Cell Extender Just Can't Clone Your Phone

System synchs to landline, but WSJ finds key cell features missing
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2007 4:13 PM CST
New Bluetooth(R)-enabled VTech LS5145 expandable cordless phone system (Photo   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Communications company VTech has harnessed Bluetooth technology in a device that allows users to synchronize their cell phones with a landline, with all calls coming to one home base. Wall Street Journal reviewer Katherine Boehret enjoyed the convenience of not having to hunt for a misplaced mobile, but found that some key features—text-messaging, her contact list—didn't transfer to the system.

To use the system, Boehret had to leave her cell phone within 30 feet of the base station, but setup, she writes, was easy. The cordless/cell combo has features like call waiting, and has a louder ring than a cell, making it easier to hear throughout the house. Overall, though, Boehret seems inclined to wait for further technological advances.