Uniden Win1200 Windows Live! Phone has no CTRL-ALT-DEL


Uniden_win1200Yes, Uniden has a VoIP phone for Windows Live! Messenger. No, it does not have a blue screen and no, you shouldn’t need to reboot it. There, we’ve got the tough questions out of the way first; now onto the details.

Somehow, I missed the announcement of this phone back in January and only just stumbled upon a post from two months ago calling attention to it. We’ve covered some of the recent VoIP phones from Linksys, Netgear and D-Link, so it’s only fair to point out Uniden’s slightly different offering that’s expected out this month at an MSRP of $99.95. The lengthy full feature list for the WIN1200 follows, but suffice it say this is a 5.8 GHz phone that uses a base station to integrate both land-line and VoIP calls through the Microsoft Windows Live! Messenger service. You won’t be taking this phone to a hotspot; this phone doesn’t appear to have any WiFi functionality in the handset. Still, for folks that want to be mobile in their own little slice of heaven, this could prove to be an interesting product.


  • 5.8 GHz Digital Internet Phone System
  • Windows Live TM Messenger Interface
  • Make and receive calls through Messenger’s free voice chat
  • Download your Messenger contact list to your handset’s phonebook
  • See your Messenger contacts and their status directly on handset
  • Change your status
  • Get notifications of emails, contacts coming online, and IMs
  • WiFi Friendly Ð will not interfere with 802.11b/802.11g wireless
  • Advanced phonebook features – Store 100 names with four numbers per entry, Create phonebook groups, 10 speed dial numbers, Set unique ring tones for your contacts
  • 3-way conferencing with Messenger calls and land line calls
  • 100 number Caller ID* memory with alphabetical sort – *To activate the Caller ID and/or VoiceMail features, you must subscribe through your local telephone company.
  • Calendar with programmable reminders
  • Full color, backlit LCD display
  • Preset wallpaper pictures
  • Battery level, clock, and animation displays
  • Trilingual Menu Displays – English / French / Spanish
  • Personalized handset banner, wallpaper, and ring tones
  • 15 ring tones and 10 polyphonic ringer melodies
  • Handset Speakerphone – This feature gives you the freedom to use the handset as a speakerphone.
  • VoiceMail Waiting Indicator* – *(land line calls only)
  • Hold and mute functions
  • Integrisound* – *Enhances audio performance from the earpiece speaker as well as the clarity of recorded messages.
  • 2.5 mm headset jack
  • Belt Clip Included
  • Find handset button


Mike Ashe

I have this phone, and I’ve been very happy with it. I love the feature of transfering my contacts from other phone books via the PC, then downloading 100 of them into the phone via the USB cable. Download takes about 30 seconds.

One problem I am having now is that it is prepending ‘9’ in front of every number I dial, as if it thinks I am in an office or hotel, and I can’t find this setting to turn it off. Anyone know how to fix this?

John Gibson

For anyone interested, it is already available Best Buy stores.

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