Top positive review
17 people found this helpful
on September 7, 2010
I recently dropped my POTS landline and got Vonage as a replacement. I needed a phone that I could plug the base into the Vonage V-portal and have satellite handsets throughout the house. This particular model features Link-to-Cell bluetooth technology that allows you to pair up a cell phone with the ATT base unit. I had no trouble linking it to my Evo 4g, Iphone 3gs, and an older Samsung Motorola phone. Placing a phone call is simple; just dial the number then press either Home line or the Cell line to dial out (Requires a cell phone paired to the base unit). When receiving a call, the appropriate line will flash letting you know if the call is coming in on your home line or your cell-linked line.
- The buttons are large and they light up when pressed so you can see them in low light situations.
- The range and battery life of the handsets are excellent.
- The speakerphone is one of the loudest I've heard.
- The voicemail is super easy to use. Even my father, whom I suspect was born in the stone age, was able to use it on the first try.
- Can be linked to your cell phone so cell calls can be made and received from any of the handsets (as long as the cell phone in use is near enough to the base unit to maintain a bluetooth connection).
- Can download a cell-phones contact list into the ATT handsets contact list through the use of bluetooth.
- Extra handsets can easily be added as needed (Maximum of 12 handsets)
- Handsets can be used as an intercom. My mom no longer has to scream at the ceiling to get me to come downstairs to fix something she broke on her computer or show me yet another animal she bought on Farmville (I still love ya Mom).
- The blue circular charging light that comes on when the handset is on the charger can't be turned off. That and all the other junk I have (NAS drive, router, modem, etc...) is starting to give my room a 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' theme at night when I'm trying to sleep.
- As another reviewer pointed out; if you are planning to use this phone as a link to cell device only you will get a 'No Home Line' message on your display that cannot be turned off. While this won't affect the usability in any way it is a bit annoying.
- The menu isn't quite as intuitive as it could be. Pressing the menu button takes you to the menu only, to navigate the menu requires the use two separate buttons. However after a week of use the awkwardness was gone and navigating the menu feels natural again so I suppose it's just a matter of practice.
Overall this phone works great with my Vonage service. The cons are really just minor gripes and not major design defects. Definitely recommend!