AT&T 1717 Digital Answering System
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- All-digital recording
- Time-and-day stamp
- Call screening
- Remote access
- Remote room monitor
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Setting up the 1717 was easy--we just plugged in the AC adapter and the phone cord. We correctly guessed how to set the clock. A sticker on the bottom of the unit reminds you how to reset it in the event of a power failure.
To set features other than the clock, you press and hold the Setup button and follow the voice prompts. To record the outgoing message, you press and hold the Annc/Skip button. As is typical with AT&T answering devices, this was a little tricky, as the same button that confirms your message also resets the factory prerecorded outgoing message. Overall, setup was quick and easy--we didn't have to consult the manual for any feature, but some users will need to if the 1717 is their first answering machine.
When we removed the AC power, it reset the clock but didn't erase our messages; AT&T's Message Guard protects them from power failures. Sound quality is good but not excellent, just as we would expect for an answering machine in this price range.
- Quick setup
- Records up to 59 messages
- Four-minute recording limit per message
Top Customer Reviews
The 2 digital answering machines I've had before this (one Bell South, the other GE) both gave me the problem of hanging up on people in the middle of their messages. It seemed like half my messages were people saying, "Hi Ben, I'm calling back because your machine cut me off...". I've never had that problem with this AT&T, it's very reliable.
It also does a good job of cutting out messages that are nothing but dialtones (although one does slip in there every now and then) while also giving you time to screen the call. It's a nice gadget, very compact, and well worth the price.
I have bought this model after an unsuccessful model of another manufacturer, which I returned. 1717 works almost perfect! Some nontrivial advantages are:
- Requires (actually) no battery;
- Full remote control, including change of announcement. Using this feature, you can ask callers to dial your current number;
- Saves messages in case of power failure;
- Consumes less than 10 Watt;
- Has a toll saver;
- Has reasonable threshold for decision to shut down if the voice level on input is low;
- Tells (does not display) the time when one button is pressed. I use this feature at nights.
Defects are: some (unimportant) features like jump forward-backward within a message do not work; voice quality is noticably worse than that of live telephone conversation; is too light to be swept off; the loudspeaker is small.
Altogether, however, for $30 it is a very good buy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I know, I know. No one uses an answering machine anymore with the age of voicemail...but, my 80 year old mother does. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lisa M. from Oregon
I've had my AT&T 1717 for at least 10 years, probably closer to 15. I've never had any trouble with it--it just keeps on working. Read morePublished 17 months ago by jimmy
I bought this machine for my mother, who wanted one that was simple. She has been very satisfied with it, and has no trouble using it.Published on June 28, 2009 by Marvin A. Lawton
Highly recommended (for the price) if you don't mind it breaking down after a year and a half.Published on April 6, 2005 by Jeremy Goldberg
I've had this answering machine for 7 years, 4 moves, and 6 different roommates. It has never given me a problem. I find the buttons and remote use pretty intuitive. Read morePublished on September 14, 2004 by Amy
Great machine!! Easy to learn to use. Easy to set up. Would definitley buy again!!Published on February 11, 2004
This is a very nice, simple answering machine. I have had one for a long time and it served me well. Read more
I did not even know I had this machine while reading the reviews and only when I checked the picture I realized that I have had it so long I had forgotten what brand/model I had. Read morePublished on June 1, 2003 by me.you