General Electric DECT6.0 Expandable Amplified Cordless Phone with Answering Machine, 29115AE1 Reviews

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  1. Master JR says:
    35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Handset works well and is really loud,… but answering machine dead after 2 weeks, January 15, 2009
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    Master JR (Troy, MI) –

    The phone handset works well and is high quality. The buttons are backlit, the LCD display has large characters, and both are backlit in a bright orange color. The handset has a NORMAL/AMPLIFIED button on the side, which allows for one-click change from normal to impaired hearing operation. It also has separate UP and DOWN arrow buttons on the face to adjust the volume in about 7 steps. The phone earpiece cup is really large so it fits over the ear well. However, out of 20 possible ringtones, only one or two are OK, the others sound like a circus calliope – really annoying sounds.

    The phone handset itself sits in the answering machine base where it is recharged. The base unit is very cheap, light plastic, and is so light that when the phone rests in it, it is top-heavy – really bad engineering. When the answering machine did work, it was loud and easy to use. However after only 2 weeks, it stopped working, with a “F” status on the display, which the manual says means “Memory is Full”. Unable to clear the messages, I contacted Thompson/GE for help. Their canned email response told me to call an 800 number. A Tech Support person walked me through a minimal procedure to disconnect the power and batteries, wait 10 minutes and then if that didn’t fix the problem, to send the phone/answering machine back… Not good!

    The phone handset is a keeper, however the answering machine/base a BIG loser. Overall, considering the high $$$ cost, I would look around for a better amplified phone.

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  2. M. H. Keehn says:
    24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Digitally Enhanced Cordless Technology (DECT) phone, April 11, 2010
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    M. H. Keehn (WILLOWS, CALIFORNIA United States) –
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    This review is from: General Electric DECT6.0 Expandable Amplified Cordless Phone with Answering Machine, 29115AE1 (Personal Computers)

    The phone was delivered promptly and complete as advertised. It was easy to connect and after an easy to follow setup (configuration)it went into service without a problem. I use it with a “hands free” headset and the built in amplifier allows me to easily switch to a higher volume level in addition to being able to adjust the volume through “steps” using the arrow keys. The “amplify” button is separate and a “toggle”. That is, pushing it once greatly increases volume, and pushing it a second time returns to normal volume. Then in each mode, the volume may be stepped up and down with the arrow keys. It has a 50 position phone number memory, which is helpful since I have more than ten contacts and entering contacts is easy. It has a clip to hang on my belt or pants pocket, but past experience has shown me that my hands free headset cord gets hung up on things when I walk around, so I use a lanyard like teachers wear for their whistle and ID badge and hang the phone around my neck as I walk around while using my hands free headset. In doing so the headset cord never gets hung up and jerked out of its socket. The answering machine section is easy to set up and can be configured to beep once in a while if a new message has been received. This is handy if one has been out of the house and doesn’t think to check messages as soon as they get home. This feature can also be silenced. And finally, additional hand sets can be added, although I’ve not yet utilized this feature. I walk outside the house and most generally, the audio remains clear. All in all, it is the best cordless phone I’ve yet owned.

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  3. G. Florman says:
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A Great Product for the Hard of Hearing, July 3, 2010
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    G. Florman (Torrance, CA) –
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    This is a great phone for the hard of hearing, and much better than others I have tried. It’s drawbacks are not serious, but make it harder to setup and use than it could be:
    (1) It has no built-in alphabetic sorting or searching capability. Therefore, if you want the entries in the phone directory in alphabetic order, you have to enter them that way, and if you later add a new name, you will have to renter all the following names. Also, it can only search for an entry by index number. So you have to either keep a paper list of names and indices, or search the list sequentially. (2) It has three separate frequency-amplification settings, but there is virtually no information about them in the user’s manual, so the user can only choose one by trial and error while listening to different voices, and it is not easy to return to a previous setting.

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