AT&T Digital Answering Machine (1740)
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- Digital operation with up to 60minutes of recording time
- Message Guard memory preserves messages in the event of power failure
- Call screen/intercept function helps you determine which calls to take
- Time and date stamp lets you know when messages were received
- Audible message alert lets you know when new messages await
- Remote access with toll saver voice prompts
- Memo recording, message counter, and variable speed playback
- English and French voice prompts
- Requires no batteries
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Of the 222 reviewers who responded, 205 would recommend this product.
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- Gets stuck and can't be reset. To the trash can!- April 14, 2021
I have had three AT&T 1740 answerers fail over the years with the problem of it getting stuck with the number of messages blinking and there being no way to clear the messages or continue to use the device. This problem has been reported for years in customer reviews, but it appears that AT&T does not want to fix it. There is nothing that the user can do to reset the unit. There is no Reset or Clear button and unplugging it, then plugging it back in, does not reset it. My next to last unit failed in less than a year. AT&T replaced it under warranty (costing me $11 to mail the old unit), but then within a year the replacement unit failed.No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
- For the $$ it is worth it- October 8, 2012
I wanted an answer machine to avoid using the phone companies, and I didn't want to replace my 4 wireless phones. I've had this for nearly 2 months and it has worked fine. It is cheap in quality though and a bit funny. You can set the "day of the week" and the year but you can not set a date. I.E. You can set it as Monday at 1PM but you can't give it a date. Very strange but as I won't be going weeks without picking up my messages it doesn't matter to me. As for the feature that reads out the telephone number for incoming calls I found that annoying and turned the feature off. It is easier, quieter/more private, and nicer just to look at the caller ID.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not What We Expected- September 28, 2019
This is a nice unit, easy to set up, but it had one feature that wouldn't suit our needs. Even when the volume is on it's lowest setting, when a call comes in and the machine picks up you still can hear it. Normally not an issue, but we keep the answering machine in our bedroom mainly to weed out telemarketer calls on our land line. We turn the volume down all the way overnight. Our old AT&T model 1717 would allow the volume to be turned all the way down for incoming calls. Family members use our cell phones to contact us in the event of an emergency. Probably time to eliminate the land line altogether anyway.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.