By Lisa Johnston
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LAS VEGAS -TT Systems went to CES with a line of four new 2.4GHz cordless phones that carry the IBM brand and include one multiuser system.
The IBM-3855 is a 2.4GHz analog phone with call waiting/caller ID on the handset. It features a 20-number speed-dial directory with 10 one-touch dialing, headset jack, and a visible new call/voice message-waiting indicator. The model will be available in March at a suggested $79.95.
The IBM-3900 includes all the features of the 3855 but adds digital circuitry, a circular base station and a separate charging stand for the handset. The phone ships in April at a suggested $99.95.
The IBM-3920 is a 2.4GHz digital spread-spectrum phone with all the features of the 3900, plus the addition of backlit keypad and LCD, 99-name/ number speed-dial directory with one-touch dialing, four selectable ring tones, and wireless speaker phone.
Available in May, this phone carries a $129.95 suggested retail.
The final model, the IBM-7200/7200C, is a two-line 2.4GHz digital spread-spectrum multihandset system that supports up to 12 handsets. The system ships with two handsets. Each handset includes all the features of the 3920, plus simultaneous caller ID on both lines, 200-name/number speed-dial directory with 12 one-touch dialing, 20 voice-dial memories, and voice commands for redial, dial and hang-up.
The 7200C comes with a USB port and cable for connection with a computer and an audio in/out jack for placing voice-over-Internet calls. Users must sign up for service from an online provider (such as Net2Phone and DialPad.com) and must have a soundcard in their computers for calls to be placed. The 7200 and 7200C are tentatively scheduled to ship in April at a suggested $349.95.
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