AT&T’s Connect to Cell Home Phone System

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phone2AT&T recently decided to become a sponsor of TodayIFoundOut.com and asked me to review their CLP99383 3 Handset Connect to Cell home phone system and let them know what I think.  Aside from the fact that I think the name needs a little work, 😉 it's very handy, even if you don't have a home phone line and just use your cell phone(s).

So what does this system actually do for you? It allows you to pair up to two cell phones with this system.  After you do that, you can then make and receive calls from your cell phone(s), among other things, via this phone system. The big advantage there being if your cell phone is in another room of your house, no need to go find it or get it if you want to make or receive a call through it.  Given that the phone system comes with three handsets (and can be expanded to more), between that and your cell phone, odds are, unless you live in a mansion, one of the phones will be in close proximity to you.

It also, of course, is fully capable of functioning as your home phone system, if you're one of the dwindling number of people who still has a home phone. Switching between which phone you want to make a call through is easy enough with the push of a button.  If someone's already talking on another set, you can also still make a call through one of your other cell phones or land-line at the same time. So, essentially, this system sort of consolidates all your phones into one virtual multi-line system.

Some other highlights include:

  • A built-in USB dock for charging a cell phone.
  • Ability to easily transfer your cell phone contact directory to this system in a matter of seconds.  (It's capable of holding up to 6,000 such contact entries.)
  • If you're using an Android phone it will notify you on any of the handsets when you receive a text, email, etc. on one of your paired cell phones.
  • It also has Caller ID announce, so you can know who's calling without even looking at your cell phone or any of the handsets that come with this system. (Assuming you turn this feature on.)
  • HD quality audio capable.
  • Intercom system between the headsets, Call screening, and a slew of other features you'll find on other high end home phone systems.

phone3So now that you know a bit about the system, what did I think after using it so far for about a week?  For starters, the setup was surprisingly easy, looking at the manual wasn't required at all.  It also only took a few minutes to get the whole thing configured, including pairing a couple cell phones, automagically transfering my contacts, putting in the date/time, configuring the settings to my liking and all that.

It even had no trouble pairing and working with my Motorola Atrix which normally requires that I hitch up a covered wagon and head on over to tech support to get it to work with much these days, with my Atrix usually showing signs of dysentery whenever I try to pair it with anything.  I thought for sure that one wouldn't work or be buggy with this system, but here we are. I've had no problems with it thus far.  I also paired it up with a Nexus 5 and that, as I expected, was fine too.

Call quality on both sounded good on my end and my guinea pig for testing the other end said it sounded good for him too. Switching between lines and all that good stuff was completely self-explanatory just by the labeling of the buttons on the phone and the base.

The main thing here for me is just the convenience factor.  I run my business out of my home and have a few lines I deal with for various things.  It's nice not to have to get up or carry my phones with me from room to room anymore.  With the handsets strategically placed around the house, if anyone calls on my home line or two cells, I just need one of the hand sets around.

Another kind of unique feature that I thought was kind of cool, but haven't used yet, is that in the event of the power outage, as long as you keep the handset that's on the base there and it's still got battery power, it will also power the base.  So even with the power out, you can still use this system via the other handsets.

In the end, I had thought perhaps with the surface complexity of this system that it might be difficult to setup and maybe a little buggy, particularly with my Atrix, but so far so good.  Took just a few minutes to setup and have placed and received calls with it on each line with no problems.   I've also not had any problems with the range of the system, in terms of my cell phone staying connected to the system while I'm in my house.  Granted, I have the base pretty centrally located and haven't specifically tried to test its limits.  But given the base has a USB port for charging my phone and there's really not a lot of need anymore to cart my cell phones around the house, my phones pretty much have been staying in the same room with the base, charging, while I'm home.

I usually like to try to find something to be a little critical about in these sorts of reviews, just so people believe me when I say I'm allowed to say whatever I want, but in this case at least after a week of usage, nothing's popped up yet.  I guess, it doesn't make me breakfast…  Where's that feature AT&T? 😉

If you're interested in getting this system for yourself, you can purchase it from AT&T here: CLP99383

You can also see more about the system via the video below:

Bonus Facts:

  • In the 1930s, it was possible to place telephone calls from certain passenger ocean liners.  These calls cost about $7 per minute, which is just shy of $100 per minute today.
  • Car based mobile phones have been around since the 1940s, but generally needed significant enough power that you could only use them with the engine running.
  • “Cellular phones” or more common today “cell phones” get their name from the fact that areas served by towers are divided up into “cells”.  The first use of the word “cellular” in this fashion was in 1977.  The first documented use of the word “cell phone” was in 1984.
  • In the United States, 86% of the time people are using the internet on their mobile device, they are simultaneously watching TV.  The average American smartphone user also spends about 2.7 hours per day socializing on their phone.
  • The highest number of active phones per person for a country is Montenegro at 192.5% or nearly two phones per person.  The runner up on that list is Hong Kong at 187.9%.

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