The VTech DS6421-3 cordless phone has 3 handsets with their ‘Connect to Cell’ technology and an Answering System base with Caller ID and Call Waiting. Never miss a cellular call at home again. The VTech DS6421-3 cordless phone system is available from Walmart online with free shipping to the Aberdeen store or another Walmart store near you.
VTech DS6421-3 Features
- Pair four different Bluetooth enabled cell phones (or headsets) with the phone system. Two of the phones may be activated at the same time. Make and receive calls from either of the activated cell phones. No landline service is required making this system perfect for homes with only cell phone service. Your cellular provider’s voicemail system will continue to record your messages. The Answering System on this device works only with landline service.
- The frequency band has been extended allowing for the signal to be reproduced and tuned for a fuller and clearer sound. I found the sound quality to be excellent and certainly equal to that of the other VTech phones that I use. The Equalizer function on each handset allows you to choose from 4 settings to best suit your hearing.
- Push-to-Talk intercom allows you to broadcast to one handset or a group of handsets so you no longer need to yell from one end of the house to the other. It works like a walkie-talkie. You push the button to talk and release the button to hear the response.
- Audibly announces the name and number of the caller on all of the handsets and base unit. No need to find the handset to see who is calling. Makes screening calls that much easier.
- Download your cellular phonebook directory to this cordless phone system and dial a landline or cellular call from the directory for easy access. The import process was very easy but you will need to edit any entries that require a 1 for the dialing prefix which isn’t required for a cellular call.
- DECT 6.0 Digital technology provides the best sound quality, security and range in cordless phones.
- Interference free for crystal clear conversations – won’t interfere with wireless networks and other electronic devices.
- Protect yourself from identity theft with digital security. Your call is digitized and encrypted, making it nearly impossible for someone to eavesdrop.
- Expandable up to 12 handsets using only one phone jack.
- Return phone calls and recall numbers with 50 name and number caller ID memory. Caller ID service requires a subscription from your local telephone company.
- Digital answering system with 14 minutes of recording time with up to 3 minutes per call.
- With just the touch of a button, hands-free conversations are made easy with the handset speakerphone.
- 50 name and number phonebook directory – easily store and dial frequently called numbers.
- Trilingual prompts – choose between English, Spanish or French.
- Wall mount bracket is included.
Connect to Cell
My Motorola KRZR K1 is a perfectly nice phone but, in my opinion, no cell phone is really comfortable to use for an extended call. It was surprisingly easy to pair my Bluetooth enabled KRZR with the DS6421 phone system. It took only seconds to accomplish and then I was able to use the handset of the DS6421 to make and receive calls through my cellular service. The cordless handset is more comfortable to hold against my ear and the display is easier to read without my glasses. I was disappointed to find out that the answering system on the DS6421 will not pick up a call and record a message for the cell phone. Unanswered cell calls will continue to go to your cellular provider’s voicemail system.
The 3 handsets included with the VTech DS6421-3 will allow you to pair your cell phone with the system and leave it within 15 feet of the base unit. The other 2 handsets may be placed at the far reaches of your living area so you will always be able to answer you cellular and landline calls from anywhere in the house.
We only have the one Bluetooth enabled phone but you can pair up to 4 such cell phones with the DS6421 system. Only 2 of those 4 phones can be used with the system at any given time.
This could be a very nice feature but I found it so annoying that I finally turned it off. I realize that digital pronunciation is not going to sound exactly like a live person but this one was pretty far off the mark at times. When I called my cell phone from my landline, which was labeled as ‘Home,’ the digital voice announcement on the DS6421, could not pronounce the word Home. It sounded more like zshomay and nothing at all like Home. The number of the incoming call will still be displayed on the screen which is really enough for me.
The design of the handsets provides easy access to all the Menu options but the volume controls, a Mute feature, the Equalizer options as well as the Speakerphone button are all available on the front of the handset and can easily be activated with the simple touch of a button. The Mute button may be used to silence the ringer on an incoming call or turn off the microphone during a call. You will be able to hear the caller but they will not be able to hear you. All of the buttons and keys on the handset are large enough to prevent hitting the wrong button. The numbers are displayed in white on black keys so they are easy to see.
The VTech DS6421-3 comes with 3 handsets but it is expandable to 12 cordless handsets and 2 cordless headsets. Only the base unit needs to be connected to your landline outlet and/or your cell phone. The handsets need only be plugged into an electrical outlet. Additional handsets and the optional headsets are sold separately. It uses VTech Handset model DS6401 and Headset model IS6100.
As mentioned above the answering system only works with landline calls. It comes with a prerecorded outgoing message but you can easily record your own message if you choose. Select the number of times you want the phone to ring before the answering machine picks up. There is also a toll saver feature which will answer after 2 rings if you have messages waiting and 4 rings when there are no messages. A 2 digit security code is required to access your messages remotely. You may select the toll saver option or up to 6 rings before the machine will answer a call. If you are an all cell household or you prefer to not have the machine answer your landline calls, a button on the front of the base will allow you to turn off the answering machine. Volume control for the ringer on the base unit is conveniently located on the right side of the base.
Your VTech phone system will come with an excellent 100+ page printed manual which is filled with the answers to any questions you might have about setting up and using your phone. A Bluetooth Quick Start Guide will take you step by step through the process of pairing your cell phone with the phone system. It is written in simple language and includes pictures to make it even easier.
There is a separate Quick Start Guide for the phone system and handsets that will show you how to install batteries and get connected quickly. The manual states that it may take up to 16 hours to charge your handsets for the first time. I found the time for charging to be closer to 10 hours but you should plan to charge overnight before you plan to use the phone system for the first time.
Battery life is estimated at up to 7 hours of actual talk time with the handset, up to 5 hours in speakerphone mode and up to 7 days in standby mode when not in use. When a handset is in its charging base, a red light will show that is charging.
The VTech DS6421-3 phone system is fine product that certainly fills a need for my household and others that want a user friendly phone system that will incorporate cellular calls. The documentation provided will make setup and use of the phone easy even for non-techy consumers. Visit the VTech website to find out more about the DS6421-3 and view a video of the system features.
VTech should mark the product packaging clearly to let customers know that the answering machine does not work with cell phones. I found this information nowhere on the box or on the VTech website. After contacting Tech Support, which does get kudos for quick response time, I did eventually find the information on pages 45 and 74 in the manual. That’s buried too deeply to be useful for most people. It should be clearly stated on the box as well as on the product page on the VTech website. If customers know this ahead of time they won’t be disappointed with an otherwise exceptional product.
The VTech 6421-3 is available directly from VTech online for $99.95 and qualifies for free shipping. Walmart offers the phone system online for $80.88 with free site to store shipping to the Aberdeen store or another Walmart near you. Amazon lists the Vtech DS6421-3 for $82.91 with free super saver shipping. Best Buy offers it online only at a price of $79.99.