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It's a nice little phone. Easy to set up (plug in, wait, ready to go), nice design, good, handy size, choice of ring tones and adjustable volume. This is a fairly simple telephone to use with a good strong ringtone and I like the answer phone with a pre-recorded message. Having the answer phone built into the hand set is a real advantage, and it is easy to install. Well featured, and one of the reasons for choosing this phone was the Eco+ feature - the base station shuts down completely when not in use. However, there are some drawbacks that limit its appeal. Mainly, there's no Message Waiting Indication (MWI). Plus, the 15-character CLI name limit replaces the name with 'unknown' if it's greater than 15 characters. Another thing to note is that it treats a number that ends in a star as a number to go out over the POTS line, rather than the VoIP connection, so if you have any 'star codes' in your dialplan that end with a star, then they won't work. Finally, another disadvantage is the lack of Skype compatibility, which I find completely ridiculous.
The Gigaset A385 is an elegant phone with an outstanding dual color design in Creme White and Espresso. It not only looks good, but also delivers excellent sound. Innovative HSP provides a brilliant speech quality, even when talking hands-free. Enjoy conversations for almost as long as you like with this phone's long talk time of up to 25 hours and its standby time of up to 210 hours. You can store up to 140 entries in the phonebook to have all the details of those important to you close at hand. With the display of the caller's number (CLIP) and a list of your last 25 missed calls, you always know who is trying or has tried to reach you. If you want to boost the convenience, the Gigaset A385 is also expandable to up to four additional handsets.
If you are looking for a high quality phone with an exceptional design and sound, the Gigaset A385 is the right choice for you.