AT&T EL52100 DECT 6.0 Digital Cordless Answering System Reviews




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  1. R. Phillips says:
    78 of 78 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great phone for the price!…, November 22, 2011
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    R. Phillips (Cleveland, OH USA) –
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    This review is from: AT&T EL52100 DECT 6.0 Digital Cordless Answering System (Office Product)

    I got this to replace an older Panasonic I liked a lot. This phone seems to have every feature that phone had, but with a lighted keypad, smaller footprint and no ugly antennas.

    The range seems pretty good. The sound is loud and clear, not extremely loud, but better than I’ve heard on many cordless phones I have trouble hearing on. The phone can be wall mounted. All the functions seem to work reliably. The clock / calander sets itself with caller ID info the first time you get a call after a power outage.

    I’ve seen reviews stating the ringer can’t be turned off. That is false. The base ringer can be turned off using the volume controls on the base and the handset ringer can be turned off in the menu. You have full volume control over both ringers and there are many ring tone choices.

    There are a couple complaints about shortish talk time on the battery pack. That may be true. The phone uses a battery pack made from 2 NiMH AAA cells rated at 400mAh. Decent cells are rated much higher these days. I’m going to make my own pack using 1000mAh cells, which should more than double the talk time, but will also increase the charge time from empty.

    All in all, it seems like an exceptionally nice phone at a bargain price. But, it may not be for you if you tend to have long phone conversations, unless you replace the battery pack with a higher capacity one. There are higher capacity battery packs available for this phone, just search the model number and add the word battery. I saw several 750mAh packs that would almost double talk time over the stock battery.

    EDIT: I did make my own battery pack using two 1000mAh AAA NiMH batteries and the connector from the stock battery. I recently did a 2-hour phone training session using the phone and the battery wasn’t even half drained. So, I can now say for sure talk time is beyond excellent with an upgraded battery. Not sure how long the stock battery would last because I replaced it soon after buying the phone. Still like this phone very much!!! It’s probably well worth the price, even if you have to upgrade the battery. You may have noticed there are few other phones in the price range that even work properly and many are getting horrible reviews.

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  2. Cheryl Barron says:
    32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    AT&T EL52100 DECT 6.0 Digital Cordless Answering System, July 25, 2011
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    Cheryl Barron (Rochester, NY, US) –

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    This review is from: AT&T EL52100 DECT 6.0 Digital Cordless Answering System (Office Product)

    I purchased this phone for my elderly mother and I was very please when it arrived. The display window on the handset was much larger than the one she had and the type was large and easy to read. The buttons on the handset were pretty good size and they light up so she can see them. The base is uncluttered functions are clearly labeled.
    Mom likes it too.

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  3. AEJ says:
    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    OK Phone., August 26, 2011
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    AEJ (Fortuna, CA USA) –

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    This review is from: AT&T EL52100 DECT 6.0 Digital Cordless Answering System (Office Product)

    This is an OK phone. It is compact and light. Battery is a bit small, but holds a decent charge. I live in a smallish house, and the phone works in every part, unlike my last cordless which frequently dropped out while I was in my room. Buttons are fairly big and are back-lit, which is nice. Audio quality is good, but not great. Answering machine works as it should. For some reason the battery charge indicator graphic on the phones screen always shows it as being close to depleted regardless of actual charge level. It’s an OK phone, worth its price, but if you can afford to spend a little more on a better product you should perhaps do so.

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