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1. Panasonic KX-TG2730S 2.4 GHz DSS
$79.88 $74.85 list($199.99)
2. Motorola MD681 5.8GHz Cordless
$64.88 list($179.99)
3. Motorola MD671 5.8GHz Cordless
$139.99 $129.99 list($149.99)
4. Panasonic GigaRange KX-TG5571M
$114.99 list($209.99)
5. Uniden TRU8866 5.8 GHz Digital
$64.99 $57.60 list($99.99)
6. Motorola MD61 5.8 GHz Accessory
Too low to display list($119.99)
7. VTech ip5850 5.8 GHz DSS Cordless
Too low to display $131.74 list($179.99)
8. AT&T E5965C 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable
$93.73 $85.94 list($99.95)
9. Panasonic KX-TG5422M 5.8 GHz DSS
Too low to display $119.94 list($179.99)
10. Panasonic KX-TG6500B 5.8 GHz DSS
$149.99 $119.99 list($239.99)
11. Uniden TRU8888 5.8 GHz Digital
Too low to display $79.95 list($129.99)
12. Panasonic KX-TG2357B 2.4 GHz DSS
$199.99 $199.89 list($279.99)
13. Uniden ELBT585 5.8 GHz Digital
list($119.99)
14. Remanufactured Uniden DXAI5188-2
$79.99 list($99.95)
15. VTech ip5825 5.8 GHz DSS Cordless
$59.89 list($59.95)
16. Panasonic GigaRange KX-TG2422W
$249.99 $247.79 list($349.99)
17. Uniden CellLink ELBT595 5.8 GHz
$129.99 $78.95 list($149.90)
18. Panasonic KX-TG5240M GigaRange
$119.99 $117.19 list($129.99)
19. Panasonic GigaRange KX-TG5561M
$94.95 $79.95 list($99.95)
20. Panasonic GigaRange KX-TG5471S

1. Panasonic KX-TG2730S 2.4 GHz DSS Expandable Cordless Phone with Answering System
by Panasonic
list price: $169.99
our price: $74.99
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Asin: B000068CNH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 8
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Upgrade your home or office phone with this Panasonic 2.4 GHz expandable cordless phone and all-digital answering system. Featuring Caller ID*/Call Waiting ID* with a backlit 4-line LCD display, the handset has a built-in speakerphone, selectable ringtones and direct dialing from the Caller ID memory or the 50-station directory. The answering system includes 3 individual voicemail boxes, Flash Memory message backup, a voice menu, time/day stamp, memo recording and Slow Talk playback for easier listening of recorded messages. The base unit supports up to 7 additional handsets (each sold separately) without additional phone jacks. Includes headset jack and belt clip for hands-free use, AC power adapter and 1 NiCD rechargeable battery. *Requires phone company service. No. TGA2730. Imported. ... Read more

Features

  • 4-line LCD with easy menus; handset speakerphone
  • 2.4 GHz signal, frequency-hopping digital spread spectrum technology
  • Expandable to 8 handsets, 1 included
  • Built-in digital answering system
  • Caller ID with call waiting; 50-number directory

Reviews (81)

2-0 out of 5 stars Battery is just awful; everything else is great
I chose to ignore all the reviews about the lousy battery life.I wish I hadn't.I've had the phone a couple months and the battery is so run down, I can't have a single 3-minute conversation.It's just awful.I'm today shopping for a new phone and will never buy Panasonic again.

3-0 out of 5 stars No Autodial in Handset
This phone is missing Auto dialing facility from Handset. You've to use base unit for speed dialing. All other features are cool.

4-0 out of 5 stars Packs a Punch
It doesn't take long to figure out that the new Panasonic Cordless packs a punch.In the words of Molvania's own techno-pop duo, Zlad!, this phone is "Electronik - Supersonik"Here, check it out for yourself!

www.molvania.com/video_medium_2.html

Pros:Clean, attractive design; lightweight.BoOO - YA!

Cons:Answering Machine features may be unnecessary for folks with voice mail through their telephone service providers - very common.Still, even if you don't use answering system features, the cost easily justifies the purchase.

Hey baby, wake up from your asleep.We have arrived into the future.

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5-0 out of 5 stars great phone!
i ordered this phone just a few days ago and received it immediately.i'm not sure what the gripe is all about because my phone works just fine.i made a few calls on it and the reception is crystal clear.the only thing that may be a problem in the future is that the battery is a NiCD battery.this means that, if you recharge it before it fully decharges, the battery won't keep the same capacity as it did when it was new.i'm actually assuming this will happen, so i bought a NiMH battery for this phone off of ebay so when the old battery fails, the new battery will be around to replace it.

5-0 out of 5 stars instructions for maximizing battery life
So many people have complained about short battery life, I felt it was necessary to post some basic information about the Ni-Cad batteries used by this phone:

"Ni-Cad has a chemistry-related problem known as "Memory Effect", which limits the discharge capacity of the cell if it is not completely discharged during each use."

This means that in order to maximize the battery life, you need to:

1) fully charge the battery for at least 15 hours before using handset for the first time (you only have to do this once)
2) do NOT put the handset back in the cradle unless the battery is almost dead.This means putting the handset in the cradle ONLY WHEN NECESSARY for charging.The longer you can wait before recharging the batteries, the longer they will last.

It really is a shame that panasonic didn't use another (better) battery type, but that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy acceptable battery life... it just means you have to follow the two steps above.Once I got used to leaving the handset off the cradle, I realized it was much handier not feeling that I had to put the phone in the cradle all the time to "top off" the battery.

For $30 (shipped, after $40 panasonic rebate), if you need a new cordless phone/answering system/caller ID box, this is a great deal and can't be beat!

Edit: I've had the phone for 2 months now, and I still go over a week between charging the battery...(and that's using the phone daily!) ... Read more


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

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

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

Features

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

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



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Features

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

Reviews (96)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you.
Ravi

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


3. Motorola MD671 5.8GHz Cordless Speakerphone/Caller ID
by Motorola
list price: $179.99
our price: $64.88
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Asin: B0000CDELC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 66
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

53909 Digital 5.8GHz Multi Handset System - 5.8GHz Expandable cordless telephone system - Only one phone jack required for system- Up to 6 handsets total- Caller ID, call waiting caller ID- Speakerphone (handset and base)- 5 Day battery standby time- 50# Phonebook- Vibracall alert- Rubberized side grips- Quick-touch menu- Multiple ring tones- Headset jack- Blue backlit LCD displays- Handset locator- 10# Redial- Intercom to the base- Dual keypads- Wall mountable- Silver with blue accents
Package Contents:- Base unit and handset- Belt clip- AC adapter - Wall bracket- Line cord- Manual
BATTERY:HHR-P546 or ATTBAT-2401ADDITIONAL HANDSET:MOT-MD61
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Features

  • Integrated battery meter with audible and visual alert signals
  • Measures 8.09 x 3.5 x 12.75 inches (WxHxD); 1-year warranty
  • 5.8 GHz digital cordless phone with dual keypads and graphic displays (on handset and base unit)
  • Expandable to 6 handsets for large households; built-in base and handset speakerphones
  • Caller ID with visual call waiting and 3-way conferencing technology

Reviews (59)

4-0 out of 5 stars Quality phone, short on ergonomics
This phone, and the expansion kit are high-quality. I'm not one for whiz-bang bells & whistles. It performs clearly and flawlessly as a cordless phone. I think that is the most important part and is where this phone shines. You're paying for that quality, and it's worth it.

The only strike against it is ergonomics. Small buttons on the base make it difficult to dial from the base. The buttons on the phone are sized appropriately for the size of the phone, and are larger than the ones on the base.

The phone is flat and relatively narrow. It's easy to hold, especially with the ribbed-rubber sides. However, it does not do well if you try to "sandwich" it between your head/ear and shoulder. It supports a mic/speaker headset (on the portable) with the same type you use for your cell phone.

The speaker phone is adequate on the phone and base, but I rarely use it.

5-0 out of 5 stars solid structure and good voice quality
I have bought 3 of these phones so far and I would recommend it to anyone.This is a better choice to the MD681 which I own 1 of.681 has a flaky answering machine is not integrated with the rest of the device.It is in my opinion not worth the money.Also you can use multiple handsets from different base stations and make thehandsets all look at the same base - this can be cheaper than buying individual expansion sets!

3-0 out of 5 stars its an ok phone
I took it bcoz of mail-in rebate

Its an ok phone
clarity is fine
has not interfered with my netgeear router

the phonebook usage is a mess
really tedius

1-0 out of 5 stars I believe this rebate deal is an outright scam
I purchased this phone several months ago, and subsequently recommended it to a friend, based on the low price after rebate. I submitted my rebate according to all directions - I'm a VERY meticulous person where rebates are conerned. I also handled the rebate for my friend, to save her time.

Having recently visited a rebate tracking service website, I was shocked to find that both rebates were rejected. According to their information, the offer I submitted was not valid for the phone I purchased. Well, guess what: the rebate -was- valid, and -did- apply to exactly the right item, model number, UPC code, and so forth. I -always- check these things before sending in a rebate. In fact, I check these things twice because I want to avoid precisely this kind of problem. Naturally, since I mailed in the original UPC code for both phones, it's virutally impossible for me to "prove" my case. I'm left with little recourse but to warn other potential buyers.

The phone itself is of adquate quality, though the speakerphone function leaves much to be desired. Overall the phone would be a reasonably good deal IF the rebate offer were actually honored. As it stands, I feel I've been cheated by Motorola (or whomever handles their rebates), and will never purchase another Motorola product. Buyer BEWARE!

2-0 out of 5 stars Fine, but transmits on 2.4 GHz also (interferes w/ wireless)
The phone works fine.

But it transmits on 2.4 GHz frequency for incoming calls (which is not disclosed on the materials included w/ the phone), and which can interfere w/ wireless networks. As a 50+% 2.4 GHz phone, it isn't a great deal, either.

I think Motorola should really provide better documentation for this, so buyers can make informed decisons (other than returning the product). ... Read more


4. Panasonic 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


5. Uniden TRU8866 5.8 GHz Digital Expandable 2-Line Cordless Speakerphone with Dual Keypads (Black)
by Uniden
list price: $209.99
our price: $114.99
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Asin: B0002EZUYK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Uniden
Sales Rank: 400
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Utilizing the latest in cutting edge technology, the Uniden 5.8 GHz DSS phones transmit on frequencies that have less interference, resulting in maximum clarity and improved audio quality. The Uniden 5.8 GHz DSS phones also provide the convenience of up ... Read more

Features

  • Supports 2 lines; dual keypads and displays; 10 speed dial presets
  • Base duplex speakerphone, handset speakerphone
  • 5.8 GHz digital signal; expandable to 10 handsets, 1 included
  • Caller ID/call waiting, 100 shared caller ID and memory-dial locations
  • Call conferencing, room/baby monitoring; tri-lingual menu options

Reviews (35)

5-0 out of 5 stars Tried them all...this is the only one I kept
I have tried all the 5.8mhz 2 line phones. None really cut it in the quality/distance specs. This is a great performer for the price and I paid much more than what it is selling for now.

Pros:Read the other reviews and save me the time...they are all good and I put 8 hours a day on mine and after 9 months it is still going strong.Things I like are good display, best distance of the 3 phones I tried, easy to use without a long read of the manual, and great drop performance.I have dropped this phone many times from counter height to my hardwood or concrete floors with no ill affects.The belt clip is a great design and will not come off. The phone contacts are the best design I have seen as they always make a connection even if the phone is tilted.Having individual phone books is nice except if you syc them with the base you loose your individuality.Not one performance problem.I did order a 3rd handset a few weeks ago and the display was different (a later "imnproved" model)but I noticed a hum/hiss that was not on the other original hansets and did not exist on them when in the same location.I have returned this for exchange.

Cons: Like all 5.8mhz sets this one has limited range but a good 100 through walls.50 feet if you included an aluminum sided wall. Volume could be higher...what is it with all these phone people...they just can put enough volume in anything whether it be cell phone or wireless handset. Headset also left something to be desired.In ability to add just one contact to the general phone directory, in ability to use speaker phone on intercom mode.I just wish there was someway to push a little more distance out....

2-0 out of 5 stars Good phone - shame about the speakerphone.
Got this phone to work from home, along with 4 of my colleagues. The phone offers a very comprehensive set of features. We were also told it would work ok with a wireless network.

The phone is difficult to use from the base station. The numbers are so close together it's easy to punch the wrong button. I guess that's the price you pay for having a small footprint, which the phone certainly has.

The biggest problem we are finding is with the base unit. The speakerphone on the base cuts out, meaning large parts of conversations are missed. If it was just my phone I would have tried swapping it, but it's three different phones being used in three different houses.

Uniden support suggested this was probably due to phone placement. They say the phone should be at least 5-6 feet away from electrical appliances. We're using the phones for work, which means within a few feet of a laptop computer. This seems to be the only common cause of the problem - unless the phones just have a flaw, but nobody else seems to have reported problems with the base unit speakerphone.

It seems very odd that the problem is only with the base unit. I would have thought electrical interference (from a laptop) should affect the handset more, since it's wireless, rather than the wired base unit. That doesn't seem to be the case.

One of my colleagues also reported 'garbled messages' when using voicemail. Interesting to see other comments here about voicemail not working.

The phone probably offers the best set of features compared to other similar phones. Unfortunately the speaker phone problem is proving to be such a pain we're contemplating our options for returning the phones - hence only a 2 star rating.

3-0 out of 5 stars Very Nice - apart from the echo on line 2
I have the same echo-like sound when using the phone on line 2 as a previous reviewer described.I had read that review prior to purchasing the phone but didn't believe it.I wish I had.That said, only 1 of my 2 handsets has a bad enough echo that I don't like talking on it.Both handsets work great for line 1 - really clear sound and no echo.As with the other reviewer I swapped lines, phones, and various other combos but got consistent results.Uniden tech support had me do a "reset" of the phones and base unit - to no avail.They said a repair is the next step.

It's too bad, the phone has great features, feels nice, and all that.I'm not sure if I'll purchase the Panasonic (I've had bad luck with several of their phones) or try to keep swapping additional handsets hoping to get ones that don't echo.I don't use line 2 a lot so can get by for awhile.

The only other feature I didn't like was that the caller-id info is saved on each phone.If I want to delete a caller-id log record, I have to go to the base, its handset, and my extra handset and deleted from each one.Otherwise it shows "New CID" on the handsets as if there is a call needing attention.Something I'll just have to ignore because it's a nuisance going to each phone to delete them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great phone system
We have six of these handsets in our home, for over six months, and they work great! The sound quality, range, and battery life are superior to every other cordless phone I have ever used. The feature set is very well thought out, and the phones are extremely easy to use.

1-0 out of 5 stars poor sound quality
This phones has great features,but very poor sound quality. Mostly sounds like you're in a tunnel even when in the same room as the base. The range is also extremely poor. Bought an extention to add on and can't use it in the next room without constantly cutting out. All in all, this phone stinks. ... Read more


6. Motorola MD61 5.8 GHz Accessory Handset for MD600 Series Phones
by Motorola
list price: $99.99
our price: $64.99
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Asin: B0000CDEJU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 144
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Use this 5.8GHz expandable handset with your Motorola MD671 or MD681 cordless phone system. You can have a phone in every room of your house without needing extra phone jacks. Plus, you can use the intercom/conferencing features, as well as the handset speakerphone, handset-to-handset call transfer and selectable ringtones. Includes Call Waiting/Caller ID*..*Requires phone company service. ... Read more

Features

  • VibraCall alert; selectable ring tones
  • 5.8 GHz digital signal; built-in speakerphone
  • Works with your existing Motorola MD600 series phone system
  • Supports caller ID with call waiting
  • 50 speed-dial presets; intercom, 3-way conferencing

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Phone We Have Ever Owned
We bought this phone about a year ago and have had no issues yet.The battery life is still the same as when we first bought the phone.The speakerphone is the best speakerphone that we have ever used. Better than Panasonic, AT&T, Uniden,V-Tech, Seimons, or any other brand. Most of the time the people on the other end don't even know you are on speakerphone.If you want a clear connection phone where you can hear the caller and the caller can hear you this is the phone to buy.If you want a lot of different features and have static on the phone then buy another phone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of features, a cool look, a great phone!
This phone has many more features than most other cordless phones on the market, such as vibrate and speakerphone on the handset.It has a very modern cool blue and silver look, and the keypad lights up blue when touched.Both the handset and base seem to be very sturdy, and I expect they will last me a long time.Most importantly, the calls are very clear and the range is pretty decent (it goes everywhere in my house, not sure how much further).Battery life doesn't seem to last as long as advertised, but still at least a few days on standby which is good enough for me.Overall this is the greatest cordless phone I have ever used.

3-0 out of 5 stars Anice phone with a big "BUT"
I like this system and it has worked well for me. BUT, with a newer system now released by Motorola, you should be aware that the two are NOT compatible. So if you have to replace a single phone in your system ... Good Luck. You'll have to throw the whole system away and start over with a new system.

4-0 out of 5 stars 4stars....
Excellent range. Easy setup. Clear voice transmission. Like the speaker functionality. No interference with my wireless connection. Could be happier if I could use this as a monitor (I think Unidel allows this). I am not a big fan of Moto cell phones (had 2 lousy ones) but, this household handset is very good.

5-0 out of 5 stars I think this is a great phone
I have had this phone with an extra handset for about 2 months now and I could not be happier.

I'm using this phone with my Vonage service and the call clarity is excellent.I can't speak too much for range since I live in a Townhouse, but the extra handset works fine on a different level of the house.

I've been particularly happy with the speakerphone capability on the handsets.It sounds great and people can actually hear you when you are using it.

The only thing that might bother people is that the buttons are softer than I'm used to on phones.I found myself thinking I hadpushed the button several times when it was new, when in fact I had not.I have gotten used to this and it does not bother me anymore, but I wanted to mention in case this kind of thing bothers you. ... Read more


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

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

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


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

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

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Features

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

Reviews (18)

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

Cons
The secondary handset recharger stopped recharging.

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

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

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

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

Standard rechargeable batteries.

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

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

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

Anthony Trendl
editor, HungarianBookstore.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


8. 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


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

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

Features

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

Reviews (1)

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


10. 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


11. 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


12. 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
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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


13. Uniden ELBT585 5.8 GHz Digital Expandable Cordless Flip Phone with Color LCD, Answering System, and Bluetooth Capability (Titanium)
by Uniden
list price: $279.99
our price: $199.99
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Asin: B0007TIYE8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Uniden
Sales Rank: 9755
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Product Description

TOOTH/ANSW CID *NIC* ... Read more

Features

  • Recordable ringtones; full-color handset LCD
  • Caller ID/call waiting compatible, 100-call memory
  • 5.8 GHz digital signal; expandable to 10 handsets, 1 included
  • Bluetooth enabled for compatible wireless headsets
  • Digital answering system, 15-minute maximum recording time

14. 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

15. VTech ip5825 5.8 GHz DSS Cordless Speakerphone with Dual Handsets and Caller ID (Pewter)
by VTech
list price: $99.95
our price: $79.99
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Asin: B0001MR140
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: VTech
Sales Rank: 6321
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

VTech's ip5825 cordless phone system offers 5.8 GHz digital spread spectrumoperation and a comprehensive combination of features at an affordable price.5.8 GHz DSS transmission represents the latest in today's cordless phone technologies,offering clearer reception, increased range and security, and less interferencethan older phones using the much busier 2.4 GHz and 900 MHz bands.

The ip5825 includestwo handsets but requires only one phone jack. Just plug the base unitinto any existing jack, and place the second handset and charger anywherethat you need an extra phone—all the latter needs is a power outlet.You can use the two handsets as a convenient around-the-house intercomsystem, transfer calls between handsets, and even share a conference call.

Ready for caller ID and call waiting (require phone company service),each handset has a three-line backlit LCD that displays the name and numberof any incoming call. Up to 50 names and numbers are stored in the handset'smemory, which can be accessed at any time by simply pressing arrow keysto scroll through the caller ID log. You can delete entries at any time,and you can display information in English, Spanish, or French.

Two hands-free conversation choices are available: speakerphone (bothbase and handset) or an optional headset (2.5 mm jack and belt clip included).Additional features include illuminated handset keypads, any key answer,handset volume, a mute button, and redial. The phone has a sleek grayexterior with a modern-looking finish, and it doesn't take up a lot ofroom. It can even be wall mounted.

What's in the Box
ip5825 cordless phone base unit, two handsets, one remote charger stand, two AC power adapters, one phone line cord, two battery packs, two belt clips, user guide, warranty information.

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Features

  • 50-name-and-number phonebook
  • Base and handset speakerphones, conference capability
  • 5.8 GHz digital spread spectrum signal
  • Includes 2 handsets and remote charger station
  • Caller ID with 50-name-and-number log

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great phones for the money.
I had purchased the 2.4 GHz VTech single phone, but returned it partly because of the good reviews here and I wanted 2 handsets. I'm glad I did these phones are much better. Some of the features I like:

- When you press 'On' to make a call a timer starts in the display window, and tells you how long you've been on the phone. Very handy, especially when on hold. Then, if you like, set the phone down (stand it up) and press the Intercom button. Now you're in speaker phone mode and can do other things while waiting.

- It feels good in the hand, has a solid feel. One handed dialing with thumb is easy.Volume control on the side is OK.

- The msg waiting light on the base unit is very noticeable - much more than the previous Vtech I just returned.

- Backlit keypad and display is handy at night. The Display window is very informative with various array of messages.

- The intercom-walkie talkie feature is kind of neat. The handsets can call each other. Nice around the house when you don'twant to use cell phones. While talking to each other, either phone can make an external call, and have a 3-way conversation.

- I like the default ringer tone. It's softer, warmer. I turned the ringers off other phones in the house.

- Shared phone book between handsets is smart and time saving. Changes, updates to the phone book on handset 1 are seen on handset 2, and vice versa.

- You can give each handset a unique name. The default is 'Vtech' on both. That can be changed.

People must like this phone - Amazon can't keep it in stock!

I've always been happy with Vtech phones and think the features, quality and price can't be matched by comparable brands.

1-0 out of 5 stars Third time is not a charm. Defects and lousy support.
I've given this phone more than a fair trial. I've purchased this and 5850 phones three times. (The 5850 has an answering machine but identical handsets.) All of their identical handsets have malfunctioned immediately or eventually. The first time one of the screens lost contrast and became unreadable. The last two times the handset became inoperable after being left off of the cradle for several hours. None of the buttons would respond until the phone was recradled for a moment. (This would happen even after the batteries were fully charged.)

I returned the first two for refunds, but the third time I sent a message to VTech's online "support." Their email response was: "Due to the nature of your inquiry, your request would have to be handled by a representative who will provide you with the more detailed information." But when I called the "tech support" number provided I infuriatingly discovered that they only have automated tech support when you select the support phone menu option. So, I called the sales number and the rep said they are trying out this new automated approach to "tech support." That is, they have decided to ditch genuine support.

I asked to speak to a sales supervisor and he said that they have had other complaints about the inoperable handsets. He offered to send me replacement handsets, saying that he thought they have fixed the issue. Which brings up the obvious question: why are they still permitting retailers to sell units that VTech knows have defects? I've only had this one for a week. Shouldn't those defective phones be recalled? The supervisor's only response was to chuckle nervously.

So, while these phones have good talk time and audio quality, and respectable features, I can't recommend them since they are highly prone to defects and the company has such a laughable excuse for support.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great for the first 8 months
This phone worked great with great sound for the first 8 months.Suddenly both handsets stopped taking a charge.No big deal, just replace the batteries.That worked for the main phone but the extra handset will not charge, either in the additional charger or the main charger.Haven't tracked down the problem but will keep trying.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Phones
I read all the reviews before purchasing this phone set and everything that was mentioned about it was accurate more or less.

Speaker phone is much better than I thought it would be , my wife is constantly using it, even though she claimed she did not need a phone with extra features. The second handset which just needs to be plugged in allows us to have a phone in our living room without having to run wires ...perfect!! ( I live in an old house)
Only disadvantage, which I find retarded since it appears that they put a lot of thought into this phone is the fact that you cannot add a "1" in front of a number that appears on the caller id to store in the phone book or redial out. You have to delete the whole number and re-enter it.

I was aware of this b4 purchasing the phone, read it on the reviews but still gave the phones five stars anyway.

3-0 out of 5 stars Its okay
Its just okay; 5.8G but my panasonic 2.4 has better sound quality to it. In this package you get two sets, master one and the other one. The only good thing is that the other set needs to be connected to the power socket only (no need to hook it up to the phone jack as long as the master base is hooked up) so it means you can place it anywhere in the house irrespective of having access to a phone jack nearby. Once again sound quality aint that good.
Addendum: Lately one of the handset is giving me problems; cant receive calls on this one.
PS (added after 3 months) Dont buy this set. I have learned it the hard (and expensive) way. ... Read more


16. Panasonic GigaRange KX-TG2422W 2.4 GHz DSS Cordless Phone with Dual Handsets and Caller ID (White)
by Panasonic
list price: $59.95
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Asin: B0007Q3QNA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 1354
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The KX-TG2422W 2.4 GHz GigaRange cordless phone uses frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology to give you outstanding range and signal consistency. With subscription to local service, it supports caller ID/call waiting, so you know who's calling to chat, with just a glance at the handset. The 50-station memory stores the most recent callers' names and numbers, along with the date and time of their call.

Access the separate phone book for an additional 50 names and numbers of the people you call most frequently. Each handset can store a separate phonebook--making it a great system for a home office or resident teen--or you can share one book among handsets. The charging cradle that accompanies the second handset stores the phone vertically, and the resulting small footprint makes it perfect for a bedside table. Panasonic includes a one-year warranty covering parts and service.

What's in the Box
Two handsets, one base unit, one charging cradle, two AC adapters, one line cord, wall mount adapter, two rechargeable battery packs, two handset covers, owner's manual, warranty card ... 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
  • Additional handset and remote charging cradle
  • Caller ID/call waiting, 50-station memory; 50-station phone book

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars No Headset Jack
I purchased this item through amazon partner circuitcity.

The extended techinical information about this phone is incorrect. There is no Headset jack. I wish I had gone to panasonic official site to confirm this. For me no headset jack means this phone is less then useless. I find it very strange that a phone of this price does not have headset jack. Needless to say I will be returning this phone soon as possible.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good stuff!
I charged the units the day I received it from Amazon, approximately two weeks ago.Have been using it without any problems continuously since then. I really like the idea of being able to send the "phone book" from one unit to the other in a matter of seconds.Can't find any disadvantages as yet. ... Read more


17. Uniden CellLink ELBT595 5.8 GHz Digital Expandable Cordless Flip Phone with Color LCD, Answering System, and Bluetooth Capability (Titanium)
by Uniden
list price: $349.99
our price: $249.99
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Asin: B0007TIYES
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Uniden
Sales Rank: 12530
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With the ELBT595, Uniden introduces CellLink, the latest cordless technology that lets your cordless home phone access your cellular phone's minutes. Of course, you'll need a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone, and the economic advantages of using "free cellular minutes" will depend on your cellular agreement, but CellLink offers obvious convenience to existing cell customers. Plus, the ELBT595 offers a built-in digital answering machine, expandability to 10 handsets, enhanced caller ID with photos, an advanced phonebook, and recordable customer ringers--truly a comprehensive telephone solution.

Features:

  • 5.8 GHz digital spread spectrum technology
  • Bluetooth headset compatible
  • CellLink technology allowing you to link with your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone
  • Digital answering system
  • Full color picture handset display
  • Caller ID/call waiting deluxe options
  • Battery backup during power outage
  • Setup all phonebook settings using your laptop or computer
  • USB connector with downloadable software included
  • Expandable to a total of 10 handsets, only one phone jack required
  • 100 caller ID numbers, 100 phonebook names with four numbers per name
  • Advanced phonebook options, including alpha sort, group sort, multiple numbers per name
  • Downloadable pictures, recordable ringer tones
  • battery/clock/date/banner displays
  • Hands-free speakerphone in handset and base
  • DirectLink mode for two-way conversation between handsets without the base
  • Transfer/intercom from handset to handset, plus handset to base
  • Five-way conferencing calling
  • Software and hardware included: CD-ROM, USB cable, ringer record cable
How Does Bluetooth Work?
Bluetooth technology has been incorporated into this phone to make it easy to communicate with either a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or a wireless headset. You don't even have to think about it. Bluetooth doesn't require you to do anything special to make it work. The devices find each other and strike up a conversation without any user input at all. Now you can tap into your cell phone minutes to take advantage of your cellular plan, or just go hands-free using your land line for crystal-clear communication anywhere in the house.

How Does CellLink Work?
Uniden CellLink technology lets you easily take advantage of your cell phone's minutes.If you have a Bluetooth v1.1 compliant mobile phone and register it to the base, you can make or receive a call through your mobile line as well as your normal land line. To use your mobile line, press the Mobile soft key. The two lines will be completely independent on your ELBT595. For example, you can have one handset operating on the land line while another handset and the base unit participate ina three-way conference call on the mobile line. However, you cannot make or receive a land linecall using a Bluetooth mobile phone, and a Bluetooth mobile phone will not ring whenthe ELBT595 receives a land line calI.

Easy, Powerful Features
Additional features include enhanced caller ID so you can see who's calling with a unique full color picture and distinctive ring. The digital answering system quickly access your answering system using your handset or your base. Volume settings adjust the ringer and speaker volumes on your handset. An advanced phonebook organizes your names and numbers, with special capabilities like storing four numbers per name and sorting names into groups.

You can easily update your phonebook settings using your computer with the USB connector and software included. Enjoy hands-free communication without wires using a Bluetooth headset or the hands-free speakerphone. Easily navigate features with a joystick and soft-key menus. Record your own ringer tones with the audio cable or handset microphone (cable included).

Compatible Handsets
This expandable base system is compatible with Uniden handset models ELX500, TCX400, TCX440, and TCX805. However, only the ELX500 is compatible the base system's Bluetooth and CellLink features.

What's in the Box
Handset (ELX500), base, rechargeable battery, power cord, USB cable, ringer record cable, belt clip, software CD-ROM, user's manual, registration/service information

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Features

  • Recordable ringtones; full-color LCD on handset
  • Caller ID/call waiting; dual keypads, base and handset speakerphones
  • 5.8 GHz digital signal; expandable up to 10 handsets, 1 included
  • Digital answering machine, 15-minute maximum recording time
  • Bluetooth enabled for wireless headsets and compatible mobile handsets

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this phone before touching and feeling it
No doubt, this phone has lot of features. I was waiting for this phone to come since Feb. Its photos and all look very pretty. But, when I went to see this phone physically in a store, I was really repelled by the cheap quality material used. This phone really looks like a kid's toy and that too from some one dollar shop. Needs lot of improvements in the design, aesthetics and material.

3-0 out of 5 stars Wait for the Next Version
I was all hyped up about getting this phone and that feeling faded after only 24hrs of owning it. This phone represents a good try by Uniden, but I feel that it needs to go back for a version 2. First, for me, the ringers on this phone do not ring loud enough (with a few expectations)....Uniden does allow you to set the base station to ring, and it does ring loudly (too loudly at night) but that defeats the reason to have a cordless phone if you are attached to the base station all day. The LCD on the closed clamshell isn't very good. It is easier to read when the backlighting is off then when on. The hinge on my phone squeaked when opening and closing and the keys on the handset feel cheap, not what you should expect from at $250 phone. The software to program the phone is nice, easy to use, and made it really convenient to program in over 50 names and reminder dates, but it would have been nice if Uniden would have allowed you to download ringtones into the phone via the software and USB cable, rather then having to record it into the phone via a mic or a line setup. The color screen is nice and bright, but too small...its like 150 pixels X 150 pixels and the images you can download for your contacts become the size of a postage stamp CUT IN HALF!!Overall it is an average phone, not worth $250, maybe $160....all I know is mine is going back to the store for a refund. See you next time Uniden.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good concept... but falls short
Just gotten this phone with an extra handset for only few days and so far, I've been somewhat pleased with the performance. The system has a wealth of features, yet relatively easy to setup & operate. The main highlight is the cell phone-like function & design with Bluetooth technology. The sound quality on both ends is loud and clear. My Motorola HS850 bluetooth headset links up without a hitch. However, its shortcomings are the buttons on the handset which feels too plastic, and the LCD on the front side of the handset is difficult to read, even more so when lit. A friend had commented that the handset's LCD screen is small and OS software looks primitive. He also added that the handset's plastic housing doesn't have a solid feel to it. By the way, when opening/closing the handset, the hinge squeaks. For that price, one expects higher quality materials used and have good, solid construction. Also a concern is the battery charge/life. So far, I noticed that a charge yields about the same as your typical cell phone, lasting 3 to 4 days - relatively short for a cordless phone. All said, I have until the end of the month to put it thru a thorough test before having the option of returning it.

UPDATE - Had the phone for a week now... and it's going back to the store. Guess it didn't make it to the end of the month. Too expensive of a phone system that has too many shortcomings. I'll hold off for a 2nd generation. This should have been be a 2-star rating (maybe 3-star), but definitely not a 5-star.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cordless + Wireles - best innovative Cordless Phone To-Date
Since I rarely make calls from my home phone, I got rid of my land line and my Panasonic 2.4Ghz expandable phone system (total 5 handsets). To simplify my life even further, I am using my Cell phone as my home phone. With all the free weekend and nights minutes, I really don't need any land line phone.

However, there are times when someone calls me and my cell phone is not around me, say upstair in the bedroom, and I am downstair. This is the time where I missed the cordless handsets the most, because I used to have them in every room.

I read about this Uniden phone back in January, and found it is probably what I need, so I pre-order it last month. It was finally available last Thursday and I received it today with an extra handset just to try it out.

I am not disappointed! This is a very well designed phone system. The menu is intuitive and easy to use, plus all the lights are my favorite blue :-). The handset is just like a clamshell motorola cellphone, even the icons in the menu. Probably a 256-color LCD, but it is a first for a cordless phone! Wallpaper and ringtone and even individual phonebook entry are configurable. You can even customize the handset from your PC using the included software and USB cable. It even has some PDA feature like calendar and appointment reminder in the handset. If I don't tell you, you might think I am talking about a new cellphone from Uniden.

Besides the very functional handset, and of course, you can plug a regular phone wire and use it as a regular expandable phone system with ansering machine. But the feature that attracted me buying this phone system is the bluetooth connection. I was wondering why no one has thought about this when bluetooth made popular a couple of years ago. I paired my Sony Ericsson S710i to the base unit, just like one will do with the cellphone to the headset, it found the device and paired it with no problem. I set the base unit to connect to S710i automatically, and viola! Just so happen my friend called me on my cellphone, all 2 handsets were ringing (so did the S710i). I pressed the "mobile" button, and pressed "Enter" to confirmed using S710i, and I was answering using the Uniden's headset. It even display caller ID on all the LCDs! Basically, my S710i is now my phone jack, and the whole Uniden system is plugged into it "wirelessly". Cordless + Wireless, what a wonderful solution!

Bluetooth cell phone is getting very popular recently, even the stubborn Samsung is making new phone with bluetooth capability. If you have a land line and a bluetooth-enabled cellphone, you could now switch between the regular phone line and your free cellphone minutes at will. Talking about the convenience of answering both using just one handset(and you can tell which one is ringing by the different ringtone you assigned them)!

The only thing on my wishlist for this phone is to be able to transfer phonebook from my cell phone to it via bluetooth. Since most bluetooth devices have this function, I can see a firmware update coming for this already great phone.

May be it is too early to review the quality and reliability of this phone system; may be I will add to my review later. For now, I like it... A LOT! ... Read more


18. 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


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

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

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

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

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

Features

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

20. 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


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