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V-Tech DS6321-3 DECT 6.0 Digital Expandable Three Handset Cordless Phone System
- DECT 6.0 Ditigal Technology
- Interference free for crystal clear conversations
- Three handset system - requires only one phone jack
- Expandable up to 12 handsets
- Handset Speakerphone
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Amazon.ca Product Description
Expnd 3 Hndset Crdless Phne Wrlsw Cellr Conn Via Bluetooth.
From the Manufacturer
Intercom, call-transfer & conference capabilities. View larger.
Digital answering system and Connect to Cell technology.
Three Handset DECT 6.0 Expandable Cordless Phone with Connect to Cell, Answering System & Handset Speakerphone
A stylish addition to any busy home, the VTech DS6321-3 cordless phone comes with three handsets, Connect to Cell technology, a digital answering system and handset speakerphones. With Connect to Cell, you can make and receive cell phone calls with the ease, comfort and clarity of your VTech cordless handset. No more mad dashes for the misplaced cell phone at home. 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. Intercom, call-transfer and conference capabilities streamline in-home communication, cutting down on the need to shout to be heard throughout the house. With 14 minutes of recording time, the digital answering system answers calls when you can't. The VTech DS6321-3 can expand up to 12 handsets using only one phone jack (the VTech DS6301), making it ideal for growing families and busy home office professionals.
|Cordless Phone Features||DS6321-3||DS6301|
|VTech Cordless Phone|| |
Additional handset sold separately.
|Brand Specifics||DECT 6.0 digital technology||•||•|
|50 name and number phonebook directory||•||•|
|Connect to Cell Technology||•||•|
|Storage for 6,000 cell phone contacts from 4 cell phones||•||•|
|General||Frequency||DECT 6.0||DECT 6.0|
|Type of Phone||Cordless||Cordless|
|Number of Incoming Lines||1|
|Keypad on Base|
|Number of Mailboxes||1|
|Color||Black and silver||Black and silver|
|Number of Stations Expandable||12|
|LCD Display||1-1/4 by 1-1/2 inches||1-1/4 by 1-1/2 inches|
|Hearing Aid Compatible||•||•|
|What's in the Box||Base, 3 handsets, wall-mount bracket, batteries, remote charger, and instruction manual.||1 handset.|
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This phone far exceeds those with more bang for your buck. It can connect up to 3 different bluetooth devices, but only 2 at a time can be active. It does a great job of downloading your phonebook from your cell, and can have your directory available on all handsets. When accessing the phonebook, you can choose which cell's directory to use, and can rename the cell phones that connect (i.e. Bob's Phone). I've had the phone for about 2 weeks, and have yet to have a dropped call, and bluetooth connection is outstanding. Very clear.
I have a Blackberry Pearl, and my wife has the Iphone. Both initially connected seamlessly and automatically connects to the phones upon entering the house. Two of the three other bluetooth cordless phones we tried had the issue: if you are on the cell phone when walking into the house it'll drop the call to connect to the base. Upon testing it with this product, there was a short moment of silence, but the call maintained connection with no problem. Excellent!
Each active device on the phones can have their own ringtone. This is very neat. One downfall of the phone is you have to set the ringer and ringer volume attributed to a connected device ON EACH HANDSET, and you can't change the ringer on the base (simple enough, turn the base ringer off). Although it was only 3 phones we had to do this to, it took less than 5 minutes and it was set and done, so not a huge deal.
Why it works for my uses... I simply wanted a bluetooth cordless phone that works. I don't need memo's (who uses those anyway?), fancy ringtones, headset jacks (this doesn't have them), or anything else. If you are simply looking to extend the talking capabilities of your cell phone to the rest of the house, then this phone is it. I can't comment on the answering machine because I don't use it. The max talking distance between handset and base is decent (when I tested it, it went through 3 walls, exterior wall, and traversed the length of my yard before a hint of static). The phone is very simple to use, and buttons are large (probably because there isn't any fancy shmancy crap on it). The handsets are lightweight, and pretty good quality (they look like they could survive a few drops). Batteries initially take about 16 hrs to charge, but man they can hold that charge. Great battery life. The speakerphone is pretty good too.
All in all, if you are simply looking for a phone to do a phones job for a lot less money, this is an excellent choice. Sorry for the essay... and major use of ().
This phone was easy to set up and simple to use. The call quality is excellent with either a cell call or landline call (can't tell the difference). The phone quality is very good as well. It does exactly what we need:
- It pairs up to our cell phones as soon as we walk into the house (actually when we pull into the garage).
- If using Bluetooth headset when walking in the door, it pairs up after the headset is turned off.
- The distance between base and cell phone has exceeded the recommended 30 feet. My cell is usually in my purse stowed away in the closet. My husband's phone is in another room, on the other side of the refrigerator. We have yet to have a problem with pairing.
- We have yet to have a dropped cell call.
- It utilizes our phonebooks from our cell phones - probably the one of BEST features!!!
- No more having to add new numbers to a home phone directory.
- I no longer have to run upstairs or downstairs to answer cell call - The BEST feature!
- If you have a land line, you can talk on both the landline and a cell call on separate handsets at the same time.
- You can choose which ringtone is used for each cell phone and landline so that you know without looking if it is your phone that is ringing (must set this up on each handset; takes two minutes).
A couple of notes on setup:
- It took the recommended 16 hours to charge the batteries before setting it up.
- When downloading the phone books from each of our cell phones there were some numbers that were missed. To fix, I deleted and re-entered the numbers into our cell phones and re-downloaded - this fixed the problem. Having Verizon wireless helped with this task - I deleted the entries from my phone and then re-synched with my Verizon online address book (a free feature from Verizon when you create a "MyVerizon" account on the web).
- At first it seemed like too many steps to search a directory, but then I found that if I pressed the Up arrow on the middle disk it took me directly to the directories saving a few steps (duh - now that I look at it there is a picture of the directory right under the up arrow).
2 Features I wish this phone had; but all of the other features and the quality make them a barely a wish:
- Speed dial settings
- Different ringtones for different callers.
Overall the quality of the phone, the great features and ease of use make this phone a GREAT buy!
Update: 2/21/2010 - We have had one dropped cell call - ooops- Husband had cell phone in his pocket. His phone rang and he picked it up on the Vtech. While talking, he decided to go to the mailbox (with cell phone in pocket), the call didn't drop until he was about 70ft away from the base unit! Pretty decent range.
Had one Bluetooth lockout. My cell would connect, husband's would not. I simply "un-paired" my phone and his phone paired up then I paired mine and all has been great since.
Battery life on the handsets are wonderfull - can leave off the charging unit for at least a week.
Still very happy with this phone!
Bluetooth devices can be paired with base. It paired easily with our two cell phones, One ATT tilt, one Sony W520, and one bluetooth headset. But only two devices can be paired in the same time and user can pick which two. Cell phones can be pretty far away from the base, in my case from one corner of the house to the base ~40 ft, but I have to keep the headsets closer ~15 ft. Directory from my cellphone is uploaded easily, and it keeps the directories from different phone separate and I can pick which one to use, which is nice.
It does not have a headset jack in handset! which can be useful for long meeting/talk, that's the reason of one missing star. I have to use bluetooth headset instead, and stay closer to base, since only base can pair with bluetooth device. It does not have handset clip as in my old vtech phone, but I rarely use it.
- two cell phone can be connected at once
- land line and one cell can be used at same time
- reliable auto connect IF CELL IS SET UP PROPERLY! We use two Blackberries and once we set the cell phones to auto connect, trusted etc, they worked fine. When we arrive at the shop phones are connected before leave the. When we arrive home, we are reconnected to the home unit, again before we leave the car.
- cell directories do download and can be accessed independently
- cell and land line ring tomes can be set different.
- comfortable, easy to hold and view handset
- speaker phone is actually fairly good
- answering machine programmable from any handset
- pretty good range: well over 100 ft from base
- DECT 6.0 seems to have been implemented well: our shop is in a downtown area with dozens of Wi-Fi's and who knows other DECT 6.0 systems around, and absolutely no interference
- easy to adds handsets to max
- one handset can join in on a cell call
- incoming calls light different answer buttons for land line and cell (both cells answer with same button)
- you cannot use two cell phones THROUGH THE SYSTEM at the same time. You can always pick up a cell and use it, though.
- only one handset can be active when another is in use, i.e. two handsets in use at a time.
- no headset jack on handsets
- no belt clip
- limited customization, i.e. handsets have numbers and not names, so using intercom requires you to know which handset is where (we have 12 at home and 7 at work).
- intercom does not have a ring all function.
- limited (10)ring tones.
- one land line: limits business use (we only have one line in our business, but can be a show stopper for others)
Overall - this is our third Bluetooth and land line system, plus trying a residential gateway. This is the most reliable and solid system, making the use of land line or cell line just a button push. Cons are manageable, and as more folks drop their land lines, features will be added in future generations.
Health Opinion note:
I saw a reviews here at AMAZON giving this one star for excessive radiation, but praising UK systems not available here.
DECT 6.0 implementation in US is at 1920-1930 MHz, Europe 1880-1920 MHz. These are a lower frequency range than the older 2.4 GHz wireless phones many folks still have. The difference in US to European DECT 6.0 frequencies have nothing to do with any superior health concerns of the old country regulators, but available bandwidth and licensing. In fact the US limits transmission power to 100 mwatt whilst the European limit is 250 mwatt - two and a half time more transmission power for the radio frequency radiation at essentially the same frequency. Actually, technically DECT 6.0 should be called DECT 1.9 as compared to 900mHz and 2.4gHz predecessors, but who would want to go from 2.4 to 1.9? so 6.0 was chosen as a marketing name, not a frequency specification name. The advantage of DECT 6.0 is the ability to adapt on several sub channels the information exchange between handset and base for more secure and less interference communication. In fact, most handsets seldom exceed 10 mwatt.
A 3G cell phone can emit up two watts maximum power (2000 mwatt), though only when far from a tower (they have adaptive transmission power and adjust power as needed, not for health reasons in particular but for battery life). I do not know about the long term effects RF energy from telecommunications equipment, but I know I need to use phones in my business and personal life and a wired phone will not do. So, given the choice I would rather be using the DECT 6.0 handset at 10 to 100 mwatt than my 3G cell phone at 100 to 2000 mwatt. But that's just me.
I highly recommend this system to those wishing to integrate their land line and cell phones and/or multiplex their cell phones to handsets around the home or office.
Thanks for reading my review.
For those who don't like to carry their cellphone with them while at home, especially in a multi-level house, this phone system is a wonderful way to be able to answer those cell calls from anywhere in the house. A great system to have whether or not you have a landline. The sound quality is noticeably better than the 2.4 Ghz Unidens we had been using, although the Unidens were acceptable. Easy to link the Bluetooth enabled cell the first time, and the cell is automatically re-linked when the cellphone is brought back into the house as long as the cell has Bluetooth enabled. The system can handle up to 12 extensions, each extension can call another extension by selecting Intercom, and one can call out on a cell from one extension while another is using the landline on a different extension. The entire contact list from the cellphone can be uploaded and the whole list appears on each extension. A nice big screen that shows date and time, which of the two cellphones are linked, and if a line is busy. The only downsides so far are the pathetic list of ten ringtones to choose from, and the fact that the handsets cannot be named (such as living room, computer, kitchen, basement), but only handset 1, handset 2, etc. I don't find these flaws to be serious enough to downgrade my rating. I have my six handsets placed in such a way that I can easily remember what room they are in. Everything is very intuitive in using these phones. It has a built in answerer, which we have turned off, since it is more convenient for us to use voicemail.
2/8/10 Update: phones still work great, for both the landline, cell, and as an intercom. Just two things to note. Disappointed that there doesn't seem to be a way to ring all the other handsets when using the intercom. Only one at a time. So the other person is somewhere in the house, but I'm not sure where. Have to ring each handset one at a time. The other slight annoyance is that when the entire contact directory on the cellphone is uploaded to the Vtech, it replaces the existing directory. There is a slight difference in the way names and types of phones are displayed. When imported, for example, a mobile phone will show up as Jane Doe/M, (next line blank), 123-456-7890. One has to step through each entry and make corrections to display the entry as Jane Doe, <cell>, 123-456-7890. With hundreds of contacts, this can be tedious. However, it's not an operational issue and I wouldn't downgrade my rating because of it.