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Motorola MD790 Series User Manual

Digital 5.8 ghz expandable corded/cordless telephone system with base speakerphone, keypad, and answering machine.
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MD790 Series User Guide
Digital 5.8 GHz
Expandable Corded/Cordless Telephone
System with Base Speakerphone, Keypad,
and Answering Machine


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    MD790 Series User Guide Digital 5.8 GHz Expandable Corded/Cordless Telephone System with Base Speakerphone, Keypad, and Answering Machine...

  • Page 2: Welcome

    Welcome Congratulations on your purchase of a Motorola product! Handset Overview Adjust volume Left soft key Scroll up or down Make or answer a call; switch between lines Talk using speakerphone Microphone Ring indicator Right soft key Earphone jack (2.5 connector ) Cancel a command;...

  • Page 3: Base Unit Controls

    Base Unit Controls Phone On/ Switch Speakerphone Speaker LED Soft Keys The left and right soft keys perform the function displayed. For example, pressing the left soft key while PHONEBK is displayed, opens your list of phone numbers and names. Left Scroll up soft...

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    Product registration is an important step toward enjoying your new Motorola product. Registering helps us facilitate warranty service, and permits us to contact you should your Motorola product require an update or other service. Registration is not required for warranty coverage.

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    Motorola reserves the right to revise this publication and to make changes in content from time to time without obligation on the part of Motorola to provide notification of such revision or change. Motorola provides this guide without warranty of any kind,...

  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Welcome ........i Important Safety Instructions .

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    Adjusting the Volume During a Call ....21 Inserting Pauses in a Number ....21 Using Automated Dialing .

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    Deregistering an Expansion Handset ... 48 Motorola Limited Warranty ..... 50...

  • Page 9: Important Safety Instructions

    Use a damp cloth for cleaning. 7. Do not disassemble this product. If service or repair work is required, contact the Motorola address found in the back of this user’s guide. 8. Do not overload wall outlets and extension cords.

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    Unplug this cordless phone immediately from an outlet if: • The power cord or plug is damaged or frayed. • Liquid has been spilled into the product. • The product has been exposed to rain or water. Do not retrieve the handset or base until after you have unplugged the power and phone from the wall.

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    8. Use only the power supply that came with this unit. Using other power supplies may damage the unit. 9. Because cordless phones operate on electricity, you should have at least one phone in your home that isn’t cordless, in case the power in your home goes out.

  • Page 12: Fcc Information

    FCC Information This equipment complies with Parts 15 and 68 of the FCC rules and the requirements adopted by the Administrative Council for Terminal Attachments (ACTA). A plug and jack used to connect this equipment to the premises wiring and telephone network must comply with applicable FCC Part 68 rules and requirements adopted by the ACTA.

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    Connection to party line service is subject to state tariffs. Contact the state public utility commission, public service commission or corporation commission for information. If your home has specially wired alarm equipment connected to the telephone line, ensure the installation of this cordless phone does not disable your alarm equipment.

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    • Inform you of your right to bring a complaint to the Commission pursuant to procedures set forth in Subpart E of Part 68, FCC Rules and Regulations. The telephone company may make changes in its facilities, equipment, operations, or procedures that could affect the operation of the equipment.

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    The FCC requires this product to be serviced only by Motorola or its authorized service agents. CAUTION / WARNING: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Motorola could void not only the user's authority to operate the equipment, but also the limited warranty.

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    Hearing Aid Compatibility This telephone system meets the FCC standards for hearing aid compatibility.

  • Page 17: Getting Started

    Getting Started Before you can use your telephone to make or answer calls, you must charge the battery. This section provides the step-by-step instructions you will need. Battery Safety Instructions • Do not burn, disassemble, mutilate, or puncture the battery. The battery contains toxic materials that could be released, resulting in injury.

  • Page 18: Charging The Battery

    Charging the Battery Remove any stickers if present. Remove the battery door. Insert the battery into the battery compartment. Plug the battery connector into the receptacle in the battery compartment and replace the battery door.

  • Page 19: Installing Backup Batteries

    Plug the power cord into the back of the charging base and into an outlet. Rest the handset in the base so the charging LED lights. For the initial charge, charge the battery for at least 16 hours. Note: Every time a battery is plugged in, the phone must be charged in the base for at least 10 seconds for the phone to properly restart.

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    With the back of the base facing you, press the cover latch to remove the battery compartment cover. Insert four AA alkaline batteries as directed on the compartment. Replace the compartment cover by inserting the tabs of the cover into the slots on the base unit. Press down until the cover clicks into place.

  • Page 21: Installing The Corded Handset

    Installing the Corded Handset Connect the coiled cord between the corded handset and base as shown.

  • Page 22: Using The Phone

    Using the Phone The display, soft keys, and navigation keys are used to select the various features and functions of the handset. This section describes how to use these components so you can set up your preferences. For step-by-step instructions on setting personal preferences, see “Setting Up.”...

  • Page 23: Using The Soft Keys

    The menu display: In a menu display, points to the currently selected item, and b indicates there are more items above and below the currently selected item. Using the Soft Keys Two soft keys are used to select the functions shown above them on the display.

  • Page 24: Using The Navigation Key

    Using the Navigation Key The navigation key is used to scroll up and down through menu items, lists of settings, Caller ID and redial lists, and the phonebook.

  • Page 25: Installation

    Installation You can install your MD790 series phone on a desktop or mount it to a wall. This section provides the step-by- step instructions you will need to install the phone. Installing the Phone on a Desk Once the battery is fully charged, plug the phone cord into the back of the phone and then into the phone jack on the wall.

  • Page 26: Installing The Phone On The Wall

    Installing the Phone on the Wall Align the tabs on the mount with the tabs on the base unit. Slide the mount toward the rear of the base unit until the mount clicks in place.

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    3 Plug the power cord into the back of the base and into an electrical outlet. 4 Plug one end of the telephone line cord into the jack on the back of the base. 5 Line up the tabs on the wall mount bracket with the holes on the back of the wall mount.

  • Page 28: Setting Up

    Once your cordless handset is fully charged, you are ready to set your preferences. Personalizing Your Phone Personalize your phone (your MD790 series phone is expandable up to 8 handsets) by setting unique ring tones, adjusting the ringer volume for day and night, and naming the handset and base unit.

  • Page 29: Setting The Ring Tone

    Setting the Ring Tone If you subscribe to a Caller ID service, you can set a specific ring tone for numbers stored in your handset’s phonebook and another for all other incoming calls. 1 Select MENU. 2 Scroll to Ringer and select SELECT. 3 Scroll down to Ring Tone, which sets the ring tone for incoming calls.

  • Page 30: Setting Key Beeps On Or Off

    Setting Key Beeps On or Off Each time you press a key there is a beep. You can turn this feature off (the default setting is on), or set it to beep only when the ringer is on. 1 Press MENU. 2 Scroll to Ringer.

  • Page 31: Naming Your Handset And Base Unit

    Naming Your Handset and Base Unit Handsets registered to your base unit are assigned a default name of Handset(x), where x can be 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8. You can change the name to something more useful, for example a location (Kitchen) or someone’s name (Ian).

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    The following table shows how many times to press each button on the cordless handset or base keypad to enter letters and special characters. Button space The first letter of the entry is an uppercase letter. To change the entry from uppercase to lowercase, press .

  • Page 33: Storing Area Codes For Caller Id

    Storing Area Codes for Caller ID You can store up to five area codes to make it easy to dial numbers from your list of Caller ID calls. For example, if you store 954 in 10-digit format, when you receive a call from that area code, the phone number is stored in your call list with all 10 digits.

  • Page 34: Setting The Date And Time

    4 Select FORMAT to scroll through the formats. Stop at the format you want to set for the area code, then scroll down to move to the next area code. 5 Repeat steps 3 and 4 to store up to 4 more area codes.

  • Page 35: Setting The Language

    Setting the Language 1 Select MENU. 2 Scroll to Language and select SELECT. 3 Scroll until 4 Select DONE. 5 Select EXIT to return to the standby screen, or scroll to a different menu option. Setting Touch Tone or Pulse Dialing Your handset uses touch tone dialing by default.

  • Page 36: Using The Phone

    Using the Phone Making a Call , press HANDSFREE, or pick up the corded Press handset. When you hear the dial tone, dial the number. , HANDSFREE, Enter the phone number, then press or pick up the corded handset. This lets you see the phone number on the display before the number is dialed.

  • Page 37: Adjusting The Volume During A Call

    Note: If you use DSL, please use the filtering devices provided by your DSL service company to prevent interference. If interference does occur, please contact your DSL service provider. Adjusting the Volume During a Call Louder Softer Inserting Pauses in a Number When you call a number featuring a pause, the phone waits three seconds before transmitting the next digits in the dialing sequence.

  • Page 38: Using Automated Dialing

    Using Automated Dialing You can retrieve numeric information (like a PIN or credit card number) from the phonebook during a phone call. This feature is useful when using an automated response system. For example, if you frequently access your bank account information over the phone, you can store your account number and PIN in the phonebook, and then access them during the call instead of entering...

  • Page 39: Using The Speakerphone

    Using the Speakerphone To make a call using the speakerphone on the base unit or handset press HANDSFREE and dial the number. HANDSFREE to From the base unit, you can press use the speakerphone. Note: For optimal handset speakerphone sound quality, make sure the belt clip is on.

  • Page 40: Muting A Call

    Muting a Call Press the soft key MUTE. To unmute the call, press the soft key UNMUTE. Note: The MUTE and HOLD features only appear if you are on a call. Putting a Call on Hold Press the soft key HOLD. To return to the call, press soft key UNHOLD or When a call is on hold, you can use the intercom features (see the “Using the Intercom”...

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    To stop paging all handsets, press PAGE again on the base unit or press EXIT or on any handset. To stop paging an individual handset, press OK on the handset.

  • Page 42: Using The Phonebook

    Using the Phonebook Storing numbers in the phonebook makes it easy to dial numbers you call frequently. You can enter numbers directly into the phonebook or add them from the Caller ID or redial list. Your cordless handset has its own phonebook, which can hold 50 names and numbers.

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    The following table shows how many times to press each button on the cordless handset or base keypad to enter letters and special characters. Button space The first letter of the entry is an uppercase letter. To change the entry from uppercase to lowercase, press .

  • Page 44: Storing A Recently Called Number

    Storing a Recently Called Number 1 Press REDIAL. The display shows the last four numbers you dialed, with the most recent number at the top. 2 Scroll until points to the number you want to store. 3 Press STORE. 4 Enter the name (up to 12 characters). The flashing underline shows the input cursor position.

  • Page 45: Editing A Phonebook Entry

    Press DELETE to erase characters to the left of the input cursor. 4 Scroll down. 5 Press CHANGE to set the tones of incoming calls for this number. A tone plays each time you select CHANGE. Stop at the ring tone you want to set. 6 Select DONE.

  • Page 46: Deleting A Phonebook Entry

    Deleting a Phonebook Entry 1 Select PHONEBK. 2 Scroll down until you want to delete. 3 Select OPTIONS. 4 Scroll down to DELETE. 5 Press SELECT. Sorting the Phonebook Phonebook entries are stored in the order in which they were saved by default. However, you can set the phonebook to sort entries alphabetically.

  • Page 47: Copying A Phonebook Entry

    Copying a Phonebook Entry You can copy phonebook entries from your private phonebook to the shared phonebook and vice versa. 1 Select PHONEBK and scroll to any phonebook entry. 2 Select OPTIONS. 3 Select COPY TO SHARED when in your private phonebook to copy an entry to the shared phonebook.

  • Page 48: Using Caller Id

    Using Caller ID If you subscribe to Caller ID service, the caller’s name and/or number are displayed when you receive an incoming call. If information on the caller is not available, or if you do not subscribe to Caller ID service, INCOMING CALL is displayed.

  • Page 49: Deleting Caller Id Calls

    Deleting Caller ID Calls 1 From the Caller ID list, select OPTIONS. 2 Scroll to DELETE (to delete the current or DELETE ALL (to delete all select SELECT. If you select Delete All, select YES at the Delete All? prompt. 3 Press NO to return to the Caller ID records) and...

  • Page 50: Multihandset Functions

    (up to eight) handsets registered to the base unit. You can expand your phone system by adding up to eight compatible Motorola MD790 series expansion handsets. Expansion handsets do not require connection to a phone line. You can place the handset and its charging base anywhere a standard electrical outlet is available.

  • Page 51: Using The Intercom

    Using the Intercom The handsets and base unit can be used as an intercom system, allowing you to talk to people in other parts of your home. 1 Press INTERCOM. If you only have one additional handset, pressing INTERCOM automatically pages the handset. If you have multiple handsets, a list of handsets is displayed.

  • Page 52: Enabling Auto-answer

    Enabling Auto-Answer You can program a handset or base unit to automatically answer a page by turning on the speakerphone. The handsets are not programmed to do this by default. 1 Select MENU. 2 Scroll to and select INTERCOM SETUP. 3 Scroll to and select one of the following options: AFTER 1 RING: The handset automatically answers a page after one ring.

  • Page 53: Transferring Calls To Other Handsets

    Transferring Calls to Other Handsets 1 Select HOLD. 2 Press INTERCOM. If you only have one additional handset, pressing INTERCOM automatically pages the handset. Continue to step 5. 3 Scroll to and select the handset to which you want to transfer the call. 4 Select PAGE.

  • Page 54: Monitoring A Room

    Monitoring a Room Room monitoring allows you to place a handset in a room and listen to the sounds in that room from another handset. 1 Place a handset in the room to be monitored. 2 On that handset, select MENU. 3 Scroll to MONITOR ROOM and press SELECT.

  • Page 55: Using The Answering Machine

    Using the Answering Machine The answering machine stores up to 15 minutes of messages and/or memos. You can listen to your messages from the base unit, from the handset, or remotely. You can also set your phone to automatically forward answering machine messages to another phone number.

  • Page 56: Setting Up The Answering Machine

    Setting Up the Answering Machine You can set up the answering machine from the cordless handset or the base unit. Turning the Answering Machine On or Off 1 Select MENU and then scroll to and select ANS MACH SETUP. 2 Scroll to and select ANSWER ON/OFF. 3 Scroll to and select ON or OFF and then select DONE.

  • Page 57: Setting The Number Of Rings Before The Answering Machine Picks Up

    1 Select MENU and then scroll to and select ANS MACH SETUP. 2 Scroll to and select OUTGOING MSG. 3 Scroll to and select ERASE OGM. 4 Select YES. Setting the Number of Rings Before the Answering Machine Picks Up You can specify how many times you want your phone to ring before the answering machine picks up the call.

  • Page 58: Setting The Security Id Number

    Setting the Security ID Number The security ID number allows you to remotely access your messages from any touch-tone phone. 1 Select MENU and then scroll to and select ANS MACH SETUP. 2 Scroll to and select SECURITY ID. 3 Enter your three digit security number and then select DONE.

  • Page 59: Setting Recording Quality

    Setting Recording Quality You can set your voice mail to record at higher sound quality with a shorter recording time, or for longer recording time with lower sound quality. 1 Select MENU and then scroll to and select Ans Mach Setup. 2 Scroll to and select Record Quality.

  • Page 60: Checking Messages From A Cordless Handset

    Checking Messages from a Cordless Handset 1 Select MENU, then scroll to and select MESSAGES. 2 Scroll to and select the function you want. The functions are: 1: REVIEW 2: PLAY/STOP 3: SKIP 4: ANSWER ON/OFF 5: MEMO 7: REPEAT MENU 0: ERASE...

  • Page 61: Checking Messages Remotely

    Checking Messages Remotely If you have a touch-tone phone, you can access your messages remotely. 1 Call your home. 2 When the answering machine picks up the call, press and then enter your security ID number. A synthesized voice prompts you with instructions.

  • Page 62: Message Forwarding

    Message Forwarding Your Motorola phone can be set to automatically forward answering machine messages to another phone number. To set up the phone number: 1 Select MENU and then scroll to and select ANS MACH SETUP. 2 Scroll to and select FORWARD MSGS.

  • Page 63: Screening Calls

    Screening Calls You can screen a call by allowing the answering machine to pick up and listening to the message as it is being recorded. 1 When RECORDING INCOMING MESSAGE is displayed, select SCREEN. 2 To answer the call, press to the incoming message, press .

  • Page 64: New Expansion Handsets

    Your MD790 series phone system is expandable up to eight handsets. Use the steps below to register any new MD790 series phone expansion handsets to your base unit.

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    Quickly and fully press and release register handset” Press to register another handset, or press Note: When replacing handsets, you must deregister the old handset before replacing it with a new one. If you do not, the expansion slot used by the handset you wish to replace will be permanently inaccessible.

  • Page 66: Motorola Limited Warranty

    Consumer Products, Accessories, and Software Purchased in the United States or Canada What Does this Warranty Cover? Subject to the exclusions contained below, Motorola, Inc. warrants its cordless telephones ("Products"), Motorola- branded or certified accessories sold for use with these Products ("Accessories"), and Motorola software contained...

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    Products or Accessories for commercial purposes or subjecting the Product or Accessory to abnormal usage or conditions; or (d) Acts of God or nature, or other acts which are not the fault of Motorola, are excluded from coverage. Use of Non-Motorola Products and Accessories.

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    This warranty extends to the first end-user purchaser, only. What will Motorola Do? Motorola, at its option, will at no charge repair, or replace any Products, Accessories or Software that does not conform to this warranty. We may use functionally equivalent reconditioned/refurbished/pre-owned or new Products, Accessories or parts.

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    Products associated with such Motorola software. No other use, including without limitation disassembly of such Motorola software or exercise of the exclusive rights reserved for Motorola, is permitted.

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