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on 17 August 2011
German companies like Siemens are known for their high-end cordless phones in the home market. Now Gigaset, which used to license the Siemens name, is marketing the DX800A landline phones for companies and busy house holds.

The DX800A is a neat and stylish machine and as your needs grow extra cordless handsets can be added. The DX800A has Hi-Def sound which really is brilliant when using the base calls are clear and the screen is easy to read and sharp, only bad point is the hadset, whilst it is brilliant to hold for hours because it is light, it feels too light and flimsy, I think they should of added a weight to the hanset to give it substance.

This model supports up to seven handsets in total I use the SL78H hansets which also use the Hi Definition Audio, though there are other Gigaset DX series bases and cordlesses which suit businesses for up to 15 or 30 employees, in various enviroments this is my prefered choice they look elegant and smart. It's easy to make calls between internal extensions, of course. Note that on the DX800A you can only make four calls at the same time.

All the systems have lots of features and are easy to use. There's a colour LCD screen to show who's calling you, display menus and so on. The large address book sections on board mean you can store up to 1,000 contacts.

You can have up to three answering machines. A connector for a fax means you don't need a separate fax number and the phone has Bluetooth built in so you can connect a headset.

Bluetooth is also key to one of the most intriguing extras on the phone, one that could overcome poor mobile phone reception. If your desk is the worst place for your mobile phone's network and you find yourself leaning out of the window to improve call quality, you can use Bluetooth to pair your mobile with the DX800A. Place your mobile anywhere within a 10-metre radius (on the windowsill, by the door, wherever the signal is strongest) and you can use your landline to make and receive calls VIA your mobile phone as if it were just a bluetooth headset, also it displays the incomming caller number too as it would on your mobile.

You can also send and receive text messages on the DX800A or connect it to a computer to make use of services like Skype to route calls over the broadband network, though it supports VOIP in it's on right and I use SIPGate.

Although it's not cheap, the Gigaset DX800A is a good-looking and highly capable phone, with excellent build quality and lots of features.

Also somebody else has put it in another post but if you want UK language use the following imput -

Press "MENU" and type this code *#05#21 (the screen will NOT change or display a context menu prompt) now go ahead and press 1 and the screen context menu button will say save (press save) and the menu and answerphone are now UK so you basically have a UK variant of the DX800A.
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