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AT&T 1739

*Est. $17
Reviewed
February 2012
by ConsumerSearch
AT&T 1739

Best answering machine

Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • 40 minutes of recording time
  • Lots of features
Cons
  • Short cord
  • Some sound-quality complaints
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AT&T's 1739 Digital Answering System, the company's sole answering-machine model, gets good feedback from users. Customers posting to retail websites praise its ease of use, ease of set-up, reliability and range of functions and features. Some reviewers especially like the memory backup feature, which preserves messages during power outages, and others like the machine's basic operation, preferring that to more sophisticated voice-messaging systems from the telephone company, which entail a monthly fee. There are mixed reviews about the model's sound output, however, with some users saying that recorded messages sound clear and sharp, and others complaining about messages that are choppy or muffled. Some also say the hard-wired cord is too short. Still, most users say that overall, the machine is a good value.

We found a good sampling of user reviews at Amazon.com, eBay.com, RadioShack.com and JR.com. Professional reviews are not available for this model.

Where To Buy
AT&T 1739 Corded Digital Answering System, White

 
Buy new: $17.95 $16.95   27 Used & new from $9.95

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Our Sources

1. Amazon.com

The more than 240 users posting about the AT&T 1739 answering machine give it an overall 4- star rating, out of 5. Reviewers praise it for its performance, range of functions and ease of use, and many say it is an excellent value for the money. Some users, however, complain that the sound quality is poor, and some report that their machine malfunctioned within a few months of purchase.

Review: AT&T 1739 - Corded Digital Answering System, Contributors to Amazon.com

2. Ebay

The AT&T 1739 earns an overall score of 4.5 stars, out of 5, from the more than 30 users posting to this website. The majority of reviewers say it is practical and easy to set up, although a few users complain that the unit's sound quality is poor or its call announcement is too loud.

Review: AT&T 1739 Digital Answering Machine, Contributors to eBay

3. JR.com

About two-dozen users rate the AT&T 1739 answering machine on this retail website, awarding it an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. All reviewers say they would recommend the product to a friend, with most praising its ease of use and durability, as well as the fact that it offers a full 40 minutes of recording time. A smattering of users list "cons," which include that the cord is too short, the controls are overly complicated and there's no battery backup.

Review: AT&T 1739 Digital Answering Machine, Contributors to JR.com

4. RadioShack.com

More than a dozen consumers rate the AT&T 1739 on this retail website, giving it an overall rating of 3.5 stars out of5. Reviews are mixed, as some users say the model is reliable and easy to control, and provides good value for the money. Others maintain, however, that quality is poor, and some report that the machine stopped working shortly after purchase.

Review: AT&T Corded Digital Answering Machine, Contributors to RadioShack.com

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