  • Digital Answering System
  • Headset Speaker Phone

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GREAT PANASONIC PRODUCT!
I've only had this phone a few days, but I'm very happpy
with it! My main concern was the speakerphone. I'm happy
to say it works perfectly. It's very loud, and very clear!
The extra large buttons are a plus for me, because my fingers
are very weak. The only feature this phone doesn't have is,
caller I.D., I don't use this feature anyway, so no big deal.
If you're looking for a great speakerphone, with a great
answering machine, for under $50.00, you'll love this phone!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good phone for a good price
Since I knew Panasonic was known for their phones, I purchased this answering machine/phone for a good price here at Amazon.

What I like about this phone.
- It has an All-Digital Answering System. A microship records your greeting message. But what if you don't want to record a mesage? Well, it comes with a pre-recorded message from the factory. So you don't need to record a greeting message if you think you don't have a good voice or something like that. This answering machine lets you record 15 minutes of messages. It may not be enough for some people, but it's enough for me.
- When you play the messages, the phone tells you the day and the time each of the messages was recorded.
- You can listen to your messages from another phone. For example, if you're on vacation, you can call your house from the hotel and listen to your messages and delete them if you want.
- It has Voice Enhacer Technology. It helps clarify and improve sound reception.
- It has 7 selectable ringtones. For people who don't want just a plain ring.
- Handset Speakerphone. This feature is important when you're calling a company and you have to go through their menu. With other cordless phones you have to listen to the menu, take the phone away from your ear, look down at the keypad, and dial. With this phone you don't have to do that. Just press the Hands-Free button and you can listen to the menu without having the phone close to your ear. You can adjut the volume if you want.
- It comes with a Shoulder Rest Attachment and a Belt Clip.
- It's wall mountable.
- If you don't have it on the wall, you can have it on your desk or table. It has a special back so that it doesn't sit flat on the surface.
- You can place the phone on the base in two ways. The picture shows one way to place it (showing the keypad). You can also place so that it shows the back instead.
- Lighted Keypad.
- Big Buttons.

What I don't like about this phone:
- I haven't found anyhing wrong with this phone yet. It's only a month old, though. If I find something, I'll let you know. ... Read more


18. Uniden 5.8 Ghz Digital Cordless Caller ID Phone
by Uniden
list price: $279.99
(price subject to change: see help)
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

19. Panasonic GigaRange KX-TG2431W 2.4 GHz DSS Cordless Phone with Caller ID and Answering System (White)
by Panasonic
list price: $49.95
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Asin: B0007Q3QNK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 9537
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Product Description

2.4 GHz digital spread spectrum operation * built-in digital answering machine with up to 15 minutes total record time * 3-line backlit LCD display on handset * 50 Caller ID memory * wall-mountable * ... Read more

Features

  • Last 5 number redial; Voice Enhancer technology
  • Illuminated ringer and keypad; 1-year warranty
  • 2.4 GHz frequency-hopping spread spectrum signal
  • Caller ID/call waiting, 50-station memory
  • 50-station speed dial phonebook; digital answering system

20. 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

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