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AT&T 5800 Accessory Handset for 5800 Series Phones
- Expansion handset for use with AT&T model 5830 or 5840
- 5.8 GHz digital spread spectrum frequency-hopping technology
- Speakerphone for hands-free conversations
- 50 name-and-number caller ID history
- Sound Select for custom sound
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This AT&T 5.8 GHz Cordless Expansion Handset lets you expand your AT&T 5830 or 5840 base station systems. Add up to five 5800s to your base station (sold separately) for a total of 6 handsets. The 5800 operates in the newly available 5.8 GHz frequency for virtually interference-free conversations. New audio technology spreads your voice across multiple channels for improved clarity and privacy. Handset programs and stores up to 50 names and associated phone numbers. Other features include speakerphone, vibrating or light-up call notification, conference call capabilities, call transfer, an analog and digital clock, headset compatibility and sound select options. Package includes: cordless handset, charging cradle, wall mounting adapter, NiMH Battery, AC adapter and user's manual.
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The 5830 setup was simple: Plug it in to the phone line and power plug (the fairly small transformer is nice too), enter the base ID # from the sticker under the phone, and you're ready to use the phone.
The menus are just okay; they may be a bit less than perfect but they're usable without instructions. Anyway, from the menu, you may (but do not have to) select ring style, ring volume, vibrate or no, and enter the time digitally.
I've added 2 of these 5800 extensions and these are set up just as the base is, but the number you register on each handset is that of the base unit. Range and intercom on the handsets are great, and the voice quality again is comparable to corded phones, though occasionally we get a hollow echo on a handset.
In both cases, the called ID display is very nicely done. It is lit in a very attractive and functional blue with a large enough display to read both the name and number without (my) glasses.
Lastly, the message waiting light (I use the phone company's voice mail svc) is easy to see from across the room, it too a cool neon blue that illuminates an "O" around the ear piece. The effect is quite techno-hip, as well as being highly functional.
In short, the 5800 series is a very nice execution of a very good new technology.
A few dumb design issues however. First, there's one button for ending the call and another to get the dial tone. So if you misdialed a number, you first have to press the end button and then wait a second, then press another button to get dial tone again, and then redial. This is annoying. Second, when you review the call history, you can't just pick a number and dial it. Isn't that the whole point? You have to select it, then decide it you want to dial a 1 first, and so on and so on. I just gave up. I just wrote the number down and dialed it manually. This defeats the whole purpose of number history redial.
In the last few years we've added a few new handsets for convenience.
The other thing to note is that my 6,5,3 and 1 year old have not been as kind as they could be with the phones. These things have been thrown, dropped, pushed off counters, antennas chewed off, submerged in water, etc. Frequently, they hit the tile floor and the battery cover shoots one way and the battery shoots the other way. Someone goes to time-out and i pop the battery back in and we're good to go until that gets repeated the next day. One hundred times i've expected to put that battery back in and not see the screen light up, but alas, nothing seems to be able to phase it.They've held up through thick and thin. Only recently are we having to replace two handsets of 5 we've owned for 3-4 years.
I will be one sad mom when I'm not able to replace the handsets any longer and they are unavailable. Knowing how these things hold-up though, they should survive all 4 kids growing up and moving out and then I won't have to worry about replacement concerns any longer :)