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Vtech Cs6229-4 Dect 6.0 Cordless Phones With Answering System (4 Handset System)
- Dect 6.0 technology
- Expandable up to 12 handsets using 1 phone jack - uses cs6209 accessory handset
- Digital answering system
- 14-min of recording time
- Remote message retrieval
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Amazon.ca Product Description
Interference free for crystal clear conversations-wont interfere with wireless networks and other electronic devices. With the touch of a button, the handset speakerphone makes hands-free conversation easy.
From the Manufacturer
Intercom, call-transfer, conference capabilities, and more. View larger.
Caller ID feature stores up to 50 calls. View larger.
Four Handset Expandable Cordless Phone System with Digital Answering System and Caller ID
Perfect for busy families at home, the VTech CS6229-4 cordless phone system comes with four handsets, a digital answering system and caller ID. DECT 6.0 Digital technology delivers superior sound quality, security and range, while ensuring wireless networks and other electronic devices don't interfere with conversations. With 12 minutes of recording time, the digital answering system answers calls when you can't—without requiring you to maintain tapes or moving parts. The handsets come with speakerphones that make hands-free conversations super convenient. Plus, intercom, call-transfer and conference capabilities streamline in-home communication, cutting down on the need to shout to be heard throughout the house. The VTech CS6229-4 can expand up to six handsets using only one phone jack (the VTech CS6209), making it ideal for growing families.
|Cordless Phone Features||CS6229-4||CS6209|
|VTech Cordless Phone|| |
Additional handset sold separately.
|Brand Specifics||DECT 6.0 digital technology||•||•|
|50 name and number phonebook directory||•||•|
|Remote Message Retrieval||•|
|General||Frequency||DECT 6.0||DECT 6.0|
|Type of Phone||Cordless||Cordless|
|Number of Incoming Lines||1||1|
|Audible Time and Date Stamp on Recorded Messages||•|
|Keypad on Base|
|Number of Mailboxes||1|
|Color||Black and white||Black and white|
|Number of Stations Expandable||6|
|LCD Display||1-1/4 by 1-1/4 inches||1-1/4 by 1-1/4 inches|
|Hearing Aid Compatible||•||•|
|What's in the Box||Base, 4 handsets, wall-mount bracket, batteries, remote charger, and instruction manual.||Handset.|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
1. Panasonic had an easy-to-reach menu item to directly access my messages at my phone service provider. Vtech lets me turn off the phone-base messages, but then I have to set up a directory entry to reach my provider-held messages or dial them each time.
2. Panasonic let me set ring tones for anyone on my directory ... not the Vtech units.
3. Panasonic offered the option of caller ID voiced aloud from the base unit.
Small differences, but I would have stayed with Panasonic had I known these were not available with the Vtech set.
Still, the Vtech set has one feature better than the Panasonic. It has a quick and easy way to alter phone log numbers to whatever format we need to call back or put them in our directory. Our state uses area codes that are not geographically determined. So, every call has to have at least 10 digits and many need a one added for long distance. Vtech flips through the options to let us pick the one we need ... very nice.
We bought this set of phones to replace our old Panasonic cordless phone system.
- Program a phone number in one phone and it is available on all 4 phones.
- Date and time displayed on each phone.
- 10 Ring tones to choose from.
- Intercom system is great. You pick up say phone one, then press intercom, then punch in 2, 3 or 4 and that phone rings.
- Good range.
- Crystal Clear.
- Battery life seems fine.
- No interference with WI-FI, Over The Air Antennae, Cable TV, or computers in any way.
Hope this helps.
For cordless phones, the top of the line is Panasonic - period. You will find that all Panasonic systems are about 30%-40$ more than Vtech. The newest Panasonic DECT system has a very nice feature - they are powered by AAA rechargable batteries, which are found at any store. Typically, replacement proprietary batteries cost about as much as a new phone system...
The Vtech is a completely disposable system - cheap enough that when it finally breaks in a few years, you might as well buy a new one.
However, the Vtech has several completely useless "features":
1) when you turn off the ringer on a handset, it will not ring for any reason until you turn it back on. This means if you happen to misplace a muted handset, you can page it, but the LCD screen will merely light up - it won't make a sound. Every other system - including the Panasonic - will audibly page a lost handset even if it is muted. Panasonic goes one step further - if the battery is dangerously low on a muted phone, it will still give you an audible low battery chirp. How many times have you used the paging feature to locate a lost handset? With Vtech, you better not have it muted! Pure stupidity.
2) Panasonic has a unique ringtone for intercom paging than for incoming telephone calls. This is very useful. If my Vtech is rining, I don't know if it is an outside call (probably for my wife), or if my wife is trying to page me from another room. Vtech allows you to set a ringtone, but uses the same tone for paging and outside calls.
3) I just discovered this, and would change my rating to 1 star if I could. It is unforgivable in the year 2009. The Vtech has no battery backup on its base unit. It doesn't even have a battery compartment. If you have a power outage - even a brownout - you lose time and date. Your messages and outgoing message is saved, but really...no battery compartment? Every answering machine I've had up till now has had one.
* Choice of many ring sounds
* Shared phone-book (store a number on one handset and all other handsets have it as well)
* Answering system displays number of calls
* Good talk time
* Rediculous inability to locate a muted phone!!
* No battery backup - even a momentary power outage will lose time/date
* No unique ringtone for intercom calls
* Proprietary (expensive) battery
* Ni-Cad battery (most phones have at least Ni-Mh)
* Upper buttons (speaker phone, talk, hang up, flash) are not backlit
* Backlight is not very bright. Funky domed number buttons are hard to read because domes act as magnifying lens.
In contrast, the only con with the Panasonic is that it has a shorter talk time than most phones. It has a signal boost for clearer sound, but it drains the battery lilke crazy.
EDIT: As I write this review, Costco just started carrying the 4-handset top of the line Panasonic DECT system (KX-TG6444T) - they literally added it today. The display is HUGE, and easily readable. They are asking $[...], which is $[...] less than Amazon and everywhere else, but still $[...] more than this Vtech equivalent. Frankly, I think you'll be much happier with the Panasonic.
2nd EDIT: I added two more very nasty cons to the Vtech - no distinctive ringtone for paging, and no battery backup. For many, I think the absence of a battery backup will be a deal-breaker. There's no excuse for not putting an empty battery compartment in an answering machine these days.
Spend the extra bucks on a Panasonic. It's light years better.
Yes there are some nuisances such as having to go thru the menu to change the ringer volume, after doing it a few times, it takes seconds to accomplish.
I love the speaker phone option and transferring calls options, I like being able to use more than one cordless phone at the same time unlike my older phones. I can't speak highly enough about the call quality. Crystal clear.
Range is good as well. One review complained about numbers rubbing off, the lettering is UNDER the buttons on my phones (which look very cool) so there is no way they could rub off. The color is black and silver, not black and white again, looks very sharp. I am very satisfied with this purchase.
Sound Quality = Vtech
Features = Panasonic
My preference was to have crystal clear sound when moving around the house.
Oh, btw, bought from a sub-vendor to Amazon, 6th Street Camera and have always stayed away from NY vendors, but with Amazon's name fronting this sale, went ahead and pruchased... I've gotta say, received the item in 3-1/2 days, perfect condition, and great price. Won't hesitate to purchase from associated vendors as long as Amazon is the "big stick" that keeps them honest. In this case, complements to 6th Street Camera.