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Re: Replacement for Siemens Gigaset
7 Nov 2005 14:50:30 -0800

I too have been looking for a new cordless system. I've been doing a
lot of opinion reading and have discovered the following:

1. Lots of people like to complain, and most of the complaints seem
fairly petty. Things like too small for my big face is worthless
since we don't know if the user is normal sized, or is an offensive
lineman for a professional football team. Bad reception can be caused
by a bad installation (I put the base unit in the basement), or
building construction. 2. When there are lot of similar complaints,
you've got to believe there is an issue. 3. For every complaint or
group of complaints you get one person telling you that this phone is
the best phone that they have ever used. Are they real or are they a
shill for the company? Is the good report really an outlier?

This said some of the results that are helping narrow the search are:

1. Panasonic seems to have battery problems. The number of complaints
on the Amazon site is huge and all are nearly identical. Batteries
last only about 2 hours off the charger. Voice quality seems to be a
big complaint.

2. Vtech seems to get generally high marks.

3. AT&T also seems to get high marks.

4. Motorola voice quality seems to be poor.

5. GE get high marks for battery and sound quality, but the caller
menu is different for each extension, and is not alphabetized or
easily searchable. Vtech and ATT seem to treat the menu of stored
phone numbers like a good cellphone.

Now for my questions:

1. Cellphones are available in 900 mhz, 2.4 Ghz, and 5.8 Ghz. I have
read that the 2.4 Ghz phones can interfere with 802.11.x wireless
routers. And I have read that there is no problem. Your thoughts or
experiences? The 2.4 Ghz phones are about 1/2 the price of the 5.8
and I don't really want to pay for technology I don't need.

2. Any recommendations on brand?


PS: Uniden phones are uniformally disliked for poor quality sound in every
review panel I've seen. There seems to be a correlation between cost
and quality (what a surprise!).

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