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      17.09.2013 21:04

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      Cheap toy phone that educates through play

      We purchased this phone for my daughter when she was only four months old whilst it was on promotion in boots. This phone is very girly in pinks and purples with a padded edge round the outside. This phone has proven popular in my house for about 9months, initially just to listen to the music and see the flashing lights and eventually through pretend play as she pretended to talk on the phone.

      This is a good sized light weight phone and meant that it was a handy toy for going out and about with. The Velcro fastener at the top of the phone also allows you to attach it to the buggy or car seat with ease. The phone features a small mirror on the handset, my daughter particularly loved this aspect of the phone and loved seeing herself. Surrounding the mirror is a small tube with four balls that create a rattle effect when shook. There are four buttons which are all different coloured and different shapes which helps to teach little one from a very early age.

      The only downside of this toy is annoying repetitive songs and phrases that are played over and over again.

      This toy can be purchased quite cheaply and i would say is good value for money, although you may wish to take the batteries out to get some peace.

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      30.06.2013 10:25
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      A super value toy

      The vtech soft singing phone has been in our house for around 8 months now. We bought it for my daughter in TKMaxx for £6.95 as it was a toy that could be fastened to her pram to entertain her while out because she had reached the age where she needed something to occupy her. She also had reached the stage where she wanted to grab at the TV remote and our mobiles! Ours is slightly different to the photo here - it's in more neutral colours of red, yellow and blue rather than in pinks.

      I'm a little confused as why it's described as a soft singing phone. The phone does have a material edging that is soft with a pretty pattern of musical notes and numbers, but hard plastic makes up the whole front and the back. The material around the edges is probably the only small detail I'd change really as it can be a bit annoying to clean once it's been played with. It seems to attract dirt and is hard to wipe clean with a cloth alone. With it being plastic in some parts (and being battery operated for some of it's features) it can't go through more vigorous washing in the machine or sink. The material does however make up a small antennae at the top which is obviously better in material so it's not dangerous to little eyes.

      It's around 15cm long, 8cm wide and 4cm deep so it's quite a chunky toy but this is good in that it's quite easy for my daughter to keep a firm grasp on. It features a small mirror where the screen on a real phone would normally be, although she's never really noticed it which is unusual because normally she likes anything with mirrors where she can see her reflection - perhaps it's because it's not that big and not that noticeable to her (it's around 5cm in diameter) when there's other things to play with. There's some small balls that are encased in plastic surrounding the mirror which makes the phone into a rattle when it's shaken which was entertaining to her when we first owned it but not so much now she's bigger and can make more use of the buttons and sounds. I like the fact that this phone is suitable for children aged 3 months and above - we've owned it for 8 months yet she still seems taken with it and still keeps her occupied for a good while when we're out. There's a large Velcro loop that's adjustable and makes this an ideal toy to fix onto the pram and means she can't throw it out onto the floor.

      There's a switch in the middle of the phone that operates it's sounds - when switched on, it lights up the four buttons it has in different colours. These buttons are for pressing - each 'calling' a different animal. There's a cat, a rabbit, a dog and a bird. It gets a bit repetitive when my daughter holds a button down - sometimes for example she will leave her finger on the cat button and constantly all we hear is 'lets call the cat'! The sayings it has are limited - it just says similar to this for each of the animals. The four buttons are numbered 1 to 4 though and it will count to four depending on which button is pressed, so I suppose it is a subtle way for teaching counting too. If counting up to four, it will light up each of the buttons as it does so to show her as it counts. It also makes a ringing sound, as a real phone would.

      Finally, there's a spinning plastic feature in place of the microphone at the bottom of the phone, although my daughter hasn't been that interested in this as it's the lights and sounds which seem to attract her to play. This plastic part just spins and changes colour from red to blue but that's all so it's not much.

      The vtech mobile phone is a basic toy - but for £6.95 I think it represents very good value. We have used it on a near daily basis for months and it's still going strong with very few signs of wear and tear even though the material is quite difficult to clean. It also seems to have kept her interest over the last few months. We've had to change the batteries once from those included from new (2 AA ones so pretty standard) but this is to be expected with the amount of use we've had. I would definitely recommend this as a little extra toy and a great one for occupying in the pram! I've rated it 4 stars with just the material edging taking one off for being hard to clean. I don't feel taking another off for the slightly repetitive nature is appropriate because of it's low price.

      Thanks for reading :o)

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        22.07.2012 20:15
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        A great phone for my phone lover

        For some reason both my daughters have always had obsessions with phones, my youngest is nearly two and she will put just about anything to her ear and say hello before pretending to press buttons which I find really cute. My Mam bought this phone for my youngest daughter for her first Christmas although we had had the same idea and bought her another one and then she had two of her sisters old ones too so she ended up with plenty of toy phones!

        The phone is made by Vtech which is a great brand in my opinion and both my kids generally love their toys, the phone is meant for a girl I would imagine since it is mainly pink in colour although obviously a boy could play with it if they wish. The phone came packaged in an open fronted box the way a lot of Vtech toys do so you can have a little play with the toy before you decide to buy it. You can buy this toy in many shops such as Asda, Tesco and Argos as well as toy shops and online and it costs about £10 now.

        The phone is made out of quite hard plastic but has a material around the edges of it which feels like it has foam underneath it, I think this is a good idea as it will at least prevent some injuries from baby waving the toy around too much. The toy can be hung from buggy or car seat with a loop of Velcro however the Velcro isn't that strong and the toy is pretty heavy.

        The phone is a phone shape like you would expect, it has four buttons on the bottom which are the keypad there is a ball to spin around at the bottom and there is a mirror surrounded with an area where little balls roll around.

        The buttons on the phone are different shapes and different colours and they also have different numbers and pictures on them so they provide quite a bit for your baby to take in. The buttons tell your child the number on them when they are pressed and then when each one is pressed again they will say hello to whichever animal is on the button and then make the sound of that animal. The buttons also play songs to your baby and are all well known songs which is great as then parents can sing along to them and help there child to learn the songs, my daughter has always really likes Twinkle Twinkle. The buttons also all light up whilst one is pressed or music is playing which is another good things as it helps to hold your babies attention.

        Emily loves playing with this toy however she does look at it quite strangely when she knocks a button putting it to her ear and it starts playing music to her. She has played with this toy since she was starting to sit up and she is now nearly two and she still enjoys playing with it, we have moved this toy into my parents house now as we simply have far too many toys and every day I pick her up it is out of her toy box so she still loves playing with it.

        I would recommend this toy and so would Emily as she has loved this toy since we gave her it and she still loves it now.

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        14.05.2012 15:01
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        V-Tech soft singing phone

        My little girl is absolutely obsessed with my mobile phone and has been ever since I can remember. I don't know what it is about phones but just about every kid I know loves them. There are lots of mobile phone toys that you can buy on the market today and at £9.99 I thought this was an ok price for one and it did not have too many annoying buttons on it like other phones have.

        This phone is called a soft phone as it has a soft material on the back of the phone and then just plastic on the front of the phone. The soft backing is purple and has musical notes as the pattern on it and then there is also a soft little yellow antenna at the top to make it look more like a phone. Obviously this toy does not look like the iPhone I have but it looks enough like a phone that I thought it was worth buying to try and entice my little girl away from my phone.

        On the front there is a little mirror, not too sure why this is on a phone but I know my little girl likes to look in it and I ask her, "who's that," and she says, "me!" Around the mirror are some little beads in a tube which make the phone jiggle a bit when you move it around so it almost makes this toy a bit like a rattle. What I like about it is that it has a velcro strap at the top so you can hang it over a car seat bar or a pram bar and have it dangle in a little ones face so they can play with it without losing it although to be honest we don't really hang it from anywhere, we just use it like a phone. My little girl will put this to her ear to pretend she is making a call although I think in all honesty she prefers the actually telephone to this although the buttons have kept her entertained.

        There are four buttons on this phone, a 1, 2, 3 and 4. They are four different colours but made of see through plastic as they light up when pressed. The 1 is red, the 2 is purple, the 3 is green and the four is yellow. They are also different shapes as well, square number 1, star number 2, triangle number 3 and circle number 4. I like the fact that these buttons have lots of different learning aspects to them s it makes the phone more fun and having lots of things to do on it. There is also a picture on each button. The number 1 has a cat, the number 2 has a dog, the number 3 has a duck and the number 4 has a rabbit. When you press the button you will here the noise that that animal makes so its a good way to learn about animals too.

        The phone also plays well know nursery rhymes such as Twinkle Twinkle, Row Row Row your boat etc and the lights on the buttons carry on lighting up when the song is played. Its fun to sing along with these and the songs will get into your head if you don't know them already.

        Although this will not fool a little kid into thinking they are playing with your mobile phone it is a fun light up, button pressing, singing toy.

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        04.12.2011 00:29
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        A great toy but a little pricey

        I have already reviewed the vtech soft singing radio that my daughter received as a gift when she was born, but another product that I was given more recently was this Vtech soft singing phone, which comes in pink and purple and currently retails on the likes of amazon for just under £8, which is pricey enough in my view despite my daughter taking a liking to it.

        This phone is actually designed to be suitable for children 3 months and older, and so it was perfect timing for my daughter to receive this phone as she is now over three months old. The big features of this phone that should attract the attention of a baby are the mirror which is supposedly unbreakable, the flashing lights of the keys of the phone which are very bright when alight and the music that it plays.

        In terms of durability this phone has been built to last and withstand being dropped etc since around the entire phone is soft purple padding, and even the little aerial at the top of the phone is made from soft material that a baby can even chew at. This is also a little handing part of the phone held with velcro meaning you can attach it on to whatever you like, such as a carry cot.

        Around the mirror of the phone which is at the top, are little tiny beads which give a slight rattle as you shake the phone, although not that audible and not really enough in my opinion to attract the attention of a baby. Instead it is the music and buttons which my daughter prefers.

        On the front of the phone there is an on/off button, and as soon as you turn the phone on, it begins to ring which a song about who is ringing. There are then four different shaped and coloured large buttons which are big enough for little hands to be able to press, which is useful. On each button is a different animal and number, which when you press, there is a voice telling you either the number of name of animal and even the noise that it makes.

        At the bottom is a swirling ball, which when you touch can make the music on the phone come on, as can hitting the buttons. The music is a variety of nursery rhyme songs song without any words, and as the music plays the buttons light up.

        As soon as I first introduced this phone to my daughter, and she noticed the bright buttons lighting up and heard the music, she was entranced, and it is now a toy that I always carry in my changing bag, as it is of such interest that I can distract her somewhat by putting it on, if she is starting to get a little cranky. She isn't quite able to press the buttons in herself, but she will try and reach out to do so. She also loves seeing herself in the little mirror, although it is little!

        All in all, this is a really good toy for a 3 month plus baby, as they will love the lights, the music and then in time being able to press the buttons themselves, and learn their numbers up to 4 and some animal names and sounds. It is also pretty durable which is a plus point as well. I do think it is a bit on the pricey side, but I'm glad I didn't pay it.

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        15.11.2011 22:38
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        An OK toy

        Sophie received this phone as a gift recently for being a brave girl in hospital. The phone has a loud demo mode and is softer in tone on actual play.

        Price
        I believe Sophie's grandparents paid around the 8 pound mark for this toy.

        Looks like...
        Physically, the phone resembles a walkie talkie, with a fabric loop at the top and a soft antennae. THe main body is plastic with material around the edges which is useful for grip.

        Power to you
        The back is fixed with a screw as with most baby toys, you can easily remove this to replace the batteries with the help of a philips screwdriver.

        Other features
        A clear tube around the top has some small balls which roll around the top - you can just make these out in the photo. There is also a tin mirror (safety) to check your hair in. Or your baby can use it to pull faces at themselves. A rolly ball (think old fashioned mouse) is also on the toy which is a good tactile feature.

        Suitable for...
        Three months plus, but I think they need to be a little bit older to fully appreciate the features of this toy.

        Sounds like..
        "Hello? Ring ring ring and play away, who is on the phone today? Let's call the rabbit / cat / dog / bird"
        Team this up with ring tones and a repetitive singing lady voice and you've got this toy in a nutshell. It does play to itself a lot once switched on and whilst it's fairly soft, it's also quite annoying! Sophie's dad thinks it's weird to encourage a kid to play away but I pointed out it means play hard rather than go cheating on your partner. (!)

        Quirks
        Once or twice the phone has got stuck playing the same noises on a loop which is pretty irritating but after being switched off and left off for 24 hours, it seemed to fix the problem so it must have just been dropped once too much or been left on too long.

        Final word
        Sophie enjoys playing with this toy so that's the main thing. I'll be honest, it's not my favourite toy out of the ones she owns but it's a good distraction toy and small enough to take on the move for on the go entertainment. I know generally the more annoying you find a toy, the more the child tends to like it so I don't make a fuss when it comes on, I've witnessed far worse toys too!

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        28.09.2011 19:59
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        A fab baby phone

        My daughter was almost 2 months old for her first Christmas, this didn't stop her receiving a huge amount of toys even though she couldn't play with them all. Many of these presents are still played with today, and no matter how much I try and get rid of them she always wants to play with them more and more. One of these toys is the VTech soft singing phone.

        ----- The phone -----
        The phone is around 15cm high and 5cm wide. It is made from a chunky type plastic and is quite heavy for a baby. The phone has a stretch of material going around the outside, this is what I gather as the soft part from the name, but it isn't very soft. There is a material loop with a small bit of Velcro so that they toy can be hung from a bar, on a buggy for example, even though the toy is quite heavy the Velcro doesn't come apart and can hold the toy quite easily.

        The toy presents lots of activity, at the top in a semicircle is a tube that houses some small balls that can roll around, this semicircle frames the non breakable mirror. Below the mirror is the on/off switch, the switch is quite stiff so young babies can't turn it on or off themselves (which is a good thing when it starts driving mummy crazy!). Then there are 4 buttons, each one has a different shape, colour, number and animal. The first one, for example, is red, round, the number one and has a picture of a cat upon it. At the very bottom of the phone is a green and yellow ball that can be spun around.

        ----- Using the phone -----
        When the phone is taken out of the packaging it has a demo tag that needs to pulled from the back of the phone. After doing this the sound is a lot quieter than when it was it in the box. I had a read through the safety guidelines in the leaflet and it said this was the case with all of these phones so I didn't get a broken one like I first thought.

        When the buttons of the phone are pressed it will (using the first button for example again) meow and say "hello cat", it will do this for each of the buttons with the corresponding sound for each different animal. If the button is pressed again it will say the number on the button then proceed into a song. The songs are well known nursery rhymes, some of these include Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Row Row Row Your Boat and Mary Had A Little Lamb. The lights underneath the buttons will light up each time a button is pressed, and also continue to light up whilst the songs are being played.

        Kacie received this toy when she was a little under two months old, and although she couldn't grasp it and play with it herself, she loved listening to the tunes and watching all of the buttons light up. Around the age of one Kacie began to use this phone as an actual phone instead of just pushing the buttons. She often babbles away to herself while holding it to her ear. Ever since she could start to play with it herself it has been played with frequently. We have a toy box in her bedroom for toys she doesn't play with often and every time I put this in there she always gets it back out to take downstairs again.

        The batteries don't last as long as some of her other toys, I've had to change them 4 or 5 times in the duration of having this phone, whereas some of her other toys haven't needed the batteries changed at all. This phone takes 2xAA batteries.

        ----- Suitability and price -----
        The age recommendation for this toy is for children between the ages of 3 and 24 months. I'm not sure why they put an upper age limit, but I'm quite sure that Kacie will carry on playing with it above this age.
        The Vtech phone is available from most toy stockists and has a RRP of £9.99, although it's one of those toys that is more often than not on sale somewhere.

        ----- Overall -----
        I would recommend this phone for any baby or toddler, it helps with fine motor skill development, sensory development, and as they get older imaginative play too. Kacie certainly loves this phone and it has certainly had more than it's money worth of use!

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          20.07.2010 10:13
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          A great toy at a reasonable price.

          I bought this for my 5month old daughter on offer from tescos for £6. The age range is for 3m-24m. Although i think from 5-6m is a bit more realistic given its size and weight for the baby to hold. The front and back are pink plastic although the edge all around the phone is a soft material feeling like felt. The aerial and the loop with velcro fastening is also soft material like felt. With the loop you can secure it to pram straps or baby's clothes under supervision so you dont loose it.

          The toy has different features your baby will find entertaining and interesting. There is a mirror with plastic tubing around with rattling balls in the tubing. You then have the four buttons which have the numbers 1-4 on, each a different shape in a different colour with a different animal on each one. The buttons light and flash when pressed or when a tune is being played. It makes animal noises, says the number of the button when pressed plays songs, says the animals name. It also at the bottom has a spinning ball that when touched even slightly will start singing.

          For such a small toy it has a lot to entertain your baby. With aids to eventually teach animal sounds, names, colours shapes and numbers with your support. One thing i particularly like about it is my daughter can sit on my knee facing outwards playin with the toy and i can see her face in the mirror and she can see mine!

          In my opinion £6 well spent!

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          cute baby toy

          This was bought as a present for my son when he was 4 months old (We bought it before he was born - didn't know which sex we were having!)
          The phone is abut 6 inches high, 2.5 inches wide and about 1.5 inches deep. I think that describing it as soft is a bit deceiving as both the front and back panels are made of hard plastic, but there is a slightly padded strip of material that runs all around the side of the phone, a squishy antenna and a fabric velcro strap, which is very handy for attaching the toy to pushchairs/highchairs etc.
          The phone has a yellow on/off switch at the front which activates the four buttons. Each button has a picture of an animal on it and a number, there's a cat, a dog, a bird and a bunny. When you press each button it either says the name of the animal , the number (1,2,3 or 4) or makes the animal's sound. It's not too loud, so your baby can hold the phone next to their ear without any worries about it damaging their hearing.
          At the bottom of the phone there is a rollerball for your baby to spin and at the top of the phone, four small balls encased in clear plastic which make a rattling noise when shaken.
          There is also a little mirror over the on/off switch.
          The toy takes 2 AA batteries. I've not yet had to replace them and this toy has been in regular use for 6 months now, so they last quite well. It's surface wash only.
          My son does quite enjoy playing with this and I find that although some of the tunes the phone plays can be quite annoying, they are so quiet that they don't really bother me.
          I can also vouch for the phone's sturdiness as ours has been launched across the room on several occassions and so far survived!
          We only paid £3.99 for this in Home and Bargain and for that price it has been well worth it.

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          11.03.2010 13:38
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          I baught this for my baby when she was 3 months old as something small she could look at with pretty lights and listen to the music but I would say it is a little heavy for that age but you can hang it by its strap to the car seat handle ect. I paid £6 for this and I don't think I would pay more as it is very basic and though it is a handy size for taking out and about they will out grow this one quite quickly.

          The phone is pink and purple great for girls with a soft material around the edge and aireal which my little girl like to chew on when teething, the frount has 4 coloured buttons with LED lights behind that all twinkle when a button is pressed and unter these 4 buttons there is a round button which also spins around when pressed this starts off the song that will drive all adults insaine "ring ring ring and play away who is on the phone today" very very annoying. There is a mirror on the front at the top for your baby to look in and beeds in a tube to make the phone rattle. The theme of the phoen is animals and numbers and it also plays some tunes.

          Great toy for your babies, but wouldn't pay more than £6 for it.

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          28.02.2010 19:32
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          A good all-rounder toy for babies & toddlers.

          While wondering around our new local Tesco store I decided to take a look at the toys section. We look after my baby niece once or twice a week and I thought it would be nice to have some toys to keep at our house, rather than having to rely on my brother & sister-in-law to bring up a toy or two to keep her entertained. While there, one of the toys I picked up was the Vtech Soft Singing Phone for £6.47, which I thought was a pretty good price and have since checked on Amazon who are currently selling it for £11.74. So it definitely seemed like I had a bargain!

          However, something is only a bargain if it gets used, so was it worth it? Well...

          The phone is pink and not as soft as the product name would let you believe. The phone toy is plastic on the front and back with a material side to it, but I wouldn't say this material side was entirely soft. The softest part of the phone toy is the aeriel which is pretty spongy (and is likely to get chewed/sucked). The front of the phone is mainly pink with a mirror at the top (for my darling niece to look at herself in as she loves to do!) and it has a rattle with coloured, moving beads in it around the mirror in a horseshoe shape. Below the mirror is the on/off switch and it simply slides one way to turn it on and back the other way to turn it off. The phone also has 4 buttons, each a different colour and showing a different number (1-4) along with a different animal (a cat, a dog, a bird and a rabbit). There is also a yellow and green rollerball at the bottom of the front of the phone.

          The back of the phone houses the speaker which is louder in demo mode than it is when you pull the tag out at the back. According to the instruction leaflet supplied with the toy, the actual sound level is lower than the demo due to toy safety legislation. However, my niece's other toys are louder than this one, but in some ways this one being a quieter toy can sometimes be a bonus! The back of the phone also houses the batteries (demo batteries are supplied already in the phone, but these can be replaced with 2 new AA batteries by unscrewing the single screw that holds the panel shut). There is also soft strap to enable the phone toy to be attached to a buggy, cot etc.

          When you turn the phone on, it rings and a voice says "Hello" before a little tune is sung. It then invites you/the baby to call one of the characters, but in my experience the baby will press whatever button they want to! At the moment, my little niece isn't too interested in holding the phone herself (but, no doubt, she'll soon want to), instead we hold the phone and press the buttons for her. She watches the phone and her eyes light up and she babbles as the buttons flash and the phone talks and sings to her. The buttons give sound effects, numbers, phrases and melodies, as well as lighting up and flashing as a tune is played.

          The melodies it plays include Row Row Row Your Boat, Merrily We Roll Along, Old MacDonald Had A Farm, London Bridge, Wheels On The Buss, Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, Incy Wincy Spider, Three Blind Mice, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Rock-a-bye Baby. That's 10 melodies, which is more than most baby toys I've come across so far, meaning you don't get bored/annoyed at the same tune over and over again (babies never seem to get bored of the same thing repeated though!).

          The Vtech Singing Phone is suitable babies aged 3 months and up (the box states up to 24 months). My baby niece will soon be 4 months, so I thought this would be an ideal toy for her and I was right. She loves sounds, music and lights and this does all of this for her.

          It promotes imaginative play (or will do when my niece is a little older as she'll no doubt want to copy us when we're talking on our own phones!), builds hand-eye co-ordination, as well as giving sensory stimulation with the lights and sounds.

          I wouldn't say it's the lightest of toys, but it's certainly durable and will take a bit of a bashing (as babies have a tendency to throw stuff without realising it could break!). Even the mirror is baby-safe and supposedly unbreakable.

          Vtech is a well known brand for electronic and learning-based toys, and they make quite a range. Their range includes a number of different phone toys for babies/toddlers, but I thought this was the most ideal one for my niece.

          I would certainly recommend this Vtech Soft Singing Phone to anyone with a baby or young toddler as my little niece seems to love hers and it will last her for a couple of years (and, assuming it still works then, and I can't see why it wouldn't, it would then be handed down). I would check out your nearest Tesco (or maybe the Tesco website at www.tesco.com) for the cheapest price I've found.

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            how did we end up with two? does someone hate me that much?

            i thought this had to be the worst vtech invention ever!
            maybe the one my daughter received for christmas was broken, i dont know, but the constant drone from it was awful.
            i was waiting eagerly for the batteries to run low so i could toss it out without feeling any guilt, as grandma had bought her this for an xmas present.
            i think i eventually left it at someones house lol.

            anyhow, i dont know if this is the same experience anyone else has had but with the one we had, it played over constantly. brrrrrrring brrrrrring, ring ring ring, go away, who is on the phone today, brrrrriing brrrrring, ring ring ring, go away, who is on the phone today, brrrring Get my point?? not only was this annoying, but whoever had recorded this song sounded like they were singing it with a blocked nose. not pretty at all.
            if i pressed a button it did a noise like a cat or a dog or one of the other animals, but then went straight back to the brrrriing briiing.
            i went through the instructions to find out how the hell to shut it up, and they said it goes on standby mode if nothing is pressed for 30 seconds. not true!!
            i tried it for five minute, the longest five minutes of my life! eventually i gave up and switched it off, up until leaving it at grandma's house lol.
            i can't even say it was loud and annoying, because you could barely hear it, with it being a baby toy, the volume was a little on the too low side.
            however, baby received another of these god forsaken things not long ago, and lets just say, it came out of the box and went straight down to nana's lol!

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              06.01.2010 20:52
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              better for younger kids.

              Designed for babies aged 3 months upwards, my daughter received this when she was about 6 months old, It only cost about £5 from Home Bargains, but I think the average price is about £10, it takes 2 X AA batteries, mine were included. When you receive the item, remove the plastic tag which releases the volume, otherwise it is really quiet and you can hardly hear it.

              ~ The Product ~

              The outside of the phone has a kind of fur edging, with the Ariel also made out of this material, this is good because it means if the phone is dropped, it wont break, also babies love to swing things around so if they happen to hit themselves with it, it wont hurt as much. On the top of the phone there is a loop with a Velcro fastening, so it can be attached to things such as the cot or pushchair.

              On the back of the phone is where the batteries are, and you'll need a flat headed screwdriver to access them. This is also where the speaker is, so it isn't directly in your babies ear.

              Now the front of the phone, at the top (when you would listen) is a mirror to allow your baby to see themselves, around this mirror is a tube that has bead in it and give it a rattling sound when shaking it. There then is the on/off button beneath this, when the device is turned on the phone will ring, and then play a tune. There is four buttons beneath this, the buttons are numbered 1,2,3 and 4. When button one is pressed the phone will say make a sound of a cat and say "hello cat " if it is pressed again it will say "one" followed by a nursery rhyme. This is the same for the other 3 buttons; number 2 is a dog, number 3 is a bird and number 4 is a rabbit. Each button has a picture of the animal on, and when any button is pressed all the buttons light up in sequence.

              At the bottom of the phone (where you would speak) is a green and yellow ball which roles, when your baby presses this, the phone will sang "ring ring ring and play away, who is on the phone today?"

              If you don't press any other buttons, after a few minutes it will automatically turn itself off.

              ~ How I Rated It ~

              For £5 I would say it was a good deal, but I would necessarily pay £10 for it, it's a good little toy and handy to travel with, but it doesn't have that many functions, probably more for a younger baby, my one y ear old doesn't find it very interesting anymore. The other problem is that the ball at the bottom is very sensitive and it was forever playing the same tune over and over again, drove me mad!!

              Its got a few good features, I particularly like how it lights up, and its quite loud so gets your babies attention, so I would definitely say wait until this item is on offer, because it £10 I think it is a little overpriced.

              The outside of hte phone has a kind of fur edging, with the ariel also made out of this material, this is good becasue it means if hte phone is dropped, it wont break, also babies love ot swing things around so if htey happen to hit themselves with it, it wont hurt as much. On the top of the phone there is a loop witha velcrow fastening, so it can be attatched ot things such as hte cot or pushchair.

              On the back of the phone is where hte battreis are, and you'll need a flat headed screwdriver ot access them. This is also where hte speaker is, so it isn't dirrectly in your babies ear.

              Now the front of the phone, at the top (when you would listen) is a mirror to allow your baby to see themselves, around this mirror is a tube that has bead in it and give it a rattling sound when shaking it. There then is the on/off button beneith this,when the device is turned on the phone will will ring, and then play a tune. There is four buttons beneath this, the buttons are numberd 1,2,3 and 4. When button one is pressed the phone will say make a sound of a cat and say "hello cat " if it is ressed again it will say "one" followed by a nursery rhyme. This is the same for the other 3 buttons; number 2 is a dog, number 3 is a bird and number 4 is a rabbit. Each button has a picture of the animal on, and when any button is pressed all the buttons light up in sequence.

              At the bottom of the phone (where you would speak) is a green and yellow ball which roles, when your baby presses this, the phone will sang "ring ring ring and play away, who is on the phone today?"

              If you don't press any other buttons, after a few minutes it will automaticallt turn itself off.

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                29.11.2009 09:00
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                Four stars

                My one year old has recently received this toy for her first birthday, and absolutely loves it!

                In true vtech style, this toy is a noisy, light up toy that babies really enjoy. The handset has a mirror in the earpiece which makes my baby giggle every time she sees herself. Surrounding the mirror is a hoop with four beads in, which acts as a rattle when the phone is shaken.

                The phone has four light up keys on, which when pressed make a variety of noises from a ringing phone, to animal noises, to the number that has actually been pressed. Even when the keys haven't been pressed, the toy continues to chat for about four minutes before it eventually goes in to energy save mode. The handset can be held by babies probably from about 3 months old, as it is not too heavy, and about the length of the palm of your hand

                Finally, there is also a ball where the mouthpiece would be, which can be turned by little fingers, or pressed to activate the phone flashing and talking all over again.

                The only downside of this toy, is that the packaging is a nightmare to get off. As seems to be the norm with vtech, they are held to the box with a maze of wires, which are had to detach from the toy, and could easily harm a baby if allowed to fall in to the wrong hands. Be careful.

                Retailing at approx £10, this toy is a bargain baby bonanza!

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                  Good idea, shame my kids don't think so

                  This was bought as a new toy to pull out of my 'magic bag' while on our long journey to our most recent holiday destination. I'd bought a couple of new things so that when the kids got fed up on the journey, a new toy would magically appear to keep them happy.

                  It was meant to be for the baby (10 months at the time) but when I pulled it out of the bag, there was an initial squabble between her and her older sister (2 ¾ years) but the baby won in the end, as a new book magically appeared for the toddler.

                  So after the initial excitement, the novelty soon wore off and it was slung around the car a few times before Mummy got fed up of picking it up...However, although the baby has shown that she is not in slightest bit interested in this toy phone, it has actually since provided some enjoyment for my toddler.

                  So let me tell you a bit about this phone. I am quite sure than many households with young children have this or something similar in their possession, to try and get their kids away from the real mobile phones and onto the more exciting toy ones...well this one clearly hasn't worked in this instance, but I think that's the idea, to give the child their own 'phone'.

                  Anyway, this version is bright pink, so for girls only, and the word soft is in the title, which refers to the soft outer. The front and back is hard plastic, but around the edge is a soft material. Not actually sure what value this brings to the phone, but there you go. The 'aerial' is also soft. There is also a soft Velcro strap on the back which means you can attach it to a pram (or carseat!!) and it won't get lost...unfortunately, Velcro is something that fascinates my daughter and she has to undo any type of Velcro fastening device whenever she finds one...so this did not stay attached to anything for very long.

                  On the front of the phone is a mirror at the top which is surrounded by a clear plastic tube which has 4 small balls inside, which obviously move around when the phone is handled. This I guess is aimed at the younger child but also actually adds no real value to the phone. Underneath the mirror is the on/off switch. There are no different settings on this phone; it is either on or off.

                  There are 4 buttons on the front, numbered 1 to 4 and each also has a small picture of an animal - cat, dog, bird, and rabbit. When you press a button, say for instance you press 1, it will light up, miaow like a cat, then say 'hello cat'. Then if you press it again it will say the number and then play a tune. Now I'm not sure how many tunes are programmed into this device but I have heard at least 8 different tunes, and maybe there are more. It seems that each button has 2 or more tunes programmed into them.

                  Tunes I have heard so far include:
                  Mary Had A Little Lamb
                  If You're Happy And You Know It
                  Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
                  Row Row Row Your Boat
                  Ten Green Bottles
                  Old MacDonald Had A Farm...

                  ...you get the idea, all well known nursery rhymes which most toddlers (and parents) should know.

                  At the bottom of the phone is a yellow and green ball which spins and also activates a little jingle when it is pressed - 'Ring ring ring and play away, who is on the phone today?' This ball has seen better days and doesn't spin as easily as it did in the beginning, and we have only had this a couple of months. I can only think that one of my children has clogged it up with something sticky from one of their fingers.

                  Also, if you leave it turned on, after a few minutes, it will light up and say 'let's call the cat' or 'let's call the dog'. But this only happens a couple of times before it goes into sleep mode. It's not one of those annoying toys that just keeps on pestering you until you turn it off.

                  And that's everything about the workings of the phone. It's a very simple device and despite its flaws, which I am going to mention next, I do actually like it. I'm not sure if that's because it is pink or more because of the simplicity. But having said that I like it, it's not me that it's aimed at, and my little target audience are not particularly impressed.

                  First of all, it is incredibly quiet (a good thing I hear you cry!!). While it was in the box, it sounded quite loud so I was happy that I'd picked a good one and not one that had been played with numerous times while on the shelf. But once it was out of the packet, the sound seemed to drop dramatically, so of course my husband blamed me for getting a dud. And with this toy not having a volume control, there was nothing we could do about it, apart from change the batteries, which also didn't have an effect.

                  It being quiet is not such a bad thing, but when you have two noisy children and one of them is trying to listen to the tunes, it makes it quite hard. And when my toddler is asking me what the tune is whilst the TV is playing, the baby is crying and the washing machine is going...I just can't hear it!

                  I'm just wondering now if the idea is that you have to hold it to your ear like a real phone to hear the noises...to try and force the child into using it as a pretend phone???

                  Having said before that the baby has no interest whatsoever in this phone, my toddler will play with it sporadically. Such as this morning when I got it out to have a look, she took it away into the dining room (presumably so she could hear it) and pressed the buttons and sung along to all the tunes. Then she put it down and hasn't touched it since. I tried to get the baby to have another play after she had finished, but it was just slung away as it was when we were in the car.

                  I think the problem with it is that it doesn't actually look like a phone. Both my children have been obsessed with my mobile phones, and also remote controls. So why can't manufacturers make a toy phone that is black and actually looks like a real phone? I'm sure that would be much more successful. Neither of my kids have actually twigged onto the fact that this is a phone because they have never pretended to use it as a phone, like they do with our house phone or my mobile phone.

                  So although I personally do actually like the look, functions and idea of this phone, I can't rate it highly because it just does not get played with enough to warrant paying just short of ten quid for it!

                  Maybe my kids are just weird...they prefer playing with fridge magnets and pram wheels...

                  The toy takes 2 AA batteries.
                  I paid £9.97 at Tescos and I think that is the average price.

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                • Product Details

                  This pink toy mobile phone with soft fabric has been specially designed for role-play fun while developing babys senses / Features non-breakable mirror / rolling beads / textured material and chunky buttons to press / Includes lots of realistic phone sounds / cute phrases and animal sound effects / Spin the roller to activate a song! Use under the Direct Supervision of an Adult / Clean with a damp cloth / Baby and preschool toys / 0-3 Years.