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BT FREESTYLE 2500
I bought this phone as a double act from currys as it was on a special offer, i got two phones 1 with an answer machine built in. It is a digital cordless phone with a range of about 300 metres outdoors and about 50 metres indoors.For some reason the 50 metre range indoors is because of walls etc. It comes with a base station were you put the phone when you are not using it.(with my wife about my poor phone does not know were its base station is as it is always in use). Because i got two phones the one that i have upstairs has a smaller base station because there is no answer machine built in. The good thing about these phones is there is no need for a telephone wire working its way up the stairs to the phone in the bedroom. The main phone with the answer machine built in plugs into your phone socket on the wall,it also has a plug which you plug in.Now as i said before the upstairs phone in my case just has a plug which just plugs into the wall ,thats it no telephone wire its digital.
The phone are not that bad looking i have seen worse but when i think i have seen better as well.They are made to look a bit like a mobile with the display screen.They are pretty well built, i know because mine have been dropped quite a few times with the kids.Anyone with kids will know what i mean,the phone starts to ring and the kids are of to see who can pick it up the quickest.Here you are dad .....bash ,get the picture,anyway they are quite tough.
There are a grey colour with a colour screen which i think is a yellow sort of colour when it lights up.There is a big green button which is the answer button ,the one you press to talk or not.
USAGE OF PHONE
The phones and the answer machine are very easy to use, you have the numbers 0-9 on the front (good job, the phone is no good without numbers) a star key and the hash key. You have a R button which is a intercom so you can call someone upstairs as long as you have two or more phones, a program button and the green button to answer or not. Just underneath the screen there is a set of four buttons which are,
Redial which speaks for itself Quickdial for numbers you have stored Clr which is the delete button Calls button which all the people who have called will be stored.
You can also use the phone on loud speaker so everyone in the room can here the call. The phones come with 2 x NIMH AAA batteries which are rechargeable,every time the phone is in the base station the batteries will recharge.
USAGE OF ANSWER MACHINE
The answer phone is just as easy to use as the phone,it comes with two pre-recorded outgoing massages ,but you can record one of your own if you like. Now comes the only tricky bit involed,when you go out and want to turn the answer phone on you press one button ,the answer on/off button to turn it on and the same button to turn if of again.(told you it was a bit tricky). If or when you get a massage the display will tell you how many you have.you just press the play button and of it goes letting you hear all your messages.
There are 9 different ringer melodies to choose from but they are all a bit naff in my opinion,you can also increase the volume of the melody as well as the person speaking to you.
This is the part that the makers write all over the boxes so us the customers buy the product, me as long as a product does what it should then thats ok with me, ie if i buy a phone i must be able to make a call with the phone ,you see were i am coming from, anyway here is the spec.
300 metres outdoor range of base station 50 metres indoor
10 number quickdial store
Caller display(you have to subscribe with BT to use this)
Answer machine has up tO 10 minutes recording time
Talk/standby time 10 hours talk time or 100 hours standby on a single charge.
Well that brings me to the end (at last i here you say) But in all honesty these phones are not that bad ,you could do worse.The calls are crystal clear as long as the connection is and they were pretty cheap. I paid £49.99 for them and remember i got two phones and a built in answer machine for under £50,So if you are in the market for a digital cordless phone with answer machine then these might just be worth a look.