Casio PhoneMate

The Perfect Mate
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You've switched from cassettes to CDs, so now it's time to trade in your tape answering machine for a digital one. Move on up the technology ladder with the Casio PhoneMate TA-140 all-digital answering machine. With built-in Caller ID, the TA-140 can show up to 75 names and numbers and dial any of them with the push of a button. Caller ID block allows for only authorized numbers to ring-all others are sent straight to the answering machine.

Priced at only $39, the TA-140 also features a speakerphone and battery-free permanent memory protection in case of a power failure. The machine holds 14 minutes of digitally recorded messages with selective save and erase. Caller ID requires activation through your local phone company. Visit for the complete rundown.

Edition: October 2016

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