I'll second both of those KDC... I talk on private or way down low more than I use the speaker. And sheesh Nextel Newbies! They need to get an instruction booklet that says "give the person you are beepin' a running start to the phone before you start talking about the corns on your big toe!" AND the alert feature isn't a first option. Again running start! If I don't answer after the 2nd beep then alert me and help me figure out which couch pillow my phone is stuck in. Thank you!