GE 900 MHz Cordless, Hands Free Telephone
- with no Roaming Charges
by Jim Bray
Maybe it's because
I have a lot of "hangups," but I've just become a convert to these "headset-style"
telephones you see so many receptionists wearing these days.
The epiphany came
courtesy General Electric and its model 2-9917 900 MHz cordless hands-free
telephone, a nifty gadget for the home and/or home office if I've ever
This little doohickey
ups the ante on the traditional 900 MHz cordless phone. Its two piece
design includes a little headset and a "main unit" that comes with a clip
suitable for attaching the device to your belt. If you prefer to lounge
around the house in jogging pants that aren't belted, the main unit is
also small enough to stuff into a reasonably sized pocket.
Actually, I found
the pocket-storing method worked best for me, because when I belt-mounted
the phone I had a tendency to knock it off, which would cause the main
unit to fall almost to the floor (If I were an inch or two shorter it
would have hit with a thud), jerking the headset most uncomfortably -
and causing strain on the wire connecting the two units.
Anyway, the phone
features 40-Channel Auto Scan 900 MHz Transmission technology, and it
comes with two batteries (no kidding - they even give you a spare!), one
of which sits in the charging unit while you use the other.
The 900 MHz sound
performance (featuring what GE calls "Crystal Clear Sound") is very good.
The main unit includes buttons for volume up/down, ringer adjust, redial,
channel selection (no, it doesn't operate your TV!), memory (you can store
up to ten numbers in it), and "flash."
The headset expands
to fit the most swollen ego and sits comfortably on the head. The only
problem I had with it was that after wearing it for a while I'd end up
with a funny-looking little "Dennis the Menace" bit of hair standing up
- which would have been embarrassing if I weren't the boss.
Using the phone is
easy and comfortable, and I grew to really love the hands free convenience
it offers. Sure, any cordless phone lets you wander around while you're
yakking, but this one lets you actually do things as you
prattle on endlessly. I could make dinner without struggling to balance
a headset between ear and shoulder (and without the resulting trips to
the Chiropractor that habit brings).
Not only that, but
the headset is more comfortable and less intrusive than I expected and
I found I could wear it for long periods without it getting on my nerves.
There are a couple
of minor downsides to mention, naturally. One is that I found the wire
that connects the two units would tend to get wound around itself a bit
(like every other wire ever made, it seems), and that a couple of times
- when I'd wear the headset while sitting the main unit on my desktop
- I'd get up to go somewhere and (forgetting that the main unit wasn't
attached to me) drag the unit behind me, causing it to fall to the floor.
Fortunately, the phone
seems built sturdily enough that such operator-inflicted problems aren't
a big deal - though of course one should try to keep one's wits about
oneself and not end up dragging the thing around behind you.
Other than that, I
found this phone to be a delightful unit to live with. Its performance
is just fine, and its convenience is definitely above par.
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