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Cat. No. 43-777

OWNER’S MANUAL

Please read before using this equipment.

TAD-277

Single-MicrocassetteAnswering System

with Digital Announcement

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FEATURES

Your RadioShack TAD-277SingleMicrocassette Answering System with Digital Announcement is ideal for your home or office. It is easy to use and has the following features.

Digital Outgoing Message — ensures the clearest possible recording of the message you leave for callers.

Call Screening — lets you listen while a caller leaves a message so you can decide if you want to answer the call.

Auto-Reset — stops recording when you pick up any phone on the same phone line and resets to answer the next call.

Remote Operation — lets you use a touch-tone phone (or rotary phone and pocket tone dialer) to enter a 3- digit remote operation security code so you can play back or record messages while you are away from your home or office.

Remote Answer-On— lets you call from a remote location to set the TAD277 to answer calls.

Ring Select Switch — lets you select the number of rings the TAD-277 waits before it answers calls.

Toll Saver — lets you avoid unnecessary toll charges when you call longdistance to check your messages.

VOX (Voice-ActivatedRecording)

— stops recording after 7 seconds of silence to conserve tape space for other messages.

Supplied Incoming Message Tape

— lets you record up to about 29 minutes of incoming messages on each side of the tape.

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

We recommend you record your TAD277’s serial number here. The number is on the bottom of the TAD-277.

Serial Number:

© 1997 Tandy Corporation.

All Rights Reserved.

RadioShack is a registered trademark used by Tandy Corporation.

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

 

CAUTION

!

 

 

 

RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK.

 

DO NOT OPEN.

 

 

 

 

CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER OR BACK. NOUSER-SERVICE-ABLE PARTS 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.

This symbol is intended to inform

!you that important operating and maintenance instructions are in-

cluded in the literature accompanying this product.

READ THIS FIRST

We have designed your TAD-277to conform to federal regulations, and you can connect it to most telephone lines. However, each device you connect to the phone line draws power from the phone line. We refer to this power draw as the device’sRinger Equivalence Number, or REN. The REN is on the bottom of your TAD277.

If you are using more than one device on the line, add up all the RENs. If the total is more than five, your phones might not ring and your TAD-277might not answer. In rural areas, a total REN of three might impair ringer operation. If ringer operation is impaired, remove a device from the telephone line.

FCC STATEMENT

Your TAD-277complies with Part 68 ofFCC Rules. You must, upon request, provide the FCC registration number and the REN to your phone company. Both numbers are on the bottom of yourTAD-277.

Note: You must not connect yourTAD-277to:

Coin-operatedsystems

Party-linesystems

Most electronic key phone systems

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CONTENTS

 

Preparation ...........................................................................................................

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Selecting A Location ........................................................................................

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Loading the Cassette .......................................................................................

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Connecting Power ...........................................................................................

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Recording the Outgoing Message ...................................................................

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Checking the Outgoing Message .............................................................

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Connecting to the Telephone Line ...................................................................

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Setting the Maximum Message Length ...........................................................

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

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

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Setting the TAD-277to Answer Calls ..............................................................

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Setting the System’s Volume ...........................................................................

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

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

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Remote Control Operation ................................................................................

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Remote Answer-On .......................................................................................

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Remote Playback ..........................................................................................

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

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Care and Maintenance .......................................................................................

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Cleaning the Tape-HandlingParts .................................................................

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The FCC Wants You to Know ........................................................................

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Lightning ........................................................................................................

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PREPARATION

SELECTING A

LOCATION

The TAD-277is designed to rest on a flat surface such as a desktop or countertop. Select a location that is:

Near an AC outlet

Near a modular telephone line jack

2.Lift open the cassette compartment door.

If the phone line jack is not a modular jack, you must update the wiring. You can convert the wiring yourself, using jacks and adapters available at your local RadioShack store. Or, you can let the phone company update the wiring for you. The USOC number of the jack to be installed is RJ11C.

LOADING THE

CASSETTE

Your TAD-277comes with anMC-60cassette tape (30 minutes of recording time per side). You can buy additional and different length cassettes at your local RadioShack store.

1.Turn the supplied cassette’s hub with the tip of a pencil to take up any tape slack.

3.Put the cassette in the compartment with its full reel toward the back of the system and its open edge to the right.

4. Close the compartment door.

Notes:

You can turn the tape over and record on the other side. This lets you save any messages recorded on the first side while using the tape to record more messages.

Replace the tape at least once a year, or more often if it is used frequently.

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CONNECTING POWER

Use the supplied AC adapter to power your TAD-277.

Cautions:

The supplied Class 2 AC adapter supplies 9 volts of power, delivers at least 500 milliamps, and has a plug that properly fits the TAD277’s 9V AC 500mA jack. Using an adapter that does not meet these specifications could damage theTAD-277.

Always plug the adapter into the TAD-277before you plug it into an AC outlet, and unplug the adapter from the outlet before you unplug it from theTAD-277.

1.Plug the supplied AC adapter’s barrel plug into the TAD-277’s 9V AC 500mAjack.

2.Plug the adapter’s other end into a standard AC outlet.

3.Rotate VOLUME to the right until it clicks to turn on theTAD-277.

The message indicator turns on while the TAD-277checks for an outgoing message.

If an outgoing message is already recorded, the TAD-277automatically plays it back. If there is no outgoing

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message, the TAD-277sounds a continuous high tone until you record a message (see “Recording the Outgoing Message”).

Note: If the cassette tape is broken or is not inserted properly, theTAD-277sounds a continuous low tone when it is connected to power. To stop the tone, unplug the adapter from the AC outlet. Reinsert or replace the tape, then plug the adapter back into the AC outlet.

RECORDING THE OUTGOING MESSAGE

Before you can use the TAD-277,you must record the outgoing message. The maximum length for your outgoing message is 30 seconds.

Hint: To help protect your home or office, do not tell callers you are away. Instead, say you cannot come to the phone at this time.

Follow these steps to record an outgoing message.

1.If the TAD-277is off, rotateVOLUME to the right until it clicks to turn it on. The message indicator turns on.

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2.Lift open the cassette compartment door.

3.Hold down OGM REC/PLAY until the message indicator turns off, then release the button. The TAD277 beeps once.

4.When the message indicator turns on again after a few moments, speak clearly in a normal volume from about 12 inches away from the microphone.

Microphone

Note: TheTAD-277records only the first 30 seconds of your outgoing message.

5.When you finish recording your message, press OGM REC/PLAY again. TheTAD-277beeps, rewinds the tape, and plays back the message as it is recording it from the digital chip to the tape. (The message is backed up on tape so after a power failure it can be automatically restored to the chip).

After the message plays back, the TAD-277sets itself to answer calls, beeping twice to indicate it is set.

6.Adjust VOLUME to a comfortable listening level.

Checking the Outgoing

Message

Press OGM REC/PLAY at any time to hear the outgoing message. SetVOLUME to the desired level.

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CONNECTING TO THE TELEPHONE LINE

To complete the connections, insert the modular plug into a modular phone jack.

To connect a telephone to your TAD277, insert the telephone’s modular plug into PHONE JACK on the back of theTAD-277.

SETTING THE MAXIMUM MESSAGE LENGTH

Your TAD-277can record messages of up to 1 or 5 minutes. SetREC TIME to1MIN or5MIN for the desired maximum recording time.

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SETTING THE NUMBER OF RINGS

You can select the number of rings the TAD-277waits before it answers calls. SetRING SELECT to2,4,7, orTS.

The system can answer calls in 2, 4, or 7 rings. If you set the switch to TS (Toll Saver), theTAD-277answers in four rings if there are no new or saved messages, or in two rings if you have messages. This can save you longdistance charges because, if there are no new messages, you can hang up before theTAD-277answers.

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ANSWERING SYSTEM OPERATION

SETTING THE TAD-277TO ANSWER CALLS

Rotate VOLUME to the right until it clicks to turn on theTAD-277.When the message indicator stays on and theTAD-277does not sound any tones, it is ready to answer calls.

The TAD-277hangs up and resets to answer the next call when:

The caller hangs up.

The maximum message length of about 1 minute or 5 minutes is reached (see “Setting the Maximum Message Length” on Page 8).

There are more than 7 seconds of silence.

The TAD-277’ssupplied tape can record up to about 29 minutes of incoming messages per side. You can buy additional and different length cassettes at your local RadioShack store.

If the tape reaches the end while a caller is leaving a message, the TAD277 beeps twice and hangs up.

If the incoming message tape is full, the TAD-277answers a call after ten rings, plays back the outgoing mes-

sage, then waits 7 seconds for you to enter the remote operation security code. If you do not enter the correct code, the TAD-277beeps twice and hangs up. See “Remote Control Operation” on Page 11.

To have the TAD-277not answer calls, turn it off by rotatingVOLUME to the left until it clicks. The message indicator turns off.

SETTING THE SYSTEM’S VOLUME

To adjust the volume, set VOLUME to a comfortable listening level. (This does not affect the volume of the message the caller hears.)

SCREENING CALLS

To screen calls, let the TAD-277answer them. Listen to the caller’s message through theTAD-277’sspeaker. If you decide to answer the call, pick up any phone on the same phone line as theTAD-277.TheTAD-277stops recording and resets to answer the next call.

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Note: If you pick up the phone just as theTAD-277answers, theTAD-277might not stop recording the message. If this happens, briefly hang up the phone then pick it up again.

PLAYING MESSAGES

When you have messages, the message indicator blinks. If you have four messages or less, the light blinks once for each message stored. (For example, if you have two messages, the light blinks twice followed by a 2-secondpause, then blinks twice more, and so on.) If you have more than four messages, the light blinks continuously.

Note: The light also blinks continuously if theTAD-277receives one or more incoming messages after power is interrupted (see “Troubleshooting” on Page 13).

To play the messages, press PLAY. TheTAD-277beeps once, rewinds the tape, then plays the messages.

Notes:

To pause playback, press PLAY. To restart playback, pressPLAY again.

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If you do not restart playback within 60 seconds, the tape fastforwards to the end of the last incoming message, as though playback was never started. This helps prevent accidental erasure of incoming messages.

If a call comes in while playback is paused, the tape immediately fast-forwardsto the end of the last message and answers the call.

After you play back all the messages, the TAD-277beeps twice, rewinds to the beginning, and resets to answer calls. New messages will be recorded over the messages you have heard.

To save the messages, press SAVE before a new call is recorded. The tapefast-forwardsto the end of all the messages and resets to answer calls.

To replay the messages, simply press PLAY again.

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REMOTE CONTROL OPERATION

While you are away from your home or office, you can use a touch-tonephone or a pulse phone with a pocket tone dialer to:

Set the TAD-277to answer calls

Play your messages

Record a message

Set the TAD-277to record over old messages

REMOTE ANSWER-ON

You can use a remote phone to set the TAD-277to answer calls if:

The TAD-277has power.

The cassette is loaded.

The TAD-277is off.

To remotely set the TAD-277to answer calls, dial your phone number then let your phone ring at least 12 times until theTAD-277answers. Then hang up the phone.

Notes:

Your phone rings 10 times plus the number of rings you have set using RING SELECT (see “Setting the Number of Rings” on Page 8) before theTAD-277answers. For example, ifRING SELECT is set to7, theTAD-277answers after 17 rings.

When you return, be sure to rotate VOLUME to turn theTAD-277on.

Then you can play any messages you received while you were gone (see “Playing Messages” on Page 10).

REMOTE PLAYBACK

You must know your 3-digitremote operation security code to play back or record messages from a remote phone. The code for your particular answering system is printed on the bottom of yourTAD-277.

To play back your messages from a remote phone, dial your phone number. After the TAD-277 plays the outgoing message and beeps, enter the remote operation security code within 7 seconds. (Be sure each button press is at least 1/2 second long). The TAD-277 sounds a tone while the tape rewinds. If no tone sounds, re-enter the code.

Notes:

If you do not enter the code within 7 seconds, the TAD-277hangs up.

If the TAD-277is set toTS, it answers on the second ring if there are messages. If there are no messages, theTAD-277answers on the fourth ring.

The TAD-277plays back the incoming messages. At the end of all the messages, theTAD-277sounds four short beeps and automatically saves your messages.

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To replay the messages, wait until you hear a single beep (about 8 seconds after the four short beeps), then enter your remote operation security code again. The TAD-277 replays the messages.

To record a message, wait until you hear a single beep (about 8 seconds after the four short beeps), then record the message and hang up.

To reset the TAD-277so new messages record over the old ones,enter your remote operation security code within8 seconds after you hear the four short beeps at the end of all the messages. Then, after the TAD-277 beeps, hang up the phone.

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TROUBLESHOOTING

We do not expect you to have any problems with your TAD-277,but if you do, be sure you installed the tape correctly and turned on the system. If you still have a problem, this chart might help. If not, take theTAD-277to your local RadioShack store for assistance.

Problem

Cause

Solution

 

 

 

 

 

 

The TAD-277does

The system is turned off.

Turn on the TAD-277by

not answer and

 

rotating VOLUME to the right

record callers’ mes-

 

so the message indicator

sages.

 

turns on.

 

 

 

 

The outgoing message

Record an outgoing mes-

 

is not recorded.

sage.

 

 

 

 

Bad phone line connec-

Check and reconnect the

 

tion.

modular phone plug.

 

 

 

The TAD-277records

The caller hung up with-

If this happens often, dis-

a dial tone, beeping,

out leaving a message

cuss the problem with your

or the operator’s

or without using the

phone company.

voice instead of the

maximum time, and

 

caller’s message.

your phone company

 

 

does not send out CPC

 

 

(Calling Party Control)

 

 

signals.

 

 

 

 

The TAD-277does

The TAD-277has been

Turn on the TAD-277by ro-

not respond to any

turned on by remote.

tating VOLUME to the right

button.

 

so the message indicator

 

 

turns on.

 

 

 

 

The TAD-277is locked

Reset the TAD-277by

 

up.

unplugging the AC adapter

 

 

from the AC outlet then

 

 

plugging it in again.

 

 

 

Outgoing messages

You were too close to

Re-recordthe message.

sound distorted.

the microphone or you

Speak clearly into the

 

spoke too loudly when

microphone at a normal vol-

 

you recorded the outgo-

ume from about 12 inches

 

ing message.

away.

 

 

 

 

 

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Problem

Cause

Solution

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incoming message

The tape head is dirty.

Clean the head using a

sounds distorted.

 

tape head-cleaningkit (see

 

 

“Cleaning the Tape-Han-

 

 

dling Parts” on Page 17).

 

 

 

 

The tape is worn out.

Unplug the adapter from the

 

 

AC outlet, replace the tape,

 

 

then plug the adapter back

 

 

into the AC outlet.

 

 

 

Remote control func-

The remote operation

Enter the correct code. The

tions do not work.

security code was not

code for your particular

 

entered correctly.

answering system is printed

 

 

on the bottom of your TAD-

 

 

277.

 

 

 

 

You are using a pulse

Use a touch-tonephone or

 

dialing phone.

pocket tone dialer.

 

 

 

 

The tone output from

Hold down the buttons for

 

the phone or tone dialer

at least 1/2 second or try

 

is not long enough.

using another phone or

 

 

dialer.

 

 

 

 

The telephone line is

Enter the remote operation

 

noisy.

security code again.

 

 

 

 

Seven seconds of

Call the TAD-277and try

 

silence have passed so

again.

 

the TAD-277hangs up.

 

 

 

 

Continuous tone

No outgoing message

Record an outgoing mes-

sounds.

recorded.

sage (see “Recording the

 

 

Outgoing Message” on

 

 

Page 6).

 

 

 

 

The cassette tape is

Unplug the adapter from the

 

jammed, broken, or not

AC outlet, replace the tape,

 

installed.

then plug the adapter back

 

 

into the AC outlet.

 

 

 

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Problem

Cause

Solution

 

 

 

 

 

 

The message indica-

Power was interrupted

Press PLAY. TheTAD-277

tor blinks continu-

to the TAD-277.

plays back any saved mes-

ously, but there are

 

sages then any new incom-

fewer than five incom-

 

ing messages.

ing messages.

 

 

 

 

 

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CARE AND MAINTENANCE

Your RadioShack TAD-277Single-MicrocassetteAnswering System with Digital Announcement is an example of superior design and craftsmanship. The following suggestions will help you care for yourTAD-277so you can enjoy it for years.

Keep the TAD-277dry. If it gets wet, wipe it dry immediately. Liquids might contain minerals that can corrode the electronic circuits.

Use and store the TAD-277only in normal temperature environments. Temperature extremes can shorten the life of electronic devices and distort or melt plastic parts.

Keep the TAD-277away from dust and dirt, which can cause premature wear of parts.

Handle the TAD-277gently and carefully. Dropping it can damage circuit boards and cases and can cause theTAD-277to work improperly.

Wipe the TAD-277with a damp cloth occasionally to keep it looking new. Do not use harsh chemicals, cleaning solvents, or strong detergents to clean theTAD-277.

Modifying or tampering with the TAD-277’sinternal components can cause a malfunction and might invalidate yourTAD-277’swarranty and void your FCC authorization to operate it. If yourTAD-277is not performing as it should, take it to your local RadioShack store for assistance. If the trouble is affecting the phone lines, the phone company can ask you to disconnect the phone until you have resolved the problem.

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CLEANING THE TAPEHANDLING PARTS

To restore the sound quality, you must inspect and clean the tape head. Dirt, dust, or particles of the tape’s coating can accumulate on the tape heads and other parts that the tape touches. This can greatly reduce the performance of the cassette player.

We recommend cleaning the tape head after about every 20 hours of playing time. Rotate VOLUME to the left until it clicks to turn off theTAD-277and remove the cassette. Insert a specialhead-cleaningcassette (such as Cat. No.44-1168),and follow the cleaning cassette’s directions to clean the tape head.

Caution: To avoid damage to the tape head, never use a chemical not approved for tape head cleaning and never touch the tape head with your fingers or any metal object.

THE FCC WANTS YOU TO KNOW

In the unlikely event that your TAD277 causes problems on the phone line, the phone company can disconnect your service. The phone company attempts to notify you in advance. If advance notice is not practical, the phone company notifies you of your right to file a complaint with the FCC.

Also, the phone company can make changes to its lines, equipment, operations, or procedures that could affect the operation of your TAD-277.The phone company notifies you of these changes in advance, so you can take the necessary steps to prevent interruption of your phone service.

LIGHTNING

Your TAD-277hasbuilt-inprotection circuits to reduce the risk of damage from surges in phone and power line current. These protection circuits meet or exceed FCC requirements. However, lightning striking the phone line or power lines can damage your TAD277.

Lightning damage is not common. Nevertheless, if you live in an area that has frequent electrical storms, we suggest that you unplug your TAD277 during storms to reduce the possibility of damage.

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NOTES

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Limited One-YearWarranty

This product is warranted by RadioShack against manufacturing defects in material and workmanship under normal use for one (1) year from the date of purchase from RadioShack company-ownedstores and authorized RadioShack franchisees and dealers. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RadioShack MAKES NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THOSE OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF THE WRITTEN LIMITED WARRANTIES CONTAINED HEREIN. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RadioShack SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY TO CUSTOMER OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY WITH RESPECT TO ANY LIABILITY, LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY BY USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE PRODUCT OR ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM INCONVENIENCE, LOSS OF TIME, DATA, PROPERTY, REVENUE, OR PROFIT OR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF RadioShack HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

Some states do not allow the limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclusion of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.

In the event of a product defect during the warranty period, take the product and the RadioShack sales receipt as proof of purchase date to any RadioShack store. RadioShack will, at its option, unless otherwise provided by law: (a) correct the defect by product repair without charge for parts and labor; (b) replace the product with one of the same or similar design; or (c) refund the purchase price. All replaced parts and products, and products on which a refund is made, become the property of RadioShack. New or reconditioned parts and products may be used in the performance of warranty service. Repaired or replaced parts and products are warranted for the remainder of the original warranty period. You will be charged for repair or replacement of the product made after the expiration of the warranty period.

This warranty does not cover: (a) damage or failure caused by or attributable to acts of God, abuse, accident, misuse, improper or abnormal usage, failure to follow instructions, improper installation or maintenance, alteration, lightning or other incidence of excess voltage or current; (b) any repairs other than those provided by a RadioShack Authorized Service Facility; (c) consumables such as fuses or batteries; (d) cosmetic damage; (e) transportation, shipping or insurance costs; or (f) costs of product removal, installation, set-upservice adjustment or reinstallation.

This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

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