Advantages Easy to use, reliable and durable phone
Disadvantages None for me
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The twin set comprises 2 handsets, one which can be used as the main one and other as a secondary one based on which one goes on the main base station. The handsets are dark silver-grey (titanium) in colour with lighter silver-grey buttons and top front panel. The handsets are a bit bulky judging by today’s standards but are still fairy presentable. They are easy to clean as well as the buttons are well separated. They free standing and therefore don’t need to be supported by the base station all the time. It is however good practise to place then back on the base station just to ensure they are charging all the time to avoid unnecessary disappointments.
Most of the numbers/symbols are printed in black on the light-silver grey buttons, except for the call answering button which has a green telephone receiver symbol printed on the key. This is the button you press to answer calls. The symbols are self indicative and easy to use and include facilities like redial, secrecy, hands free, menu, phonebook and call volume adjustment. Letters of the alphabet A-Z are also printed on the main frame besides some of the buttons and I used these mainly to type my contacts when I created my phone book.After all these years, the numbers and all symbols are still clearly visible, not even one has rubbed off like I have seen on some handsets.
The BT logo and the words “Digital Clarity” are clearly visible above the display screen.
When not in use the handsets will display the default handset identity 'Handset 1' or 'Handset 2'. This can be changed and ours now display our surname and numbers 1 and 2, respectively. The battery image is also clearly visible on the display screen and indicated the battery level as described below.
The phone comes with two bases each connected to power supply plug. The bases are the same colour slightly dark silver-grey as the main colour as the hand sets. The power supply cables and the plugs are black. One of the bases, the bigger one is the main base station and has to be connected to the landline telephone line. The second base is smaller and this depended on the main base station to work.The main base station has to be plugged to both telephone line and to the power supply and working in order for the second hand set to pick the signal as well. The base stations are not too big and therefore can be tucked in a corner without taking too much space. The main base station has many valuable utilities including the following:
o Two light illuminating buttons located at the front and these illuminate red and green when the power supply is on. The red button is also an indicator that the handset is charging and the green button will flash intermittently when any of the handsets is being used. This is a good warning indicator to avoid interrupting when someone is using another handset.
o An extra button, the page button. When pressed the page button will cause the handsets to beep wherever they are hiding. This is quite a handy facility for locating handsets. We used this facility a lot when the girls were still young and the handsets were “missing” and we either found them under the sofa cushions, behind the sofas or amongst their toys.
o The main base station also acts as the main answer phone.
The battery life is quite long and you can easily talk for more than an hour even when the battery is almost half full. The battery access is located at the back of the handsets and is fairly easy to open and close. Batteries used are special rechargeable AAA size batteries. The handsets give a warning beeping sound when the battery is running low. If this happens during a call, then it is advisable to end the conversation and recharge the phone to avoid the embarrassment of the conversation being cut off or to switch to another handset.Charging the handsets is easy, simply place the handset into its base but also make sure the mains power supply is on otherwise the handsets will not recharge. Believe me this is a very common mistake.
It is actually easy to see if the phone is recharging by viewing the battery image on the display screen. Three bars shows that the handset is fully charged and 0 bars mean no battery power so don’t try and use the handset.In my opinion the phones have good battery talk time. Just remember to replace the handset onto the base stations after use. Once fully charged the phones can give up to 14 hours talk time without charging depending on degree of usage.
In summer we actually take the receiver outside just in case we get a phone call as no one wants to miss out on the BBQ or just the wonderful priceless sunshine on the few occasions we get it here in England. The range as indicated by the manufacturer is actually up to 300 metres outdoors, 50 metres indoors which in my opinion is very good. The phone is supposed to produce an out of range warning if you go beyond this range but this has never happened to me.
The digital signal makes the sound both ends come out clearly when talking and listening with no background noises.
The sound quality and reception are equally good within the specified range.
Dialling, receiving and terminating calls is fairly easy using the standard buttons.
The phone has a choice of 5 base and ringer melodies and choice of 11 different languages and this need to be done during the phone set up. My girls used to change the ringer melodies so often that I gave up keeping track of them but they finally settled for one which we have kept for the past 3 years.
It is possible to control the ringer volume on the base station and on the individual handsets as well but most important for me is the ability to control the volume of the ringing or conversation through the handset volume control so no need to go back to the base station to control the volume. There are some people who generally shout on the phone and some who almost whisper so it is good to be able to adjust the volume to suit based on the person you are talking to. What is more important is that the person I am talking to can hear me and I can hear them very clearly, without any background noises.
The speakerphone or hands free option allows you to make/take calls without picking up the handset. This is a good option to have if you want other people in the room to hear the conversation as well but I never use it that much.It is possible to make internal handset to handset calls or even transfer a call to another handset. I should say this is almost not necessary in the home now due to mobile phones but is still handy if the phones are used as business phones as each handset can act as an extension. If you can’t find a handset, you can ring its handset number or page it from the main base station.
The phone and all its components are very durable. Our handsets have been dropped from upstairs on several occasions but they still work. At one stage the handset opened, I just picked it up, put back the batteries and closed it back in place and it was still working. After all these years, the handsets are a bit worn, scratched out now but still going on with the usual business.Here is an extract I found on a telephone sales website, “The BT Synergy 3105 is ideal for residential customer seeking the call clarity of a digital cordless telephone, consumers wishing to trade up from a corded product and Small office/Home office and large households.” This summarises all I have said above.
**I am retiring this phone just to change and upgrade. It is a nice phone with a presentable appearance for its generation. Sadly the phone is currently unavailable from most outlets until further notice. My suspicion is that it has been replaced by a newer improved version.**Time to say farewell to my bleep-beep-buzz mate!
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hildah11 © Jan 2012
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