Review: AT&T TL86109


Today’s home office isn’t just another room in the home. Whether for a home-based business or a teleworking space, it’s a home for bona fide work. Those who work from home likely have noticed various similarities between it and the home. One is the shared need for effective phone systems. Yet finding that system can be a challenge.
The old Bell System Princess or Trimline just don’t cut it any longer in the home-based workspace. Even the old bedside phone today needs heightened functionality.

The needs and distinctions are obvious. Most busy home offices have more than one phone line; sometimes three or more, depending on whether it has a fax line or even employees. And today’s home officer tends to work from throughout the home. This could be in the office, from the kitchen table or patio, and – yes – from the bedroom.


For many home officers, work also transcends the “home” office. With a smart phone and the apps and functions it carries in tow, work can easily shift from “mobile” to “home” with a few paces. 

After all, as has long been said about the virtual officing and telework, place is irrelevant. Output matters. That said, how can all these places and needs perform seamlessly in the home office?

A host of new phones are on the market that combine high-function with affordability. For example, the AT&T TL86109 (MSRP $149.95) offers Connect to Cell and two phone lines with a corded base and cordless handset.


Connect To Cell Technology

Another product is the VTech Connect to Cell with Headset (DS6671-3). Also using DECT 6.0 technology, it’s a two-handset and headset Connect to Cell system that creates virtual multi-line operation with up to two cellular lines and one landline. Mobile notifications alert Android users of new texts, emails or social media updates on all handsets; “Ringtone Share” plays the iPhone ringtone on all handsets. The system also includes full duplex speakerphones. The “Quiet” mode disables ringers for fewer interruptions.

Users can easily download and store up to 2,000 cellular directory entries into this cordless system for easy access. The system also is expandable to 12 VTech DS6601 handsets. And for those who need it, the digital answering system is ITAD accessible from handsets and features 14 minutes record time.

A relatively new concept to many consumers, Connect to Cell is very popular and highly functional. With an easy one button setup, users can connect a cell phone to a house phone, effectively eliminating any worry about dropped calls or bad service at home. It’s an ideal option for Very Small Businesses or entrepreneurs who constantly are on calls and encourage clients reach them on via cell phone.

Moreover, these products can scale to meet business / family needs. Need more handsets? Just buy a unit and plug in the charging base. Any veteran home officer knows the value of such “portability” of the base unit. Multiple handset bases enable phones to be placed – and charged – wherever work gets done.

Such mobility within the home-based business is critical to meeting residents’ and business owner’s specific lifestyle and work needs. And for the modern home office, moving seamlessly between these elements is critical to success – no matter where work gets done.


By Jeff Zbar with ChiefHomeOfficer.

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