Pros:Does what it is advertised to do -- connect cell phone to landline.
Cons:Introduces minor line noise and crackling.
The Bottom Line: If you tire of searching for your cell phone when a call arrives, why not have it forwarded to your landline. The Xlink BTTN actually can do that for you.
I have been eyeing the XLINK BTTN for months now.
Basically, I wanted to answer my cell phone calls without having to leave my desk and walk over to the charger in the next room. If I could indeed link my cell and answer all my calls on the landline phone I would be in heaven.
For the most part I am.
To begin with, I have a Panasonic cordless 5.8 system with a desk station and 3 additional satellite phone scattered throughout the house. My cell phone is the iPhone 3GS.
Based on the mostly positive reviews I ordered the BTTN model so I can receive cell phone calls but keep all outgoing calls via the landline.
I was surprised how tiny this device is. Much smaller than you would think depicted in the picture. The initial wiring and pairing between my iPhone and the BTTN took under 5 minutes. A quick start manual is included but with the markings on the back of the BTTN it's really self explanatory.
The iPhone was placed in the next room in its charging dock. Many people reported that 10' would be the maximum distance that I could place my phone from the BTTN. I would estimate the actual distance in my setup to be about 15-20' . Fortunately, the connection was still solid at that distance.
I tested how well the iPhone repairs with the BTTN when walking in and out of range. When I am out of range the blue light blinks and when I walk back in my home and come back to my iPhone charging dock the light goes solid blue, indicating pairing. So, at least in the case of the iPhone, it pairs itself up nicely each time.
I patiently waited for my first cell phone call since the pairing. When it arrived I heard the cell phone ring in the other room and then a second later on the landline. Every single cordless phone in the house rang and the caller ID was passed through as well. The first disappointment was the fact that there was no distinctive ring to tell me that this was a cell call being forwarded to my landline.
The quality of the conversation was not entirely optimal. There was a lot of minor crackles being introduced into the call that I knew were coming from the BTTN. Nothing major, mind you, but it certainly let veil down that this was a cell phone connection. Otherwise, I would say the quality of the call was acceptable.
Another problem with the BTTN is that it does add noise to
the phone line. The first thing I noticed about my landline after connection was that there was a very slight amount of background hiss when obtaining a dial tone. Also, in some cases, the phone actually takes a half second more to get a dial tone.
If all these setbacks I mentioned seem concerning, I would not take them too seriously. We are talking about bluetooth which not a very powerful connection in the first place. I didn't expect that this would be 100% perfect for what it does, but what it does certainly fills the void very nicely.
I would recommend this as long as you understand its limitations.
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