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AT&T - EL52203 DECT 6.0 Expandable Cordless Phone System with Digital Answering System - Silver

Keep in touch with this AT&T EL52203 expandable cordless phone system, which includes a base station, 2 cordless handsets and a cradle and features DECT 6.0 digital technology for clear communication. The extra-large LCD and backlit keypad simplify use.
$49.99

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • 2 handsets with 2 NiMH batteries
    • Base, cradle
    • EL52203 DECT 6.0 Expandable Cordless Phone System with Digital Answering System
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1978 out of 2117)

    Features


    Expandable phone system

    Includes base station with digital answering system, plus 2 cordless handsets and a cradle and is expandable up to 5 handsets.

    DECT 6.0 technology

    For interference-free, secure calls and clear sound.

    Digital answering system

    Features up to 14 minutes of record time and allows you to prerecord greetings. Date-and-time stamp helps you keep track of calls.

    Conference-call enabled

    So you can easily make and receive group phone calls.

    Extra-large LCD

    Offers an easy-to-read display. Backlit keypad enables simple operation.

    Call waiting/caller ID with 50 name-and-number memory

    Displays the name and number of incoming calls and remembers up to 50 callers for convenient callback.

    Up to 9 speed-dial numbers

    Allow you to quickly call frequently dialed numbers with the touch of a button.

    Handset speakerphone

    Enables hands-free conversations.

    Table- and wall-mountable design

    Offers flexible placement options.

    ENERGY STAR certified

    Assures a high standard of energy efficiency.

    Call waiting and caller ID require additional service through your local phone company.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 2118 reviews

    93%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Cannot be trusted to function as promised

      Posted
      DHartSez
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I am unhappy with this item for a number of reasons. First, the programming and the operation of the phone is somewhat counterintuitive. Second, if the handset isn't within about 1/4" of the precise position relative to your ear and mouth, you can't hear the other person and they can't hear you. Then, came this problem. When I initially purchased the phone, I was with one service provider for my phone service. Shortly after purchase I changed service providers. This required changing my voicemail number and password. I did so, and it worked. Then, about 3-4 weeks ago, I couldn't pick up a message the phone insisted I had. I wrote it off to the provider. This week, I discovered that another message had gone missing, and when I finally investigated, the phone had gone back to the original voicemail number. I know I didn't program it in because I would have had to go to the previous provider's web site in order to get it. I have reprogrammed the correct number in now and we'll see if it holds. It is possible I touched some button, but to go back to a number previously deleted is not my idea of a good nor easy phone to work with. I am seriously considering dumping this phone system and finding something better.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Just an average phone...with inferior range

      Posted
      NYCsml
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I needed to replace my old cordless phone and made this purchase. I didn't check with Consumer Reports as I usually do as I was just about to start an intense job and just needed to get the task done and cross it off my 'to-do' list. I knew I wanted to have an extension, saw the AT&T logo and was off and running. It is relatively comfortable to hold and I do like the larger buttons and the extension. However, the range is just awful. I keep the extension in the kitchen and when I sit on my terrace which is around the kitchen wall in a relatively small NYC apartment I get signal drops. Also, even when I'm on the sofa in the living room (which is also around the same wall) sometimes, while sitting in the same place and not moving, the signal drops. I charged it according to instructions as I follow manufacturer's instructions and keep it fully charged all the time. I would have returned it but I discovered this problem after the cut-off time as I was so busy preparing for my job. I guess I got what I paid for - it was very reasonably priced and that should have tipped me off. In this case, cheap is expensive.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Big disappointment & horrible speaker option

      Posted
      guitarman
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      It is practically impossible to switch to the hands-free mode and have a normal conversation. The speaker and microphone consistently cut out. I typically multitask while talking, but due to the speaker/microphone option not working well, I usually have to switch the phone back to regular talk mode and hold the handset. It is very uncomfortable tilting my head to hold the handset, as it causes major neck strain. If I hold the phone in one hand, then I cannot multitask as well. Adding contacts is a laborious process, as the buttons do not always initialize the specific request while "carefully typing them in. I have had to enter contacts more than once many times. It seems like the buttons do not always work? On the flip side, the phone's buttons are too sensitive; so it is extremely easy to hit the wrong button while walking. Never attempt to put the phone in your back pocket. Odds are, you will inadvertently call someone or press numbers? The phone should have a lock numbers option. I guess you get what you pay for.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Simple and easy to use

      Posted
      JaySD
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Who needs a landline??? But then I started my own business at home, and needed to get something simple and cheap, but still be of good quality and dependable. Set-up was easy and worked right out of the box, and was able to figure out how to use it very quickly, even without reading the manual. Best part was I didn't have to do any sort of phone wire installation/set-up. My home office doesn't have a phone jack, but since this phone is a set of two, I set the main phone dock in the living room (w/ the phone jack), and set the secondary phone in my office, and they connect wirelessly. You can access the voicemail from the secondary phone as well. So easy! I would definitely recommend this phone for anyone.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Does not hold a charge long

      Posted
      EllenM
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      It seems land line phones are getting worse these days. Purchased these to replace a set I had for 3 years. The box showed the features that we wanted and overall the phones are ok but they do NOT hold the charge for more than a day or two at the most (and we hardly ever use them). I need to charge them each night to guarantee it will be usable in the event I needed to use them the next day. Brand new phones should not need to sit on the charger that frequently, especially when only being used 1-2 times a week! I would not purchase these again.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      We upgraded our 20 year old phone!

      Posted
      Themikeguy
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      We had debated on getting a new phone to replace our wall phone and answering machine we received as a gift from my parents well over 20 years ago. We didn't want one that had to sit on a surface. This allowed for wall hanging, but it had such a small footprint we decided to place it on our hutch. No more broken spring antennae. Hello caller ID (Sure can come in handy during mealtimes)! Just need to remember to press a button when answering the phone. The extra phone is great to have in the family room, though it is a setback to opportunities for getting up off the couch :) We will need to adopt a new form of exercise! Seriously though, this appears to be a great purchase. Voicemail works great, we can use the handset the full distance of the house, clear signal... It's all good!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      You get what you pay for

      Posted
      dancindot
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I trusted the AT&T name for a phone system. It is chintzy and difficult to operate. My old Uniden cordless phone was sturdy and easy to use. This one is totally not worth the $43. You have to hold the entire unit to press the Play button to listen to a message; the message does not give the number of the caller; you literally have to keep your finger pressing the delete button to delete the message; hard to get recent caller id numbers (2 or 3 step process). Although I programmed it to not have "key" sounds, some of the keys make sounds when dialing and some of them don't. Very annoying. I did not want to go through the bother of packing it back up and returning it but I wish I did!!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      "Hello? Honey, it's for you!"

      Posted
      Doc4272
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Who has a landline phone in their home anymore? Exactly, hardly anyone these days of smartphones. Know where I needed one? In a assisted living facility for a family member. If you use a hardwired phone they provide, they charge you a monthly fee. And because of the way facilities are built these days, getting a signal is sketchy at best. SOLUTION. This wireless combination allowed me to plug into hardwired system in facility (no charge for connection) and I was up and running with a working phone that paid for itself in no time. Worked great, extra handset was a bonus and the device is easy to use (buttons are not confusing). Elderly family member had a phone they loved and was able to stay connected with people because of it.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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