AT&T () 91083 Single Clear Handset Detangler (ATTDETANGLER) Phone

AT&T () 91083 Single Clear Handset Detangler (ATTDETANGLER) Phone

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No More Twist & Tangles!

Nov 22, 2005 (Updated Nov 23, 2005)
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Pros:Easy to install.

Cons:Deeply recessed jacks reduce how freely handsets can turn.

The Bottom Line: A much recommended addition to your corded telephone (assuming that the handset does not have a deeply recessed jack).


OK, by a show of hands, how many of you remember the days when the cords on your Western Electric telephone were hard-wired and could not be removed or replaced without the use of a screwdriver and a pair of pliers?

Ah! Quite a few!

One of the benefits realized when telephones connectors were made modular was the ability to replace a worn, cut or hopelessly kinked cord without having to disassemble the telephone itself.

One such device that helps keep handset cords from becoming hopelessly knotted up is the AT&T 91083 detangler.

The 91083 is approx 1.5" long and 9/16" at its widest point. The majority of the body is a hard & clear plastic, with a colored inner portion (in the case of the epinions photo, black). As you look around the circumference of the detangler's body, you will see 4 golden bands and 4 prongs that touch those 4 bands (1 prong/band). The audio to and from the handset are found on those gold bands and the prongs rub/glide along the bands as the detangler is twisted & turned. This allows for uninterrupted sound no matter how many times you spin the handset.

VTech, the maker of AT&T products, does make a detangler with a white inner portion, but you can get it only as a part of a kit that also contains a 25' long white handset cord. Similar detanglers can also be found at Radio Shack and other electronics/office supply outfits.

The male end is a softer plastic section that protrudes out from the body. This section has a tab and 4 gold colored bands opposite the tab. The male end is the portion that swivels as the handset that it is attached to is rotated clockwise or counterclockwise.

The female end of the detangler has an opening with 4 prongs angled in towards the center of the detangler. This is the end that you would plug in the coiled handset cord.


Plugging The Detangler In.


Connection of a detanger is quite simple. The first step would be to disconnect the handset cord from the handset by squeezing the tab on the handset cord and gently remove it from the jack.

The next step is to plug in the detangler into the handset by gently squeezing the tab on the male end and inserting it into the jack on the handset and pushing it in until you hear a "click" and feel the detangler snap into place.

Lastly, connect the free end of the handset cord into the female end of the detangler by squeezing the tab on the cord, inserting the tab into the detangler and push it in until you hear the "click" and feel the cord snap into place.


How Well Does It Work?

We have detanglers on all of our corded telephones in the house. In the few years that we have had our AT&T 962 & 965 telephones in service, not 1 of the 25' long Dove Gray colored handset cords has kinked up. The cords look like they were just pulled out of the blister package the day before.

I did run into a problem where one detangler was cracked due to the deep well that the mouthpiece on the handset rests in. The detangler would hit the telephone's surface and eventually the soft plastic on the male end cracked to the point where movement of any kind would cause massive amounts of static. I solved that issue by placing a small felt pad in the well so that the mouthpiece on the handset is somewhat elevated. There is now a small gap between the detangler and the surface of the telephone's body and the replacement detangler is working out just fine.

I have been able to stretch out the handset cord to just about full length without any visible distress to the cord, detangler or the handset.


A Problem Or Two.


I've noticed that the jacks on the handsets of many of the newest AT&T branded telephones are recessed deeper than older versions. Because of this, the detangler will be difficult to insert into the handset and it will rub against the handset when the handset is pivoted, thus reducing it's effectiveness. On older Western Electric CS500 and 2500 series telephones where the handset rests across the top of the telephone, the approx 1" that the detangler extends the handset
cord out from the handset results in a look that might be odd to some people.


Final Thoughts.


All in all, the AT&T 91083 does a fine job of protecting coiled handset cords from becoming a tangle mess. While the market for corded telephones is shrinking, it's nice to know that there is a product out there that will help eliminate a problem that dogged more than a few people for many years.



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