“ Digital cordless telephone „
I dont own one of these but i hear about these daily,
I work for a Telecommunications company called Eurotel, We supply Telephone systems Broadband and Dataservices Solutions for Medium Sized companys.
I work in the Tech support team offering customers Support and desolving faults. Daily i get calls from customers who confuse me and say they have a fault with there Eurotel Phone, After spending loads of time trying to locate the customer on our system, I ask, Where have you got your phone from.. As soon as they say Asda i then know that this phone isnt ours.... Trying to tell the customer that they have called Eurotel, But not Eurotel (The Manufactuers of the phone is very difficult and we get many people saying we are trying to pass the book etc etc... So for that reason i am going to rate this product low due to the amount of calls we receive regarding this phone not working or been faulty.
Put quite simply this is a superb digital phone at a sensible price. I have had this phone for about six months. I have never had a cordless phone before as I felt the sound reception on analogue sets was awful. Then I picked one up at the local auction for a quid. The reception wasn't good but wandering around while having a conversation was brilliant. Need the loo while booking a restuarant? No problem. Listening to your boring brother? Go upstairs and write some ops on ciao. The advantages were numerous. So much so that I went and bought this phone for about £50. (Another great action bargain chalked up!) It looks like a mobile and is about the same size and weight. The display shows the number you are dialling, who is calling you (if you have caller display), the signal strength and the battery power. If you leave it off the handet for a day or so you will lose power. Luckily for us people with goldfish memories there is a low power beep and you can page the handset from the base to find out where you left it. Luckily for us people with ... oh, I've done that bit. Answering and making calls is easy. Dial the number, press the phone button to start and again to end. Press the phone button to answer calls and again to end them. Even my wife can do it. This is not a sexist remark - she is just very technologicaly challenged. There is also a really useful phone directory which holds 99 names and numbers. I no longer use a telephone directory - everyone I know is in it (and I still have lots of space!). To find a stored number you press memory and then up or down arrows to go through an alphabetical list. It is also possible to use the phone as a speakerphone from the base set. To be honest I only use this for 1471 and that's because it saves me from picking up the handset. if you buy an additional phone you can have intercom calls between them. For complicated reasons (mainly to do with living in
a graveyard) our garden is about twenty yards away from the house. Our walls are two feet thick yet this phone can take and make calls in the part of our garden nearest the house. This will let us sit outside on the one sunny day we get each year and not miss a phone call. All the standard phone options are present. You can adjust tones and volumes, have an out of range warning beep (in case being cut off isn't sufficient warning for you), customise the name on the display, set up auto answer by lifting from base, change the language, lock the key pad tec, etc. To be perfectly honest I haven't used any of these functions, but I'm still (fairly) young. If you want a quality digital phone without paying for options you will never use then this is your baby.
I've always wanted a cordless phone but I always felt that the price was prohibitively expensive until I saw this one at Asda. The tough matt black plastic device comes complete with power adapter, recharge cradle, handset, connection cable for a standard BT or cable socket and the usual unintelligible instruction manual. The handset is quite bulky but does have the advantage of coming with a removable plastic clip which can hook onto your belt or pocket or which you can remove to reduce its size. Despite its bulk, it does look good. The device is reported to have a 50m range (about 150 feet) but that is severely reduced by intervening walls and other obstacles. There are a couple of dead spots around my house which is a bit of a pain but I can live with the extra versatility of no cable! I've never had any interference with any other devices such as computers or TVs and the phone has always worked well with my ntl connection. The sound quality is always good. There are quite a few extra functions, such as a handy telephone diary which can remember loads of numbers so you don't have to. Using the functions is self explanatory and very easy. The device also has a speakerphone function which enables handsfree use, although the sound quality in both directions is reduced. Extra handsets can be purchased and then linked up to the machine for added versatility, although these are quite expensive. Battery life for the handset is three or four days on standby, but talktime is limited to a couple of hours in my experience and a fraction of this on speakerphone setting. The handset makes an intermittent noise when the battery starts to run low. And this can be very annoying although it does make you do the obvious and hook the device up to the cradle for recharge. If you lose the phone (unlikely, given its bulk!), there is a call button on the cradle which pages the handset. This makes a horr
ible din for about a minute or until you find it and press the call button on the handset. Ingenious! Despite the extra functions, it does lack an answer machine, although what do you expect for the money? In the past Binatone was never a make that I associated with quality, however, this budget beauty is packed with features and certainly takes the biscuit at £55. It is one cordless I would definitely recommend to my friends.
Ever since I bought the Binatone Eurotel 3100 my telephone conversations have been much more relaxed. That’s because I feel more relaxed, ‘Why?’ because I can talk wherever I want in my house, or garden, this cordless phone has freed me up and allowed me to make and take calls from absolutely anywhere in my house, provided its within 250m of the station. The first cordless phones all used analogue technology, which had a few drawbacks. First, there was no privacy, so people could listen in to your conversation (as I found out). - This is usually by accident – if they lived close to you and had the same phone. They were also prone to interference, I never actually discovered this myself but many of my friends and family had this problem. The base station had a long telescopic aerial, cables to the phone socket and a long aerial wire hanging out the back. The latest analogue phones - all those I’ve known of - use new radio frequencies set aside exclusively for their use. Digital European Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) phone have many more features, and are typically smaller and lighter than analogue, many like my Binatone look very much like modern mobile telephones. They have 120 channels, rather than the 8 analogue had, so are less likely to suffer from any interference. Most DECT phones generally have LCD displays that shows what number you’ve dialled and some like the Binatone can store many names and numbers, like address books on mobile phones. Where DECT phones really differ from analogue phones is in their ability to be built up into a mini network, ‘Internal’ calls can be made between the handsets, and external calls can be transferred from one handset to another. I have never needed this, but I have read a bit about it, very useful for small businesses. But, you’ll be pleased to know; they don’t have to be the same handsets, as long as they’re both Generic Access Protoc
ol (GAP) compatible). All handset including mine are powered by a rechargeable battery, which is charged when placed back in the station. The Binatone has lasted for a total of 3 and a half days of the station before it run out. Cordless phones will not work if the handset batteries run down or fail, and the base station won’t work if there is a power cut. So make sure you have a cordless phone available just in case of emergencies. Speech on cordless phones doesn’t sound quite as good as ordinary phones. I never had problems with communication, but some of my friends can tell whether I am on my cordless or on my corded phone. Reliability wise I have had one problem, a blown fuse, easily sorted out and never had a problem since. To sum it all up – get a cordless phone if you make regualar phone calls or if you’re a keen gardener – I would recommend the Binatone Eurotel 3100 or the Philips Onis TD6311. Enjoy Chatting in a comfortable enviroment, not just at the bottom of the stairs for only £60 - £100!