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At&t Cl84209 Corded/dual Cordless Dect 6.0 Phone Digital Answering System

by AT&T
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: AT&T
  • Multiline Operation: multi-line_operation

Product Description

This versatile phone system features a corded phone base as well as 2 cordless phones to let you roam freely about the house. There's also an answering system to make sure you don't miss that important call.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • ASIN: B002A8QC7U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at May 17, 2009

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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Telstar on November 27, 2009
The phone is easy to set up, and as another reviewer notes the directory is automatically sent to the handsets.


1. The lack of a message light is NOT compensated for by optional 10 second apart beeps. I often decide if I will answer from another room at night, and therefore do not want the base beeping if I decide not to answer. The only indication is a rather dim LCD flashing number (small) on the extreme left of the display.
2. The display is horribly used on the base. The word BASE takes up the entire first line, the second line is blank, and the third line has the message counter, time, and date....and they are small. You cannot change contrast settings for the display (it is too dark when the backlight is off.
3. The speakerphone appears to me to be a problem. The ClearSpeak technology (an automatic gain function)often cuts off the first part of speech after a pause. This is annoying...they needed to set the delay to cut off twice as long.
4. The bright orange backlights stay on as long as you are talking. This is another irritation, since the brightness of this on the base gets old very quickly under regular light (the display is lit from above as well as behind).
5. I have another phone that does not require batteries to run with power off...even for the corded handset, they suggest installing batteries for power failure backup.
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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful By J. Miller on September 11, 2009
Well, I got this phone today after returning a Uniden which sounded too muffled for my liking. I found the buttons solid and easy to read, and the setup seemed fairly intuitive to me. I actually had most of the basic features setup through my own playing around before I even cracked open the manual.

Now, I should mention that my phone needs are simple: I don't have call waiting, caller ID, or a special voicemail service so I can't speak to the merits of those features, but for someone who simply uses the phone for basic calls and basic answering machine features, I already like how it sounds and programs out of the box.

Pro's so far for my simple tastes:
- Buttons easy to press and see
- Can do most of the same setup on the satellite phones as you can on the base which is nice if you're sitting down and need to make some feature changes without the base in front of you.
- Directory info logged into one place transfers to the other phones in the system.
- Satellite phones aren't super heavy, but they don't feel chintzy either.
- It's nice having the corded handset on the base in addition to the satellite phones because if you're like me and forget where you put your satellite phones, you always know you can still rush to the base to retrieve an incoming call.
- You can set the phone to answer after 6 rings. My old systems answered after 4 rings, and I always felt this was not enough time.

Con's so far:
- There is no obvious "messages waiting" light indicator! When I get home from work, I'm used to looking all the way across the room to see if I have a flashing light, but now you have to go RIGHT UP to the base to look at the readout and see the blinking "messages waiting" indicator.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Rodolfo Reveles on September 15, 2009
I purchased the CL81209 which came with two cordless units but no answering unit. We upgraded from an AT&T 5.8 ghz. Range and voice quality are much better. We have 8" concrete walls covered with 2.5" of foam on either side. With the 5.8 ghz I would frequently lose the static filled signal in the Garage - about 50 ft from the base unit. With the new AT&T the voice quality is much better And I can walk more than two hundred feet away from the unit and still get a good signal. We live on a 35 acre lot in the mountains and I frequently take calls outside while working in the garage or in my backhoe. I still need greater range but given the power requirements and the FCC regulations, I think, AT&T has given us maximum range and voice quality (without using a range extender which I am not sure is available with this technology.)
AT&T DECT 6.0 Black/Silver Digital Corded/Cordless Answering System (CL84109)Features are fairly intuitive. There are 50 CID numbers and 50 directory numbers. The amber screen is easy to read with out reading glasses for us folks who need them.

In summary, Range with clarity were our greatest needs. These phones using DECT 6.0 technology in these areas performed much better than the AT&T 5.8 ghZ.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ryem on March 6, 2011
Very disappointed in this product. There is no light to indicate that you have a message on the answering machine, and as someone over 40, the LCD display is very difficult to see. The light is for Voicemail service only, but how many people are going to want both? You are given the choice of a beep that occurs every 10 seconds, but that doesn't give family members the option of ignoring it until Mom or Dad comes home.

For some reason the answering machine can only be set from the handsets. The instructions are not intuitive.

Sound quality is fine, and it's an improvement over my old one, but wish I purchased another brand.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MightyFavog on January 17, 2011
I specifically wanted a corded base, backlit LCD, and speed dial numbers. Very few phones have all these options. AT&T's website said this phone had 9 speed dial numbers, so I bought it. I couldn't find the speed dial, so I called AT & T support and was on the phone for about an hour. AT&T support said "Oops! Our bad! We will fix the web site. You should bring the phone back to where you bought it." They did offer me 15% off another phone (which didn't have a backlit LCD), but it didn't matter, since Amazon offers 38% and free shipping for the same phone. I was promised "An AT&T supervisor will get back to {me} within 2 -4 hours" but I haven't heard anything yet.

I have only had this phone 8 hours so I have no opinions on the phone itself. I will follow up if anything changes.

Follow up:

Needless to say, AT&T never called me. I called, got a supervisor, mentioned the two tickets (one for the incorrect info on the web site, one for my purchasing the wrong phone based on the website), and was politely told (in effect) "Return the phone to where you bought it at your expense. We will sell you another phone for more than you could buy it elsewhere. Take it or leave it."


What I like:

Battery life is good.
Backlit displays on base and remotes are perfect.
Sound is good.
Base is wired, so I can use it with my external Plantronics headset.

What I don't like:

Lack of speed dial. The directory dial from the menu system is confusing and requires numerous button clicks.
Phone requires a lot of time with the manual to figure out features.
The numbers in the directory are not displayed in alphabetical order. It appears more related to the order in which I entered them.
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