AT&T CL2939 Corded Phone, Black, 1 Handset

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  1. Dr. Doodle "Dr. Doodle" says:
    128 of 138 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Good corded speaker phone value, January 21, 2010
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    Dr. Doodle “Dr. Doodle” (Washington State) –

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    This review is from: AT&T CL2939 Corded Phone, Black, 1 Handset (Office Product)

    This model seems to have the most features and good construction for the price. For the display functions to work you will need 4 AA batteries (not rechargeable) BUT the basic phone works without them in case of battery failure or electrical failure. And of course corded phones are still way more secure than cordless phones. Most people don’t know this but cordless phones (I’m not talking cell phones which also are NOT secure) are not secure at all. They can be hacked into with about a $50 gadget and being with in the range of the signal. This is a major way of stealing identity by listening in and recording banking info, etc. Corded phones on the other hand require a physical tapping device &/or a Court order. Be aware and protect yourself appropriately.

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  2. Terry Hansen says:
    178 of 198 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Caution! The LCD screen is NOT backlit, despite the product photo., July 16, 2010
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    This review is from: AT&T CL2939 Corded Phone, Black, 1 Handset (Office Product)

    I purchased this phone a few days ago. I bought this model because I NEEDED a backlit LCD display (my phone sits in a dim location). The Amazon product photo currently on the website CLEARLY SHOWS A BACKLIT LCD, with dark caller ID text being highlighted by a brightly glowing greenish background. THIS PHOTO IS HIGHLY MISLEADING. This phone absolutely does NOT have a backlit LCD, and CANNOT create the bright glowing background as displayed in the product shot. Indeed, the photo on the Amazon website has had to be intentionally manipulated in a photo editing software to fabricate that greenish glowing light effect, which the phone itself cannot create. (And, yes, I did install 4 fresh batteries to fully test the phone’s capabilities.)

    As I require the backlighting, this product’s other merits, whatever those might have been, are going untested as I am returning this item (at Amazon’s expense due to website misinformation) immediately. However, as Amazon requires me to give the product a star rating to post this review, I very reluctantly will give it 2 stars, and that poor rating only because of what has to be the intentional misrepresentation of this product by either AT&T and/or Amazon.

    UPDATE 11/23/10: I note with interest that, sometime during the last few weeks, Amazon has posted a new photo of this product. The previous photo was, as I and others had noted, altered to give the appearance of a brightly glowing background on the LCD area, an absolute fabrication. This new photo, while it looks to me to still be altered similarly to enhance the appearance of the LCD screen beyond its true capability, is at least not quite as misleading as the old one.

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  3. M. M. Joyce "MMJ" says:
    23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Phone for Elderly or Sight-Impaired User!, August 17, 2010
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    M. M. Joyce “MMJ” (Grand Rapids – USA) –
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    This review is from: AT&T CL2939 Corded Phone, Black, 1 Handset (Office Product)

    I needed to find a new phone for a relative with dementia and difficulty with sight. This looked like it would work out well, and it did! Easy to hook up, the buttons are huge and easy to see, and if the handset is dropped, it is attached by the cord so it can be easily retrieved. The only issue I have is with the lighting on the caller ID monitor–VERY difficult to see it even without a vision problem–it should be much brighter. But the phone is still worth every cent of the price, and I would not hesitate to buy another one for someone else. The volume is great and easy to adjust, and it doesn’t take up a ton of space–fits nicely on a nightstand with room for a lamp beside it. Out of the 10+ phones I have tried, this one works the best for my situation.

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  4. Bun O' Steel says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Returned because it did not work, January 11, 2007
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    Bun O’ Steel (Woodbury, MN USA) –

    This review is from: Reizen RE 40 40dB Amplified Telephone (Electronics)

    I purchased this amplified phone for my hearing impaired father. The phone was returned because it did not work. The phone buzzed or hissed or did not work at all. Pushing the audio amplification button caused a loud buzz that might just cause hearing impairment rather then help it. I then purchased an amplified phone by Uniden that is working well.

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  5. Anonymous says:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    This was once a great phone–now, not so much, May 16, 2012
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    L. Miller (Virginia) –
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    This review is from: Reizen RE 40 40dB Amplified Telephone (Electronics)

    I work as a contractor with a state program to secure telephones for low-to-moderate income people with hearing loss. The average cost of a higher-volume amplified phone is around $140. Any phone that amplifies up to 40 dB is only for those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. Most who can benefit from amplified phones need 50+dB of amplification. The FCC funds telephone assistance programs to participating states so people with hearing loss can have access to phones they can use, since the phone service is funded in part by American tax dollars. To check availability of a TAP program in your state, go to http://www.tedpa.org, and type your state name in the search box.

    Having explained that, I should say Maxi-aids introduced this phone about 8 years ago, and it was a wonderful, lower cost phone in a whole range of amplifications from 30-50 dB. Our state used so many of these in the 50dB model that it was on backorder. When it came back in stock six months later, it was a much less satisfactory product. The electrical cord (necessary for any phone which amplifies above 35 dB, to support all its features) was no longer visibly polarized–one blade larger than the other. Plugging it in incorrectly, however, caused the phone to lose all its power features–no backlit keypad, no amplification, no tone control, no louder ringer. This can happen in only a few weeks.

    Other unfortunate features are noted in the previous review: Plug this in near a phone which is set up with an emergency alert (you know, the amulet you press when you’ve ‘fallen and can’t get up’ to alert 911 action), and you’ll hear a truly ghastly sound. It’s also subject to static on the line, and just manages to last out the one-year warranty. Usually. This phone has been cheapened out cut costs and increase profits. It is NOTMM worth the price.

    It’s important to keep your receipt when you purchase anything. If you find it does not live up to expectations, send it back. Most decent resellers have a money-back guarantee, as does Maxi-aids. ALWAYS ASSUME THE 30 DAY MONEY-BACK PERIOD STARTS THE DAY YOU PLACE THE ORDER. And always call to secure an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) before you send anything back. Maxi-aids: is quick to ship out. I’ve received stuff in less than 24 hours with standard shipping. I’ve never received anythiing in more than 5 business days. So you have time to try the device and return it, if necessary. And if you can, go to your area Telecommunications or Telephone Assistance Program demo center to test out equipment before you buy it. Hope this helps!

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