I bought this phone 3 months ago. It's is a cordless, DECT phone with all mod cons (memory, caller lists, contacts etc., various ring tones), incorporating an answering machine (electronic, i.e. no tape) and a speaker phone. It's wonderful to have all these in one device for that price. I was particularly interested in the answering machine, which works perfectly. I also needed the speaker phone. However the speaker phone is parctically useless with this device. Everybody says we are barely audible with lots of crackling sounds, even though we are just 30-40 cm away from the handset. If there is any background noise like TV or music they can't hear anything. I don't know if my phone is faulty or the design is poor, but I'll try to return it on my warranty if they'll take it. I wouldn't recommend, unless you don't need the speaker phone function.