Radio Shack 43-3813 User Manual

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900 MHz Cordless Telephone

with Digital Answering System

43-3812/3813

Owner’s Manual

Please read before using this equipment.

ˆ Important Information

This phone has been tested and found to comply with all applicable UL and FCC standards.

WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or shock hazard, do not expose this product to rain or moisture.

CAUTION

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RISK OF ELECTRIC

SHOCK. DO NOT OPEN.

CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER OR BACK. NOUSER-SERVICEABLEPARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL.

This symbol is intended to alert you to the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage within the product’s enclosure that might be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock. Do not open the product’s case.

When AC power is lost, the phone loses the security access-protectioncode connection between the base and the handset. When power is restored, put the handset on the base briefly to restore this connection.

READ THIS BEFORE

INSTALLATION

We have designed your phone to conform to federal regulations and you can connect it to most phone lines. However, each device that you connect to the telephone line draws power from the line. We refer to this power draw as the phone’s ringer equivalence number, or REN. The REN is on the bottom of your phone.

If you use more than one phone or other device on the line, add up all the RENs. If the total is more than five (three in rural areas), your phones might not ring. If ringer operation is impaired, remove one of the devices from the line.

This symbol is intended to inform you that important operating and

! maintenance instructions are included in the literature accompanying this product.

Important

Cordless phones such as this one require AC power to operate. When the AC power is off, you cannot dial out or receive incoming calls using your phone. To be safe, you should also have a phone that does not need AC power to operate (not a cordless phone) so you can still make and receive calls if there is an AC power failure.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

When using your telephone equipment, basic safety precautions should always be followed to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and injury to persons, including the following:

1.Read and understand all instructions.

2.Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product.

3.Never install telephone wiring during a lightning storm.

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All Rights Reserved.

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4.Never install telephone jacks in wet locations unless the jack is specifically designed for wet locations.

5.Never touch uninsulated telephone wires or terminals unless the telephone line has been disconnected at the network interface.

6.Use caution when installing or modifying telephone lines.

7.Do not affix the AC power supply cord to building surfaces with metal fittings (if the product has an AC power cord).

8.Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.

9.Do not use this product near water, for example, near a bathtub, wash bowl, kitchen sink, or laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool.

10.Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand, or table. The product may fall, causing serious damage to the product.

11.Slots and openings in the telephone’s cabinet and the back or bottom are provided for ventilation. To protect the telephone from overheating, these openings must not be blocked or covered. The openings should never be blocked by placing the product on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface. This product should never be placed near or over a radiator or heat register. This product should not be placed in a built-ininstallation unless proper ventilation is provided.

12.This product should be operated only from the type of power source indicated on the marking label. If you are not sure of the type of power supply to your

home, consult your local power company.

13.Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate this product where the cord will be stepped on.

14.Do not overload wall outlets and extension cords as this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock.

15.Never push objects of any kind into this product through cabinet slots as they may touch dangerous voltage points or short out parts that could result in a risk of fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind on the product.

16.To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not disassemble this product. Take it to a qualified serviceman when service or repair work is required. Opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltages or other risks. Incorrect reassembly can cause electric shock when the product is subsequently used.

17.Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified services personnel under the following conditions:

When the power cord plug is damaged or frayed.

If liquid has been spilled into the product.

If the product has been exposed to rain or water.

If the product does not operate normally by following the operating instructions, adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating instructions because improper adjustments of other controls may result in damage and will often require extensive work by a

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qualified technician to restore the product to normal operation.

If the product has been dropped or the cabinet has been damaged.

If the product exhibits a distinct change in performance.

18.Avoid using a telephone (other than a cordless type) during an electrical storm. There may be a remote risk of electric shock from lightning.

19.Do not use the telephone to report a gas leak while in the vicinity of the leak.

BATTERY SAFETY

INSTRUCTIONS

CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR INJURY, READ AND FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS.

1.Use only the appropriate type and size battery pack specified in the instruction manual provided for this product.

2.Do not dispose of the battery pack in a fire. The cell may explode. Check with local codes for possible special disposal instructions.

3.Do not open or mutilate the battery pack. Released electrolyte is corrosive and may cause damage to the eyes or skin. It may be toxic if swallowed.

4.Exercise care in handing the battery pack in order not to short it with conducting materials such as rings, bracelets and keys. The battery or conductor may overheat and cause burns.

5.Charge the battery pack provided with or identified for use with this product only in accordance with the instructions and limitations specified in the instruction manual provided for this product.

6.Observe proper polarity orientation between the battery pack and battery charger.

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ˆ Contents

 

Introduction ............................................................................................................................

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Installation ..............................................................................................................................

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Mounting the Phone .........................................................................................................

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On a Desk Top ..........................................................................................................

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On a Wall Plate or Wall .............................................................................................

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Connecting, Charging, and Replacing the Battery Pack ..................................................

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Setting the Dialing Mode ................................................................................................

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Setting the Handset Ringer’s Tone and Volume .............................................................

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Turning the Base’s Ringer On/Off ...................................................................................

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Telephone Operation ...........................................................................................................

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Making and Receiving Calls ............................................................................................

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Selecting the Channel .....................................................................................................

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Setting the Handset Volume ............................................................................................

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Using Flash ......................................................................................................................

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Using Redial ....................................................................................................................

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Using Tone Services on a Pulse Line ..............................................................................

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Paging ............................................................................................................................

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Memory Dialing ...............................................................................................................

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Storing a Number in Memory ..................................................................................

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Entering a Pause .....................................................................................................

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Dialing a Memory Number .......................................................................................

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Chain-Dialing Service Numbers ..............................................................................

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Testing Stored Emergency Numbers .......................................................................

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Using a Headset .............................................................................................................

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Answering System Operation .............................................................................................

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Using the Menu Button ...................................................................................................

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Setting the Day and Time ...............................................................................................

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Setting the Number of Rings ..........................................................................................

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Setting the Record Time .................................................................................................

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Selecting the Outgoing Message ....................................................................................

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Recording/Deleting an Outgoing Message .....................................................................

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Setting the System to Answer Calls ...............................................................................

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Screening Calls ..............................................................................................................

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Recording Incoming Messages ......................................................................................

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Recording a Memo .........................................................................................................

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Recording a Conversation ..............................................................................................

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Playing Messages ..........................................................................................................

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Adjusting the Answering System’s Volume ....................................................................

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Deleting Messages .........................................................................................................

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Remote Operation ..........................................................................................................

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Setting the Security Code .......................................................................................

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Using the Toll-Saver ................................................................................................

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Using Remote Commands .............................................................................................

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Remote Commands .................................................................................................

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Troubleshooting ...................................................................................................................

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Care ................................................................................................................................

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ˆ Introduction

Thank you for purchasing the RadioShack 900 MHz Cordless Telephone. Your system combines a 900 MHz cordless telephone and a digital answering system. The 900 MHz band provides less interference, clearer sound, and greater range than 46/49 MHz cordless telephones.

The digital answering system stores up to 16 minutes of messages on a computer chip and records each message’s day and time. Advantages over tape-basedanswering machines include:

Ability to delete individual messages and save the rest.

No tapes to bother with and no tape mechanisms to wear out.

Remote operation from a touch-tonephone (or from a rotary phone with a pocket tone dialer).

TELEPHONE

10 Number Memory Dialing — store 10 numbers (3 one-touch and 7 speed-dial) in memory for easy dialing.

Page — send a paging signal from the base to the handset to page someone or locate the handset if you misplace it.

Headset Jack — connect an optional headset (available at your local RadioShack store) forhands-freeconvenience.

40 Channels — automatically selects a clear channel when you make or answer a call.

You can also manually change channels during a call.

Ringer Volume Control — select from four ringer tone/volume settings on the handset.

Volume Control — adjust the sound level you hear through the handset.

Long Battery Life — the supplied battery pack (when fully charged) provides about 7 hours of talk time or 14 days of standby time.

Security Access-ProtectionCode— helps prevent other cordless phone users from using your phone line.

ANSWERING SYSTEM

Voice-PromptedMenu Setting— set the answering system’s various functions through the voice guidance.

Two Prerecorded Messages — offers the option of using one of two prerecorded messages (one that lets callers leave a message and the other for the announcement only setting) or recording your own.

Message Counter — shows the number of recorded messages.

Programmable Security Code — uses a two-digit security code for secure remote operation.

Memo Recording — lets you leave messages for yourself or others in your home or office. You can also record your phone conversation.

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DC IN 9V

Phone Pick-UpDetection— stops recording when you pick up any phone on the same line as the answering system, and resets to answer the next call.

Toll-Saver — lets you avoid unnecessary charges when you call by long distance to check your messages.

ˆ Installation

MOUNTING THE PHONE

You can place the phone’s base on a desk or table, mount it on a standard wall plate, or directly on a wall. Choose a location that is:

near an AC outlet

near a modular telephone line jack

out of the way of normal activities

away from electrical machinery, electrical appliances, metal walls or filing cabinets, wireless intercoms, alarms, and room monitors

away from other cordless phones

The base’s location affects the phone’s range. If you have a choice of several locations, try each to see which provides the best performance.

Cautions:

You must use a Class 2 power

!source that supplies 9V DC and delivers at least 350 mA.

Its center tip must be set to positive and its plug must fit the phone's

jack. The supplied adapter meets these specifications. Using an adapter that does not meet these specifications could damage the phone or the adapter.

Always connect the AC adapter to the phone before you connect it to AC power. When you finish, disconnect the

adapter from AC power before you disconnect it from the phone.

Your telephone connects directly to a modular telephone line jack. If your telephone wiring does not have a modular jack, you can update the wiring yourself using jacks and adapters (available at your local RadioShack store), or have the telephone company update the wiring for you. You must use compatible modular jacks that are compliant with Part 68 of FCC Rules.

Note: The USOC number of the jack to be installed is RJ11C (or RJ11W for a wall plate jack).

On a Desk Top

1.Plug one end of the supplied long modular cord into the TEL LINE jack on the back of the base.

2.Plug the modular cord’s other end into a modular telephone line jack.

3.Insert the supplied AC adapter’s barrel plug into the DC IN 9V jack on the back of the base.

4.Route the adapter’s cord through the strain relief slot on the bottom of the base.

5.Plug the adapter into a standard AC outlet.

6.Lift the base’s antenna to a vertical position.

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On a Wall Plate or Wall

1.Insert the two tabs at the top of the narrow end of the supplied bracket into the base’s upper tab slots, then press down on the bracket’s latches and insert them into the lower slots.

2.Plug one end of the supplied short modular cord into the TEL LINE jack on the back of the base.

3.Insert the supplied AC adapter’s barrel plug into the DC IN 9V jack.

4.Route the adapter and modular cords through the grooves on the bracket.

5.Plug the modular cord’s other end into the wall plate jack, then align the bracket’s keyhole slots with the wall plate studs and slide the base downward to secure it.

6.Plug the adapter into a standard AC outlet.

7.Press and lift out the handset holder, flip it over, then snap it back into place so it holds the handset.

8.Lift the base’s antenna to a vertical position.

Note: To mount the phone directly on a wall, you need two screws (not supplied) with heads that fit into the keyhole slots on the bracket. Follow the steps under “On a Wall Plate or Wall,” then apply these additional instructions for placement on a wall.

1.Drill two holes 315/16 inches (100 mm)

apart. Then thread a screw into each hole, letting the heads extend about 1/8 inch (3 mm) from the wall.

2.Plug one end of the supplied long modular cord into the TEL LINE jack at the back of the base.

3.Align the bracket’s keyhole slots with the mounting screws and slide the base downward to secure it.

CONNECTING, CHARGING, AND REPLACING THE BATTERY PACK

The phone comes with a rechargeable nickel-cadmiumbattery pack installed in the handset, but not connected. Before using your phone, you must connect the battery pack, then charge it for about 24 hours.

1.Press down and slide off the battery pack compartment cover.

2.Lift the battery

pack out of the compartment. Plug the battery pack’s connector into

the socket in the compartment. The connector fits only one way.

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3.Put the battery pack in the compartment.

4.Replace the cover.

To charge the battery pack, simply place the handset on the base, facing either up or down. The CHARGE/IN USE indicator on the base lights.

Recharge the battery pack when the TALK/ BATT indicator on the handset flashes.

Important: Be sure the battery pack is properly connected before you try to charge it. The CHARGE/IN USE indicator lights when the handset is on the base even if the battery pack is not properly connected.

Notes:

When you first use the phone after charging or recharging the battery pack, the phone might not work and you might hear an error signal. If this happens, return the handset to the base for about 5 seconds to reset the security accessprotection code.

Using a pencil eraser, clean the charging contacts on the handset and the base about once a month.

If the phone does not work, recharge the battery pack. (The battery power might be too low to flash the TALK/BATT indicator.)

If the battery pack becomes weak during a call, the handset beeps. When this happens, you cannot make a call until you recharge the battery pack.

About once a month, fully discharge the battery pack by keeping the handset off the base until the TALK/BATT indicator flashes. Otherwise, the battery pack loses its ability to fully recharge.

If the battery pack is completely discharged or the base loses power

while the handset is away from it, place the handset on the base to reset the security access-protectioncode. If the handset lost power, recharge the battery pack.

The supplied battery pack should last about a year. If the battery pack does not hold a charge for more than 2 hours after an overnight charge, replace it with a new 3.6- volt, 600 mAh battery pack with a connector that fits the socket in the battery compartment. You can order a replacement battery pack through your local RadioShack store. Install the new battery pack and charge it for about 24 hours.

Warning: Dispose of the old battery pack promptly and properly. Do not burn or bury it (see “Battery Safety Instructions” on Page 4 for additional information on proper battery handling).

If you have trouble replacing the battery pack, take the phone to your local RadioShack for assistance.

Important: The EPA certified RBRC®Battery Recycling Seal on thenickel-cadmium(Ni-Cd)battery indicates RadioShack is voluntarily participating in an

industry program to collect and recycle these batteries at the end of their useful life, when taken out of service in the United States or Canada. The RBRC program provides a convenient alternative to placing used Ni-Cdbatteries into the trash or the municipal waste stream, which may be illegal in your area. Please call1-800-THE-SHACK(1-800-843-7422)for information onNi-Cdbattery recycling and disposal bans/ restrictions in your area. RadioShack’s involvement in this program is part of the company’s commitment to preserving our environment and conserving our natural resources.

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SETTING THE DIALING MODE

Your phone is set for tone dialing. If you have pulse service, you must change the dialing mode. If you are not sure which type of service you have, do this test.

Lift the handset, press TALK, and listen for a dial tone. Press any number other than0. If your phone system requires that you dial an access code (9, for example) before you dial an outside number, do not press the access code either.

If the dial tone stops, you have touch-toneservice. If the dial tone continues, you have pulse service.

To set the dial mode, press TALK to hang up the phone if necessary, then hold downFLASH until the phone beeps. Then press# to set pulse mode or /TONE to set tone mode. The phone beeps.

Notes:

The phone exits setting mode if a call or page is received, or if you press TALK.

If the battery pack power gets too low, the dial mode might reset to tone. If you are on a pulse line and cannot make a call, try setting the dialing mode to pulse.

SETTING THE HANDSET RINGER’S TONE AND VOLUME

You can select one of four different ringer tone/volume settings on the handset. At any time except during a call, repeatedly press VOLUME to select the desired ringer setting. Each time you press the button, the phone rings at the selected setting.

TURNING THE BASE’S RINGER ON/OFF

You can set the base’s ringer to high or low, or turn it off.

Press MENU four times. The phone announces “Ringer volume” followed by its current setting. The display also shows the current setting.

1.Press SET to enter the setting mode.

Note: The system exits the setting mode when you:

wait more than 20 seconds between key presses

receive an incoming call

press PLAY/STOP

press TALK on the handset

Start again at Step 1.

2.Press SKIP/; or:/REPEAT to change the setting. The system announces the setting and the display shows>_,Be, or

E<.

3.Press SET to store the setting.

4.Press PLAY/STOP to exit the menu setting mode.

Even when you turn off the base’s ringer, you can still make or receive calls using this phone. Telephones on the same line (and the handset if it is away from the base) still ring when there is an incoming call.

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