Pros / It has a streamlined base that shows how many new voicemails you have.

Cons / It lacks several basic and advanced features.

 Verdict / While the AT&T EL52203 doesn’t have many features, it is an affordable cordless phone set that offers any-key answer and remote access.

AT&T’s EL52203 cordless phone doesn’t have top-of-the-line features like some of our higher-ranked landline phones. However, this home phone still has a fair number of basic features. It is easy to use and set up, and it is more affordable than most units on the market. This cordless home phone set comes with the standard two handsets, but it can support up to five.

The battery life on this phone is dismal, lasting just 6.5 hours on a single charge. This is well below the average in our comparison, which hovers around 12 hours and goes up as high as 48 hours. This is fine if you don’t talk much, but if you have long phone conversations you may want to consider a better landline phone.

One of the best features of the EL52203 is the voicemail indicator on its base. It features a display just for that so you can check at a glance. Unfortunately, its base doesn’t feature a speakerphone or keypad like most other bases do. However, each handset has speakerphone functionality. You can also ping a lost handset from the base.

The handsets have some of the standard features that you’d expect when buying a cordless phone set. They have intercom functionality, conferencing and a mute setting, but they don’t have much by way of advanced features. For example, they can’t receive text message alerts from your cell phone, pair by Bluetooth or read the caller ID info aloud.

You can store up to 50 contacts in the system’s phonebook. This is a fair number, but most units offer 100. It can, however, log the caller ID data for the 50 most recent calls. As for its answering machine, it is capable of recording 14 minutes of voicemail messages.

AT&T includes a one-year warranty with this phone set. The company offers direct customer support via live chat, telephone and email. You can also peruse the FAQs section or download the instruction manual on the company’s website.

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  • Battery Life
  • Battery Charging Time
  • Ringer Volume Levels
  1. In standby mode, some cordless phones have enough battery power to last for a couple of days.
    Longer is Better.
  2. 8  AT&T EL52203
    6.5 Hours
  3. 12.0 Hours
  4. 12.0 Hours
  5. 48.0 Hours
  6. Category Average
    18.35 Hours


The AT&T EL52203 does not have any advanced communication features found on the best landline phones. Still, it is a frills-free home phone for those who don’t mind that, and it comes with most of the basic necessary features, including a 50-entry phonebook.

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Specifications and Benchmarks


Battery Life (hours)
Battery Charging Time (hours)
Not Specified


Max Number of Handsets
Base Speakerphone
Handset Locator
Background Noise Reduction
Backlit Handset
Ringer Volume Levels
Not Specified

Interface Options

Number of Contacts
Caller ID History Entries
Voicemail Capacity (minutes)
Talking Caller ID
Block Numbers
Voicemail Indicator
Speed Dial

Help & Support

1 Year
Direct Support
Chat, Phone, Email
User Manual
Online Resources