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  • I like ringing someone up the next room (to the main line) from the kitchen through an intercom call, which comes useful for ringing the other handset if lost
  • To repay its service, I recommend this phone system – with knowledge of its flaws which I shall leave to your consideration


    • by jhunie

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      There was a time when I rather much preferred a tethered telephone handset provided by the telcos instead of a cordless phone system. Cordless handsets are easily misplaced, dropped and broken; in which case it’s frustratingly irritating to hunt for the receiver when a ring has gone off. Cordless phones are inevitably fated to break at home, so to speak. Ready to be seized – and ruined – by busybodies at home, the Vtech 6042 cordless two-handset system was another replacement, and most likely the next victim. But the Vtech 6042 model has held up well to date, and even if the other handset is lost – there’s always a spare.

      Call quality is, foremost, the aspect that best characterizes the product. It made us realize how faint the volume was in our old telephones. It’s as though the audio was amplified to sound cleaner and louder. Call quality absolutely leaves nothing to contend with. As a regular


      office employee, I’m okay with manually keying numbers. The telephone can store 50 contacts – that’s for one handset only. For the uninitiated, it might exhaust you to literally enter the same catalogue of numbers to the other handset. There’s also something off about the calling interface of the handsets.

      I often thought the two handsets were terrible counterfeits of cellphones – in design and dimension – but also in a funny, blown-up way. Vtech copies some elements of its design from the outmoded Motorola phones – the ones with flat keypads and circular D-pads. Imagine one upsized version, with a length blown out of proportion so that it stands lanky, framed by tacky silver around the edges. It sticks out like an awkward cellphone on the table but twice longer. If not the overall look of it, at least the keypads do benefit from replicating Motorola’s soft, springy keys, illuminated by a blue backlight. It has enough breadth for a ...


      • secure grip, and it’s segmented in the middle so that the upper half juts out closer to the ears. The sloping center of the keypad enables my thumb to clutch the handset against the palm.

        The second subordinate handset was relegated in the kitchen. I like ringing someone up the next room (to the main line) from the kitchen through an intercom call, which comes useful for ringing the other handset if lost. In the event that the person called by the other party has to be summoned, it’s easy to divert the call to the second handset by pressing a button. This telephone system is labeled with a DECT 6.0 frequency; its reception seems unaffected by our local wifi connection. Recording an outgoing message is quick and easy, even my mom is fairly accustomed to doing it. The answering machine records a total of 99 messages, all of which resonate clearly and loudly throughout the room.

        The Vtech 6042 has survived

        roughly 2 years in our household, and call quality continues to do well. But the battery has aged considerably, which undermines the capacity of the handset to function away from the cradle. Not a lot of us in the house are keen anyway at using the phone for longer talktimes. We’ve certainly used it for long-distance calls before, but are now swayed by Skype and other videocalling services. The second handset no longer facilitates calls in loudspeaker for a considerable amount of talktime. It shuts off once the battery is depleted, unable to hold a charge fully. Though hard to foretell, it’s not unlikely that the aging batteries would soon be the death of this telephone. To repay its service, I recommend this phone system – with knowledge of its flaws which I shall leave to your consideration. Needless to say, the Vtech 6042 brings the essential features of an office-oriented system to a domestic setup that’s very easy to operate.




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