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Very happy with 4733
on November 4, 2012
I bought the TG4733, which is the version with 1 base unit (no keypad for dialing) and 3 handsets.
I recommend this phone system. I had a few concerns:
1) One reviewer complained about not being able to screen from the base. So what? When a call comes in, as the caller leaves a message, you can hear it on each handset. Not a problem for me. (I misunderstood the reviewer, and thought that no screening was possible. That would be crazy.)
2) One reviewer complained it was cumbersome to turn off the ringer, when he wanted to sleep and not be disturbed. I see his point. My solution: I have the base in my bedroom, and turn off the handset ringer. The base ringer volume has up/down buttons and you can tap-tap-tap volume down to zero (off) in a half second. The only volumes I use in my bedroom are 0 and 1 (the range is 0 to 6). So for me, it's like one press for ON or OFF. Also, you can get directly to the handset ringer volume control menu by pressing <menu> #160. If you do need to change the handset ringer volume regularly, this sort of shortcut is useful. There are such shortcuts for the various submenus. Leaving the base in my bedroom is not a problem, since every phone has a flashing light on top to show that you have messages waiting, and a single button press allows me to play back the messages on my kitchen phone when I walk in the door. And the message playback is on the speaker phone, so I can press the button and put the phone down while I listen to messages.
3) I use a calling card for long distance. The access number is an 800 number, and then I enter a card number which looks like a 1(123)456-7890 phone number. One reviewer complained about not being able to store long numbers. But here's how it works: I store those two numbers with a pause between them in one of the directory spots (That's 22 digits plus pause). I select that "number" from the phone book, press "Talk" and the phone starts dialing. While it is dialing, I press [MENU] <down><down> [SELECT] and I am then in the phone book. I find the number I want to call and when the call center says "Please enter the number you wish to call" I press the [CALL] button. In the instructions they refer to this as "chain" dialing. You can string together as many number as you like. So, for example, if you have a bank account number that you enter when doing phone banking, you can store that as a phonebook entry, and when asked for it, you can send the number.
One thing I like a LOT about this phone that I cannot emphasize enough: the handsets use 2 common AAA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries. All batteries will someday die, and I now will not face the choice of buying 3 $20 battery packs vs. buying a new phone, as I have in the past. To me, this is a HUGE plus.
The only down side to this phone is the sound quality is not great on my end. I have had someone tell me that at their end my phone sounds better and louder than anyone elses. So the jury is still out on the sound quality issue... not sure if it will bother me in the long term. But I'd rather have any problems be on MY end... at least then I'm aware of it.