The diverse 3016 classic is a digital cordless telephone and answering machine. The phone is black and stands in the base/answering machine. With it being cordless you do not have to stand in one place, and you can move around whilst chatting. With it being a digital telephone, your calls are clear, so you do not get any crackling noises. There is no aerial either. With the phone you get one handset, but you can have up to 6 handsets on each base unit. We just have the one though as we have another phone upstairs. When you first get the phone, you have to charge it up for 16 hours. We did it over night. The phone is really easy to use too. To answer the phone, just press the green button and to end the call press the red button. If the telephone is on the base unit, you do not have to press the green button, as you can just pick it up and speak. There is a caller display, so you can see who is phoning you before you answer the phone. You have to tell your phone compnay that you want this setting up though. Your phone company do charge for this though. It is only £1 a month which is not a lot to pay really. We have it on our phone. Your phone automatically tells you how long you have been chatting on the phone for. You can store up to 10 people's telephone number on to the phone. It isn't many really but enought to add the main people that need to be added. If you are talking to someone on the phone, and you want someone to listen to what you are saying, like a friend who is with you, then just press int and number 8 and they will be able to hear both of your convesrations through the speaker. The answering machine comes with a pre-recorded message, but you can record your own message though if you want to. We have recorded our own message on ours. The message on your answering machine is "Sorry, there is nobody to take your call right now, so please leave your message afte
r the tone." To listen to your messages, you just press play and press delete to get rid of messages you no longer want on your answering machine. You know if you have a message, as the red dot on the base/answering machine will flash. On the base/answering machine are all the function buttons for the answering machine. These buttons are:- Skip back Play Skip forward Delete Stop Record Page Volume up Volume down Active signal There are 10 different tones to choose from for this phone, so you do have a few that you can choose and change it regularly if you want to. You do not have to be on BT to have this phone even though it is a BT phone. We are not on BT. We bought this phone from Studio cards and gifts catalogue about a year ago now. It cost us £119.99, but it is worth every penny. IT has probably come down in price now though. You can also buy it from the BT shop, Argos and Index. I would recommend this phone to anyone who is looking for a new telephone!!!
Why don’t we get a digital phone was the latest idea from my partner. I, thinking that he was just out to get another gadget, initially wasn’t too keen on the idea. As the benefits were explained to me I changed my mind and we have recently purchased the BT Diverse 3016 Classic with an answering machine and a second handset. So what are the advantages then? I’ll tell you. Each telephone contains rechargeable batteries and, when not in use, sits in a charging unit plugged into the mains. When fully charged the handset can be used for up to 7 hours talk time or 60 hours standby before they need recharging. There is a display on the handset in the form of a diagram of a battery with vertical lines on it. Three lines showing means its fully charged, two means 66%, one means 33% and none means the battery is empty so it is easy to keep track of the state of the batteries. The handset can be used up to 300 metres away from the base station, but I doubt we’ll need quite that range! We live in an ordinary sized house not Buckingham Palace! But – this is where we come to the first real selling point as far as I am concerned. The telephone is still operational even when the handset is not resting on the base station. This means that when Dave, my partner, is away on business I can put the handset on the bedside table and be able to answer it quickly and easily when he rings me. Previously I had to stretch the old phone from the study as far as the very end of the bed and get out of bed to answer it, thus getting cold whilst talking to him. It also means that I can have a phone within easy reach in case of emergencies – Dave does fuss about me when he’s not there, bless him! Making calls is easy enough. You just type in the number and press the button with the green phone on it and away you go. When you’ve finished you just press the button with the red phone on it to disconn
ect the call. Up to 10 numbers can be programmed into each handset, which can then be easily retrieved to be speed dialled. You can make calls from one handset to another by pressing the intercom button and then the number of the handset that you wish to contact, and you can also transfer incoming calls from one handset to another in much the same way. Receiving calls is just as easy. When the phone rings just pick up the handset and press the button with the green phone on it to connect and then the one with the red one to end the call. The Diverse 3016 also has a comprehensive answering machine with 15 minutes recording time. The phone needs to be set with the current date and time, the message to be played to callers and the number of rings that the phone will make before the answering machine cuts in. When you see the light on the base station flashing you just press play and the machine will retrieve and play your messages to you in chronological order giving the date and time of each one. There is also a facility for the remote retrieval of messages. You can delete any or all of your messages at any time. Since the phone is digital you can skip backwards and forwards between messages and selectively delete them. The phone keypad can be locked so that you don’t accidentally dial when you’re carrying the handset about. You can also bar and enable certain calls. There are 10 different ‘melodies’ to the ringer although none of them are particularly exciting! There are also 5 different ring volumes plus a crescendo ring increasing in volume with each ring until the phone is answered. The handset itself is a decent size (6 inches by 2 inches) with well-spaced keys and is comfortable both to hold and to use. At the moment we just have one handset linked to the base station. We are hoping to move house soon to a bigger place near the sea and we can then g
et more handsets to link to the original base station as needed, up to a maximum of six in total. The set that we have purchased containing the base station, answering machine and one further handset cost us £179 from Currys. We had earned £65 worth of free vouchers from www.ipoints.co.uk and www.mypoints.co.uk so we only had to part with £114 in cash – can’t be bad eh? I am very impressed with the whole thing. It means that I can answer the phone and still walk into the kitchen to check on anything in the oven. I can sit somewhere comfortable while I answer the phone. I can even take the handset into the bathroom with me – until we get a video phone that is!!! On this phone I have to admit that Dave’s idea to get the new phone was a brainwave but don’t tell him I said so will you? By the way I have asked Dooyoo three times to set up a specific category for this and still nothing so I have posted it here and if they do set up the category it can then be moved.