Pros: Inexpensive, has lots of features, clear sound.
Cons: Learning different functions on a new system.
We had our Uniden phones for at least 10 years, and had bought batteries a couple of years back, to keep them going. They weren't holding their charges, so decided instead to buy new ones. We have a townhouse, so needed one for upstairs, and one for downstairs.
We looked in Super Walmart and a couple of other stores, and ended up buying the Vtech CS6419-2 6.0 cordless phones, on amazon.com. They were $.29.99, and I qualified for free shipping and handling, and no sales tax.
Before they arrived, I made sure that I had every telephone number I needed from the house phones, entered into my cell phone. I knew that when they were unplugged they would die on us.
So Len opened up the box, and there were the telephone line cords, battery compartment covers, 2 batteries, telephone base power adapters, 2 handsets, telephone base, charger unit, wall mount bracket, and the user's manual.
Len took the old ones out, and replaced them with the new ones. He found it easy to do as everything was provided. I then had to wait for the handsets to be charged.
Once they were partly charged, I got my cell phone and started to add telephone numbers. It was really easy to do, just go to menu, directory, add contact, enter number, enter name. As I went to do anything on the phone, the keyboard, and screen were lit up. You can key in 50 numbers. However, I could only do half, and had to wait until the next day, when it was charged, to do the rest.
I use a prepaid number to call England, and I dial a local number, and then the International one. With the old phones I couldn't put 2 lots of pause in. With the new ones I can, so it will dial the local number, pause, and then dial the long International one, at the correct time. This is great because I am always phoning my daughter.
As with most phones it has, volume up/down, mute/delete, flash, tone, speakerphone, SID, off/cancel, intercom, redial, and pause. It has voicemail, if you have it set up with a provider. We have a separate answer machine, which Len linked it up to.
We do have call waiting, and use the Flash key, to put calls on hold, and pick up, or go between calls.
If we ever loose a handset it is neat to have 'Find handset', which is on the telephone base. The handsets will ring, and show 'paging'.
This system allows you to redial any of the last 10 telephone numbers that have been dialed. You can also do chain dialing, join a call in progress, use the intercom, answer an incoming call during an intercom call, and call transfer using the intercom.
The system has a 1 year limited warranty, which you do have to read the fine print.
We have now had the phones for about 10 days, and they are so much lighter, slimmer, and look nicer than the old ones. We have a different ring with them, and Len had to get used to it. I find it easy to use, but still showing Len that there is no 'phonebook' on this one, and you have to hit 'menu' 3 times to get to the phone numbers.
This morning he needed a phone number, which I hadn't kept, but knew that he had used it back in April, the day, and the approximate time. I was able to find that number, and then add it to the directory.
The sound quality it good, and it was as clear as a bell, when I phoned my daughter in England.
I feel that we have got a good system with the Vtech CS6419-2. If in the future we need more handsets we can purchase them separately.
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