“ One piece phone „
The telephone in question is Binatone’s Model No AVON 400, which is a very elegant looking unit in a matt white colour. This is ideal since the pure white ones get dirty very quickly. The phone provides the Speakerphone system, which provides with a comfortable Hands-Free conversation, if so desired. Personally I hate using the speakerphone except when I want someone else, who’s I the same room as me, to listen in into the conversation. The sound quality however is exceptional on the speakerphone, which is unlike some other phones that I have used. It is also very sensitive and this allows you to talk from quite some distance from the phone and still he heard clearly by the other party. The LCD display is excellent and allows you to first see the number you are dialing and then when you’ve got through you can monitor the time of your call. Great when calling overseas. You also get a 13 number memory, which although may be a bit on the low side for some people, is more than convenient for me and I am sure to a lot of others. Hold, Mute, One-touch redial. Handset volume control and Speakerphone volume control are some of the other features provided. What I like most about this phone is that it can be also mounted on the wall and this will definitely be found convenient to many people. Basically it does not provide anything that you would not expect from any other phone but my main reason of being extremely happy with my acquisition is that it is a durable phone with all the basic features and good looks. Economically priced at just £13.00 this is a well equipped phone at a worthwhile price. No doubt there are many other phones around for around for around a tenner but don’t expect an LCD display or speakerphone (handsfree) feature from them. From its appearance and lovely sleek looks, you can immediately tell that you are looking at a quality product. It is also reasona
bly heavy and sturdy and I like this in a phone. The only negative aspect is the cord connected the handset to the phone. As is the case with most other telephones that I have used (Panasonic, BT) these easily get distorted over short periods of time and end up curling themselves up. This is very annoying and eventually you will have to change the cord, which would cost you around £3.00. I’ve changed mine once and I’ve had it for a year now. Overall I have found this phone to be a wonderful acquisition that I have been enjoying for over a year now and one that I am very satisfied with.
Having just been informed that I was successful in my application for a new job I thought it was time I got a new phone. A strange thing to buy to celebrate a new job I hear you say. Not at all, you see I will be working at home on the phone for a cancer charity. My ideal job, I am getting paid for talking and the phone bill will be paid too - heaven!! Soon my phone will be my best friend for 20 hours a week so I thought it was time to replace my old one that had a sticky button. I reached for the Argos catalogue and flicked through the pages eventually deciding on the Binatone Avon 400 a one piece analogue phone. We have four phones to replace eventually so at £12.99 we thought that this would be a good place to start, so we drove off to get one. Upon returning home I opened the box and removed the four separate pieces of my new phone. These parts were the main body of the phone, the handset, and the two wires. The wires clipped into the handset and phone easily and it was soon plugged into the BT socket. It worked instantly and I hadn't even looked at the instructions yet. The phone is white with a display screen and I noticed that the handset was fairly lightweight. When I first plugged in the phone I needed to set the time on it, I followed the instructions that came with it and this was quickly and easily done. The time is displayed whenever the handset is down, upon lifting the handset the display shows you the number you are dialling and then the amount of time you have been connected. I suspect that my phone bill will go down now that I have this feature, as I will frighten myself with how long I am on the phone for. There is also a memory feature, you can store 3 numbers in the one touch memory and 10 phone numbers in the two-touch memory. To retrieve the one touch numbers you just press the M1, M2 or M3 button, with the two touch numbers you press the memory button followed with the relevant number be
tween 0-9. There is a little card supplied with the phone to record the numbers you put in memory, but there is no where to put it on the phone so it would soon get lost. Other features on the phone are recall, secrecy, and pause. You may need the recall button if you are using the phone on a PBX or with Bt's select services. The secrecy button mutes the mouthpiece, to use this feature you need to press the button down and hold it down. The pause button is again used if the phone is on a PBX. The phones ringer has 3 volumes high / med / low changed via a switch on the side of the phone. I have got mine sat in the office on my desk but it can be wall mounted if necessary. The handset does stay in its cradle when wall mounted but only if you turn the switch round that is located near to the earpiece on the main phone unit. This phone will serve my purpose well for the time being as it has all of the features that I need. The few calls that I have made on it have been nice and clear with no interference. It is by no means an all singing all dancing phone but it is suitable for anyone who does not need a large memory or for everyone as a basic second phone.