I have always been one to embrace new technology but I admit, over the last few years, I’ve become more reticent to change. Mostly because in my lifetime I’ve seen so many technologies come and go that it just gets tiring trying to learn them all.
I’ve been putting off my review of the AT&T TL96271 which is a 2 Handset Connect to Cell™ Answering System with Caller ID/Call Waiting telephone system. Not because I don’t love it, because I do. But because it has a feature that makes it stand out from the rest and I needed to conquer my resistance to figuring it out so I could share it with you. No laughing, but it was pairing my cellphone’s BLUETOOTH with the set so I can make and receive calls from my cellphone through this new system. I know, many of you pair your phones to just about everything these days, but I’ve only tried to pair it once before and it wasn’t compatible.
Today I decided I’d put it off long enough and when I wasn’t able to figure it out just by looking at the base of the phone I visited the AT&T website and within a minute of searching I found the instructions I needed. Two minutes later my cellphone was synched and I made a test call to my mother. I could kick myself for putting this off for so long. The process was painless and I love the call sound and coverage I get with the handsets. Plus because of their size, they’re so much more comfortable to talk on for long periods and I know where my cell phone is now (instead being dead at the bottom of my purse or lost in the couch cushions) – I just place it next to the base and I’m ready!
This new found love affair I have with the BLUETOOTH capability may make me think about disconnecting my home phone. It’d save me $50 a month and that’s more than enough to pay for the Smart Phone I haven’t allowed myself to own. But should I retain my landline, this 2-handset set is a gem. I can talk to people in the other room or down at the fuse box with the Push to Talk feature – you know when the hubby wants you to tell him when the lights go out in the room so he knows he’s turned off the right fuse? The Push to Talk feature is so much easier than yelling down two flights of stairs.Purchase the AT&T TL96271 online at Amazon.com at ATT.com
The Connect to Cell features offers so much more than just paring. You can set the ringtone to let you know that it’s a cell call coming in and you can download up to 6,000 of your cell’s phonebook entries to the handset (yea, I think I have 10, so I’m not pushing this option to the limit ,but I love that I can have my cellphone numbers on my handset). You can also connect up to 2 BLUETOOTH cellphones at the same time and up to four phones total can be paired with the base. You can swap the calls between your cell and home line and you can use a BLUETOOTH headset too.
The 2 Handset Connect to Cell™ Answering System with Caller ID/Call Waiting also includes a digital answering machine which you can access remotely, from the base, or from any of the handsets. You can record memos to yourself or to family members or even screen your incoming calls (a feature I missed when I went to voicemail). The system is easy to set up and uses voice prompts so it’s pretty much idiot proof.
The system also shines in the Caller ID feature. It voice announces the caller from the information sent by the phone company. Once you identify a caller, you can save the information with your preferred name so it’s announced instead. For example, when scammers, spammers, and political people call I change the Caller ID name to SPAMMER so the caller phone’s voice says, “You have a call from SPAMMER.” Without even glancing up I let it go to the digital recorder. When the hubby calls from work, it says his company’s name – I’m changing it to something much sexier soon. It has similar features for Call Waiting but it’s not something I’m paying for so I can’t tell you how it works.
2 Handset Connect to Cell™ Answering System with Caller ID/Call Waiting Telephone Features
I mentioned the Push to Talk which is a great feature but you can also transfer calls to another room and you can have up to four cordless handsets on a call at one time. The keypad is lighted and has large numbers and it’s hearing aid compatible. The 10—number speed dial is plenty for us and I love that the base is a speakerphone for those days when all of the handsets are missing. Thankfully there’s a handset locator button which helps find them if you start looking before their batteries die.
The unit is wall mountable has great HD Audio sound, and a 200 name/number phonebook directory built in. Select your ring tones from several available and even assign them to certain callers. The base is expandable up to 12 handsets with only one phone jack needed for the base – that’s versatility!
The phone system works with our other cordless system and is very reasonably priced at $89 (additional handsets are $29.99 each) and covers all the functions you could ever need for a telephone until they think up something next….I’m hoping for one that makes breakfast and vacuums for me.
TL96271 Review by Connie