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One big flaw...
on June 1, 2013
Ever since Hurricane Sandy, I've been glad I kept an old fashioned, corded telephone. It was the ONLY thing that worked after almost two weeks of no electricity! (Shame that so many friends and family members who had cordless or cell phones were totally out of power; I picked the phone up and there was a dial tone that worked! Thanks, Ma Bell!)
My old GE wall phone had a problem with the caller ID. I couldn't get it to work, so I purchased this RCA number.
It's lightweight, much easier to replace batteries than the GE. It'd be fine except for one thing that isn't spelled out - there is NO dial tone if you don't put batteries in it.
I get that you need batteries for the Caller ID, but why would you need them just to get a dial tone? That's definitely not a plus, part. if you forget to replace them and another hurricane comes along!
The other thing is, that for all the batteries, the caller ID is VERY hard to see. It's almost as hard to read as the freaking directions; I'm going to sit down with a microscope and see if somewhere it's hidden how you can increase the contrast to make the Caller ID actually visible (if anyone knows, save me 7 hours and post it below.)
I'm keeping it, simply because there are so few wall phone choices and it was cheap enough. But it sure seems to kill the point of getting a wall phone if you need batteries just to make it work - and the dim Caller ID is a no-go, too.