VTech i5866 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable Cordless Phone with Digital Answering System
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- 5.8 GHz digital spread spectrum signal
- Expandable to 8 handsets, 1 included
- Digital answering system, 3 mailboxes, 15 minutes record time
- Caller ID/call waiting, 50-call memory
- Intercom, 3-way conferencing; custom ring tones
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Integrated digital answering system with three mailboxes and a full 15 minutes of recording time
The i5866 from VTech is a 5.8 GHz cordless phone system with a number of handy extras, including an all-digital answering system, and multi-user expandability to eight handsets. The i5866 utilizes the 5.8 GHz frequency and digital spread spectrum technology to provide clear, accurate reception with less interference than traditional 2.4 GHz and 900 MHz phones. The answering machine stores up to 15 minutes of messages split among three mailboxes, while full remote operation allows you to check messages even while you are away from home.
Caller ID/call waiting compatible, the i5866 has a 50-number caller ID memory as well as a separate 50-name-and-number phone directory to help you keep track of important contacts. You can select among eight ring tones and 12 musical ringers, while the supplied audio patch cord allows you to record custom ring tones.
A speakerphone on the handset combines with headset compatibility to provide hands-free communication options. Handset-to-handset call transfer allows you to route incoming calls to any handset registered to the system, while three-way conferencing lets you communicate with multiple parties at once. An intercom feature provides a way to communicate between handset locations, and a global page/handset function lets you speak with all handsets at once.
Additional features include flash, redial (last 10 numbers), and hold. The NiMH battery provides up to eight hours of talk time or up to five days on standby, while a low-battery indicator lets you know when to return a handset to its charging cradle. A handset control allows you to adjust volume levels. The i5866 also comes backed with a one-year limited warranty.
What's in the Box
Base unit, handset, base AC power adapter, telephone line cord, quick start guide, belt clip, user's manual, audio patch cord, battery cells, battery cover
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1. It has excellent sound quality. Very clear voices.
2. No static, feedback, interference, or disconnecting.
3. It is easily expandable to add another handset.
4. User friendly Menu driven setup. Has soft keys much like a cell phone.
5. Easy to retrieve call log, and to store them in phonebook.
6. The handset lights up like a Christmas tree when it rings.
7. You can see the caller ID from 20 paces.
8. Comfortable in the hand.
9. Speakerphone on each handset is very nice.
10. Ringtones allow you to determine who's calling.
1. And this is a big one. Each handset stores a separate phone book. So now I have to go to four phones to enter a new entry.
2. The message play back is muffled, and unclear. I cannot even recognize when it's my mother.
3. If you have 10 messages that you have already listened to, and want to replay the 10th, you have to skip 1 thru 9 to hear the 10th. This does not apply to new messages which you can hear at the press of one button.
4. Handset only lasts off charger for about 2-3 days. My previous Panasonic lasted about 2 weeks.
5. There is no warning when the handset battery is about to die. Just the ear-splitting beep, and it is dead. The battery indicator on handset is worthless.
6. Intercom feature is not what i expected. It just rings another handset and requires someone to answer it.
Features I don't need
1. 3 separate message banks, requires the caller to press which bank they want to use.
2. Pictures on the headset that identify who is calling (for example, a picture of someone fishing).
3. Backup battery storage. Just make them last longer instead.
The phone & base look stylish (not cheap like old vtech phones) and has great features:
- Orange backlit keys
- Speakerphone on handset.
- Ability to record custom ringers from any sound source having a standard mini-plug headset jack (cord included).
- Base can take two rechargeable AA batteries (about $8 at a Staples) and let you swap for dead batts in your handset OR talk for ~2 hours during a power outage!
Only thing I'd like would be ability to listen to messages from the handset. Didn't get the 5867 because I didn't think a color display was worth extra $20; I'm pretty sure that's the only difference between the two phones.
Oh, most importantly--sound quality is great both ways.