“ Caller display telephone. „
The Betacom CTT500 is lightweight and fun to use. The only reason I decided to buy a phone with caller display was that, I was getting strange calls. At least with this phone I would have the opportunity to see who was calling. Unfortunately, I realised just after I had purchased the phone that my telephone company didn?t provide caller display in my area. However, the phone was so fun to use compared to the earlier trash I had, that I decided to keep it. What I like most is that you can store up to 25 numbers with names, so you can scroll through your contacts, just by pressing up or down, viewing their name and number. Then to call you just press Dial. Yes, it is that easy.
My husband doesnt really understand the point of Caller Id, I mean every woman knows that you ignore some calls becuase you arent always in the mood for a chat, just becuase it is your best friend. Anyway, I would not be without a Caller ID phone, and this opinion is about my latest purchase, the Betacomn CTT500. I used to have three phones in the house, one in the kitchen, one in the study and one in our bedroom. However for some bizarre reason, two of the phones packed up at once, and would not work. Not only that they caused some problem on the line when they were plugged in, causing friends to report a fault to BT! As I had been made redundant, purchasing a new telephone seemed like an extravagant luxury, but after three or four weeks of me running up and downstairs at least five times during the day, Andy came home with this little Betacom number. He paid about £20 for it in Argos, which I thought was a pretty good buy. I myself had heard about the phone from reading Tigertom?s excellent review which won an award in the PF fund a couple of months back now. I was confident this was going to be a reasonable purchase and I have not been disappointed. The phone is white in cover and has a simple display and button configuration. The display shows the Calling Line Identity (Phone Number), and the name of the caller, assuming you have pre-programmed this. It also shows a battery low indicator, the date and time, whether the caller is a VIP and the calls position in your calls list. I must say I don?t see the point of a VIP indicator, surely if you have gone to the trouble of providing this information to your telephone?s memory you would know the caller was important to you or not because their name and phone number would be displayed. Hmmm?. Ringer Volume can be altered by moving the control which is on the base of the unit, and the phone is assembled and ready for use in seconds, requiring four batteries, which are provided (although
they are only starter batteries and will not last that long). The phone has a reasonable amount of features considering its cost. Some of the main features on the buttons include Mute, not allowing your caller to hear you; Redial, which operates for numbers up to 32 digits long (so some of those calls to ET might not get through, if the number is longer than this?), Recall, which is used with some features from your telecommunication provider such as Call Waiting, Three Way calling and the like. Memory ---------- There are five buttons on the telephone fascia for your five most commonly dialled numbers. In addition the phone can store a further 25 telephone names and numbers. This isn?t a huge amount, but it is probably ample for most people, and is ok for me, as a secondary phone in our study. It is simple and quick to store names and phone numbers, and also to copy incoming caller ID?s into the memory. The guide book that comes with the telephone contains about four A5 pages on how to copy and store numbers, and it is clear and well written. Calls List ----------- The phone will store up to 25 calls in the calls list. When a 26th call is received, the oldest call will be deleted from memory. When you return to your telephone it will show you how many calls are stored in total, and how many are new, allowing you to quickly determine if you have had any calls in the meantime. You are able to delete calls from the list, or delete the entire list, as well as being able to call the number stored in the list quickly and easily. Connecting the CTT500 ----------------------------- The phone can be connected to Direct Exchange Lines providing multi-frequency signalling and Timed Break Recall facilities. Put simply there are different technologies for how information is sent to and from the exchange to the telephone, and this phone should be compatible with both BT and cable exchanges. However with some C
able exchanges you may have to contact the telephone manufacturer to change the settings, for all the functionality to work, i.e. Caller display. As I used to work for a cable operator, this was the bain of my life, as there are so many phones out in the market that are not fully compatible with the different types of exchanges. The REN of the telephone is the normal ? 1. Further Help can be obtained via the helpline which operates Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and is accessed via a National Rate Number. The telephone has a 12 month warranty, in case of failure. All in all, while the features of the phone are not fantastic, and the memory size is limited, I think this phone has been a great buy for £20, and if you have not had Caller Display telephones in the past this is a cheap way of acquiring this indispensable service! Helen Bradshaw June 2002
Right let's start the story from the normal place, the beginning. Last week my lovely girlf and I, moved to Brighton, finally leaving home and entering a life of drinking, smoking in the kitchen and being able to swear when we want! (It's great) Now of course one of the most important things we needed, was a phone and it was left up to me to get one. (Baring in mind the awesome responsible of picking a phone for us both) So I tried two places that I know sell phones and are good companies that you can shout at when things go wrong and get answers. BT - show room and Argos (No sniggering at the back there, we do have a limited budget). In the end I brought this phone from Argos despite it being the same price from BT because Argos are great at returning and replacing broken goods in my opinion. (I've managed to snap off the RF connector on my 9-month old television and still get a new one!) Anyway story over, now to my opinion regarding the product. The "Betacom CTT 500 directory telephone with caller display" is without doubt one the of the best value phones I have seen on my hunt, even if you don't want the caller display. The phone comes with all standard bits, receiver, numbers to press, redial, recall, pause, hash and star keys. To be honest you could pick up a phone with those features for £10. (My brother had one and they are pants, they fall apart constantly and buzz a bit) So why should you spend more to get a £20 phone? 1. You get a nice large LCD display so you can see what number you've dialled (Good for drunken nights). 2. The LCD has the date and time on it (Really handy). 3. The LCD shows the battery status and warns you when they have run out (The phone still works without batteries). 4. 5 Direct memory dialler buttons. 5. You get a number directory. (More on that later) 6. You can have caller display. (More on that later) 7. The h
andset is big enough to wedge under your ear for long calls (If you?ve tried a smaller one you'll understand). 8. 3 months free caller display. 9. VIP feature, a little red light flashes when someone on your VIP list is calling. The number directory: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Now this should have been the phones downfall. There just aren't enough buttons on a phone to make a directory interface user friendly. It's just got to be a bit annoying. But no this one is quite simple. Hold down "Directory" until the display changes, press store, enter name and number and then press store again. Wonderful. To access the data again press "Directory" and use the "up" and "down" keys till your heart is content. The main advantage of the directory is that it increases your 5 Memory buttons to 30. All you have to do is enter the directory and then press the big up and down buttons till you find whom you want and then press the "dial" button, very easy. So if you have 30 friends then you will never have to tap in their numbers again! (Although it's more like 15 friends as every bugger under the sun has a "home" number and a "mob" number). Another advantage is that once someone's number is in your directory the phone will recognise when they call and display their name and number. (Needs caller display) This is a function I like; it helps me prepare to answer the call. Say it's my mum and me and the girlf are just getting busy, I will see it's her calling and thus avoid spoiling the mood by hanging up. Or if it's a loathed friend calling I can pick up and say, "Velly sorry, no delivery to you, tank good blye," and get rid of them. Or it's your boss and you're plastered, you can see the red VIP light flashing and promptly not be in. The advantages are endless! Caller display ~~~~~~~~ This will cost you £4.50 every three months after your first 3 free months (More clearly that is: You get 3 months for nothing, and then after that you have to pay £4.50 every 3 months). Be warned everything will happen automatically so if you don't want it after 3 months you must call BT (150) and tell them. I love the caller display feature; it even sets the clock for you. The main advantage is that it works like a 1471 feature, but better as the phone will remember the numbers of the last 25 callers and you can find out exactly when they called. So when I get home I check to see if the phone is blinking "New" and then if it is, I can use the "Up" and "Down" buttons to find out who has called and when. Combine this with BT's free 1571-answer service and you're laughing! Even after you've gone through your "new" list of calls and reduced that to 0. All the numbers from there are then put into the "calls" list (up to 25), which you can edit and keep forever if you want! (Although when it gets to 25, it won't take any more, so you'll have to delete some old entries). The best use I can think of for the "calls" list is if you are forgetful like me, and if someone like Sting rang me I know I would keep that forever! Because it's caller display it'll also put the names relating to the numbers on the LCD screen when they are in the directory. The caller display feature won?t interfere with any of your BT packages. So no worries there, although to get Caller Display you do have to be with BT. VIP list feature: ~~~~~~~~~ Hmm, okay this bit isn't my favourite and I've yet to find a good use for it. Basically it's an additional list you can have on the phone so when any of a chosen 15 of your stored numbers call you get a little red light flashing at you as well as their name and number being displaye
d. Maybe helpful to some, but it's not doing much for me yet. General features: ~~~~~~~~~~~ - Two volume settings: Not very loud and really, really quiet. - Contrast control. - Manual clock setting (For those that don't get the caller display). - And finally a red light to show when you are using the line (For the stupid out there). Summary: ~~~~~~~ For £20 this is a bargain of a phone. If you compare it to a £10-no-bells-or-whistles one then, for a mere £10 extra payment, you get SO much more. It comes with a 1 year Argos guarantee that, as I've already mentioned, is a good guarantee to have. There's a free phone number to call for help on using the phone too. All the fun features are easy to use (I managed to explain to my girlf in 2mins how to use the phone!) and generally very helpful! So if you are looking for a new phone and you aren't on the tightest budget in the world. I suggest you treat yourself and get a phone that does a little more than just sit there! The Betacom CTT 500 "directory telephone with caller display," is £19.99 from www.argos.com and it's top quality! :)