My original base unit died. All the handsets are still good and have good copies of my phonebook. I got a new base on ebay. However, to register the handsets to the new base, I had to do a complete clear of the eprom (as learned here at FixYa). The problem, of course, is that clearing the eprom also clears the phonebook. Before I clear the other two handsets I have, I'd like to know if there is a way to store and retrieve the phonebook. For example, can the phonebook be "downloaded" to a computer or website, and then reloaded into the base unit or handset after re-registering the handsets to the new base unit?
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Yes, and no.
When you buy the new corded base station (CL84109) with 1 handset, that
base unit by default is "paired" with only the 1 cordless handset that
came with it.
While you can plug both base stations into the landline wall plugs
(RJ-11), and when the line rings, both base unit phones will ring and
will each operate as independent corded phones would.
But, in this scenario, the cordless phones communicate only through the
base unit they are Paired with. The cordless phone paired with the
CL84109 corded base unit will not be able to transfer or Intercom
between the cordless phones paired with the CL82409 base unit.
However, if you want to transfer the cordless phones that originally
came with the CL82409 base unit to work directly with the CL84109 corded
base unit, you can likely "Pair" them to work directly with the CL84109
corded base unit for a total of 5 cordless phones to be paired to the
CL84109 base unit.
Consult the User Guide that came with the CL84109 base unit for
instructions on how to Pair additional cordless phoned to this base
The CL84109 can be expanded and paired with up to 12 cordless phones. So, this should be do-able.
Keeping in mind that the CL82409 will no longer have any phones paired
to it and will thus be useless from that point on. (unless you pair more
expansion cordless phones to it again)
Copying Phonebook Entries to Another Handset: You can transfer one phonebook entry at a time or all phonebook entries at once. 1) With the phone in standby, press the address book icon. 2) To copy one entry, find the phonebook entry you want to copy, press Menu /Select , and then select Copy. To copy all entries, press Menu /Select and then select Copy All. 3) Move the cursor to select the handset which you want to transfer the entries to and then press Menu /Select . If you select Copy All, Are you sure? appears on the display screen. Move the cursor to select Yes, and then press Menu /Select . 4) The phonebook entries will be transferred to the designated handset. During the copy process, the receiving handset shows Receiving and the ID of the sending handset. 5) When the transfer is completed, Done! appears on the handset.
Notes: • The handsets must be currently connected to the same base. • If the handset you want to transfer to already has seventy entries in its phonebook, you will hear a beep and Not enough memory in receiving unit appears on the display. • If the selected handset is out of range or data transfer is cancelled, Unavailable appears in the display, Phonebook listings will not be transferred.
To be able to register your replacement handset, you must de-register all the handsets from the VT2656 base unit.
Follow the steps below to de-register your handset(s) from the VT2656 base:
1. Take out the handset that sits on the base. 2. Unplug power from the base. 3. Hold down PAGE while reconnecting power. When the In Use light blinks, release the PAGE key. 4. Hold down PAGE key for 5 seconds. When the In Use light begins to flash, release the PAGE key. 5. The handset charging light will blink 5 times. Within 5 seconds from when it stops blinking, press PAGE once.
You must register the handset(s) by following the steps below:
1. After charging the handset, remove it from the cradle, the LCD display will read "SEARCHING FOR BASE". 2. Press "NEW" and then enter the 15-digit Base ID code, located on the underside of the VT2656 base unit. 3. Press "OK". The handset will display "PLEASE WAIT!!". 4. Wait approximately 15 seconds. The handset will display "FOUND BASE". If the handset displays "BASE BUSY TRY LATER", this indicates that the system is in use. Wait until the base unit is in the idle (on hook) mode and repeat steps 2-4.
No. This model of phone can only support 4 handsets. If you need more than that, you will need to have a second base unit.
One of my handsets went bad, and I just bought complete DCT748-4 package from a seller on eBay for a very good price. This set was used, but in very good condition. I didn't need the whole set - just one handset - but like I said, it was a good price. Anyway, I began by telling my old base unit to de-register handset #2 (the failed unit). However, I then found that I could not register the "new" handset with my old base unit because it was already registered to the "new" base unit. So, I first had to apply power to the "new" base unit and de-register the handsets. Then, I placed one of the "new" handsets onto my old base unit, and it said "Handset Registering ..." and registered just fine. Just for the fun of it, I placed one of the other spare handsets into my old base unit. It said "Hanset Registering ..." but then it beeped and said "Registration Failed." This is because I already had 4 handsets registered to my base, and the base can not handle a fifth handset.
I solved this problem with a RESET of the handset.
Instructions from the Philips website:
Please perform a reset of your device. You will not loose your recorded data (phonebook and personal settings are being kept).
1. Unplug the mains of the base station.
2. Remove one of the batteries of each handset.
3. Put the batteries back in and re-plug the mains of the base station.