In post 9 of this thread I posted a link to Panasonic models that do not have an answering machine in the base (I have the previous models as I mentioned in my post). These models provide three indicators of voicemail provided by your service provider (I have Rogers Home Phone)
1. An LED on each handset that flashes when there is voicemail.
2. A visual indication on the LCD of the handset saying "voicemail" if there is voicemail.
3. A stutter tone if you pick up the phone to "talk".
Since all the functionality is in the handset, there is nothing on the base except for a "locator" button on the "main" base to help you locate a handset if you've misplaced a handset by ringing the handset. The other bases, if you have more than one handset, are simple chargers.
The model numbers are: KX-TG411XY, where X is the number of handsets and Y is the colour. They come with 1-4 handsets and additional ones can be purchased. There are also the more expensive KX-TG8052B and KX-TG8412B See the links in post 9.
Originally Posted by gzink
Our Uniden dect 1480 set has a pretty bright led flashing on voice mail.
But, it has an answering machine which some people in this thread do not want! Although it is possible to purchase such a unit and turn the answering function off. I do not know what all these units do when you then use the service provider's voicemail in terms of alerts. I know that my (older) Uniden (EXS9800) with an answering machine gives no (visusal) indication at all that there is voicemail if you don't use the base' answering machine. (You state that yours does
provide a visual indication and atong
stated in post 6 that his (Panasonic with answerer) does
work, so it depends on the make/model and perhaps all newer (better?) models now do this.)
If you don't wish to use the phone's answering machine, then there is no reason to purchase one with the feature, unless it's a great deal I guess and it does what you want it to...