Pros:Simple to use. Not expensive. Clarity and reliability.
Cons:Haven't experienced any negatives.
The Bottom Line: This dual headset cordless phone and answering machine offers message clarity, ease of use, and many of the standard features of more expensive models.
I purchased the Uniden 2.4 GHz Dual Handset Digital Answering System Cordless Phone about six months ago, and have been extremely happy with its performance and reliability.
Recommend this product?
The major features of the phone system are:
Heavy duty plastic buttons on the handsets. These work the first time and dont stick. My previous phone had soft plastic buttons, and after about 9 months of use, these lost their effectiveness. I would have to press the keys more than once to get them to register. Often when a number would finally register, it would then stick, doubling or tripling the number, so Id have to start over again. Ive had none of these problems with the Uniden.
Digital answering machine. Setting up the outgoing message is as simple as pushing a button and holding it until you finish speaking your greeting. Likewise, listening to the greeting is a one-touch operation. The incoming messages are always crisp and clear. The system will hold up to 15 minutes of incoming recorded messages, with no limitation on any one message.
Auto Talk this allows you, on incoming calls, to pick up the phone and begin talking without pressing any buttons. A nice feature. To make a call, you do need to press a talk key. When the phone call is over, you have the option of pressing an end key or simply returning the phone to its base.
Extended range. The manual doesnt indicate how far you can get from the base, but Ive been out my front door and still had clear reception. According to the manual, if you do start to move out of range, static interference will occur, and the call will terminate within a minute. Ive never had this happen.
Multiple channels if interference is occurring, changing the channel while still connected is possible.
Memory dial for 10 numbers
Caller ID that will hold 30 numbers (per handset) of course, this requires the caller ID service from the phone service provider. The system includes call waiting caller ID as well.
One-touch last number redial this is a necessity for saving time and frustration!
Message alerts: these include a tone that can be turned off as well as an LED indicator that shows the number of messages waiting. The LED only blinks when new messages are present, showing the number, even though there may be other messages in the system that have been retrieved already. After the messages are played, the LED shows the total number still in the system, but now with a steady, unblinking light.
Find handset key used frequently! Pressing this key causes an annoyingly shrill beeping on the handset that continues until the handset is found and key is pressed again.
Volume controls: ringer & earpiece, with separate controls.
Message retrieval control keys, including play, previous, next, and delete. My only complaint with these is that the next and delete keys are close together, and I have, on occasion, hit the delete when I meant to press the other.
Date and time set key. These operations are simple. The system delivers verbal directions, so that no manual is needed to change date and time. After you confirm changes, the system verbally repeats them, so you are always aware that the new setting is saved. Another operation that this key controls is setting an ID code that is used when accessing messages remotely.
Remote message retrieval. This is one of the most used operations for me. All of the functions can be performed remotely once the ID is entered. Unfortunately, Uniden does not provide a remote instruction card. I copied the appropriate section from the manual and pasted it onto an index card that I folded and carry in my wallet. Punching in 2-digit number codes allows retrieval, saving, or deleting of messages from a remote phone.
There is an electric cord, but also a rechargeable battery.
The main base unit can be mounted, but not the second handset and base.
One-year basic warranty on quality and parts. Uniden prefers to be contacted directly at their customer service number (800-297-1023) if problems do occur. The manual includes a section on troubleshooting.
The system is expandable, so additional handsets can be purchased separately and added.
The Uniden 2.4 GHz Dual Handset Digital Answering System Cordless Phone is a simple model to use. All of the setup procedures are straightforward, and can be done easily because of clear step-by-step manual instructions or voice directions. The daily operations are easy to learn.
Maintenance is simple. Uniden recommends cleaning the headset contact points once a month with a damp cloth (water only, no cleaners).
The system comes in one basic color: ivory. The cost of the dual handset and answering machine unit runs about $60. Additional handsets cost in the range of $35-40.
Im happy with the performance of this phone and answering machine, and would recommend it highly because of reliability and ease of use.