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Cat. No. 43-779
OWNER’S MANUAL
Please read before using this equipment.
TAD-779
Digital Telephone Answering System
with Day/Time Voice Stamp
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FEATURES
Your RadioShack TAD-779 Digital Telephone Answering System is a highquality telephone answering device
(TAD) that you can also control remotely
from any touch-tone phone. With an optional pocket tone dialer, you can even
use it from a rotary phone.
The TAD-779 stores messages on a
computer chip. This gives you advanced
capabilities over tape-based answering
machines. For example, you can delete
an individual message by using remote
commands. Because your TAD is fully
digital, there are no tapes to bother with
and no tape mechanisms to wear out.
Phone Pick-Up Detection — stops recording when you pick up any phone on
the same line as the TAD.
Remote Operation — lets you use a
touch-tone phone (or rotary phone and
pocket tone dialer) to operate the TAD
while you are away from your home or
office.
Programmable Remote Operation Security Code — lets you set your own
security code for remote operation.
Digital Outgoing Message — lets you
record a clear outgoing message of up
to 60 seconds.
The TAD-779’s 16-minute capacity lets
you store a lot of messages. And its
unique, space-saving design makes it
ideal for any office or nightstand.
Memory Backup — protects stored
messages in case of a power failure.
The TAD-779 has these features:
Adjustable Ring Selection — lets you
set the TAD-779 to answer the telephone after four or seven rings.
Digital Message Storage — lets you
record up to 16 minutes of messages
and memos. Each incoming message
can be up to 60 seconds long.
Day/Time Voice Stamp — announces
the day and time that each message
was recorded.
New Message Indicator — indicates
that you have new messages.
Toll-Saver — lets you avoid unnecessary long-distance charges when you
call to check your messages.
Call Screening — lets you listen to incoming calls so you can decide whether
or not to answer.
Memo Recording — lets you leave
messages for yourself or others in your
home or office.
© 1998 Tandy Corporation.
All Rights Reserved.
RadioShack is a registered trademark used by Tandy Corporation.
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This TAD has been tested and found to
comply with all applicable UL and FCC
standards.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of
fire or shock hazard, do not expose this product to rain or moisture.
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK.
DO NOT OPEN.
!
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF
ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE
COVER OR BACK. NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL.
This symbol is intended to alert you to
the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage within the product’s enclosure that might be of sufficient
magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock. Do not open the product’s
case.
!
READ THIS BEFORE
INSTALLATION
Your TAD-779 conforms to federal regulations, and you can connect it to most
telephone lines. However, each device
you connect to the phone line draws
power from the phone line. We refer to
this power draw as the device’s ringer
equivalence number, or REN. The REN
is on the label on the bottom of the TAD.
If you are using more than one device
on the line, add up all the RENs. If the
total is more than five, your phone might
not ring and your TAD might not answer.
In rural areas, a total REN of three might
impair ringer operation. If ringer operation is impaired, remove one of the devices from the line.
This symbol is intended to inform you
that important operating and maintenance instructions are included in the
literature accompanying this product.
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FCC STATEMENT
Your TAD-779 complies with Part 68 of
FCC Rules . You must, upon request,
provide the FCC registration number
and the REN to your phone company.
Both numbers are on the label on the
bottom of the TAD.
Note: You must not connect your TAD
to:
• coin-operated systems
• party-line systems
• most electronic key phone systems
Your TAD-779 complies with the limits
for a Class B digital device as specified
in Part 15 of FCC Rules. These limits
provide reasonable protection against
radio and TV interference in a residential
area. However, your TAD might cause
TV or radio interference even when it is
operating properly.
To eliminate interference, you can try
one or more of the following corrective
measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving
radio or TV antenna.
• Increase the distance between the
TAD and the radio or TV.
• Use outlets on different electrical circuits for the TAD and the radio or
TV.
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CONTENTS
Preparation ..............................................................................................................
Choosing a Location ...........................................................................................
Installing a Backup Battery .................................................................................
Connecting the TAD ...........................................................................................
Setting the Day and Time ...................................................................................
Recording the Outgoing Message ......................................................................
Setting the Number of Rings ..............................................................................
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Operation ............................................................................................................... 10
Setting the TAD to Answer Calls ...................................................................... 10
Incoming Message Recording .......................................................................... 10
Screening Calls ................................................................................................ 10
Playing Messages ............................................................................................ 11
Deleting Messages ........................................................................................... 11
Recording a Memo ........................................................................................... 11
Changing the Remote Operation Security Code .............................................. 12
Remote Operation ................................................................................................. 13
Using the Toll-Saver ......................................................................................... 13
Using Remote Commands ............................................................................... 13
Troubleshooting .................................................................................................... 15
Resetting the TAD-779 ..................................................................................... 15
Care and Maintenance .......................................................................................... 16
The FCC Wants You to Know ........................................................................... 17
Lightning ........................................................................................................... 17
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PREPARATION
CHOOSING A LOCATION
Select a location for the TAD that is near
a modular telephone line jack and an AC
outlet, and is not in the way of normal
activities.
INSTALLING A BACKUP
BATTERY
If the AC power fails or you unplug the
TAD, a 9V backup battery (not supplied)
saves the messages and the settings for
the day, time, and remote operation security code. We recommend you use an
alkaline battery, such as RadioShack
Cat. No. 23-553.
Caution: Always use a fresh battery of
the required size and recommended
type.
1. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove
the battery compartment cover’s
screw, then slide the cover in the
direction of the arrow and lift it off.
3. Replace the cover.
Replace the battery when the ANSWER
indicator flashes.
Cautions:
• Always remove an old or weak battery. Batteries can leak chemicals
that can destroy electronic parts.
• Dispose of the old battery promptly
and properly. Do not bury or burn it.
• To avoid losing stored information,
be sure the AC adapter is plugged in
and connected to the TAD before
you replace the battery.
CONNECTING THE TAD
Notes:
2. Snap the battery’s contacts firmly to
the battery connector and place the
battery in the compartment.
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• Your TAD connects directly to a
modular phone line jack. If your line
jack is not modular, you can update
it yourself, using jacks and adapters
available at your local RadioShack
store. Or, you can let the phone
company update it for you.
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• The USOC number of the jack to be
installed is RJ11C.
Follow these steps to connect your TAD
to the telephone line and phone.
Illus. of TO TEL jack
and connection to a
phone. Show other
phone cord already
connected.
Illus. of AC 9V/440mA
jack. Show other
phone cords already
connected.
1. Unplug the telephone’s modular
cord from the modular phone line
jack and plug it into the TO TEL jack
on the back of the TAD.
When you first connect power, the TAD
runs a self-test. When the test is complete (about 17 seconds), the TAD
beeps and announces, “Answer off.”
2. Plug one end of the supplied modular telephone cord into the TO LINE
jack on the back of the TAD.
Note: When you first connect power, the
PLAY/SKIP indicator flashes, indicating
that you have not recorded an outgoing
message. If you have not installed a
backup battery, the ANSWER indicator
also flashes.
3. Plug the cord’s other end into a
modular phone line jack.
Note: Adjust VOLUME to the middle
position before connecting power.
Illus. of ANSWER and
PLAY/SKIP indicators.
Illus. of VOLUME
switch.
Caution: The supplied AC adapter
was designed specifically for your
TAD-779. Use only the supplied
adapter.
4. Insert the supplied AC adapter’s
barrel plug into the AC 9V jack on
the back of the TAD-779. Plug the
adapter’s other end into a standard
AC outlet.
SETTING THE DAY AND
TIME
To avoid losing the day and time settings if AC power fails, we recommend
you install a backup battery before you
set the day and time (see “Installing a
Backup Battery” on Page 6).
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Follow these steps so the TAD can
record the correct day and time each
message and memo is recorded.
Note: If you do not complete each step
within 8 seconds, the TAD-779 sounds
three beeps and exits from setup. Start
again at Step 1.
3. Press STOP. The TAD-779 beeps
and announces the hour.
Illus. showing ANSWER/
STOP/DELETE.
1. Use a pointed object such as a
straightened paper clip to hold down
CLOCK until the TAD-779 beeps and
announces the currently set day.
4. To change the hour, repeatedly
press REPEAT or SKIP.
Illus. showing CLOCK
button.
5. Press STOP. The TAD-779 beeps
and announces the minutes.
6. To change the minutes, repeatedly
press REPEAT or SKIP.
2. To change the day of the week,
repeatedly press REPEAT to move
backward or SKIP to move forward
until the TAD announces the desired
day of the week.
Illus. showing OGM/REPEAT
and PLAY/SKIP.
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Note: To change the time in 10minute increments, hold down
REPEAT or SKIP.
7. Press STOP to confirm the settings.
The TAD beeps and announces the
day and time.
To check the current day and time at
any time, use a pointed object such as a
straightened paper clip to press CLOCK.
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RECORDING THE
OUTGOING MESSAGE
Before the TAD can answer calls and
record messages, you must record an
outgoing message. Your outgoing message can be up to 60 seconds long.
Hint: Do not tell callers you are not
home. Instead, say that you cannot
come to the phone right now.
Follow these steps to record your outgoing message or to change your current
message.
1. Hold down OGM (outgoing message) until the TAD beeps.
Note: If you try to record an outgoing message when the TAD’s memory is full, the PLAY/SKIP indicator
flashes rapidly and the TAD
announces, “Memory is full.” You
must delete some messages to
make room in memory (see “Deleting Messages” on Page 11).
2. Speak your message from about 8
inches in front of the TAD.
3. When you finish, press STOP. The
TAD beeps and plays back the outgoing message.
To check your outgoing message at any
time, press OGM. If no outgoing message is recorded, the TAD-779 says,
“No announcement.”
SETTING THE NUMBER
OF RINGS
Set the ring select switch to 4, 7,or TS to
set how long the TAD waits before it answers a call (4 rings, 7 rings or tollsaver).
Illus. showing
4/7/TS switch.
If you plan to check your messages by
long distance, set the ring select switch
to TS (see “Using the Toll-Saver” on
Page 13).
Illus. showing
microphone.
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OPERATION
SETTING THE TAD TO
ANSWER CALLS
After you have recorded an outgoing
message, you can set the TAD to answer calls.
To set the TAD-779 to answer calls,
press ANSWER . The TAD announces,
“Answer on,” and the ANSWER indicator lights.
Illus. flash
on Answer
light.
• the maximum message length is
reached
• there are more than 8 seconds of
silence
• you pick up any phone on the same
phone line as the TAD
If the TAD’s memory becomes full, it answers a call after two rings and announces, “Memory is full.” Delete some
of the old messages to make room in
memory (see “Deleting Messages” on
Page 11).
Note: The maximum recording capacity
is 16 minutes.
SCREENING CALLS
To set the TAD to not answer calls,
press ANSWER again. The TAD announces, “Answer off,” and the ANSWER indicator turns off.
INCOMING MESSAGE
RECORDING
When the TAD is set to answer calls, it
plays the outgoing message, then
beeps. The caller can then record a
message up to 60 seconds long.
The TAD hangs up and resets to answer
the next call when:
• the caller hangs up
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To screen calls, let the TAD answer
them, then listen to the caller’s message
through the TAD’s speaker.
To adjust the volume, slide VOLUME on
the right side of the TAD.
If you decide to answer the call, pick up
any phone on the same phone line as
the TAD. The TAD stops recording and
resets to answer the next call.
If you do not want to take the call, simply
let the TAD finish recording the caller’s
message.
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Note: If you answer the phone just as
the TAD answers, the TAD might not
stop playing the outgoing message. If
this happens, press STOP on the TAD.
To replay a previous message, press
REPEAT within 5 seconds after the current message starts playing.
To skip to the next message during playback, press SKIP.
PLAYING MESSAGES
When you have new messages, the
PLAY/SKIP indicator flashes.
To pause during playback, press STOP.
To resume playback, press PLAY within
60 seconds. Otherwise, the TAD sounds
three beeps and stops playback.
To play all the messages, press PLAY .
The TAD announces the number of
messages. If there are no messages
stored, it announces, “No message.”
STOP twice. The TAD beeps and resets
Illus. showing PLAY/SKIP.
To stop playback at any time, press
to answer calls.
DELETING MESSAGES
To delete the messages you have already heard, stop playback (if necessary) then hold down DELETE until the
TAD sounds a long beep.
Notes:
Before playing each message, the TAD
announces the message number and
the day and time the message was recorded. After all messages play, the
PLAY/SKIP indicator lights steadily and
the TAD announces, “End of messages,” then resets to answer calls.
To replay the current message, if you
have listened to at least 5 seconds of it,
press REPEAT. The current message
starts from the beginning.
• If you have played only a portion of
a message, the TAD-779 might not
delete it.
• Individual messages can only be
deleted during remote operation.
RECORDING A MEMO
A memo is a message you can record at
the TAD for yourself or others without
having to call in on the phone. Each
memo can be up to 60 seconds long.
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Memos are stored with incoming messages and are replayed the same way
(see “Playing Messages”).
Follow these steps to record a memo.
1. Use a pointed object, such as a
straightened paper clip, to hold
down CODE until the TAD-779
beeps and announces the first digit
of the current security code.
1. Hold down PLAY until the TAD
beeps.
2. Speak your memo from about 8
inches in front of the TAD.
3. When you finish, press STOP. The
TAD beeps and is ready to answer
messages.
CHANGING THE REMOTE
OPERATION SECURITY
CODE
The TAD’s remote operation security
code is preset to 779. Follow these
steps to change it to a number from 000
to 999.
Notes:
• Be sure to complete each step
within 8 seconds. Otherwise, the
TAD sounds three beeps and exits.
Start over at Step 1.
• If AC power fails or if the backup
battery becomes weak, the remote
operation security code automatically resets to 779.
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Illus. showing
CODE switch.
2. Repeatedly press SKIP or REPEAT
to set the first digit, then press STOP.
The TAD beeps and announces the
second digit.
3. Repeatedly press SKIP or REPEAT
to set the second digit, then press
STOP.
The TAD beeps and
announces the third digit.
4. Repeatedly press SKIP or REPEAT
to set the third digit, then press
STOP. The TAD beeps once and
announces the complete remote
operation security code.
To check the remote operation security
code at any time, press CODE. The TAD
announces the currently set security
code.
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REMOTE OPERATION
While you are away from your home or
office, you can use a touch-tone phone
or a pulse (rotary) phone with a pocket
tone dialer to enter your remote operation security code and do any of the following:
• set the TAD to or not answer calls
• listen to your messages
• record a new outgoing message
• delete messages
Note: You cannot remotely operate the
TAD from another phone on the same
line as your TAD-779.
USING THE TOLL-SAVER
If the ring select switch is set to TS (tollsaver) (see “Setting the Number of
Rings” on Page 9), the TAD answers after two rings if you have new messages.
If there are no new messages, the TAD
waits for four rings before it answers.
This gives you time to hang up before
the TAD answers so you can avoid unnecessary long-distance charges.
USING REMOTE
COMMANDS
Follow these steps to operate the TAD
remotely.
1. Dial your phone number.
Note: Even if the TAD is not set to
answer calls, it will answer after
about 10 rings.
2. When the TAD answers, enter your
remote operation security code. The
TAD beeps to confirm that you
entered the correct code.
Note: If you do not enter each digit
of the security code within 8 seconds of the last, the TAD hangs up.
3. Enter the remote command. See
“Remote Commands” on Page14.
4. You can hang up at this point or
enter other remote commands.
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Remote Commands
Press:
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To:
While playing messages:
Press:
To:
0
Stop message playback
and recording.
6
Delete the current message.
1
Play the outgoing message.
7
Replay the previous message.
2
Record a new outgoing
message. When the TAD
announces “Record
announcement,” begin
speaking. When you finish,
press 0. The TAD repeats
the OGM.
8
Replay the current message.
9
Skip forward to the next
message.
0
Stop message playback.
4
Play all the recorded messages.
6
Delete all reviewed messages.
#
Set the TAD to answer or
not answer calls.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
We do not expect you to have any problems with your TAD-779, but if you do, try these
suggestions.
Problem
The incoming message is incomplete.
Suggestion
Be sure the TAD’s memory is not full.
Use your outgoing message to tell callers that
they have 60 seconds to record their message.
The caller was silent for more than 8 seconds.
The incoming message is
unclear.
Adjust VOLUME.
The TAD does not answer after
four or seven rings.
Be sure the TAD is set to answer calls.
Check all phone line connections.
Check all phone line connections.
Be sure the AC adapter is properly connected.
ANSWER indicator flashes.
The backup battery is weak or missing.
Replace the battery (see “Installing the Backup
Battery” on Page 5).
The TAD-779 does not respond to
the remote operation security
code.
Make sure the phone you used to dial the TAD
is a touch-tone phone. If it is not, you can use a
pocket tone dialer to remotely operate the TAD.
Re-enter your remote operation security code.
Enter the default remote operation security
code (779). The code might have been reset
due to a power failure.
If the TAD still does not operate properly, try resetting it (see “Resetting the TAD779”) or take it to your local RadioShack store for assistance.
RESETTING THE TAD-779
If your TAD-779 stops working properly, disconnect the AC adapter, remove the battery, then reinstall the battery and connect the AC adapter.
Note: All information stored in memory is erased when you reset the TAD.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Your RadioShack TAD-779 Digital Telephone Answering System is an example of
superior design and craftsmanship. The following suggestions will help you care for
the TAD-779 so you can enjoy it for years.
Keep the TAD-779 dry. If it gets wet, wipe it dry immediately. Liquids
might contain minerals that can corrode the electronic circuits.
Use and store the TAD-779 only in normal temperature environments.
Temperature extremes can shorten the life of electronic devices, damage batteries, and distort or melt plastic parts.
Keep the TAD-779 away from dust and dirt, which can cause premature
wear of parts.
Handle the TAD-779 gently and carefully. Dropping it can damage circuit boards and cases and can cause the TAD to work improperly.
Use only a fresh battery of the required size and type. Batteries can leak
chemicals that damage your TAD-779’s electronic parts.
Wipe the TAD-779 with a damp cloth occasionally to keep it looking
new. Do not use harsh chemicals, cleaning solvents, or strong detergents to clean the TAD.
Modifying or tampering with the TAD-779’s internal components can cause a malfunction and might invalidate your TAD’s warranty and void your FCC authorization to
operate it. If your TAD-779 is not performing as it should, take it to your local RadioShack store for assistance. If the trouble is affecting the telephone lines, the phone
company can ask you to disconnect your TAD until you have resolved the problem.
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THE FCC WANTS YOU TO
KNOW
In the unlikely event that your TAD-779
causes problems on the telephone line,
the telephone company can temporarily
discontinue your service. If this happens, the telephone company attempts
to notify you in advance. If advance notice is not practical, the telephone company notifies you as soon as possible
and advises you of your right to file a
complaint with the FCC.
Also, the telephone company can make
changes to its lines, equipment, operations, or procedures that could affect the
operation of this TAD. The telephone
company notifies you of these changes
in advance so you can take the necessary steps to prevent interruption of your
telephone services.
LIGHTNING
Your TAD-779 has built-in protection circuits to reduce the risk of damage from
surges in telephone line and power line
current. These protection circuits meet
or exceed the FCC requirements. However, lightning striking the telephone or
power lines can damage your TAD.
Lightning damage is not common. Nevertheless, if you live in an area that has
severe electrical storms, we suggest
that you unplug the TAD-779 during
storms to reduce the possibility of damage.
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NOTES
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Limited One-Year Warranty
This product is warranted by RadioShack against manufacturing defects in material and workmanship under normal use for one (1) year from the date of purchase from RadioShack company-owned
stores and authorized RadioShack franchisees and dealers. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RadioShack MAKES NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING
THOSE OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED
IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF THE WRITTEN LIMITED WARRANTIES CONTAINED
HEREIN. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RadioShack SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY TO CUSTOMER OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY WITH RESPECT TO ANY
LIABILITY, LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY BY USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE PRODUCT OR ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM INCONVENIENCE, LOSS
OF TIME, DATA, PROPERTY, REVENUE, OR PROFIT OR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF RadioShack HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE
POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
Some states do not allow the limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclusion of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.
In the event of a product defect during the warranty period, take the product and the RadioShack
sales receipt as proof of purchase date to any RadioShack store. RadioShack will, at its option, unless otherwise provided by law: (a) correct the defect by product repair without charge for parts and
labor; (b) replace the product with one of the same or similar design; or (c) refund the purchase
price. All replaced parts and products, and products on which a refund is made, become the property of RadioShack. New or reconditioned parts and products may be used in the performance of
warranty service. Repaired or replaced parts and products are warranted for the remainder of the
original warranty period. You will be charged for repair or replacement of the product made after the
expiration of the warranty period.
This warranty does not cover: (a) damage or failure caused by or attributable to acts of God, abuse,
accident, misuse, improper or abnormal usage, failure to follow instructions, improper installation or
maintenance, alteration, lightning or other incidence of excess voltage or current; (b) any repairs
other than those provided by a RadioShack Authorized Service Facility; (c) consumables such as
fuses or batteries; (d) cosmetic damage; (e) transportation, shipping or insurance costs; or (f) costs
of product removal, installation, set-up service adjustment or reinstallation.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from
state to state.
RadioShack Customer Relations, Dept. W, 100 Throckmorton St., Suite 600, Fort Worth, TX 76102
We Service What We Sell
3/97
RadioShack
A Division of Tandy Corporation
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
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