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User’s manual
Accessory handset
for use with VTech models
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Model: DS6201
on purchasing your new VTech product. Before using this telephone, please
read the Important safety instructions on page 7 of this manual.
This manual has instructions for setup and registration of your new handset.
For full instructions on using the handset, see the user’s manual that came
with your telephone base.
If you cannot find your user’s manual, you can view or download it at
For support, shopping, and everything new at VTech, visit our website at
www.vtechphones.com. In Canada, please visit www.vtechcanada.com.
The ENERGY STAR ® program (www.energystar.gov) recognizes
and encourages the use of products that save energy and help
protect our environment. We are proud to mark this product with
the ENERGY STAR ® label indicating it meets the latest energy
efficiency guidelines.
Compatible with
Hearing Aid T-Coil
Telephones identified with this logo have reduced noise and
interference when used with most T-coil equipped hearing aids and
cochlear implants. The TIA-1083 Compliant Logo is a trademark of
the Telecommunications Industry Association. Used under license.
Table of contents
Getting started.................................... 1
Parts checklist....................................... 1
Battery installation and charging........... 2
Add and register a handset................... 3
Replace a handset................................ 4
Handset layout...................................... 5
Appendix.............................................. 6
Battery................................................... 6
Important safety instructions................. 7
Operating range.................................... 8
Maintenance.......................................... 8
About cordless telephones................... 9
The RBRC ® seal.................................... 9
Warranty.............................................. 10
FCC, ACTA and IC regulations........... 12
Technical specifications...................... 14
Getting started
Parts checklist
Your telephone contains the following items. Save your sales receipt and
original packaging in the event warranty service is necessary.
Battery compartment cover
Charger and power adapter
User’s manual
To purchase a replacement battery or a power adapter, visit our website at
www.vtechphones.com or call 1 (800) 595-9511. In Canada, go to
www.vtechcanada.com or call 1 (800) 267-7377.
Getting started
Battery installation and charging
Install the battery as shown below. After installing the battery, you might
be able to make and receive short calls. For best performance, charge the
handset for at least 16 hours before use. When not in use, place the handset
in the telephone base or charger. See page 6 for battery operating times.
Battery indicators
Battery status
The screen is blank.
Battery has no charge
and the handset cannot
be used.
Charge until the screen shows
LOW BATTERY (at least 10
The screen shows
and flashes.
Battery has very little
charge and the handset
cannot be used.
Charge until the screen shows
LOW BATTERY (about four
The screen shows
flashes, and the
handset beeps.
Battery has enough
charge to be used for a
short time.
Charge until the screen shows
HANDSET X (about one hour).
The screen shows
Battery is charged.
To keep the battery charged,
place it in the telephone base
or charger when not in use.
1. If the battery compartment cover is on the handset, press the indentation
and slide the cover to remove.
2. Plug the battery connector securely into the socket inside the handset
battery compartment, matching the color-coded label.
3. Place the battery with the label THIS SIDE UP facing up and the wires
inside the battery compartment.
4. Align the cover flat against the battery compartment, then slide it towards
the center of the handset until it clicks into place.
5. Charge the handset by placing it in the telephone base or charger. The
CHARGE light
CHARGE light is on when the handset charges.
If the handset will not be used for a long time, disconnect and remove the battery to prevent possible leakage.
To purchase replacement batteries, visit our website at www.vtechphones.
com or call 1 (800) 595-9511. In Canada, go to www.vtechcanada.com or call 1 (800) 267-7377.
Getting started
Add and register a handset
Each newly purchased handset (DS6201) must be registered to the
telephone base (DS6211, DS6221 or DS6222) before use. When first
purchased, each expansion handset shows NOT REGISTERED. You may
need to charge the handset before registering to the telephone base. For
more details on battery charging, see the table on page 2.
To make registration easier, read all of the instructions on this page before
you begin.
To register a handset:
1. Place the unregistered handset in the telephone base. If PRESS FIND
HS 4 SEC ON BASE does not appear on the handset screen after a few
seconds, remove the handset and place it in the telephone base again.
2. On the telephone base, press and hold
FIND HANDSET for about four seconds
(until the red IN USE light on the telephone
base turns on) and then release the button.
The handset shows PLEASE WAIT... and
it takes up to 60 seconds to complete the
registration. The handset shows HANDSET
X REGISTERED (X represents the handset
number assigned) and you hear a beep
when the registration completes.
When the registration is complete, the newly registered handset is assigned
the next available handset registration number. For instance, if you already
have HANDSET 1 and HANDSET 2, the next registered handset will be
When the registration fails, the handset shows NOT REGISTERED. To reset the handset, remove the handset from the telephone base and place it back in. Try the registration process again.
You cannot register a handset if any other system handset is in use.
Only one handset can be registered at a time.
Getting started
Replace a handset
If you want to replace a handset or re-assign the designated handset number
of a registered handset, you must de-register all the handsets and then
individually register each handset.
To make de-registration easier, read all of the instructions on this page before
you begin. To de-register all handsets:
1. Press and hold FIND HANDSET on the telephone base for about 10
seconds (until the IN USE light on the telephone base turns on and starts
to flash), then release FIND HANDSET.
2. Press and release FIND HANDSET again. You must press FIND HANDSET
while the IN USE light is still flashing. The IN USE light flashes for
approximately seven seconds.
3. All system handsets show CONNECTING... The de-registration process
takes about 10 seconds to complete. All handsets show NOT REGISTERED
when the de-registration completes.
If de-registration fails, you might need to reset the telephone and try again.
To reset:
1. Pick up the registered handset and then press
2. Press OFF/CLEAR and place the handset back in the telephone base or
-ORUnplug the power from the telephone base, then plug it back in.
You cannot de-register a handset if any system handset is in use.
Getting started
Handset layout
CID / VOL (caller ID/volume)
Press to review the call log
when the telephone is not
in use.
While in a menu, press to
scroll down.
During a call, press to lower
the listening volume.
CHARGE light
On when the handset is charging in
the telephone base or charger.
/VOL (Directory/volume)
Press to enter the directory
when the telephone is not
in use.
While in a menu, press to
scroll up.
During a call, press to raise
the listening volume.
Press to show the menu.
While in a menu, press to
select an item, or save an
entry or setting.
ress to make or answer a
call using the speakerphone.
During a call, press to switch
between speakerphone and
During a call, press to hang up.
While the handset is ringing,
press to silence the ringer
Press and hold while the
telephone is not in use
to erase the missed calls
During programming, press to
exit without making changes.
Press to make or answer a
During a call, press to
receive an incoming call
when you receive a call
waiting alert.
While reviewing a call log
entry, press repeatedly to
add or remove 1 in front of
the telephone number before
dialing or saving it in the
Press repeatedly to show
other dialing options when
reviewing a call log entry.
INT (intercom)
Press to initiate an intercom
conversation or transfer a call.
Press to review the redial list.
While dialing or entering
numbers into the directory,
press and hold to insert a
dialing pause.
While on a call, press to mute
the microphone.
While reviewing the call log or
directory, press to delete an
individual entry.
Press to delete digits when
It takes up to 16 hours for the battery to be fully charged. When it is fully charged, you can
expect the following performance:
Operating time
While in handset use (talking*)
Up to eight hours
While in speakerphone mode (talking*)
Up to five hours
While not in use (standby**)
Up to six days
*Operating times vary depending on your actual use and the age of the battery.
**Handset is not charging or in use.
The battery needs charging when:
• A new battery is installed in the handset.
• The handset beeps every minute while on a call.
• The handset beeps and LOW BATTERY appears on the handset screen.
• PLACE IN CHARGER appears on the handset screen.
• A battery is properly installed and the screen is blank.
To reduce the risk of fire or injury, read and follow these instructions:
• Use only the battery(ies) provided or equivalent. To order a replacement, visit our website at
www.vtechphones.com or call 1 (800) 595-9511. In Canada, go to www.vtechcanada.com or call
1 (800) 267-7377.
• Do not dispose of the battery(ies) in a fire. Check with local waste management codes for
special disposal instructions.
• Do not open or mutilate the battery(ies). Released electrolyte is corrosive and might cause
burns or injury to the eyes or skin. The electrolyte might be toxic if swallowed.
• Exercise care in handling batteries in order not to create a short circuit with conductive materials.
• Charge the battery(ies) provided with or identified for use with this product only in accordance
with the instructions and limitations specified in this manual.
• Observe proper polarity orientation between the battery and metallic contacts.
• To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose this product to water or any type of moisture.
Important safety instructions
When using your telephone equipment, basic safety precautions should always be followed to
reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and injury, including the following:
1. Read and understand all instructions.
2. Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product.
3. Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners.
Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
4. Do not use this product near water.
5. Do not place this product on an unstable table, shelf, stand or other unstable surfaces.
6. Slots and openings in the back or bottom of the telephone base and handset are provided for
ventilation. To protect them from overheating, these openings must not be blocked by placing
the product on a soft surface such as a bed, sofa or rug. This product should never be placed
near or over a radiator or heat register. This product should not be placed in any area where
proper ventilation is not provided.
7. This 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 in your home, consult your dealer or local
power company.
8. Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not install this product where the cord may
be walked on.
9. Never push objects of any kind into this product through the slots in the telephone base or
handset because they may touch dangerous voltage points or create a short circuit. Never spill
liquid of any kind on the product.
10. To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not disassemble this product, but take it to an
authorized service facility. Opening or removing parts of the telephone base or handset other
than specified access doors may expose you to dangerous voltages or other risks. Incorrect
reassembling can cause electric shock when the product is subsequently used.
11. Do not overload wall outlets and extension cords.
12. Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to an authorized service facility
under the following conditions:
A. When the power supply cord or plug is damaged or frayed.
B. If liquid has been spilled onto the product.
C. If the product has been exposed to rain or water.
D. If the product does not operate normally by following the operating instructions. Adjust
only those controls that are covered by the operation instructions. Improper adjustment of
other controls may result in damage and often requires extensive work by an authorized
technician to restore the product to normal operation.
E. If the product has been dropped and the telephone base and/or handset has been damaged.
F. If the product exhibits a distinct change in performance.
13. Avoid using a telephone (other than cordless) during an electrical storm. There is a remote risk
of electric shock from lightning.
14. Do not use the telephone to report a gas leak in the vicinity of the leak.
15. Only put the handset of your telephone next to your ear when it is in normal talk mode.
16. The power adapters are intended to be correctly oriented in a vertical or floor mount position.
The prongs are not designed to hold the plug in place if it is plugged into a ceiling or an underthe-table/cabinet outlet.
Operating range
This cordless telephone operates with the maximum power allowed by the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC). Even so, this handset and telephone base can communicate over only a certain
distance - which can vary with the locations of the telephone base and handset, the weather, and the
layout of your home or office.
When the handset is out of range, the handset displays CONNECTING...
If there is a call while the handset is out of range, it might not ring, or if it does ring, the call might
not connect well when you press
. Move closer to the telephone base, then press
to answer
the call.
If the handset moves out of range during a telephone conversation, there might be interference.
To improve reception, move closer to the telephone base.
Taking care of your telephone
Your cordless telephone contains sophisticated electronic parts, so it must be treated with care.
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 the telephone base near a sink, bathtub or shower.
Electrical storms
Electrical storms can sometimes cause power surges harmful to electronic equipment. For your
own safety, take caution when using electrical 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.
Remember that electrical appliances can cause serious injury if used when you are wet or standing
in the water. If the telephone base should fall into the water, DO NOT RETRIEVE IT UNTIL YOU
the telephone by the unplugged cords.
About cordless telephones
• Privacy: The same features that make a cordless telephone convenient create some
limitations. Telephone calls are transmitted between the telephone base and the cordless
handset by radio waves, so there is a possibility that the cordless telephone conversations
could be intercepted by radio receiving equipment within range of the cordless handset. For this
reason, you should not think of cordless telephone conversations as being as private as those
on corded telephones.
• Electrical power: The telephone base of this cordless telephone must be connected to a
working electrical outlet. The electrical outlet should not be controlled by a wall switch. Calls
cannot be made from the cordless handset if the telephone base is unplugged or switched off,
or if the electrical power is interrupted.
• Potential TV interference: Some cordless telephones operate at frequencies that may cause
interference to televisions and VCRs. To minimize or prevent such interference, do not place
the telephone base of the cordless telephone near or on top of a TV or VCR. If interference is
experienced, moving the cordless telephone farther away from the TV or VCR often reduces or
eliminates the interference.
• Rechargeable batteries: Exercise care in handling batteries in order not to create a short
circuit with conducting material such as rings, bracelets, and keys. The battery or conductor
may overheat and cause harm. Observe proper polarity between the battery and the battery
• Nickel-metal hydride rechargeable batteries: Dispose of these batteries in a safe manner.
Do not burn or puncture the battery. Like other batteries of this type, if burned or punctured,
they could release caustic material which could cause injury.
The RBRC ® seal
The RBRC ® seal on the nickel-metal hydride battery indicates that VTech Communications, Inc. is
voluntarily participating in an industry program to collect and recycle these batteries at the end of
their useful lives, when taken out of service within the United States and Canada.
The RBRC ® program provides a convenient alternative to placing used nickel-metal hydride
batteries into the trash or municipal waste, which may be illegal in your area.
VTech’s participation in RBRC ® makes it easy for you to drop off the spent battery at local retailers
participating in the RBRC ® program or at authorized VTech product service centers. Please call
1-800-8-BATTERYTM for information on Ni-MH battery recycling and disposal bans/restrictions
in your area. VTech’s involvement in this program is part of its commitment to protecting our
environment and conserving natural resources.
RBRC ® is a registered trademark of Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation.
What does this limited warranty cover?
The manufacturer of this VTech Product warrants to the holder of a valid proof of purchase
(“Consumer” or “you”) that the Product and all accessories provided in the sales package
(“Product”) are free from defects in material and workmanship, pursuant to the following terms
and conditions, when installed and used normally and in accordance with the Product operating
instructions. This limited warranty extends only to the Consumer for Products purchased and used
in the United States of America and Canada.
What will VTech do if the Product is not free from defects in materials and workmanship
during the limited warranty period (“Materially Defective Product”)?
During the limited warranty period, VTech’s authorized service representative will repair or replace
at VTech’s option, without charge, a Materially Defective Product. If we repair the Product, we may
use new or refurbished replacement parts. If we choose to replace the Product, we may replace
it with a new or refurbished Product of the same or similar design. We will retain defective parts,
modules, or equipment. Repair or replacement of the Product, at VTech’s option, is your exclusive
remedy. VTech will return the repaired or replacement Products to you in working condition. You
should expect the repair or replacement to take approximately 30 days.
How long is the limited warranty period?
The limited warranty period for the Product extends for ONE (1) YEAR from the date of purchase.
If VTech repairs or replaces a Materially Defective Product under the terms of this limited warranty,
this limited warranty also applies to repaired or replacement Product for a period of either (a) 90
days from the date the repaired or replacement Product is shipped to you or (b) the time remaining
on the original one-year warranty; whichever is longer.
What is not covered by this limited warranty?
This limited warranty does not cover:
1. Product that has been subjected to misuse, accident, shipping or other physical damage,
improper installation, abnormal operation or handling, neglect, inundation, fire, water or other
liquid intrusion; or
2.Product that has been damaged due to repair, alteration or modification by anyone other than
an authorized service representative of VTech; or
3.Product to the extent that the problem experienced is caused by signal conditions, network
reliability, or cable or antenna systems; or
4.Product to the extent that the problem is caused by use with non-VTech accessories; or
5.Product whose warranty/quality stickers, product serial number plates or electronic serial
numbers have been removed, altered or rendered illegible; or
6.Product purchased, used, serviced, or shipped for repair from outside the United States of
America or Canada, or used for commercial or institutional purposes (including but not limited
to Products used for rental purposes); or
7. Product returned without a valid proof of purchase (see item 2 below); or
8.Charges for installation or set up, adjustment of customer controls, and installation or repair of
systems outside the unit.
How do you get warranty service?
To obtain warranty service in the United States of America, please call 1 (800) 595-9511. In
Canada, please call 1 (800) 267-7377. NOTE: Before calling for service, please review the user’s
manual - a check of the Product’s controls and features may save you a service call.
Except as provided by applicable law, you assume the risk of loss or damage during transit and
transportation and are responsible for delivery or handling charges incurred in the transport of
the Product(s) to the service location. VTech will return repaired or replaced Product under this
limited warranty. Transportation, delivery or handling charges are prepaid. VTech assumes no
risk for damage or loss of the Product in transit. If the Product failure is not covered by this limited
warranty, or proof of purchase does not meet the terms of this limited warranty, VTech will notify
you and will request that you authorize the cost of repair prior to any further repair activity. You
must pay for the cost of repair and return shipping costs for the repair of Products that are not
covered by this limited warranty.
What must you return with the Product to get warranty service?
1. Return the entire original package and contents including the Product to the VTech service
location along with a description of the malfunction or difficulty; and
2. Include a “valid proof of purchase” (sales receipt) identifying the Product purchased (Product
model) and the date of purchase or receipt; and
3. Provide your name, complete and correct mailing address, and telephone number.
Other Limitations
This warranty is the complete and exclusive agreement between you and VTech. It supersedes all
other written or oral communications related to this Product. VTech provides no other warranties
for this Product. The warranty exclusively describes all of VTech’s responsibilities regarding the
Product. There are no other express warranties. No one is authorized to make modifications to this
limited warranty and you should not rely on any such modification.
State/Provincial Law Rights: This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have
other rights, which vary from state to state or province to province.
Limitations: Implied warranties, including those of fitness for a particular purpose and
merchantability (an unwritten warranty that the Product is fit for ordinary use) are limited to one
year from the date of purchase. Some states/provinces do not allow limitations on how long an
implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you. In no event shall VTech be
liable for any indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or similar damages (including, but not
limited to lost profits or revenue, inability to use the Product or other associated equipment, the
cost of substitute equipment, and claims by third parties) resulting from the use of this Product.
Some states/provinces do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential
damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.
Please retain your original sales receipt as proof of purchase.
FCC, ACTA and IC regulations
FCC Part 15
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the requirements for a Class B digital
device under Part 15 of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules. These requirements
are intended to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
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 to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Changes or modifications to this equipment not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept
any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Privacy of
communications may not be ensured when using this telephone.
To ensure safety of users, the FCC has established criteria for the amount of radio frequency energy
that can be safely absorbed by a user or bystander according to the intended usage of the product.
This product has been tested and found to comply with the FCC criteria. The handset may be safely
held against the ear of the user. The telephone base shall be installed and used such that parts of
the user’s body other than the hands are maintained at a distance of approximately 20 cm (8 inches)
or more.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
FCC Part 68 and ACTA
This equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC rules and with technical requirements adopted by
the Administrative Council for Terminal Attachments (ACTA). The label on the back or bottom of this
equipment contains, among other things, a product identifier in the format US:AAAEQ##TXXXX.
This identifier must be provided to your local telephone company upon request.
The plug and jack used to connect this equipment to premises wiring and the telephone network
must comply with applicable Part 68 rules and technical requirements adopted by ACTA. A compliant
telephone cord and modular plug is provided with this product. It is designed to be connected to a
compatible modular jack that is also compliant. An RJ11 jack should normally be used for connecting
to a single line and an RJ14 jack for two lines. See Installation Instructions in the user’s manual.
The Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) is used to determine how many devices you may connect
to your telephone line and still have them ring when you are called. The REN for this product is
encoded as the 6th and 7th characters following the US: in the product identifier (e.g., if ## is 03,
the REN is 0.3). In most, but not all areas, the sum of all RENs should be five (5.0) or less. For more
information, please contact your local telephone company.
This equipment may not be used with Party Lines. If you have specially wired alarm dialing
equipment connected to your telephone line, ensure the connection of this equipment does not
disable your alarm equipment. If you have questions about what will disable alarm equipment,
consult your telephone company or a qualified installer.
If this equipment is malfunctioning, it must 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. For repair procedures, follow the instructions outlined under the Limited Warranty.
FCC, ACTA and IC regulations
If this equipment is causing harm to the telephone network, the telephone company may temporarily
discontinue your telephone service. The telephone company is required to notify you before
interrupting service. If advance notice is not practical, you will be notified as soon as possible. You
will be given the opportunity to correct the problem and the telephone company is required to inform
you of your right to file a complaint with the FCC. Your telephone company may make changes in its
facilities, equipment, operation, or procedures that could affect the proper functioning of this product.
The telephone company is required to notify you if such changes are planned.
If this product is equipped with a corded or cordless handset, it is hearing aid compatible.
If this product has memory dialing locations, you may choose to store emergency telephone
numbers (e.g., police, fire, medical) in these locations. If you do store or test emergency numbers,
Remain on the line and briefly explain the reason for the call before hanging up.
Perform such activities in off-peak hours, such as early morning or late evening.
Industry Canada
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
The term ‘’IC:‘’ before the certification/registration number only signifies that the Industry Canada
technical specifications were met.
The Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) for this terminal equipment is 0.1. The REN is an
indication of the maximum number of devices allowed to be connected to a telephone interface.
The termination on an interface may consist of any combination of devices subject only to the
requirement that the sum of the RENs of all the devices does not exceed five.
This product meets the applicable Industry Canada technical specifications.
Technical specifications
Crystal controlled PLL synthesizer
Handset: 1921.536-1928.448 MHz
Telephone base: 1921.536-1928.448 MHz
effective range
Maximum power allowed by FCC and IC. Actual operating range
might vary according to environmental conditions at the time of use.
Handset: 6.38 X 1.85 X 1.23 in (162.00 X 47.00 X 31.20 mm)
Charger: 3.13 X 3.67 X 1.85 in (79.60 X 93.30 X 47.00 mm)
Handset: 4.62oz (131.00g) (including battery)
Charger: 2.31oz (65.40g)
Handset: 2.4V 500mAh Ni-MH battery
Charger: 6V AC @ 300mA
Handset directory: 50 memory locations;
up to 30 digits and 15 characters
Handset call log: 50 memory locations;
up to 24 digits and 15 characters
Distributed in the U.S.A. by VTech Communications, Inc. Beaverton, Oregon 97008
Distributed in Canada by VTech Technologies Canada, Ltd., Richmond, B.C. V6W 1L5
Printed in China.
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