AT&T 9355 900 MHz Cordless Phone

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AT&T 9355... Almost decent (Snicker)

Dec 23, 2000
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Pros:compact, light, good display

Cons:annoying ring, faulty answering machine

My family owns 6 telephones in our household, and this telephone is by far the worst of the group. There are a number of features offered by this telephone that, on paper, are convenient and worth a little extra money; however, most of them are flawed and frustrating.

The Features

The AT&T 9355 is a cordless phone/answering machine that is lightweight and compact, allowing for wall placement or simply on a tabletop. It requires 3 AAA batteries.

The handpiece has a display screen about 1" wide and .5" tall that displays the last number called as well as the memory and redial options, which are used by pushing the corresponding button below the display.

Other features on the handpiece include:

-Flash button for caller waiting
-Volume and Channel control buttons
-Answering machine controls like delete, skip, etc.
-Menu button

The answering machine:

The answering machine allows for two separate voice boxes and is digital, so tapes are unnecessary. The answering machine is located on the main console, along with the charging bay.

The phone can sit in the charging bay either display up or display down, but one of the best features is the long battery life of this phone. The phone can be left on the hook overnight and be used all day without problem.

The problems I have had with this phone:

1) For some reason, the ring on this phone is not in sync with every other phone in our house. This is not a big issue or anything, but it is rather annoying to have the ringer go off out of order.

2) Countless people have told me that they have trouble getting to the various voice boxes when leaving a message. The instructions tell the user to inform callers to press 1 or 2 depending on which box they want, but when the caller does this one of two things happens. Because there is no way to let the caller know if they have successfully pressed the number, if often seems as if they have messed up, so they hang up. What happens every time is that the "beep" of pressing the number records itself as its own message, so if you have 4 messages on the display, it is likely that you only have 2 messages and 2 "beeps".

3) A few times, when pressing the Flash button, I have hung up on the other person.

4) The time feature on the phone that allows the answering machine to label each message with the time given has yet to work even once. After you finally figure out how to set it, good luck keeping it on track

The Verdict

All in all, I have used worse phones in my life, but for the money, this may be the worst phone you can buy. On paper, this phone is magnificent, and some of its features are really good (size, display, etc.) but my overall recommendation is to stay away from the AT&T 9355.

Thanks and have a great day.



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