I powered up the battery in the "Fast Charge" charger included with the phone in about 90 minutes, screwed on the extra-long antenna and started walking — and talking. The connection to my sister stayed great for the first couple blocks — until I turned the corner. Suddenly my crystal-clear connection was filled with static and other unpleasant digital noises, and I was forced to turn back.
I already have a cell phone, but I was excited by the idea of a cordless phone that is supposed to keep working up to five miles or 11 stories away from its base. I fantasized about strolling down to the convenience store across the street or going out for a walk around the block without having to hang up. To ensure a clear signal on phone calls, the handset hops to different frequencies more than 200 times per second.