For anyone pretty sharp with cordless phone systems.
We have a several year old V-Tech cordless phone with the answering
machine in the base. Has one handset, only, that sits in the base.
Hooked up to our land line phone.
Wife has medical issues, and is in love with the base unit's
construction, sound quality, push button shape and size, etc.
Doesn't want to part with it.
We now need a bunch of hansets all over the house. The V-Tech is very
old now, and new
handsets for it are not available.
So, what happens if I buy, e.g. one of the new Panasonic ones, that
comes with 4 handsets, and also has the answering
machine in the base.
What happens if I hook both systems up in parallel to the same line ?
An incoming call would trigger both system's handsets. True ?
If not answered, they both would record the call. True ?
If I pick up a handset on the new Panasonic system, the old V-Tech
answering machine would (then) do nothing. True ?
Guess I'm asking your opinions if having both is practical, and what
happens for the different incoming call
scenerios before any purchasing.
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Check the manuals for both old & new. You may be able to set them to
anawer after a different number of rings, or set 1 of them to not
answer at all.
(There are, of course, new multi-handset systems with no answering
If you get it before the # of rings it is set for. Sometimes you have
to be quick about it.
Yes, we have such a setup at our house. A pair of old ATT cordless
non-answering phones; and a newer Panasonic cordless with answering
On Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:52:34 PM UTC-4, Retired wrote:
Should be able to set one to not answer at all.
Probably are, but I don't recall seeing one. Seems you get a base with
recorder plus 4 phones for $50 is the typical skew.
And I think there's a problem he should be aware of. With one base, if the phone
rings, you don't catch it in time, it starts to play the "Sorry we can't
come to the phone..." message, and you pick up one of the phones, it
immediately stops and you can have a conversation. With two bases, if
the recorder answers on base #1 and you pick up a phone connected to base #2,
the recorder running on base #1 isn't going to know you've picked up the
phone and will continue to play the message and then record. I think that's
what would happen, anyway. And that would be a problem.
What happens when you pick up a phone while the recording is playing
on the other unit that's answering the call, as I described above?
That was probably the 1st place I'd look. That said, I have 2 cordless
phones working, basically, side by side. One is a 2 line, DEC6.0 and
the other is a 1 line, 5.8MHz, so they don't interfere with each other,
as they are on different frequencies. We primarily use the 5.8MHz
system as we have 4 handsets. And, now that I think of it, 2 base
stations, of which one is being only used as a charger. The DEC6.0
system has both the regular land line, and the freeby landline, the
telco gave for bundling. I guess too many people are dropping land
lines so they have to "give them away". BTW, only one of the 5.8MHz
bases is enabled for answering machine. It all gets complicated because
our primary number is yet a 3rd number, Google, which rings the primary
landline and the cell. However, because of telco timing and such,
sometimes the cell voice mail will pick up, sometimes, the answering
machine and even sometimes, the telco voicemail, which I personally
hate. Luckily, it only goes to landline voicemail, when the line is
busy, so that's good. As my mother used to say, "see, clear as mud".
So buy used. Was the base station capable of having more than one
wireless phone to begin with? Or maybe you'll come a cross a used
phone witha better base station she'll love even more.
I boutght from Buy.com (which I don't recommend but it was okay
thistime,** A Uniden phone with a cordless base phone and one other
cordless phone. That was my upsstiais office and muy kitchen. I wanted
more so I bought another whole phone syste, entirely wireless with 2
extensions. I was able to learn in advance, maybe by reading the owners
manual or a a mnaualfactuer's webpage (meant to encourage people to buy
compatible phones) that those two extensions would work with the same
bases station. So now I hae a phone also in my bedroom and the
workshop in the basement. 4 phones altoghether. I can tell if I've
gotten a message from any phone. I can play them from any phone.
**One phone came with dead batteries. I wanted friesh. they said, We
dont see thise batteries alone. But they did. But I had to buy my
own. The phones themselves work fine now.
I can change each phone's settings from the phone itself and somet of
the base station settings from each phone.
I can call in remotely, get my messages, toll save, but i haven't
written down the numbes to do that yet. I've done it with other
phones, so I'm sure its simple.
I'm suring the wired based, but if it evefy doesn't work, I'll switch to
the wireless base.
Probaby not. One owuld asnwer first, the phone would stop riinging and
there'd be no more reason for the second machne to anser. Perhaps by
a fluke they would both asnwer at the same time. How does that help
Probably, if they run on different frequencies or other differences are
For your special need, mabye. Youd ge to keep the V-Tech base adn you'd
have extensions in most room.
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Or maybe even if its not the very base she loves, the different base
will be very similar. They seem to me to be very similar.
The Panasonic 4 handset version is far superior to anything that V-tech
Been using the Panasonics for many years now and have had zero problems
with them so don't be afraid of switching over. Sound quality is
excellant and anything you add, say another contact, is automatically
available on all handsets. All additions, deletions, etc. etc,
automatically goes to the base unit which shares all around. About 4 -5
years now and haven't had to replace anything including batteries to
As far as using both V-tech and Panasonic at the same time, which
answering machine picks up depends on how many rings you set up. You
should be able to pick up the handset and talk on whatever is handy at
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