GE Phones 31591 Dect_6.0 1-Handset 2-Line Landline Telephone
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- Cordless Skype and landline calling
- PC-free Skype access
- Sign in using Skype username/password
- See Skype contacts online status
- Manager your Skype presence
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UPDATE - 20 Feb 2012: A new update for this phone has rendered it practically useless for use with Skype it will connect to Skype and ring with an incoming call, however when you try to answer it the call will be lost. (I have no issue if I answer it on my laptop again, so it's not a network issue.) The phone has also reverted back to the full 1 minute ring time before forwarding! It has been this way for a couple weeks now! I constantly check for a new update. Hopefully they'll fix this soon and I'll remember to get on here and update the review.
As you may know, GE Customer Service says the voicemail problem rests with Skype. They may be right, but their menu system on the phone is somewhat arcane, the user manual does not help, and they do not provide useful answers to those who experience this problem. Perhaps my experience will help others.
a. On the PROS side... the voice quality is pretty good when used with SkypeOut calls... I will give it an "A"
b. On the CONS side.... voicemail does not work ("F"), contacts list does not download ("F"), creating new contacts returns the error "Failed" ("F"), customer service useless (I was told to return the phone, so another "F")
All in all, unless the firmware is fixed the phone is not fully functional, but it has potential, hence the title "Not there yet..."
That said, this phone works perfectly for our purpose. The sound quality is excellent, you can't even tell that it's an internet-based call. We don't have a landline so I can't comment on its ability to call both, but I CAN tell you that the phone gives you the option to choose, within the menu, whether you want ALL phone calls to be skype calls, landline calls, or if you want the phone to ask you every time you make a call what kind of call you want it to be.
The reason I took away one star is because at first, my phone wouldn't make any calls at all and I couldn't understand why (the manual didn't mention this problem). I finally realized that it was because the defaul setting when you first get it is to make landline calls and we didn't have a land line. Now that we have the phone set to "skype only" calls. We don't have that problem. The only other issue is that the phone reminds you when you have a low credit balance on skype, which we do because we have a subscription instead. So we have to click "OK" on the low balance reminder message before every skype call, but it doesn't really bother us that much, it's just one extra click and then your call goes through.Read more ›
As the other reviewer Sun Rae said, we have not had any issue with the voice-mail / answering machine. (We mainly use our mobile phones, so the voice-mail is not an issue for us.)
Input: 120VAC 60Hz 50mA, so the phone cannot be used in Europe or any country using 220V
UPDATE (1/20/13): I purchased this phone in October 2011 and it still works great. However, the battery life has shortened recently (the battery does not last more than 10 minutes), so I will have to order a new one.
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