AT&T 1527 User Manual

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Answering System Speakerphone 1527


Telephone Operation

Memory Dialing

Answering System

At Home Operation

Remote Operation


Follow these steps to set your new answering system for proper operation.

CAUTION: Always unplug the power and line cords before installing a new battery.

1.Install the battery

a)Slide the directory card toward the back of the system and then lift it off.

b)Slide the battery cover toward the back of the system until the front opens slightly. Then lift up on the front edge of the cover and tilt it back on its hinge.

c)Attach the battery cap to the 9-voltbattery (supplied) and place the battery into the compartment.

d)Slide the battery door back into place.

e)Replace directory card.

This battery is used to retain memory in case of power failure. When the battery needs to be replaced LOW BATTERY will be displayed in the Message Window.

NOTE: Always verify the clock setting and the security codes after changing the battery.

1.Insert the microcassettes

Lift the cover. Insert the cassettes with the full reels to the back. The cassettes are identical-eithercan be used as the Announcement tape or the Message tape.

2.Set DIAL MODE switch

The DIAL MODE can be set for touch-tone(TONE) or rotary (PULSE) telephone service. Set the switch to TONE unless you have rotary service.

3.Connect handset to unit

Plug one end of the coiled handset cord into the handset and plug the other end into the jack on the left side of the unit.

4.Connect the line cord

Plug one end of the telephone line cord into the TEL LINE jack, and plug the other end into a modular wall jack.

5.Check for dial tone

Lift the handset and listen for the dial tone.

6.Connect the power cord

! You should use only the power adapter supplied with your answering system. If you need a replacement adapter, call the National Sales and Service Center at 1 800222-3111.

Thread the power cord behind the strain relief tab on the back of the unit, and then plug the power cord into the answering system jack marked POWER.

Plug the power cord transformer into an electrical outlet not controlled by a wall switch. The cassettes will automatically rewind in 10 to 15 seconds. Then the Message Window will show PF.

NOTE: If you have not yet inserted the microcassettes, the error indicators E1 (no Messages tape) or E2 (no Announcement tape) will appear in the Message Window. Insert the cassettes and press and release MESSAGES.

7.Press and release REPEAT/REWIND

The system rewinds the message tape and then displays CL in the Message Window.CL means the clock must be set.

8.Set the Clock

The Clock feature will record the time and day of each message received. To set the clock, first read, then perform, Steps 9a through 9i that follow:

a)Set the speakerphone/message VOLUME control to the middle.


b)Hold Down CLOCK and continue to hold it down until you hear a day of the week (e.g., “Sunday”).

c)Release CLOCK. CL should display in the Message Window.

d)Press and release SKIP/FAST FWD until you hear the correct day. (You can press and release REPEAT/REWIND to hear days in reverse order.)

NOTE: If you have difficulty, or if CL is not displayed in the Message Window at this point or during the rest of this clock-settingprocedure, start over at Step 9b.

e)Press and release CLOCK. You will hear an hour setting (e.g., “12 AM”).


f)Press and release SKIP/FAST FWD until you hear the correct hour. (You can press and release REPEAT/REWIND to hear hours in reverse order.)

g)Press and release CLOCK. You will hear a minute setting (e.g., “01”).


h)Press and release SKIP/FAST FWD until you hear the correct minute. (You can press and release REPEAT/REWIND to hear minutes in reverse order.)


i)Press and release CLOCK. You will hear the complete day and time setting. If it is not correct, start over with Step 9b.

Audible Clock

To use your system as an “audible clock,” or to check the setting of your clock, set the VOLUME control to the middle and then tap CLOCK to hear the current day and time setting.

Telephone Operation

Making and Answering Calls

You can use either the handset or the speakerphone to make or answer a phone call:

Using the handset: To make or answer a call, lift the handset. To hang up, replace the handset or depress the switchhook.

Using the speakerphone: To make or answer a call, move the VOLUME control to the middle and press SPEAKERPHONE. To hang up, press SPEAKERPHONE again.

Ringer Volume Control

The RINGER volume control allows you to turn the telephone ringer OFF or set it to ring at LO or HI volume. You can dial or answer calls normally when the ringer is off. Other telephones in your home will still ring; they are not affected by the switch.

NOTE: All features of the answering system work normally regardless of the ringer setting. If you set the system to answer calls, it will do so whether the ringer is on or off.

Handset Volume Control

Adjust the HANDSET (receiver) volume control for a comfortable listening level during telephone conversations.

Speakerphone Volume Control

Adjust the VOLUME control for a comfortable speakerphone listening level during telephone conversations.


The SPEAKERPHONE feature lets you place and answer phone calls without lifting the handset.

To make a call using the speakerphone, press SPEAKERPHONE and begin dialing after you hear the dial tone. When you are done with the call, press SPEAKERPHONE again to hang up.

You can use the handset or the speakerphone interchangeably - the red speakerphone indicator lights to show when the speakerphone is being used. You can switch from the speakerphone to the handset at any time by lifting the handset.

You can also switch from the handset to the speakerphone at any time by pressing SPEAKERPHONE. The handset is automatically turned off, and you can replace it in the cradle without disconnecting the call.


The HOLD feature allows you to keep a call on the line while you step away from the phone or while you or someone else takes a call on an extension phone in another room. To put a call on hold using the handset, press and release HOLD so that the indicator above the button lights, then place the handset back in the cradle. To resume your conversation, lift the handset of this telephone or an extension phone, or press SPEAKERPHONE. If the handset is not in the cradle, press and release HOLD to resume your conversation.

To put a call on hold using the speakerphone, press and release HOLD. To resume your conversation, press HOLD or SPEAKERPHONE, or lift the handset of this telephone or an extension telephone.

NOTE: While the red HOLD light is on, both sides of the phone conversation are silenced; nothing you or the other person says can be heard.


The FLASH feature is useful if you have subscribed to custom calling services from your local telephone company. Press and release FLASH instead of pressing the switchhook to activate services such as call waiting or 3-waycalling.

You may have to press other buttons before or after FLASH, as explained in custom calling instructions provided by your local telephone company. FLASH is used only as a substitute for pressing the switchhook.


Hold down MUTE to turn off the handset or speakerphone microphone. You can then talk privately with someone else in the room without the person on the phone hearing you.

While you hold down MUTE you will still be able to hear the caller, but the caller will not hear anything you say. When you release MUTE, your caller will again be able to hear your voice.


The telephone always stores in memory the last number manually dialed. To dial the number again, lift the handset or press SPEAKERPHONE, then press and release REDIAL. This feature is useful when you are trying to reach a busy number.

The redial memory can accept numbers up to 18 digits long. The number will remain in memory until you change it by dialing another number.

NOTE: For privacy, you can erase the redial memory. Lift the handset or press SPEAKERPHONE, press any digit, then hang up.


If you have dial pulse (rotary) service, you can temporarily change from pulse to tone dialing during a call by pressing and releasing TONE. This is useful if you have to send touch-tonesignals for access to telephone banking orlong-distanceservices.


1.Dial a number with the DIAL MODE switch set to PULSE.

2.Press and release TONE. Each number you dial after this will be sent as a touch tone signal.

3.After you hang up, the phone automatically returns to dial pulse service.


The PAUSE feature is used to insert a dialing delay when storing numbers. Each time PAUSE is pressed and releases, a 1-seconddialing delay occurs in the dialing sequence. Refer to “Entering a Dialing Delay.”

Memory Dialing

Memory Features

A number will remain stored in memory unless you change it by entering another number. Capacity: The telephone can store 9 telephone numbers, each up to 18 digits long.

Directory Card: Remove the directory card. Write in the telephone numbers (or names) that you want to store in each memory location. Reinstall the card and clear plastic cover in the space provided.One-Touch Dialing: Once a number is stored in memory, you can dial it simply by pressing and releasing one of the memory buttons.

If your system is disconnected from the telephone line for approximately 18 hours or more, memory dialing numbers will be lost. To restore them, repeat the steps in “Storing Numbers.”

Emergency Numbers: You may choose to store emergency numbers in theone-touchmemory locations indicated by symbols printed on one side of the directory card. However, we recommend that you also write in the telephone number on the directory card so that if the memory feature does not function, you can still manually dial an emergency number quickly.

If you choose to store non-emergencytelephone numbers in these locations, it is important to remember that someone visiting your household may assume that they are dialing an emergency telephone number when they press one of these emergency symbols.

One-touchdialing and emergency calling symbols are provided only as a convenience. AT&T assumes no responsibility for customer reliance on this memory feature.

NOTE: Although testing the programming of emergency numbers is not recommended, if you do make a call to an emergency number:

You must remain on the line and briefly explain the reason for the call before hanging up.

Program / test emergency numbers only in the early morning or late evening (off-peakhours).

Storing Numbers

1.Lift the handset or press SPEAKERPHONE.

2.Press and release PROG.

3.Enter telephone number to be stored. (If the number is more than 18 digits long, see “Dialing Long Numbers.”)

4.Press and release the memory button where the number is to be stored.

5.Replace the handset, depress the switchhook for a few seconds, or press SPEAKERPHONE if you are using the speakerphone.

Repeat the above steps to program another number.

NOTE: Each time you store a number, listen for a beep when you press and release the memory button. (If you do not hear the beep, the number has not been stored, hang up and start over.)

Storing Numbers Just Dialed

Whenever you make a telephone call, the number you dialed can be stored in memory without reentering the number.

To store the last number dialed:

1.If you have not already hung up, go to Step 2. If you have already hung up, lift the handset or press SPEAKERPHONE.

2.Press and release PROG.

3.Press and release memory button.

Dialing Stored Numbers

1.Lift the handset or press SPEAKERPHONE.

2.Press and release the memory button.

Dialing Long Numbers

There are 2 ways to dial telephone numbers that are too long to fit into a memory location:

Use two memory locations: A number longer than 18 digits can be divided and stored in 2 memory locations. Follow the steps in “Storing Numbers” to store numbers in 2 memory locations (buttons). To dial the number, press and release the first memory button, wait for dialing to stop, and then press and release the second.

Combine manual and memory dialing: Instead of using 2 memory locations, you might choose to store only part of a long number. You can useone-touchdialing to dial the stored portion, then dial the other digits manually. If the stored portion is dialed first, wait for dialing to stop before you continue dialing.

Entering a Dialing Delay

Press and release PAUSE to insert a dialing delay in a stored number. Each time PAUSE is pressed and released, a 1-seconddialing delay occurs in the dialing sequence. PAUSE allows you to program a pause/delay into a memory dialing position for use with certain banking andlong-distanceservices, or to obtain an outside line when using a business telephone system.

For example, if your telephone system requires you to dial an access number, such as 9, before dialing an outside number:

1.Press and release PROG.

2.Enter access number.

3.Press and release PAUSE.

4.Enter telephone number.

5.Press and release the memory button.

Answering System:

At Home Operation

Recording Your Announcements

Before using your new answering system you should record an outgoing announcement. This is the message that callers will hear when the system answers a call.

NOTE: If you do not record an announcement, the system will answer calls and use the computerized voice to say, “Please leave a message.”

This answering system allows you to record 2 different announcements, Announcement A and Announcement B. Announcement A can be up to one minute long. Announcement B may be as long as the tape will permit. However, if the Personal Memo feature will be used, Announcement B should be limited to one minute or less.

You may switch between the 2 recorded announcements by using the ANNC SELECT switch, located under the cover. For example, to use Announcement A during the week and Announcement B on weekends, set the ANNC SELECT switch to A on Monday morning, and move it to B on Friday evening.

Before you record:

1.Prepare your announcement.

Example: “Hello. I can’t come to the phone right now. Please leave your name, telephone number, and a short message after the beep. I will return your call as soon as I can. Thank you.”

2.Move the ANNC SELECT switch to the announcement you wish to record, A or B. Wait for the tape to stop moving before continuing.

3.Set the ANNC ONLY switch to OFF.

You may wish to inform frequent callers that they may bypass the announcement and leave a message when this feature is turned on by pressing and release * when the announcement begins.

Record your announcement:

1.Hold down ANNC. After you hear a beep, speak toward the front of the answering system in a normal tone of voice.

2.Release ANNC when you are finished. The tape will be reset automatically.

NOTE: If you pause more than 4 seconds while recording, you will hear 5 quick beeps and the system will stop recording. Wait for the tape to set and record your announcement again.

Playing Back Your Announcements

1.Use the ANNC SELECT switch to select the announcement you wish to play back. The system will automatically wind the tape to the beginning of the announcement. Wait for the tape to stop before you continue.

2.Set the message VOLUME control to the middle.

3.Tap (quickly press and release) ANNC.

NOTE: Be sure to release the button quickly. If you hold the button down for more than a second, your announcement will be erased because the system will begin recording a new announcement.

Automatic Answering Operation

The system is ready to answer calls whenever AUTO ANSWER is displayed in the Message Window. To turn AUTO ANSWER on and off, press and release AUTO ANSWER.

When the system answers a call, the caller will hear the announcement you recorded, followed by a beep.

After the beep, the system begins recording your caller’s message; it stops recording when the caller hangs up or when the caller is silent for more than 7 seconds. The system then records the day and time of the call.

To conserve space on the tape, messages are limited to a maximum of 4 minutes. If the caller is still speaking after 4 minutes, the system beeps once and hangs up.

Changing Your Announcements

To change an announcement or record a new announcement, see “Recording Your Announcements.” The new announcement will be recorded over the old one.

About Microcassettes

An MC-60microcassette can record approximately 30 minutes on each side.

When the tape has been filled, the MESSAGES light will flash rapidly to indicate that the tape is full. When this happens, you can either play all of the messages and then clear the tape, or you can change the tape (see “Changing Microcassettes.”)

When the tape is completely filled with messages, the unit cannot record a caller’s message. The system answers after 10 rings and beeps twice, but it does not play an outgoing announcement, and does not record the message.

Changing Microcassettes

To change the Incoming Message tape:

1.Remove the cassette.

2.Turn the cassette over or insert a new cassette.

3.Press and release REPEAT/REWIND.

To change the Outgoing Announcement tape:

1.Remove the cassette.

2.Turn the cassette over or insert a new cassette.

3.Move the ANNC SELECT switch to A.

4.Tap (quickly press and release) ANNC, then wait for the tape to reset.

5.When the tape stops, record a new announcement if necessary.

Announce Only

You may set your system so that it plays your announcement to callers, but does not record their messages. This feature is often used by businesses such as movie theaters and doctors’ offices.

1.Open the cover and set the ANNC ONLY (announce only) switch to ON. When the ANNC ONLY switch is on, AO appears in the Message Window.

2.Change your announcement if necessary.

Example: “Hello. This is Chris. Sorry to miss your call, but I can’t come to the phone right now. If you call back after nine o’clock in the morning, I’ll be available to talk to you. Thanks.”

NOTE: If you want your system to record incoming messages, set the ANNC ONLY switch to OFF.

Message Volume Control

Use the speakerphone/message VOLUME control to adjust the sound of your announcements and incoming messages. Move the switch to find a comfortable volume level. (This does not affect the level of the announcement heard by callers.)

Ring Select

Open the cover and set the RING SELECT switch to 2, 4, or TS (Toll Saver) to choose the number of times the phone rings before the system answers.

Set to 2 if you want the system to answer all calls on the second ring.

Set to 4 if you want the system to answer all calls on the fourth ring.

Set to TS if you want the system to answer calls on the second ring if you have messages and on the fourth ring if you do not have messages.

Toll Saver

Use the Toll Saver setting when you will be calling from another location to check for messages. The system will answer after 2 rings only if you have messages waiting. If there are no messages, the phone will ring at least 3 times before the system answers. You can then hang up after the third ring to avoid paying for the call.

To use the Toll Saver feature, remember to move the RING SELECT switch to the TS setting before leaving home.

Message Alert

The Message Alert beeps every 10 seconds to notify you that messages have been received.

To activate this feature, open the cassette cover and set the MESSAGE ALERT switch to ON. If you do not want to hear the beep, set the switch to OFF.

Message Window

When messages have been recorded, the number of messages received will be shown in the Message Window and the light on MESSAGES will flash. For example, if 3 messages are on the tape, a 3 will show in the window and the light on MESSAGES will flash on and off.

NOTE: The maximum message count is 20. If the unit records more than 20 messages or memos, the display will show 20 and all messages after the 20th will be treated as part of the 20th message.

Listening to Your Messages

During playback, after each message the system will announce the day of the week and the time of day that the message was received. (Be sure that the clock feature has been set to the correct day and time.)

After playing back all messages the system will say “End of Messages” and automatically reset to answer new calls. All messages will automatically be saved, and any new messages will be recorded after the last message. To record new messages over old messages see “To Clear Messages.”

Before playing your messages, set the message VOLUME control (on the right side of the answering system) to the middle.

The following options are available:

To Listen to All Messages

Press and release MESSAGES. The system will rewind the message tape and begin to play all messages, giving you the day and time each message was received and saying “End of Messages” after the last message has been played.

To Clear Messages

If you wish to clear the messages, press and release REPEAT/REWIND after you hear “End of Messages.” The system resets to answer calls, the number in the Message Window returns to 0, and any new messages are recorded over the old messages.

To Save Messages

After playing your messages, the system automatically saves these messages and resets to answer calls. Any new messages are recorded after the messages that have already been played, and you will hear both old and new messages each time you listen to all your messages.

To Play Only New Messages

If you have saved messages and then get additional messages, you can choose to play only the new messages. For example, if you have saved 3 messages, and then get one new message, your Message Window will show 4.

If you want to play only the 4th message, hold down MESSAGES. When the tape begins to rewind, release MESSAGES. The new message will then play, and the system will automatically save all 4 messages.

NOTE: If there are no new messages, the system will announce “No New Messages.”

To Repeat a Message

Tap (quickly press and release) REPEAT/REWIND. The tape will back up one message each time you tap REPEAT/REWIND.

To Rewind the Tape

Hold down REPEAT/REWIND. To continue playing your messages, release REPEAT/REWIND.

To rewind the tape after STOP is pressed, press and release REPEAT/REWIND. The tape will rewind to the beginning of your messages unless STOP is pressed and released again.

To Skip to the Next Message

Tap (quickly press and release) SKIP/FAST FWD. The tape will advance one message each time you tap SKIP/FAST FWD.

To Fast Forward the Message Tape

Hold down SKIP/FAST FWD. To continue playing your messages, release SKIP/FAST FWD.

CAUTION: If a call comes in while the system is stopped and the AUTO ANSWER feature is set to ON, the system will answer the call and record over any remaining messages on the tape. To avoid losing messages after pressing STOP, immediately press SKIP/FAST FWD to advance to the end of messages.

To Replay Old (Cleared) Messages

Even if you have cleared old messages, they remain on the tape until new messages are recorded over them. To replay old messages:

1.Press and release MESSAGES to start playing the tape.

2.Hold down MESSAGES while the tape is playing. The tape plays as long as you hold MESSAGES.

3.Release MESSAGES when the old messages that you wanted to hear have been played. The system will say “End of Messages” and will then reset to answer calls.

To Interrupt Message Playback

Press and release STOP.

To continue playing messages, press and release MESSAGES.

Call Monitoring

To monitor (screen) your calls, set the system to answer calls and adjust the message VOLUME control so you can hear a caller’s message. While monitoring your call, you can also lift the handset of any telephone on the same line or press SPEAKERPHONE and talk to the caller (see “Call Intercept”). The system will stop recording and reset to answer future calls.

You have a choice of hearing your outgoing announcement (AP) or not (AS) while you monitor calls. To select the AP (announcement play) or AS (announcement silent) setting:

1.Hold down SET CODE.

2.Continue to hold SET CODE and press and release ANNC.

To hear only the caller’s voice, release ANNC when AS appears in the Message Window.

To hear both your outgoing announcement and the caller’s voice, release ANNC when AP appears in the Message Window.

3.Release SET CODE.

Call Intercept

Your answering system may be set to answer calls even when you are at home. You can intercept a call at any time by lifting the handset of any telephone on the same line as the answering system or by pressing SPEAKERPHONE. The system will stop and reset to answer the next call.

NOTE: If the announcement does not stop right away, press and release the telephone switchhook (briefly hang up) or press and release STOP on your answering system.

Priority Calling

The Answering System Speakerphone 1527 will answer the phone when you do not wish to be disturbed. However, if there is a particular call that you want to receive, inform the caller of your Priority Calling code. You may want to give one person your code to use all the time, or you may want to use the code only for a specific call. When someone calls and enters the code the system will beep, alerting you that a priority call is being received.

The code which is preset at the factory is 30.

To use the Priority Calling feature a caller should:

1.Dial the telephone number.

2.When the announcement begins to play, enter the Priority Calling code. The system will beep repeatedly until a telephone is picked up.

3.If no one answers the call, the caller can press and release # to stop the beeps, or they will stop automatically after 30 seconds. After the beeps stop, the caller will hear the message, “To leave a message, press star.” The caller can then press and release *, wait for the beep, and leave a message.

Recording a Telephone Conversation

NOTE: This unit does not sound warning beeps to let the other party know that the call is being recorded. To ensure that you are in compliance with any federal or state regulations regarding a telephone call, you should start the recording process and then inform your caller that you are recording the call.

1.To record: Tap (quickly press and release) MEMO/2WAY at any time during a phone conversation. The system beeps once and begins to record. The Message Window will show2-.

2.To stop recording: Press and release STOP. The system records the time and day when you stop recording.

To play back the recording, follow the instructions under “Listening to Your Messages.”

Recording a Memo

This feature allows you to record your own memo (or message). This memo may be played back with the incoming messages at home or from a remote telephone.

For example, if you want to record a reminder to yourself about a meeting or an errand you can record a memo. Later, when you are out of the house and call to get your messages, your own reminder will play along with the incoming messages. And if someone at home wants to be sure to tell you something, they can leave a memo so you will get the information with your messages.

1.To record: Hold down MEMO/2WAY. When the system beeps, speak toward the front of the system. The Message Window shows1-.

2.To stop recording: Release MEMO/2WAY. The system records the time and day.

To play back the memo, follow the instructions under “Listening to Your Messages.”

Recording a Personal Memo

This feature allows you or members of your household to record a personal message which can be played back either remotely by telephone, or by pressing and releasing PERSONAL MEMO. For example, if you are leaving the house and want to leave a message for your spouse, child, or roommate, you can record a