Goodbye Landline Phone!

Goodbye to my favorite landline phone. I got this Uniden EXS9800 900mhz digital spread spectrum phone in about 1998. The sound quality of this phone is the reason I’ve said hundreds of times, “Can I call you back on my landline?” It has the best sound quality I’ve ever had in a phone. I’ve gloated to many friends about how their cordless phones sucked while this was was always rock solid. It’s even got a great, solid feel, something I’ve never seen in any other cordless phone.

It needs another new battery (Radio Shack #23-964, 3.6v replacement battery), I don’t have a landline, don’t think I’ll be getting one soon, and don’t have the room to store a piece of electronics that won’t work without a new custom battery.

I’ll bring it to the Crucible for the kids to tear apart.


  1. Blue says:

    Oh we had the same exact phone and LOVE IT!!! I wish they still made them!

  2. lee says:

    Blue, haha! It was the only cordless phone I ever really liked. I’m blogging about it here so when I need it again, I can (hopefully!) rebuy one on eBay.

    hmm, I just looked on eBay and found the replacement batteries but not the phone! Maybe people are hording this phone! Maybe I should sell mine instead of throwing it away! Maybe I should keep it forever!

  3. Richard Vancil says:

    Is the phone still available? Uniden Model EXS9800. If so, how much?

  4. Lee says:

    Sorry Richard, I got rid of the phone a few years ago.

  5. Steve says:


    I still have our EXS9800 and LOVE it.

    Unfortunately the contacts are no longer sitting up high enough to charge the phone battery, and one of my two batteries (always have one in the charging port in the base) is dead.

    I’m trying to decide whether or not to try and take this sucker apart to repair the contacts, or let it go gracefully. My wife would be thrilled if I threw it away. We’ll see.

  6. Lee says:

    Oh Steve, you’ve got to try and keep it! I recall using a tiny screwdriver to pull up the contacts a little bit every other year or so It’s a little fiddly but I was able to do it. It also helps to rub an eraser on the contacts and on the telephone’s contacts so it makes good electrical connection!

    KEEP IT!!!

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