Summary: I really REALLY want to love this system... but I just can't. I'm about to replace it with a Uniden, and just connect it to an FXS adapter on my server. I'll start with he good stuff. It looks nice. I got a few SL78H handsets, which are very sleek and all. The charging bases are small and everything LOOKS nice. Voice quality on intercom calls is outstanding. The remote room monitor works pretty well, too. Now for the bad stuff. It does VOIP, which is cool...
Summary: Okay, let me preface the review by saying that the phone has a lot of potential. Having used the phone over the last 14 months, I finally have reached the stage where I cannot live with all the weird quirks of the system. I really wanted to make this phone work but it is just not ready for prime time, especially in the US. I was originally attracted to the phone given it is a hybrid POTS/ IP phone. However, it is just incredibly immature for day to day use.
Great features and call quality, menus a bit slow.
Eric T, Amazon
15 July 2011
Summary: PROS: This is a much better option for VOIP service than the Vonage phones. Get a voiSip account and you're in business. As a VOIP phone, it has very good audio quality and was easy to setup with voiSip. I also like the Internet enhanced features like weather. Setup is easy, and being able to make 2 simultaneous calls is very nice (though 3 or 4 would be better). CONS: The menus are a bit slow, especially if someone is talking on one of the lines.
Summary: I ordered the Siemens as a replacement for an aging Panasonic system that we needed more handsets for anyway. Prior to buying the Siemens, I'd fooled around with VoIP using a Sipura ATA (SPA-3000), and while it was decent, the configuration practically required a technical certification to decipher and properly program all on its own.
Summary: We used this phone both connected to our wireless router and unconnected. Making a regular land-line call is a maddening process. You have to hit the top-left navigation button about 6 times for it to decide to make a land-line telephone call. That's because the features for this button are useless overkill, such as entering your location for the local weather or news. I don't want the local weather, I want to make a phone call!
Summary: I just bought this phone. Followed the instructions in charging phone and hooking up the base station. Phone and base bonded. Tested the phone to be sure it was hooked up and everything worked fine. The next thing the phone asked was to update the firmware. I followed the instructions to update the firmware. Once that was done, the phone and base station were no longer linked. Tried resetting everything without success. Called customer "service" for help.
Good features but basic functionality requires more work
1 April 2010
Summary: Have been using the phone for ~6month. Other reviews have covered the nifty features, so I wanted to concentrate on the day-to-day usage. * Sound: quality seems to be good i.e. cant complain, but the volume is low. Sometimes hard to hear the other person, yet the sound when navigating through menu(s) is very loud. * Speed: the phone is slow to react to key press, both in menu navigation and number dialing. * DTMF tones: do not work reliably.
Summary: I have used the phone with two different VOIP services and it worked with both. The sound is better that my old land line phone. It has a color display but not much can be done with the colors. It would have been nice if I could upload my contacts pictures. The wireless range is very good, throughout the house and outside. Supporting a land line works very well and you can choose which service to make calls on. Each handset an be configured as to which lines ring.
Summary: I have had this Gigaset for about 3 weeks and find it not satisfactory although it does have some good points. The concept of a multiple VoIP adapter and a POTS line is outstanding. In a year or so when the design matures it will be good, IMO. Currently however it's basic function as a phone is lacking due to very low volume in the handset. When talking on the phone if there is any background noise, the other party can not be heard.