Summary: I have owned the Uniden ELX500 5.8 GHz phone answering machine w/Bluetooth for several years, and just love it, primarily the Bluetooth feature. I don't know of any other cordless landline phone with the bluetooth feature. I needed another handset so I ordered one. I highly recommend it. No problems at all other than having to order a new battery every 12-18 months.
Summary: This was a great phone for a while. We bought it for our daughter to use until she was old enough to get a cell phone but my wife and I used it as well. The problem with the phone as several people have pointed out is a weak hinge design which after a couple of years just broke. No traumatic damage--one day the hinge just popped apart and there was no way to fix it. Too bad, it was a very nice phone before that.
Summary: I have had two of these handsets and the base for almost 3 years (to replace my Siemens system). I have dropped them, keep them in the kitchen (phone and cook - great), have gotten them dirty, and one even has my dog's teeth marks on it. Yeah it does feel cheaply made but if it survived that long in my house then it has proved itself.
Summary: compact design bluetooth enabled for hands free headset no problems at all just sensitive to to physical damage like driops or water. can easely be broken as long as you take care not to drop or spill liquids it should last a long time. this is the best phone ever i wish they kept improveing on the model instead of discountinuing it.
Summary: These phones are pricy but for the quality they perform at its worth it. I brought them due to the flip deisgn, compact as well as the cell link feature. Its great being on one side of the house and having the cell ring, which makes the house phone ring and you can answer your cell directly off that. You can set and change rings, its just great. Great feature. The phone has many other features as well, caller Id, and intercom, so much more!
Summary: I wanted a phone that I could use with my bluetooth capable cell phone and this one works like a charm. I can call using cell phone minutes from either ELX500 (I have two) or the cell phone itself. I can also answer a cell call from any of the three phones. These phones are very light weight and comes with a holder that clips to a belt. Too many features to list here.
Summary: As others have posted this phone is not worth the cost. Too bad Uniden saw fit to put this product out. There must have been a huge profit margin in it for them. Will try another manufacturer's product and spend again for a home phone. The Bluetooth is the hook, the quality of manufacture is the pain. And your right, the cost of repair is far beyond commansensical.
Summary: I preordered this item and waited months before it became available. I loved the features: baby monitor, 2-way radios, blue tooth, VOIP capable, flip phone, etc. I paid over $500 for the base unit & 3 handsets. At this point, the only feature we can use is the speaker phone on the base unit. 1 year after we had them, the first one broke at the hinges. I contacted Uniden but our only option was to pay almost the cost of a new one for repairs.
Staggering array of features, very poor reception/range
Alain Avakian "Alain", Amazon
5 November 2006
Summary: I place the order for this phone before it was even available for sale, so I did not read any reviews prior to getting it. It simply seemed like the best phone available (feature wise): - Answering system - Bluetooth capable - 4,096 color screen - Load your phone numbers from Outlook etc... - 5.8 GHz Why did I give it a rating of 2/5? Because the reception on this phone is absolutely terrible.