9OOMHz
ANALOG CORDLESS PHONE
WITH SPEAKERPHONE AND DUAL KEYPAD
MODEL VTECH 917ADX
VTECH COMMUNICATIONS LTD.
Distributed in the U.S.A by
VTECH Communications,
8770 SW Nimbus Avenue/Beaverton,Oregon,97008
Distributed in Canada by
VTECH Electronics Canada Ltd.,
200-7671Alderbridge Way, Richrnond,B.C.,VGXlZ9
Copyright 1997 for
VTECH COMMUNICATIONS LTD.
IMPORTANT:
BEFORE USING YOUR NEW PHONE
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU
1 READ THIS MANUAL THOROUGHLY
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INTRODUCTION ......................................................... 3
PARTS CHECK LIST ...........................................................4
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS .....................................
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THE HANDSET BATTERY PACK ..................... ............. 7
GETTING STARTED .................................................
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SETTING UP YOUR VTech 917 ADX ..................................
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W A L L MOUNTING .......................................................10
HANDSET FEATURES ...................................................
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PHONE LED .................................................................
12
INT.COM LED ...............................................................
12
LOW BATTIMUTE LED ....................... .................... 12
PHONE (FLASH) Key ...................................................
12
INT.COM Key ................................................................
12
OFF Key ........................... ........................................12
HOLD Key ....................................................................
12
CHANNEL (CHAN) Key ............................................
13
MUTE Key ....................................................................
13
MEMORY (MEM) Key .............................................. 13
PROGRAMIPRIVACY (PRGIPRV) Key ........................ 13
REDIAL Key .................................................................
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"TONE Key .................... ........
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VOLUME CONTROL SWITCH ........................................13
HEADSET JACK (2.5 m m ) ..........................................13
B A S E UNIT FEATURES ............................................ 14
POWER (PWR) LED ................................................
14
IN USE LED ..................................................................
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CHARGE (CHR) LED ...................................................
14
HOLD LED ....................................................................
14
MUTE LED ...................................................................
14
INTERCOM (INT.COM) LED .................... ............... 15
SPEAKERPHONE (SPKR) LED ...............................................15
RINGER SWITCH ........................................................
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TONEIPULSE SWITCH ............................................... 15
HOLD Key ....................................................................
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FLASH Key ...................
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MUTE Key ................................................................... 15
MEMORY (MEM) Key ..................................................15
PRIVACY (PRV) Key ....................................................
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REDIAL Key .................................................................
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INTERCOM (INT.COM) Key .........................................16
SPEAKERPHONE (SPKR) Key ................................... 16
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VOLUME UP Key
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VOLUME DOWN K e y ' .................................................... 16
'TONE Key ................................................................... 16
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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS ......................................
MAKING CALLS ............................................................
ANSWERING CALLS ..............................................
TO PUT A CALL ON HOLD ...........................................
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THE MUTE FEATURE ................................................. 1 7
SWITCHING TO THE HANDSET .................................. 1 7
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THE PRIVACY FEATURE ............................................. 1 9
USING THE INTERCOM IHANDSET LOCATOR ...................... 20
SWITCHING TO THE SPEAKERPHONE
JOINING A HANDSET CONVERSATION
IF YOUR PHONE RINGS DURING AN INTERCOM
CONVERSATION ................................................................................21
USING THE INTERCOM DURING A PHONE CALL ........................ 21
TEMPORARY TONE FEATURE ................................... 21
PROGRAMMING T H E RINGER TYPE ......................... 21
TURNING OFF T H E HANDSET RINGER ..................... 2 2
BASE RINGER CONTROL ...........................................
CHECKING THE HAN,DSET RINGER ...........................
MEMORY DIALING .......................................................
TO STORE A NUMBER INTO MEMORY .......................
TO DlALA NUMBER FROM MEMORY ...........................................
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STORING PAUSES IN MEMORY................................................ 23
TO CHANGE OR REPLACE A STORED NUMBER
USING REDIAL ............................................................. 24
STORING A REDIAL NUMBER I N MEMORY DIAL ...... 24
CHANGING CHANNELS ............................................... 24
OPTIONAL HEADSET INSTALLATION AND OPERATING
INSTRUCTIONS ...................................................................................25
INSTALLATION ........................................................ 25
OPERATION ................................................................. 25
MAINTENANCE ....................................................... 27
I N CASE OF DIFFICULTY ............................................ 28
WARRANTY STATEMENT ......................................... 3 0
FCC & IC REGULATIONS ................................................... 32
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS ................................... 35
Thank you for purchasing a VTech cordless
telephone. This manual is designed to familiarize you with your 917ADX. To get the
maximum use from your new phone, we suggest that you read this Instruction Manual
before operating it.
Volume Control for Handset and Speakerphone
FLASH feature
Base Unit Ringer control (HIGH, LOW,
OFF)
Three-way conferencing between Caller,
Your VTech 917ADXis a single line, 900
MHz, analog cordless phone with a Speakerphone and second keypad on the Base Unit.
Each time the Handset is placed in the Base
Unit, one of more than 65,000 Digital Security
Codes is randomly selected. The Handset
and Base Unit recognize each other based
upon this security code. This minimizes the
chance of another cordless phone accessing
your telephone line. The Base Unit retains
the current security code and channel in
memory, even if it is unplugged.
Other special features are:
10 Number Speed Dial Memory
10 Channels of operation
Automatic Channel Select
Manual Channel Change on Handset
Intercom between the Base Unit and
Handset
2.5mm Jack on Handset for optional
Headset use
Belt Clip for Handset
REDIAL feature
Automatic release of line from HOLD when
extension is picked up
Programmable Ringer Types
Low Battery Detect and Warning indication
Hearing-Aid Compatible Handset
Easy Answer - Press any key on the
Handset to answer (other than OFF)
Removable Battery Pack
Tone and Pulse dialing
Temporary Tone feature
Handset & Speakerphone HOLD and
MUTE
Handset and Speakerphone
Privacy feature
Long battery life (7 hours talk time16 days
standby)
When using your telephone, please follow
these basic safety precautions to reduce the
risk of fire, electric shock or injury to persons:
Parts Check List:
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Handset
Base unit and AC adaptor
Telephone line cord
Battery pack
Wall mounting bracket
Belt clip
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Read and understand all instructions.
Follow all warnings and instructions
marked on the product.
Unplug this product from the wall outlet
before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth
for cleaning.
Do not use this product near water (for example, near a bath tub, kitchen sink, or
swimming pool).
Do not place this product on an unstable
cart, stand, or table. The product may fall,
causing serious damage to the product.
kind on the product.
To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not
disassemble this product. If sewice or
repair work is required, contact VTech
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Customer Sewice at 1-800-595-9511
in
the U.S. and at 1-800-267-7377
Canada Opening or removing cabinet
parts other than specified access doors
may expose you to dangerous voltages or
other risks. Incorrect reassembling can
cause electric shock when the appliance
is subsequently used.
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Do not overload wall outlets and extension cords as this can result in the risk of
fire or electric shock.
Unplug this product from the wall outlet :
0 When the power supply cord or plug
WALL MOUNTING
BRACKET
HANDSET
BASE UNIT
BAlTERY PACK
AC ADAPTOR
BELT CLIP
TELEPHONE LINE CORD
Slots and openings in the cabinet and the
back or bottom are provided for ventilation. To protect it from overheating, these
openings must not be blocked by placing
the product on a bed, sofa, rug, or other
similar surface. This product should never
be placed near or over a radiator or heat
register. This product should not be
placed in a built-in installation where
proper ventilation is not provided.
T h i s product should be operated only from
the type of power source indicated on the
marking label. If you are not sure of the
type of power supply to your home, consult your dealer or local power company.
Do not allow anything to rest on the power
cord. Do not locate this product where the
cord will be abused by persons walking on
it.
is damaged or frayed.
0 If liquid has been spilled into the
product.
0 If the product has been exposed to
rain or water.
0 If the product does not operate
normally by following the operating
instructions. Adjust only those
controls that are covered by the
operating instructions, because
improper adjustment of other
controls may result in damage and
will often require extensive work to
restore the product to normal
operation.
0 If the product has been dropped
and the cabinet has been damaged.
0 If the product exhibits a distinct
Never push objects of any kind into this
product through cabinet slots as they may
touch dangerous voltagk points or short
out parts that could res It in a risk of fire
or electric shock. Neve spill liquid of any
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change in performance.
1Avoid using a telephone (other than a
cordless type) during an electrical storm.
There may be a remote risk of electric
THE H A N D S E T ,
shock from lightning.
1 Do not use the telephone to report a gas
leak in the vicinity of the leak.
Charging the handset batteries :
The handset of your 917ADX cordless
telephone is powered by a rechargeable
batterypack.lt charges automatically whenever
thehandset is in the base. You should charge
the battery pack for 16 hours when you first
recieve your phone. You'll know the battery
pack needs charging when:
0 The phone emits a warning tone when you
press the PHONE key.
0 The LOW BATTIMUTE LED is slowly
flashing.
0 The handset seems completely dead, no
lights are evident, and pressing keys does
not generate a beep.
1 To charge the battery pack, place the
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handset in the base unit. The charge CHR indicator will light to show the handset is seated
properly and the battery pack is charging. It is
recommended that the battery pack be
charged for at least 16 hours initially and 8
hours for maintenance charging. You can use
your telephone before that with diminished
capaci- ty, but it is best to charge the battery
pack fully. It will take several recharge cycles
to maximize the charge capacity of your
battery pack. The maximum battery life
between charges is 7 hours of continuous
talk time or 6 days of standby.
It's imposible to overcharge the batterv pack
1The battery pack can be recharged many
times, but if you get a low-battery signal even
after 8 hours of maintenance charging in the
base cradle, the battery pack should be
replaced.
To purchase replacement batlery packs;>call
VTECH Communications at: , ;,- v , , - , ,
1-800-595-9511.
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In' Canada, call VTECH Electronics at:
1-800-267-7377.
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compartment.
Remove the battery cover by pressing
on the ridged lines and sliding downward.
The new battery pack must be charged
before using your telephone. Place the
Handset in the cradle of the Base Unit to
allow it to charge for 16 hours.
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Choose an area near an electrical outlet
and a telephone wall jack.
A Word About Rechargeable Batteries
PULSE
Your Nicad battery pack recharges whenever
the Handset is returned to the Base Unit.
To maximize the life of your battery pack, do
not return your 917ADXHandset to the Base
Unit cradle for recharging until the LOW B A T
LED begins to flash.
Discard the Old
pack.
the Old battery pack in a trash
or a fire it could burst.
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CAUTION: To reduce the Risk of Fire or Injury
to Persons, Read and Follow these Instructions:
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Place the new battery pack in the battery
compartment. Make sure the metal contacts on the underside of the battery are
aligned with charging contacts in battery
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Use only VTECH battery.
Do not open or mutilate the battery. Released electrolyte is corrosive and may
cause damage to the eyes or skin. It
may be toxic if swallowed.
COMPARTMENT
PLEASE NOTETHE CORRECT
POSITION OFTHE BATTERY
PACK WHEN CHANGING
AC
ELECTRICAL
OUTLET
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TELEPHONE
WALL
JACK
Plug the AC power adaptor into an
electrical outlet and the DC connector to
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the back of the ~ a s Unit.
CAUTION: Use only the'^^ adaptor shipped
with your 917ADX. This is a Class 2 AC adaptor, specifically designed fd; "irk with the
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Exercise care in handling the battery
pack in order not to short the battery with
conducting materials such as rings,
bracelets, and keys. The battery or conductor may overheat and cause burns.
Do not dispose of the battery in a fire.
The cell may explode.
PLACE THE NEW BATTERY
PACK INTO THE BATTERY
hours before using your phone for the
first time.
To order replacement batteries, contact
VTech Customer Service at 1-800-595-9511
in the U.S. and contact VTECH Electronics
at 1-800-267-7377 in Canada.
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NOTE: Connect power tothe ~ a sUnit
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placing the Handset in the cradle.
Set the TONUPULSE switch on the
Base Unit. If you have touch tone
service on your phone line, set the
switch to TONE. If you have rotary
service, set the switch to PULSE.
Set the RINGER switch to HIGH, LOW
or OFF on the side of the Base Unit.
CHARGE THE HANDSET BATTERY
PACK BEFORE USE. The battery pack
recharges automatically whenever the
Handset is in the Base Unit cradle. The
battery pack should be charged for 16
Connect the telephone line cord. Insert
one end of the telephone line cord into
the jack at the rear of the Base Unit.
Plug the other end into a telephone wall
jack. Make sure the plugs snap securely
into place.
CHECK FOR A DIAL TONE. After the
battery pack is charged, raise the Base
Unit Antenna to an upright position.
Then, pick up the Handset and press the
PHONE key. The IN USE LED (on the
Base Unit) and the PHONE LED (on the
Handset) should light up, and you should
hear a dial tone. If not, see IN CASE OF
DIFFICULTY.
Never install telephone jacks In wet locations unless the jack ls specifically designed for wet locations. ' ' '
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Never touch,uninsulated telephgoe wires
or terminals unless the telephone line
has been di6cdhected at fhe%etwork
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W A L L
M O U N T I N G
The Wall Mount adaptor is designed
to fit on standard Wall Mount plates.
Choose a s p o t near an
electrical outlet and a
telephone jack.Your phone
requires a modular telephone jack
and a standard electrical
outlet(l20v AC). The power cord
is six feet long; make sure there
is an electrical outlet within reach
of the base. The outlet should not
be controlled by a wall switch. If
the switch is ever turned off, the
phone will not operate.
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WALL MOUNTING
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INSERT WALL MOUNT
INTO THE BASE UNIT
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Connect the telephone cord.
The telephone line cord has a
snap-in plug at each end. Insert
one of the plugs into the jack on
the bottom of the base. Insert
the other end of the plug into the
wall jack.
Plug the AC adaptor into an
electrical outlet, and the DC
connector o n the back of the
Base Unit.
ANDTELEPHONE JACK
Position the wall mount adaptor
on the base. Line up the tabs on
the wall mount adaptor with the
holes on the bottom of the base.
Snap the wall mount adaptor
firmly in place.
Mount the base o n the wall.
Position the base so the mounting
studs will fit into the holes on the
bottom of the base.Position the
power cord to extend down the
wall the phone is to be mounted
on. Slide the base down on the
mounting studs until it locks into
place.
JACK
IMPORTANT:
When wall mouting your 917ADX,
you must reverse the handset
hook, located in the charging
cradle.
Otherwise your handset may fall
from the Base Unit when cradled.
F E A T'U'R E S
PHONE (FLASH) Key
CHANNEL (CHAN) Key
Press this key to get a dial tone or answer an incoming call.
During a call, press PHONE to FLASH
the line. This feature is used in conjunction with services such as Call Waiting.
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INT.COM Key
Flashes rapidly when Handset is in Program (PRG) mode.
Flashes in cadence with an incoming
ring.
Press this key to mute the Handset microphone during a conversation. You
will still be able to hear the other party,
but they cannot hear you.
Press MUTE again to resume two-way
conversation.
MEMORY (MEM) Key
OFF Key
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Press this key to end a call, exit from Intercom (INT.COM) mode or Program
(PRG) mode.
HOLD Key
Press this key to temporarily suspend
conversation without terminating the call.
With a call on HOLD, you can:
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Glows steadily when the INT.COM key is
pressed on the Handset
lntercom the ~ a s Unit
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Transfer the call to the Base Unit
Return to the call by pressing PHONE.
LOW BATT/MUTE LED.
The phone number stored in REDIAL
can be placed in a MEMORY dial
location.
*TONE Key
From the PULSE (Rotary) dialing mode,
press this key to switch to TEMPORARY
TONE dialing mode.
When the call is ended, the phone will
return to PULSE dialing mode.
VOLUME
VOLUME CONTROL
CONTROL SWITCH
Flashes slowly when a call is on HOLD.
INT.COM LED
MUTE Key
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Glows steadily when Handset is in use.
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NOTE: You may need to press CHAN
more than once to find an interferencefree channel.
When you hear a dial tone, press this
key to redial the last phone number
dialed on your 917ADX.
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Press this key to initiate two-way, internal communication between the Handset
and Base Unit. The Base Unit will emit
two beeps, and will then automatically
enter lntercom mode. The party at the
Base Unit does not need to press any
key to activate this feature, when it is initiated fromthe Handset.
PHONELED
If you are experiencing noise or interference during a call, press the CHAN key
to change to the next free channel.
REDIAL Key
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Flashes to signify that the Handset battery pack needs recharging.
Glows steadily when the MUTE key is
pressed during a call.
NOTE:
If you have placed a call on HOLD and
want to hang up: Press PHONE to
return to the call, then press OFF, or
place the Handset in the Base Unit.
Press this key to enter MEMORY DIALING mode.
The sequence for dialing a phone number stored in memory is: Press PHONE,
MEM, Memory Location (0-9).
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Located on the Left edge of the Handset.
Two Settings: H (High) and L (Low).
HEADSET JACK (2.5 mm) ..y
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Located on Right edge of the Handset.
PROGRAMIPRIVACY (PRGIPRV) Key
With the Handset OFF, press this key to
store phone numbers into MEMORY, as
well as programming the Handset
RINGER.
See PROGRAMMING THE RINGER
TYPE, and TO STORE A NUMBER
INTO MEMORY, for details.
During a call, press PRGIPRV to prevent
the Base Unit from joining the conversation.
Plug (optional) Headset into this jack for
hands-free operation.
See OPTIONAL HEADSET INSTALLATION AND OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS for more information.
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BASE
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Transfer the call to the Handset
INTERCOM (INT.COM) LED
Return to the call by pressing SPKR.
Flashes rapidly when the INT.COM key
is pressed.
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NOTE: If you have placed a call on
HOLD and want to hang up:
NOTE: The Handset must be away from
the Base Unit to use the INTERCOM
feature.
Press SPKR to return to the call, then
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press SPKR again.
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Blinks twice, accompanied by two
beeps, when the Handset initiates the
INTERCOM call to the Base Unit.
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FLASH KEY
Glows steadily while the Handset and
Base Unit are in INTERCOM mode.
SPEAKER (SPKR) LED
BASE UNIT
This key is used in conjunction with
services such as CALL WAITING.
MUTE KEY
Glows when Base Unit is in SPEAKERPHONE mode.
Press this key to mute the Handset
microphone during a conversation. You
will still be able to hear the other party,
but they cannot hear you.
RINGER SWITCH
POWER IPWR) LED
Glows steadily when the AC adaptor is
supplying power to the Base Unit.
After initialization, the CHR LED will glow
steadily to indicate that the Handset
battery is being charged.
Glows steadily when the Handset is on a
call.
Flashes in cadence with an incoming
ring.
Located on the right edge of the Base
Unit (antenna side)
3 selections: HIGH, LOW, OFF
If the Handset is placed in the Base Unit
without a battery, the CHR LED will flash
rapidly.
IN USE LED
Press MUTE again to resume two-way
conversation.
MEMORY (MEM) KEY
H
TONUPULSE SWITCH
Located next to RINGER switch
HOLD LED
Select mode compatible with your local
telephone service (for most areas,
TONE is the preferred dialing mode).
During a phone call, whether using Base
or Handset,this LED will flash if the call
is placed on HOLD.
Press this key to enter MEMORY
DIALING mode.
The sequence for dialing a phone
number stored in memory is: Press
SPKR,MEM, Memory Location (0-9).
PRIVACY (PRV) KEY
CHAR.GE (CHR) LED .
Blinks twice after placing the Handset in
the Base Unit to indicate that initialization (assigning a new security code) has
occurred.
MUTE LED
During a SPEAKERPHONE call, this
LED will glow if the MUTE key is
pressed.
HOLD KEY
H
Press this key to temporarily suspend
conversation without terminating the call.
With a call on HOLD, you can:
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Intercom the Handset
During a call, press PRV to prevent the
Handset from joining the conversation.
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INTERCOM (INT.COM) KEY
The volume level will continue to
increment down if this key is held down.
There are a total of 8 volume settings.
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Press this key to initiate two-way, internal communication between the Base
Unit and Handset.
If the Handset is in the OFF mode, it will
ring a maximum of 4 times. The Handset user can respond to the INTERCOM
ring by pressing INT.COM. The Handset
user can also choose to ignore the INTERCOM ring, in which case, the ringing
will stop after 4 rings. Otherwise, the
Handset user can press OFF, which will
terminate the ringing.
IMPORTANT: Whenever the Handset battery
pack is removed and then replaced, the Handset must be reinitialized on the Base Unit cradle.
The Charge (CHR) LED on the Base Unit will
flash during the initialization.
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Press this key to decrease the Base Unit
speaker volume. A series of rapid beeps
tell you that minimum volume level has
been reached.
When you hear a dial tone, press this
key to redial the last phone number you
dialed on your 917ADX.
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MAKING CALLS
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'TONE KEY
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From the PULSE (Rotary) dialing mode,
press this key to switch to TEMPORARY
TONE dialing mode.
Pick up the Handset and press PHONE.
When you hear a dial tone, dial the number.
The IN USE LED (on the Base Unit) and
PHONE LED (on the Handset) will light.
The Base Unit also works as a Speakerphone. It allows you to make and receive
calls without using the Handset. You can use
the Speakerphone while the Handset is in or
out of the base.
When the call is ended, the phone will
return to PULSE dialing mode.
Press INT.COM to terminate INTERCOM
mode.
Press SPKR on the Base Unit. You will
hear the dial tone over the speaker. Use the
Volume Control keys to adjust the speaker to
a comfortable listening level. Dial the number
on the keypad of the Base Unit. When the
party answers, speak toward the microphone,
located at the lower front edge of the Base
Unit.
SPEAKERPHONE (SPKR) KEY
Press this key to use the SPEAKER.PHONEfor making or answering calls.
Press SPKR to end the call.
From the Speakerphone
If you make a mistake when dialing, press
OFF to hang up, then press PHONE to get a
dial tone again.
To hang up, press SPKR again on the
Base Unit.
VOLUME UP KEY
Press this key to increase the Base Unit
speaker volume. A series of rapid beeps
tell you that maximum volume level has
been reached.
You must always press PHONE before
you can dial a call on the Handset.
The volume level will continue to increment up if this key is held down. There
are a total of 8 volume settings.
To end a call, either place the Handset
back in the Base Unit, or press OFF on the
Handset.
Disconnecting
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ANSWERING CALLS
same line, the 917ADXwill take itself off
HOLD and turn OFF.
SWITCHING TO THE SPEAKERPHONE
From the Handset
Press HOLD on the Handset
The Handset will ring when you have an
incoming call. You can answer calls on the
Handset whether it is in the base or away
from it. If your phone rings when the Handset
is in the base, just pick up the Handset. The
call will be connected automatically, and you'll
see that the PHONE LED on the Handset and
the IN USE LED on the Base Unit are lit. If
the Handset rings when it is away from the
base, press any key, except OFF to answer
the call.
Press SPKR on the Base Unit to take the
INSTRUCTIONS
Unit will emit a short tone to alert the user that
the Handset has been activated.
From the Speakerphone
The Speakerphone will also ring to signify
an incoming call. To answer from the Speakerphone, press SPKR. You can now talk to
your party hands-free. Use the Volume Control keys to adjust the speaker to a comfortable listening level.
NOTE: If you are using your Speakerphone in a noisy environment, the conversation coming from your party may suffer from
dropout. In this case, press MUTE on the
Speakerphone while your party talks. Press
MUTE again to deactivate before you begin
talking.
TO PUT A CALL ON HOLD
While using the Speakerphone or the
Handset, you can put a call on hold by pressing HOLD. The HOLD LED on the Base Unit
and the PHONE LED on the Handset will
blink to indlcate a call is on hold.
To return to the call, press PHONE(on the
Handset) or SPKR(on the Base Unit).
If your 977ADXhas a call on HOLD, and
a user picks up an extension phone on the
THE MUTE FEATURE
When you press MUTE (on the Handset or
Base Unit), you can hear the caller's voice,
but they can't hear you. While a call is
muted, the LOW BATTIMUTE LED (on the
Handset) or the MUTE LED (on the Base
Unit) glows steadily. To go back to the twoway conversation, press MUTE again.
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call off HOLD and continue a Speakerphone
conversation.
SWITCHING TO THE HANDSET
During a Speakerphone call, if the Handset is in the Base Unit, you can automatically
switch from the Speakerphone to the Handset
by picking up the Handset.
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You cannot switch back to the Speakerphone just by returning the Handset to the
Base Unit cradle - that will disconnect the
call.
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This feature is useful when the Speakerphone is used in a noisy room. Loud background noise can prevent your caller's voice
from coming over the speaker. Press MUTE
while your caller is speaking. Press MUTE
again when you are ready to speak.
m ~ h call
e will remain connected as long as
either the Handset or the Speakerphone
remains on the line.(To disconnect the call,
both the Handset and the Base Unit must
hang up .)
NOTE: Placing the call on HOLD prior to
switching to or from the Speakerphone
minimizes the risk of annoying feedback.
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THE PRIVACY FEATURE
While uslng the Handset, you can prevent
someone from joining the conversation at the
Speakerphone by pressing PRGIPRV. The
Handset must be ON to ut~lizethis feature.
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JOINING A HANDSET CONVERSATION
the speakerphone can join in.
If someone is speaking on the Handset,
you can join the conversation on the Speakerphone. Just press SPKR on the Base Unit.
The Handset will emit a short tone to alert
that the Speakerphone has been activated.
Either party can then leave the conversation
by pressing OFF (on the Handset) or SPKR
(on the Base Unit)
When someone at the speakerphone has
Likewise, if you are using the Speakerphone, someone at the Handset can join the
conversation by pressing PHONE. The Base
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already joined in, pressing PRGIPRV on
handset will turn off the speakerphone.
Likewise,you can prevent the Handset
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the Speakerphone. While the Speakerphone IS ON, press PRV.
Pressing PRV a second time will terminate
PRIVACY mode, and anyone at the Handi
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set can join in.
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mode.
lntercom from Base Unit to Handset
ready joined the conversation, pressing
Press INT.COM on the Base Unit.
PRV on the Speakerphone will turn off the
If the Handset is in the OFF mode, it will
handset.
INSTRUCT.IONS
calling cards, or other special services.
IF YOUR PHONE RINGS DURING AN
INTERCOM CONVERSATION
First, dial the call normally. Then activate
the Temporary Tone feature by pressing
key. You can then press the numbers
If you receive a call while using the Inter-
ring a maximum of 4 times. The Handset
user can respond to the INTERCOM ring by
pressing INT.COM. The Handset user can
also choose to ignore the INTERCOM ring, in
which case, the ringing will stop after 4 rings.
Otherwise, the Handset user can press OFF,
which will terminate the ringing.
Press INT.COM to terminate INTERCOM
mode.
PHONE^
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THE INTERCOM
INTERCOM DURING A PHONE
USING
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CALL
CALL
To end the call, press OFF (on the Handset), or place the Handset back in the Base
Unit cradle. From Base Unit ~ r e s SPKR
s
to
end a call. The phone will automatically go
Press HOLD to put the call on hold, then
use the lntercom normally.
To end the lntercom conversation, press
NOTE: If the Handset is ON when INT.COM
is pressed on the Base Unit, the Handset will
emit only one ringer tone, and then return to
the original call.
OFF (on the Handset) or INT.COM (on the
Base Unit).
To return to the call, press PHONE (on the
Handset) or SPKR (on the Base Unit).
USING THE INTERCOM / HANDSET LOCATOR
You can use your 917ADXcordless telephone as a two-way lntercom between the
Base Unit and the Handset. This doesn't tie
up your telephone line. You can still receive
calls when using the Intercom.
Handset Locator
Occasionally you may misplace your 917
ADX Handset. Use the lntercom feature on
the Base Unit to help locate the missing
Handset. When the INT.COM key is pressed,
the Handset will ring four times.
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The Temporary Tone feature is for use with
PULSE dialing service only.
w ~ h lntercom
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can be activated by either the
Handset or the Base Unit.
PROGRAMMING THE RINGER TYPE
lntercom from Handset t o Base Unit
Press INT.COM. on the Handset
The Base Unit will emit two beeps, and will
then automatically enter lntercom mode.
The party at the Base Unit does not need
to press a key to activate this feature when it
is initiated from the Handset.
Press OFF to terminate INTERCOM
TEMPORARY TONE FEATURE
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If you have rotary (dial-pulse) telephone
service, (TONEIPULSE switch is set to
PULSE), Temporary Tone allows you to enter
special codes and tones to access answering
machines, electronic banking services,
The 917ADXcordless phone has four different ringing tones available for the Handset.
To program the Handset ringer tone:
Handset must be OFF
Press PRGIPRV key on Handset
1Press # or * key on the ~
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OP-ER'ATING
INSTRUCTIONS
Press 1 , 2 3, or 4 on the Handset to select
Press PHONE (on the Handset) or SPKR
(on the Base Unit) to get a dial tone
MEMORY DIALING
MEMORY
a ringer type. The Handset will emit the corThe 917ADXcordless phone can store up
to10 frequently dialed numbers in memory.
responding ringer tone.
Press OFF on the Handset to exit pro-
Memory Dial numbers must be stored using the Handset, but can be recalled from either the Base Unit or the Handset.
yamming.
TO STORE A NUMBER INTO MEMORY
WRNlNG OFF THE HANDSET RINGER
Press MEM and the Memory Location key
(0-9)
For example, to dial the number you assigned to key '8',you would press PHONE,
MEM, 8 (on the Handset), or SPKR, MEM, 8
(on the Base Unit).
IPress PRGIPRV on
he Handset
IPress # or ' key on
TO PROGRAM
THE RING TYPE
he Handset
IPress 5
to turn off
MEMORY DIALING
he ringer
OFF key to
IThis control switch is located on the right
and edge of Base Unit.
1 Select HIGH, LOW or OFF setting.
CHECKING
THE HANDSET
HANDSET RINGER
RINGER
:HECKING.THE
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( To check the ringer type which is currently
rogrammed, do the following:
1 Handset must be OFF
I Press PRWPRV on the Handset
1 Press # key on the Handset
1 Press 0 on the Handset. The phone will
ring once to show ringer selected.
1 Press OFF key to exit
programming.
You can change or replace a stored phone
number by storing a new number in its place.
See TO STORE A NUMBER INTO MEMORY.
Write down the phone number you assigned to each Memory Location key on the
directory card in the Base Unit cradle.
TO ERASE STORED NUMBER
FROM MEMORY
The Handset must be OFF.
Press PRGIPRV on the Handset.
Press the Memory Location of the phone
number to be erased.
Press MEM on the handset to complete
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TO DIAL A NUMBER FROM MEMORY
You can Memory Dial from either the
Handset or the Base Unit .
2 second pause). The number can be up to
Press MEM on the Handset to complete
happy tone will be
programming.
STORING PAUSES IN MEMORY
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TO CHANGE OR REPLACE A STORED
NUMBER
If the phone is left unattended in program
mode for longer than 30 seconds, it will generate a sad tone and automatically exit program mode.
ing HOLD at the appropriate point (to insert a
seconds longer and is treated as a stored
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programming has
been successful,a
If programming was unsuccessful, a sad
tone is generated.
Dial the number you want to store, press-
more times. Each press makes the pause 2
.Press
MEM on the
Handset to complete
programming
generated.
phone number will be stored (0-9)
For longer pauses, press HOLD two or
.Dial
the number you
want to store. The number can be up to 16
digits long
BASE RINGER
CONTROL
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Press PRGIPRV on the Handset
as stored digit.
.Press
the Memory
Location key where the
phone number will be
stored (0-9)
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Memory Dial number, do the following on the
Handset:
16 digits long. Each press of HOLD is treated
Press PRGIPRV on the Handset
)e OFF
INSTRUCTIONS
Press the Memory Location key where the
The Handset must be OFF
The Handset must
IPress
OPERATING
For example, if your phone is connected to
a PBX, you can store the PBX access number and a pause before the phone number.
To store 9-PAUSE-555-1234, in Memory Location 8, you would:
Press PRWPRV
Press 8
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1 Press 9
OPTIONAL HEADSET INSTALLATIONAND-OPERATINGINSTRUCTIONS
Your 917ADXcordless telephone is equipped with a 2.5mm Headset Jack for use with
an optional accessory Headset for handsfree operation
Press HOLD
Dial 555-1234
Press MEM
1 If you choose to use the Headset option,
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The 917ADX is also equipped with a
detachable belt clip. Align the pins on the
inside edge of the belt clip with the notches
on the side of the 917ADXhandset. The belt
clip should snap securely into place. Do not
force the connection. See illustration.
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you must do the following:
USING REDIAL
The 917ADXcordless phone automatically stores the last number you dialed in a
special redial memory.
To redial the last number, press PHONE
(on the Handset) or SPKR (on the Base Unit),
then REDIAL.
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STORING A
A REDIAL
REDIAL NUMBER
NUMBER IN
IN MEMORY
MEMORY
D,IALw*:.
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DIAL
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To store the last number you dialed as a
regular Memory Dial number, do the following on the Handset:
1 Press PRGIPRV
Press the Memory Location key where the
phone number will be stored (0-9)
Press REDIAL
IPress MEM
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Obtain an optional accessory Headset,
which is compatible with the 917ADX.
Whenever a compatible Headset
is connected to the cordless Handset, the microphone on the Handset will be MUTED.
This is done to limit the effect of background
noise.
In the U.S. please contact VTech Communications Customer Service, toll-free at 1-800595-9511, in Canada call VTech Electronics
at 1-800-267-7377 for dealer information in
your local area. You can also purchase a
,
compatible Headset directly from VTech Communications Customer Sewice.
The following operational characteristics
apply to VTech Headsets. The same may
also apply to other (non-VTech) compatible
headsets, but VTech assumes no responsibility for their performance.
INSTALLATION
INSTALLATION
Once you have a compatible 2.5mm Headset, locate the Headset Jack on the Handset
of your 917ADX. Connect the plug on the
Headset to the jack on the cordless Handset.
The plug should fit securely. Do not force the
connection. See illustration.
can wear your Headset on either the left or
right ear, leaving one ear free for room conversation
CHANGING CHANNELS
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If you are experiencing noise or interfer-
CLIP LOCATION
ence when using your Handset, press the
CHAN key to switch to a clear channel. This
function is available when you are on a call or
intercom.
NOTE: You may need to press CHAN
more than once to find an interference-free
channel.
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The headband can be adjusted to fit the
contour of your head. Using both hands,
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HEADSET INSTALLATION AND OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
slide the headband up or down so that it rests
comfortably on your head with the speaker
cushion centered against your ear.
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TAKING CARE OF YOUR TELEPHONE.
Your VTech 917ADXcordless telephone
contains sophisticated electronic parts so it
must be treated with care.
For maximum sound quality, the flexible
microphone should be positioned at the corner of your mouth, about one inch from your
mouth.
Avoid rough treatment
Place the Handset down gently. Save the
original packing materials to protect your
telephone if you ever need to ship it.
Avoid water
Your telephone can be damaged if it gets wet.
Do not use the Handset outdoors in the rain,
or handle it with wet hands. Do not install
your Base Unit near a sink, bathtub or
shower.
Remember that electrical appliances can cause
serious injuly if used when you are wet or standing in water. If your Base Unit should fall into
water, DO NOT RETRIEVE I T UNTIL YOU
UNPLUG THE POWER CORD AND TELEPHONE L I N E CORDS FROM THE WALL.
Then pull the unit out by the unplugged cords.
Electrical storms
Electrical storms can sometimes cause power
surges harmful to electronic equipment.
For your own safety, use caution when using
electric appliances during storms.
Cleaning your telephone
Your telephone has a durable plastic casing
that should retain its luster for many years.
Clean it only with a soft cloth slightly dampened with water or a mild soap. Do not use
excess water or cleaning solvents of any kind.
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If you have difficulty operating your
phone, the suggestions below should solve
the problem. If you still have difficulty after
trying these suggestions, In the US call:
appliance or the Base Unit to another outlet.
VTECH Communications at
You may be out of range. Either move
close to the base, or relocate the Base Unit.
The layout of your home may be limiting
the range. Try moving the Base Unit to the
second or third floor, or to some other location.
1-800-595-9511 ,In Canada call :VTECH
Electronics at 1-800-267-7377.
THE PHONE DOESN'T WORK AT ALL.
Make sure the power cord is plugged in.
Make sure the telephone line cord is
plugged firmly into the Base Unit and the
telephone wall jack.
Make sure the battery pack is properly
charged. If the LOW BATT LED is on, the
battery pack needs charging. If the IN USE
LED (on the Base Unit) and the PHONE
LED (on the Handset) do not light when you
press PHONE, you should charge the battery pack.
4 If you recently installed a new battery
pack, make sure it is installed correctly.
YOU GET NOISE, STATIC, OR A WEAK SIGNAL WHEN YOU'RE AWAY FROM THE
BASE UNIT.
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THE HANDSET DOES NOT RING WHEN
YOU RECEIVE A CALL.
Ensure that the ringer is turned on.
Make sure the telephone line cord is
plugged firmly into the Base Unit and the telephone jack. Make sure the power cord is
plugged in.
You may be too far from the Base Unit.
4 You may have too many extension phones
on your telephone line to allow all of them to
ring. Try unplugging some of the other phones.
YOU GET NOISE, STATIC, OR A WEAK
SIGNAL EVEN WHEN YOU'RE NEAR THE
BASE UNIT.
Place the Handset in the base momentarily to re-set the security code. Then press
PHONE to get a line.
.Household
appliances plugged into the
same circuit as the Base Unit can sometimes cause interference. Try moving the
YOU HEAR NOISE IN THE HANDSET, AND
NONE OF THE KEYS OR BUTTONS
WORK.
Make sure the power cord is plugged in.
Your Base Unit and Handset may not be
operating on the same channel or security
code. Place the Handset in the cradle for a
few moments to reload the security code and
reset the channel.
COMMON CURE FOR ELECTRONIC
EQUIPMENT
Electronics, like people, can sometimes
get confused. If the unit does not seem to be
responding normally, then try putting the
Handset in the cradle to reinitialize the unit. If
it still does not seem to respond, perform the
following steps (in the order listed):
1.
NO DIAL TONE.
First check all the suggestions above.
If you still don't hear a dial tone, disconnect the Base Unit from the telephone jack
and connect a different phone. If there is no
dial tone on that phone either, the problem is
in your wiring or local service. Call your local telephone company.
plug in a regular telephone. If you still hea'r
other calls, the problem is probably in your
wiring or local service. Call your local telephone company.
Disconnect the power to the Base Unit.
THE BASE DOES NOT RING
2.
Remove the Handset battery Pack
Make sure the BASE RINGER switch is not
set to off.
3.
Wait a few minutes.
4.
Connect power to the Base Unit.
5.
Install the Handset battery pack.
6.
Put the Handset in the Base Unit cradle
to reinitialize.
There may be too many extension phones
on your line. Try unplugging one of the other
phones.
YOUR CALLER FADES IN AND OUT.
You may be nearly out of range. Move
closer, or relocate the base.
YOU HEAR OTHER CALLS WHILE USING
YOUR PHONE.
Replace the Handset in the base cradle,
wait a few moments and try again.Disconnect
your Base Unit from the telephone jack, and
WHAT DOES OUR WARRANTY COVER?
Any defect in material or workmanship.
FOR HOW LONG AFTER THE ORIGINAL PURCHASE?
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To the original purchaser only ONE YEAR.
WHAT WILL VTECH DO?
At our option, repair or replace your unit.
HOW DO I SEND MY UNIT, IN OR OUT OF WARRANTY?
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In the U S . call VTECH Communications customer service for Return Authorization at:
1-800-595-9511.
in Canada call VTECH ELECTRONICS at 1-800-267-7377.
Properly pack your unit. Include any cables & accessories which were originally provided
with the product. We recommend using the original carton and packing materials.
Include in the package a copy of the sales receipt or other evidence of date of original
purchase (if the unit was purchased within the last twelve months).
Print your name and address, along with a description of the defect, and include this in the
package.
Include payment for any service or repair not covered by warranty, as determined by VTECH
Communications.
In the U S . Ship the unit via UPS Insured, or equivalent to:
VTECH COMMUNICATIONS
8770 SW NIMBUS AVENUE
BEAVERTON, OREGON 97008
In Canada Ship the unit via UPS insured, or equivalent to:
VTECH ELECTRONICS
Suite 200 -7671 Alderbridge Way
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Richmond, B.C. V6X 129
VTECH Communications assumes no responsibility for units sent without prior
Return Authorization.
WHAT DOES OUR WARRANTY NOT COVER?
Batteries
Damage from misuse, neglect, or acts of nature (lightning, floods, power surges, etc.)
Products which may have been modified or incorporated into other products
Products purchased and/or operated outside the USA, its territories, or Canada.
Products serviced by the owner or a service facility not expressly authorized by VTECH
Communications
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Products purchased more than 12 months from current date
Units purchased in "AS I S condition, or units purchased as "Distressed Merchandise".
HOW DOES STATE LAW OR PROVINCIAL LAW RELATE TO THIS WARRANTY?
This warranty gives you specific rights. You may also have other rights which vary from
state to state or province to province .
installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try and
correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
This equipment complies with Parts 15 and 68 of the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) rules for the United States.
4 A label is located on the underside of the Base Unit containing either the FCC registration
number and Ringer Equivalence Number (REN). You must, upon requsst, provide this information to your local telephone company.
This equipment is compatible with inductively coupled hearing aids.
Should you experience trouble with this telephone equipment, please contact:
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Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
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Consult the dealer or an experienced radioflV technician for help.
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Connect the equipment into an outlet or on a circuit different from that to which the receiver
is connected.
FCC Part 68
The FCC requires that you connect your cordless telephone to the nationwide telephone network through a modular telephone jack (USOC RJ1lC or RJllW).
Your telephone company may discontinue your service if your equipment causes harm to the
telephone network. They will notify you in advance of disconnection, if possible. During notification, you will be informed of your right to file a complaint with the FCC.
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for repairlwarranty information. The telephone company may ask you to disconnect this
equipment from the line network until the problem has been corrected.
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Your 917ADXis designed to operate at the maximum power allowed by the FCC. This
means your Handset and Base Unit can communicate only over a certain distance - which will
depend on the location of the Base Unit and Handset, weather, and the construction and layout
of your home or office.
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Occasionally, your telephone company may make changes in its facilities, equipment, operation, or procedures that could affect the operation of your equipment. If so, you will be given ad-,
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vance notice of the change to give you an opportunity to maintain uninterrupted service.
The Base Unit contains no user serviceable parts. The Handset contains a user replaceable
battery pack.
If it is determined that your telephone equipment is malfunctioning, the FCC requires that it
not be used and that it be unplugged from the modular jack until the problem has been corrected. Repairs to this telephone equipment can only be made by the manufacturer or its authorized agents or by others who may be authorized by the FCC. For repair procedures, follow
the instructions outlined under the VTECH Limited Warranty.
FCC Part 15
Warning: .Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible
This equipment may not be used on coin service provided by the phone company or Party
Lines.
for compliances could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
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The equipment has been tested and found to comply with part 15 of the FCC rules. These
limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
The REN is useful in determining the number of devices you may connect to your telephone
line and still enable the devices to ring when you receive a call. The general rule is that the
REN value should not exceed 5.0 total; however, contact your local telephone company for the
specific number in your area.
FCC
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REGULATIONS
IC (Industry Canada)
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
FREQUENCY CONTROL
This telephone is registered for use in Canada.
Notice: The lndustry Canada label indentifies certified equipment. This certification means that
the equipment meets certain telecommunications network, protective , operational and safety
requirements. lndustry Canada does not buarantee the equipment will operate to the user's
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Crystal Controlled Dual PLL Synthesizer
TRANSMIT FREQUENCY
Handset:
925.05 MHz to 927.75 MHz (All ten channels within this range)
Base:
902.3 MHz to 905.0 MHz (All ten channels within this range)
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Before installing this equipment, users should ensure to the facilities of the local telecommunications company. The equipment must also be installed using an acceptable method of
connections. The customer should be aware that compliance with the above conditions may not
prevent degradation of serviec in some situations.
Repairs to certified equipment should be made by an authorized Canadian maintenance
facility designated by the supplier. Any repairs or alterations made by the user to this equipment,
or equipment malfunctions, may give the telecommunicationscompany cause to request the
user to disconnect the equipment.
Users should ensure for their own protection that the electrical ground connections of the
power utility, telephone lines and internal metallic water pipe system, if present, are connected
together. This precaution may be particularly important in rural areas.
RECEIVE FREQUENCY
Handset:
902.3 MHz to 905.0 MHz (All ten channels within this range)
Base:
925.05 MHz to 927.75 MHz (All ten channels within this range)
NOMINAL EFFECTIVE RANGE
Maximum power allowed by FCC & IC. Actual operating range may vary according to environmental conditions at the time of use.
SIZE45fh
Handset:
18.2cm x 6.2cm x 3.8cm
(L x W x T) maximum
(antenna excluded)
Base:
21.0cm x 14.8cm x 5.5cm
(L x W x T) maximum
(antenna excluded)
Caution :.'>z',Users
should
n,ot attempt to make such connections themselves, but should contact
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amro~riateelectric ins~ectionauthoritv. or electrician. as amro~riate.
The Load Number (LN) assigned to this device denotes the percentage of the total load to be
connected to a telephone ollp which is used by the device to prevent overloading. The termination on a loop may consist of any combination of devices subject only to the requirement that
the total of the load numbers of all devices does not exceed 100.
This device complies with RSS-210 of lndustry Canada. Operation is subject to the following
two conditions:(l) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.
WEIGHT
Handset:
250 grams
Base:
550 grams
POWER REQUIREMENTS
Handset:
Self-contained nickel-cadmiumrechargeable battery supply, 3.6V nominal,
6OOmAh capacity.
Power Adaptor:
9V DCQ500mA
SPECIFICATIONS ARE TYPICAL AND MAY CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.