The only phone-jack in my house is in a bedroom so is that where the base-unit (with answering machine) must be located?
Does the base-unit need a handset or can I buy a cordless handset to use in my kitchen and a cordless handset to use in my den?
In alt.home.repair, on Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:40:35 -0700 (PDT), Bob
Probably. Unless you want to install another jack somewhere.
It would be almost impossible to find a base without either a wired or
cordless handset. And don't you want a phone in your bedroom anyhow?
You can turn off its bell and still adjust the bell in another room so
that you hear it when awake but not when asleep.
Uniden makes nice phones, with a base station and 2 or 3 wireless
extensions. You can even add more, up to 8 iirc.
Generallt speaking yes on both counts, bur why not get one with one
or more wireless extensions - then you get the chargrs with them.
We have a wireless base on the wall in the kitchen with answering
machine built in, and I have another wireless base on my desk in the
basement with 2 remotes - o0ne in the living room and one in the
bedroom. We have both bases and the IP Phone system on UPS units.
There are many variations available. We have an ATT set with one base
and 4 portables.
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Works well, the sound is clear and if off the charger it will last a
couple of days. If I needed to do it over, I'd get the same setup with
Many of the others on the market are bit cheaper but the sound quality
is just not up to par.
In alt.home.repair, on Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:34:49 +0000, Stormin' Norman
I agree. Probably cheaper.
I wanted a base and 3 extensions and I bought two sets,
one a base with a cordless phone and 1 extensions
and a base with a corded phone and 2 extensions
If the base ever fails I have another base.
After about 6 years, I had to replace one of the batteries in the phone
I use the most. After about 8 years, the Answer button on that same
cordless phone has to be pushed hard**. I don't want to have to start
all over if a phone fails, so by this time extensions were available on
ebay, and I bought 2 more phones with chargers.
I had to make sure my two original purchases and the later phones were
compatible with each other. Uniden has a list online, so that was not
very hard. There are two kinds of phones, with two different shapes, so
there are two different chargers and they won't fit into the wrong
charger, but the charger is unlikely to break and if it does, I can fix
it with parts, from another charger if no place else. So that's not a
** After about 31 years, the on/off button on my expensive KLH table
radio doesn't always work. Prior to that was a stage where it worked
twice when I was trying for once. The 60-minute sleep button still
works well, but if it fails, I expect that cleaning the switches will be
I wanted more handsets for my phone (up to 10 were allowed). when I
found out the price for those additional handsets, I found it was
cheaper to buy another cordless phone and use those handsets (and get a
"free" additional base for when the first one failed).
On Monday, August 14, 2017 at 4:25:50 PM UTC-4, Bob wrote:
Yes. One thing you might want to check though is how you check for
and pick up messages. I've always used the main base station to listen to them
on the speakerphone. You may be able to retrieve them from the
other handsets too, seems logical, but I'd check the features/
instructions for whatever you decide to buy. Probably a lot of
choices on Ebay too.
Probably, but the typical gear is sold as a set of about 4 phones
with chargers. Costco for example always has several or more
choices for ~$45.
In alt.home.repair, on Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:23:28 -0700 (PDT), trader_4
Yes, that's one of the best features of the Uniden I have. No point in
giving the model number. It's old. (Though except for the one button
and two batteries it works just as well as ~10 years ago.) I can play
my messages from any extension. I don't have to go upstairs where the
base is. I can do just about anything else from the extensions and just
about anything when calling in from another phone.
When I was on my long trip this spring, I called in using Skype and I
was supposed to be able to interrupt my outgoing message to play my
incoming ones, delete them, and make room for more. But I never got a
return beep or instruction (I think it gives instructions in English,
rather than beeps). I think the problem was using Skype and it would
work with a standard domestic phone call but I haven't checked.
By this time, a friend checked for me and found it didn't even play my
message, only a beep, becuase it was full. All the more reason for me to
delete messages, but I couldn't, and this was only 3 weeks into a 3
When I got home I had about 28 messages adn 18 were from one spammer, 8
were from other spammers and only 1 or 2 had any value. Who knows who
called in the remaining 8 weeks, cause it didn't asnwer.
The one advantage of this was that the number of spam calls I get now is
markedly lower than before my trip. I think I've only gotten 1 in the
last 2 or 3 weeks but before the trip the same place called every day,
and others called to.
Speaking of spammers, the Panasonic models have a memory for spam
numbers. When you get a call, (you need caller ID) and you determine
it's a spammer, you then put the numbers in the spam memory. Future
calls from that number are then blocked.
Our primary land line (VoIP) is serviced by Google Voice (completely
free service), we have been using this for at least four years now.
Google does a fantastic job of indexing and blocking spam calls, it
does not require any interaction from us.
Can't remember the last time we got a call from a telemarketer. Google
simply intercepts and disposes of the call.
The problem is Donald Trump. The solution is impeachment or, the otherwise legal removal, from office, of the greatest threat to peace the world has ever known.
Although they do use the same number for awhile, so blocking helps some.
I wonder what happens when that block list gets full. It would be nice
to have the oldest entries auto-deleted, but that could be too much to
hope for. It looks likes there's also no mass delete feature.
My Panasonic has 3000 spam slots. I have used less than 800 of them. Press
one button press the accept and they are history. No more Rachael from card
services, MS support, or politicos. If I have time I play with them until
the want info then all of a sudden GONE. My record is 17 minutes. I like it
when females call...
On 8/19/2017 7:38 AM, James Wilkinson Sword wrote:
Back in the day, we in the US had to pay a per minute charge regardless
of who initiated the call. It was decided, rightly so IMO, that we
should not allow telemarketers to force us to incur those charges
without our consent.
Think of it this way. In UK there is a charge of 30 pence every time
your doorbell is used. Do you want to pay that every time some
uninvited peddler rings your bell selling something that you have no
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