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Old 08-02-2008, 06:25 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I know I sound stupid asking this but I don't understand phones. I b ought a cordless phone and the guy said I needed a base phone in the house with a cord and then you can have cordless. Why? Don't get this. Why would you need one corded phone....
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Old 08-02-2008, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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If there is a power outage, you don't have telephone coverage on cordless phones.
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Old 08-02-2008, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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You don't really need a corded one. Cordless phones have a "base" they recharge into, which transmits the signal to the cordless receiver. However, as Flamingo13 said, they don't work in a power outage like a corded one does. We use our cell phones only. Got rid of the home phone years ago.
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Old 08-04-2008, 11:47 AM
 
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I know I sound stupid asking this but I don't understand phones. I b ought a cordless phone and the guy said I needed a base phone in the house with a cord and then you can have cordless. Why? Don't get this. Why would you need one corded phone....
I think that what the guy was saying is that the base of the cordless phone has a cord that plugs in just like any other phone. Maybe?? That's the only thing that makes sense.

Only semi-off-topic: Cordless handsets have a battery that recharges when you put it on the base. How hard would it be to include a battery in the base that would hold a charge so that you could make phone calls in a power outage? Seems like it wouldn't take much of a back-up battery.
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:54 AM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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That's one of the best ideas I've ever heard of! Yes - why don't they? It would only be interacting with the dial tone that's already present. There has got to be a reason that maybe we just don't understand.
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Old 08-05-2008, 08:22 AM
 
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I should know by now that any time I think I have an idea for a product that isn't out there - someone else already thought of it.

This phone seems to have a backup battery, and I'm sure there are others.

AT&T EP5995 5.8 GHz Cordless Phone in Cordless Telephones at JR.com
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Old 08-05-2008, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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The ad doesn't say if the phone can still make calls using battery power. Most base units with an answering system will save time and messages etc. If the AT&T EP5995 phone was designed to make calls using stored power I wouldn't expect the battery back-up feature to be the last item on the list. But then you never know.

Hey Naptowner - maybe you can still market that idea!
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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How hard would it be to include a battery in the base that would hold a charge so that you could make phone calls in a power outage? Seems like it wouldn't take much of a back-up battery.
Not hard, but it would increase the price substantially. The frequency of power outages in most parts of the country is very low, and the additional cost would outweigh the potential benefit. It would probably add at least $15 to the price of the cordless phone, and you can pick up a cheap corded phone for much less than that.
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Old 08-05-2008, 05:11 PM
 
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Not hard, but it would increase the price substantially. The frequency of power outages in most parts of the country is very low, and the additional cost would outweigh the potential benefit. It would probably add at least $15 to the price of the cordless phone, and you can pick up a cheap corded phone for much less than that.
Sure, but who wants to keep a spare corded phone in the closet to fish out if the power goes out? It looks as though there are several standalone battery backups (kind of like a UPS for the phone) and there is at least one model that can make and receive calls when the power goes out, so somebody's buying them.

I don't know why I care, I don't even use a landline.
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Old 10-12-2010, 05:47 PM
 
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how do you register the handset in the ep 5995 model, it states on the menu you have to do this?
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