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As I have recently redecorated my lounge to a contemporary style, my old phone was looking very out of place. I then embarked on the search for a new one. There are so many phones out there which are very similar but I was attracted to the sleek design of this particular model. As I live alone, I bought the one handset model but these phones are available with two handsets or even more (up to four) if required.
BT Graphite 2500 Telephone with Answer Machine - Single.
50 name and number memories.
Last number redial.
Speaker and ringer volume control.
Up to 10 hours talktime/100 hours standby.
Up to 50m indoor range/300m outdoor range.
25 mins recording time.
2 pre-recorded messages.
Personalised recording facility.
Message playback from handset and base.
This phone is a very sleek and modern design, lovely black colour and would fit well into any decor.
Very easy installation and it ready to use. However, it was recommended that the phone was charged for 24 hours and it was well over that amount (nearly 36 hours) before my phone was fully charged up.
This phone is ideal as long as you don't have too many friends, family or takeway numbers that you need to program in. 50 names and numbers does seem an adequate amount but believe me 50 slots do not go very far. I felt a little like a bride to be - having to choose who to attend the wedding breakfast - and ultimately having to delete some people off to fit everyone I needed to in!
A real bonus of this phone is the online manual - it covers every eventuality and goes into great detail and is very easy to follow. This is a real plus for us technophobes out there as it is so refreshing to have online support which tells you how to do things in plain english instead of jargon. For those who prefer a written book version there is no need to panic - BT will send one out to you free of charge if this is your preferred option.
There does seem to be a lot of background crackling on the line which I will mention but I have yet to investigate if this is the actual phone or my current landline. I am having the line checked out in the next week so I will be editing this review so as to give you a clearer answer to this point.
I would not recommend this phone to anyone who has any sight problems. The blue screen makes it very difficult to see on ocassions.
With a great hands free speakerphone facility and adjustable volume, it is ideal for the times when you inevitably have to get in touch with a call centre - you can even turn down the dreaded Vivaldi hold music which was a real treat!
One thing I would suggest to anyone thinking of buying this phone is to look daily on the price comparison sites as I found that they did tend to change on a daily basis - that way you will be guarenteed the best price possible. Also, look at discount code sites as I managed to get extra off mine by typing in a simple code at the checkout stage. I bought my phone from Argos at £29.99 which I think is a brilliant price for a phone of this quality.