AT&T CL4940 1-Handset Landline Telephone with Large Display

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  1. G. GUNNELL says:
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very good, August 10, 2012
    G. GUNNELL (Columbia, MO United States) –

    This review is from: AT&T CL4940 1-Handset Landline Telephone with Large Display (Office Product)

    I purchased my AT&T CL4940 locally because I needed a that-day replacement for a long-time-in-service Nortel.

    I’m writing this review based on initial quality as I have only owned the phone for 24 hours. Thus far I am impressed by:

    1. Sound quality through both the handset and speaker. This is adjustable with a 4 setting equalizer, I’m using the default ‘Natural’ setting, there are two treble boost settings and one bass boost setting available.

    2. Volume available through both handset and speaker is individually adjustable and can be made very loud on the highest settings.

    3. Answering machine ease of operation.

    4. Total message+announcement recording time of 25 minutes — these days that’s good, many answering machines have less than 15 minutes of audio storage. 60 minutes is still the target amount for manufacturers in my opinion — the problem is that like most answering machines, this one will stop taking messages once the memory is full — and a busy business day or some political robocalls can fill things up pretty fast and shut the system down.

    5. Good human interface — big buttons, readable and backlit display, clealy labled control buttons — you do still need to look at the manual just a bit to see how the menu and control system is set up but it’s about as simple as it can be made, IMO.

    The one disadvantage is the index in the user manual which has way too few entries — I downloaded the .pdf version of the manual just to search for info on the ‘equalizer’ (it can only be set while you are listening to something) — and how to reset the ‘missed calls’ counter (press and hold the CANCEL button). Other than the lack of a complete index, the user manual is clear and explanatory.

    At the time of this review there are two 2-rated reviews. The one mentioning the need for a DSL filter if you have DSL service applies to most phones and fax machines. Although I did not try the included wall mounting bracket, looking at it I would agree that this phone is not well suited for wall mounting — I don’t know of any larger desktop type phones that include an answering machine that are.

    Overall I give this phone high marks for design, execution, and value, with durability being the unknown factor.

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  2. M. Metcalf says:
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    not ring true, May 22, 2012

    This review is from: AT&T CL4940 1-Handset Landline Telephone with Large Display (Office Product)

    I bought this phone to replace an AT&T CL4939 which failed just three months after the warranty expired. While the phone has many nice features, when I hooked it up, the phone would not ring when a call came in. It took two different techs at AT&T customer service to figure out that I needed to upgrade my phone line to a digital signal box. This was nowhere disclosed either on the box or in the owner’s manual. It should be. So, before you buy this phone, make sure you have the correct line coming into your system.

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  3. Anonymous says:

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    May 29, 2012 4:34:43 PM PDT

    Hello GK61. Thank you for your review. I believe the “digital signal box” to which you refer is most commonly known as a DSL filter. These simple, in-line filters are usually provided by your telephone service carrier when you subscribe to DSL Internet service, which is carried over your telephone line along with your normal phone service. DSL filters are recommend for ALL telephones you may have, to trap potential interference which may bleed over to your telephone service, since your phone line is carrying both dial tone and internet. Without DSL filters, you may experience performance issues such as static and noise on the line, loss of Caller ID data and ringing problems. These filters are typically provided by your service provider for free; all you have to do is ask. Thanks!

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