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My son got this phone for his first birthday and I believe it retails for around £18.
It is about the length of an ordinary cordless phone and slightly chunkier. The buttons are large and easy to press and there is an on/off switch at the side which is easy for an adult to operate, but doesn't attract baby's attention and so doesn't get switched off by mistake.
Being a bit of a baby-toy cynic, I have always hated noisy, flashing toys which claim to be able to teach my child something. I haven't noticed kids getting any more advanced since these toys first appeared, so i'm afraid the whole 'learning' thing doesn't hold any water with me.
However, there is no doubting the fact that children are attracted to noisy, flashing toys and this little phone is no exception. it is one of the only presents that my son actually payed any attention to and he likes to press the buttons and watch the screen.
For me, the best thing about this toy is that it is VERY QUIET! i almost can't believe my luck, because it seems to be the perfect compromise. My son gets a chattering, flashing phone and I don't have to take paracetamol because of listening to it shreiking "IT'S NUMBER TIME!".
I am very pleased with this baby toy. It is small enough to lob into the nappy bag if needed, it can be switched off easily, it holds my son's attention for more than a few seconds and it doesn't annoy me.
I bought this Fisher Price Learning phone to my elder son almost 2 years ago. Since then it works with the original batteries. Although the phone fell down from the highchair, my son threw it away several times, still looks like a new one. Now it is a very favourite toy of my younger son.
It was wrapped in a halfway open box and was switched to a demonstration mode. It seemed quite loud, it caught my son's attention. He was about half year old then. When we brought it home and opened it we switched to normal mode, so it wasn't so loud. He played a lot with it so I don't complain but in the beginning I felt disappointed. By now I am happy that it is not loud because we have so many toys that play some kind of music that I have headache listening them for hours every day. It is good that the music is quiet, it doesn't hurt their ear. My elder son picks it and puts to the ear of the younger one.
Left from the screen there is an on/off button. Below the screen there are 3 buttons: first one for the alphabet, second for numbers and the third for music.
When you push the ABC button you hear a little music then a woman's voice invites you to tell the alphabet. If you don't push any button the phone rings then a few seconds later tells you goodbye. You can push the buttons and listen to a nice little music, then listen and see the letters of that particular button. For example 1 plays only a little music. 2 is for A, B, C; 3 is for D,E,F and so on. The 0 says goodbye. When you push it again it says hello. If you just let it there rings to call your attention.
If you switch to numbers mode then push the buttons, first you hear and see the number than there is a short music: different music for different buttons. When you push 0, the phone shows you the numbers one after the other grouped by three and some signs after each 3rd one. It plays music while showing this.
The music mode plays different tones when you push a button. The phone has "legs" so it can stand, and has "hands" as well.
Cleaning and batteries
You can clean it with a damp cloth. I rather say that my elder son played 5 minutes a week with it, so the batteries work well for 2 years now. Nowadays my 9 month old son plays with it, he enjoys watching the screen.
As I didn't know which battery type is in it, I opened and made a photo too. There are 3 AAA batteries in it and they last long.
Although the manufacturer advises this toy from the age of 6 months, I say it is from the age of 9 months. The younger one plays with it more than the elder one did. It is not as interesting for them as I thought. They prefer the cookie shape sorter to this one.
It is a durable toy but it doesn't look like a normal mobile. By the time they understand what a telephone is for, they won't accept this one, they want your own mobile.
I give four stars because you can teach your child how to play with it but I don't recommend you buying a new one. If you get it as a present than use it, or buy a used one. It is a reliable toy, you won't have problem with it.