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Best of 3 worlds but...
on December 10, 2011
Corded/Cordless phones and an answering machine in one system...The best of 3 worlds but...alot of uneeded fluff.
I'm the guy who likes manual crank windows and no ac, and an FM radio on his car.The less complicated the better.And less things to go wrong so I probably shouldn't have bought this setup.But I needed a system like this and the price was GREAT! So....
I have had this phone system for awhile now and although I like many of the features the likes are off-set by the dislikes.
Likes: Corded base can be used in a power outage.AAA Li Ion batteries are replaceable.Caller block feature.Pretty long range on cordless phones.(There was a bad wreck near my house and we do NOT have cell service.The man was able to call his family standing by the accident site which was about 700' away no problem).Mega battery life! Alarm clock.Timed ringer on/off.(NICE!)Speaker phone is nice.Large, well-lit LCD.Phonebook is sent to the other phones after programming so you only have to do it once.Answering machine can be programmed for # of rings to pick up.Can listen to messages from base or handsets.Handsets are very light.
Dislikes: War & Peace sized instruction manual. MIT masters degree required to set up everything! I still am programming stuff on it.Numerous buttons to push just to find out who called and return their call or add them to the phonebook.You could never commit it all to memory which requires digging through the manual AGAIN! SUPER LAME ringer options. How about one that sounds like a PHONE EH? Keypad does not stay lit making it hard to know which button to push in the dark when you get a beep.(call waiting).About 10 keystrokes to locate a handset from the base.How about a single button like my $20 motorola.Phones are light but flimsy.I put the belt clip on for protection in case I dropped it.Belt clip partially cover the rear speaker(?) And FINALLY my biggest complaint....YES my wireless router DOES interfere with cordless reception.So bad in fact you'd swear Thomas Edison called and was playing his phonograph on the other end! I go to the base, pick up the receiver and whalah...crystal clear.Hmmmm.Well these are just my findings and opinions.