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GE 29869GE2 Digital Answering System with 4 Mailboxes
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- Digital answerer with up to 40 minutes record time and 2 outgoing announcements
- 4 message mailboxes allow callers to leave separate messages for individuals
- Digital message counter
- Reliable digital technology means there are no tapes or tape decks to break, jam or wear out
- Call screening, auto disconnect, message scan and ring select
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Top Customer Reviews
There are several reasons to like this GE messaging system. For starters, this machine is one of the first to offer 40 minutes of storage capabilities. Most of the digital machines out at the time of this review only allow 15 to 20 minutes.
Secondly, there are 4 mailboxes on this machine, making this a great machine for a family or roommates to use. Even if you live by yourself, the separate mailboxes is perfect to use to store messages separately from the main mailbox.
Another great feature is the clarity of the messages as they are being played and the time/date stamp. I have had absolutely no trouble understanding my messages or the digital voice in the machine.
There is also a battery back-up you can use to help save your messages and settings in case there is a power failure. (9-volt battery is not included).
The directions that came with the machine were very easy to read and understand. 10-minutes after taking the machine out of the box it was set up and ready to answer my calls.
One of the best features, to me at least, is that it has a toll saver feature. When set to toll saver, the machine will answer on the 4th ring if there are no new messages and on the 2nd ring if there are new messages. When you call home to check your messages, if it rings more than twice you will know that you have no new messages and can hang up without having to waste your time.
There are a few drawbacks to this GE digital messaging system, the main one being that the time/date stamp plays at the end of the message instead of the beginning.Read more ›
I love the many features. (See other reviews for details.) We use the GE as a traditional one mailbox answering machine, and we use the extra mailboxes to store messages out of the main inbox. 40 minutes of record time makes this easy. Switching between the primary and secondary outgoing greeting is as simple as pressing a single button. We've checked messages remotely with no problems.
I, too, wish the time/date stamp was at the start of the message. I also wish there was some way to rewind a playing message by only a few seconds instead of having to go all the way back to the beginning.
The good things...yes..the sound quality is good and recording time is long as most reviews mention. Reasonably easy to get started. If you are buying it for these reasons, you will be happy, if you want full-featured mailboxes, you will be disappointed and if you are frustrated or disapointed by mediocre design, you have been warned.
You can imagine how surprised I was when I got the GE 29869 answering machine. I know some reviews said that it had good sound quality, but a few reviews also said it had poor sound quality. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. I am happy to confirm that this unit does, in fact, have good sound quality. And not many digital answering machines can claim that! Certainly not my old Sony TAM-100.
I bought the Sony 3 years ago in summer 2000, and was *un*pleasantly surprised when I bought it home. I thought I was getting a good deal on this unit -- half price off MSRP at the college bookstore. Only catch: no returns. "Hey, it's a Sony... it couldn't possibly be that bad," I thought to myself. Whoops. Bad sound quality. And me, unable to return the darn thing!
Tips on sound quality
The GE's sound quality is fairly good on outgoing and incoming messages. You have to be careful about how you position the unit, however, and how you "talk" to the machine when you record your outgoing message. I have found that your outgoing message sounds best when you are at a 45 degree angle to the microphone and about 12 inches away (measured from mouth to mic), with the machine about 6 inches in front of you on the desk. I originally recorded the outgoing message hovering directly over the unit, about 8-10 inches away. It was a little muffled.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is now deemed "obsolete" but I've had one for years, and still vastly prefer it over the telephone company voice mail system. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cary L. Brown
The messages were unintelligible when accessing remotely, amazing how poor the quality was, considering that messages are its only use. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jill Beckett
Does the job. Functions are good and work consistently. Digital voice quality is never as good as my old dual cassette machine, but can't find those anymore.Published 18 months ago by Ellsworth Hampton
The reason I love this answering device is because it is exactly like the answering device that has my deceased husband's voice on it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Moonglows Mom