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AT&T CL81209 1.9 GHz Dual Handsets Single Line Cordless Phone
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at&t DECT 6.0 - A new version of cordless
Jan 4, 2010 (Updated Jan 12, 2010)
Review by northeastgal
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Easy to use and the convenience of having two phones on one jack.
The Bottom Line:
A simple cordless that has keys that light up, easy to use with the features mostly used. Choose one or several phones with one phone jack.
A few months ago my one cordless phone was not holding a charge so I went out to find a new battery to replace it. When they come out with newer models, stores don't stock on batteries for old phones. Also, there are so many brands and types that you really have to bring the battery pack with you to make sure it is for the correct phone and the correct size. The battery of the phone lasted over a year.
Recommend this product?
While at Walmart, I noticed the batteries of cordless phones with limited supply. My type was out of stock but the price was almost $16. I didn't want to spend that much on a battery and noticed a vtech phone next to the batteries for $15! I decided to purchase it even though I really wanted and have a preference for at&t phones. The vtech phone went back within a week because of the simplicity, limited features, of the phone and bad reception. Besides it did not have a speakerphone which I realized is a feature I wanted.
When I returned the phone, I looked at the selections available while discussing cordless phones with another customer. After careful consideration, checking prices and phones, I chose this CL81209 for almost $48 plus tax.
~ About this model ~
This phone is a DECT 6.0. From the at&t website, this is what that means which I didn't know before, "DECT 6.0 technology is a newly available frequency band that provides improved range without needing to boost the power. The sound quality on our DECT models is superior to existing 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz models and enables the user to talk anywhere in their home or office without interference from a wireless network. This proven and reliable technology has been in use for a number of years in Europe and has proven to provide brilliant quality of voice and sound, high protection against eavesdropping and better range than 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz phone systems".
First thing I did was take everything out of the box and checked the parts. The phone fit on the existing screw on the wall. I used the wall mount bracket and placed the cords for the power and the telephone jack. There are illustrations in the manual. The phone must be charged for 16 hours the first time.
While the phone was being charged, I read the manual to learn how to use it. The manual is for 3 models; CL81109, 209 and 309. The difference with each is that the 109 has one phone, 209 comes with 2 and the 309 has 3 but can be expanded to 12 handsets by purchasing individual ones. My model is the CL81209 so I have 2 phones with one base and additional handset charger. I love it. One stays upstairs and one downstairs. No more going up and down looking for the one.
This phone has pretty basic features with an orange back lit on the keys and the LCD screen which is about 1 1/2" square. The numbers are easy to press and visible from a distance.
Charge indicator on top left of phone - a red light
CID/-VOLUME (down) - Check all calls
Phone Flash (green) - for Call Waiting
Mute/Delete - Just press once to delete with a sound
Speaker - On the bottom, left side
Menu/Select - Round button under display
Dir/ Volume (up) - All saved contacts
Off/Clear (red) -
Redial/Pause - On the bottom
INT (intercom) - Bottom right
50 stored numbers in CID and phonebook
Any key answer
10 different ring tones
Set up in English, Spanish and French
~ My thoughts ~
After I charged the phones, I went outside and called my daughter to ask her how the reception was because with the vtech, she had cut a conversation short because of the sound. She said it was fine.
I like the simple features which I don't need to refer to the manual many times while using them like some other phones. I don't like complicated electronic devices.
You must subscribe for the Caller ID features through your phone carrier to get features such as the number of who's calling, call forwarding, etc.
I have the speakerphone which is nice to have but can run down the charge when used. I only use it if I am doing something while talking. It is a convenience.
The intercom is a plus feature not needed but can be useful if you wish to call from one phone to the other. Just press the INT on the lower right and the other phone will ring. This allows me to carry the phone with me outdoors and talk to someone indoors if I need to.
I'm glad I chose this phone. It is not that heavy. I can put it in my pocket and has the features I want with the bonus of an intercom.
Did I mention the sound quality is just as well as my corded phone? It does not fade in and out like some callers using cheap portable phones, there is no echo like someone's new iphone. I'm finicky when it comes to phone quality and I find at&t makes high quality phones making my conversations very clear as if I was in front of the person speaking with them. I have not heard anyone ask which phone I was using; corded or cordless. When I hear static or voice going in and out I usually ask my caller to call me back on another phone.
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