(9/05) Aesthetically, the product earns high marks. I like the layout of the handset and base and the setup was easy. The range however was horrible. After charging for 12-16 hours, I was no more than 3 feet away when static could be heard and walking a few feet further, the call would drop and the "out of range" message would come. I tried various things such as ensuring the phone was using a socket to itself, place high on a bookshelf, keep away from appliances, etc. I returned the phone and got a Panasonic instead. Instantly better and I'm glad I exchanged the phone.
UPDATE 11/05: Well the Panasonic turned out to be even worse after keeping for a few days. Anyway, went back to this phone hoping the first was just a lemon. After two months "low battery" would come on only after 2 hours (max) of talk time regardless of how long I let it charge. Handset speaker gave alot of static at the end of two months. Talk time would never exceed 3 hours ... I talk on the phone alot and I know that the battery runs out after a long time of continued use but my 900Mhz would keep the charge for at least two days and I could spend hours and hours without recharge. It was never an issue until this phone. Had terrible luck with the GE & Panasonic 5.8Mhz so I've switched to the 2.8mhz. Hopefully this switch will give me what I'm looking for...a cordless phone with answering machine that works!
Actually, one of the best, if not the best cordless phone we have ever used! We've been using this phone for 5-6 months now with NO problems whatsoever. We have had terrible luck with all previous cordless phones, the fully digital ones nearly always worse than their (less secure) analog counterparts. So far , so good. We are looking to buy 1 expansion handset soon. Don't know if we just got lucky or the one we got was a great one. We are happy with the sound,range and features. We have had MANY cordless phones in the past that went dead quickly. Knock on wood. I purchased this phone principally because it was : 1)Comfortable to use, 2) Digital, & 3)5.8GHz (for range,quality,privacy). UPDATE : 2/24/07 The base phone and satellite are working like a champ still!
I had bought a similiar phone from GE and I am very angry. It was a phone system that had 1 base and 3 extra handsets. Well after a lot of problems and then the handsets not being able to register with the base, I sent them back to GE for an "exchange". After waiting for a couple of months they said that they no longer were able to exchange my phone (they didnt have anymore of this item) and had NO upgrades that they could give me so they are sending me my money back. HELLO, this doesnt help me. Now I dont have my phones and I cant find phones that have 1 base and 3 headsets for the original price that I paid.
well I guess its "thanks GE for letting me use your phone system"