AT&T 86109 DECT 6.0 Corded/Cordless Phone, Silver/Black, 1 Base and 1 Handset




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  1. Renée Plastique "co-author of Mothers-In-Law ... says:
    152 of 153 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great phone solution, July 7, 2010
    This review is from: AT&T 86109 DECT 6.0 Corded/Cordless Phone, Silver/Black, 1 Base and 1 Handset (Office Product)

    I’ve had this phone system for about three weeks and I’ve been very pleased. I did a lot of research and couldn’t seem to find one that met my many requirements: corded, cordless add-ons, speakerphone, hold, easy to program, good quality at both my end and the caller’s, answering machine, etc. This phone seems to have it all.

    Pros:
    – Both corded and cordless performed well.
    – Long-lasting charge on the cordless handsets.
    – Lots of configuration options.
    – Easy to program. No need to memorize menu codes and have the manual handy (like on the Panasonic phones).
    – Corded base unit is easy and intuitive to use (and looks nice.
    – Can add additional cordless handsets as needed. I added two in addition to the one that comes with the base unit.
    – It has speed dial, so for frequently used numbers you only need to push one button instead of always going through the directory.
    – Pairs with bluetooth–I paired it with my cell phone. I didn’t think I would ever use this feature, but it turns out that it’s incredibly handy. If I’m outside and only want to bring a handset with me, it will ring if my cell phone rings–no need to carry around 2 phones!
    – Programming the directory in one phone programs them all.
    – You can screen incoming phone calls when someone is leaving a message on the answering machine.
    – The answering machine lets you choose whether you want only a blinking light to notify you of messages or you can also have an audible sound notification.
    – Speakerphone works well.
    – Hold button on handsets, too (as well as speakerphone).

    Cons:
    – Each handset (other than the directory), must be programmed separately. Not a big deal, really, since it’s a one-time thing.
    – No battery in the base unit for backup power when the power goes out. But you can use it to make and receive calls during a power failure since that part runs off the power in the phone line. However, the cordless phones will not work.
    – Since it’s new I couldn’t find any pricing deals on it. It’s a bit pricey, but works great.

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  2. PB2008 says:
    65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Initial Very Favorable Reactions – Seems Like a Great Phone, August 15, 2010
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    This review is from: AT&T 86109 DECT 6.0 Corded/Cordless Phone, Silver/Black, 1 Base and 1 Handset (Office Product)

    I had to replace a Panasonic two-line (KX-TG6702) that started generating half-second “hits” on calls. It also always had rather-muffled sound. I found out just how muffled when I connected a Sennheiser CC520 Sennheiser Binaural Headset with Xl Ear Cap (CC 550) headset to it. The clarity was startling.

    I compared this AT&T phone with the VTECH DS-6151. Both are DECT 6.0, both expandable, both made by the same company (VTECH owns the AT&T brand for phones).

    Two notable differences:

    AT&T has a corded handset on the base. VTECH lets a cordless handset sit in a cradle on the base.

    AT&T handset can accept any headset with a standard 2.5mm jack (in addition to a bluetooth headset).

    For me, the ability to use a headset was a major deciding factor. But both seem like fine phones.

    Check the user manuals on their websites for the features that really matter to you.

    My initial reactions on the AT&T: Very clear sound. Very long range including down two floors and outside the building. Well designed features.Easy menu operation. Large LCD display. Directory accessible on base and all handsets.

    So far the only poor design aspects: Can’t disable the “ringer off” display when the ringer is turned off on a line. Missed calls are indicated with “XX Missed” in the LCD display. It takes several keystrokes to either clear the message or view all the missed calls to make the message go away.

    And I do wish the phone would display the date and time on the LCD while the phone is idle. The Panasonic did, and now I know how used to that I got.

    Small items. My initial reactions – very happy with the phone.

    January 2013 update: I still like the phone quite a bit and it still provides excellent service. I have had to change the handset battery a couple of times. Replacements are available through third parties on Amazon.

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