We bought this phone for a relatively small two story, 2 bedroom house. We put the answering machine unit downstairs and the second unit upstairs.
The second unit has never worked well. When in the back upstairs bedroom, it is unable to carry a strong enough signal to the front room downstairs resulting in a fuzzy phone call.
The phone to base signal has also become worse over time or is extremely sensitive to interference. The base is now located on the wall within 2 feet from my tv and some speakers. Even when these electronic devices are off and the phone is fully charged, the signal is fuzzy from a distance of 5 feet or greater. I literally cannot sit across the room from the base and talk without the person on the other end of the line not being able to hear what I am saying.
A few other minor annoyances. The handset itself is rather bulky and hard to hold against your shoulder if you need both free hands for a second. The speakerphone also works as long as the microphone isn't picking up any ambient sound. When this happens, the speakerphone cuts out (presumably to prevent feedback). This feature, while more than likely intentional, is fairly annoying.
A few pros:
The phone seems to have a decent battery life. You can program in speed dial numbers and the caller id menu retains a fair share of numbers. You are also able to check the voicemail from the handset, which is fairly helpful.
Overall, I would return this phone if I could. However, for a budget minded person who lives in a smaller place (like a single-floor apartment), this phone may work just fine. Just try to avoid setting it near any other electronics as it seems somewhat sensitive to any interference.
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