I bought this phone about 3 years ago and am still using it, so it can't be that bad. Reception & Range: The quality of the reception is very good, the line is always clear (Unless I ring my parents you have a really bad cordless) and I have never been cut off. My wife and I do walk arround the house while on the phone and we haven't had any problems. Speaker Phone: I find the speaker phone on it pretty poor. I find that in order for the person on the other end of the line to hear you you need to have your mouth right next to the phone (Like you were on a normal call). The volume of the person on the other end of the line isn't great either. Answer Phone: The answer phone is OK, but nothing special. Some times (About 1 in 20) if some-one rings up and then hangs up before the answer phone has finished playing the Outgoing Message, then you get the phone line tone for about 2 minutes as a message. It is also a shame that it doesn't record at what time the person called and left the message. Ring Flexibility: Unfortunately you can't set the answerphone to click in after 6 or 7 ring cycles. It always seems to be at most 4, which is a bit of a shame. I don't like to be rushed! Menu Control: I find the menu control on the phone a real pain. To delete all the answerphone messages in one go you have to go to the menu and then scroll down. I've accidently deleted the Outgoing Message more than once, which is a real pain! Storing of numbers: I currently don't use this feature as using the menu is a pain as it is. Might get round to using it at some point. Battery life: I'll have to take my wifes word for this, apparently after she's talked on the phone for about an hour to hour and a half (yep, you don't want my phone bill!), it really needs to be put back on the charger before you make another call. Saying t his, its never run out on us, so it can't be that bad. Looks: Although not a piece of art, I think the phone looks OK. Its compact, sits on it stand pretty firmly, doesn't have an annoying glowing screen or over the top flashing lights. Reliability: The phone still works, and I only had one problem. At one point if people rang, after four rings the answer phone would click in and would pretty much be dead. I resolved it by removing the batteries and re-recording the outgoing message.
My Partner and I bought a Eurotell 3200 in March 2001. We live in the middle of a city in a very built up area and this phone has been the only one that would work without sitting in the attic. It has been a brilliant telephone and I couldn't fault it until this morning when all I can get is a loud annoying screech from either of the handsets. The telephone is 2 months out of its 12 months guarantee, I had to borrow a spare telephone to be able to make and receive calls, I telephone Binatone's service line and was told how to reset it. The lady on the phone ensured my this would work. It didn't, I phoned back to be told I would have to pay to send it back and pay in the region of £30 to have it repaired. I don't consider 14 months of use to be very long for the lifespan of a telephone. I have now go to spend my weekend shopping for a new phone because I am lost without my cordless.
I had previously used a seperate phone and answer machine. The two were bulky and I wanted to hide them away. I decided to get a cordless phone with an answer machine. I tried several brands including BT, Telewest etc. Because of my location I couldn't get a decent reception. In the end I tried Binatone Eurotel 3200, which is a digital phone with built in answer machine. Reception was brilliant, in all rooms and right up to the end of my road, range up to 300 metres. It is easy to use, very sleek, comes in white or charcol grey and additional handsets can be added, as and when, up to 4 handsets can be used. If you loose the handset there is a button on the base to activate the handset to start ringing. You can check your messages from other phones. You can see who's calling with caller display. It is good value if you shop around some of the electrial retails have sold the base and one handset for about £80, which isn't much for a digital phone. The only drawback is that the answermachine doesn't time stamp the messages. All in all an excellent little machine.
Finally, fed up losing calls and not knowing who was phoning, we decided to replace our telephone. Not knowing what we wanted we looked around the shops and noticed that everything was going digital. Biting the bullet we decided that we may as well take the opporuntiy and join the digital age. We wanted two things - cordless and an answering machine. This the eurotell had, and a lot more besides. The phone has a base unit from which it is recharged. The handset can be up to 50 metters away internally or 300 meters externally. This is great for me as I can now be happily gardening and still get my calls. We decided to go the extra and get a twin set. There is an internal function which allows you to speak to each other. Now I can speak to the wife in the kitchen and get a cup of tea ordered (dream on!). When I am out in the garden she can buzz me when required. Using this facility does not interfere with the receipt of external calls. The phone rings and flashes "ext" to let you know that somebody is trying to get through. There is also the conference facility. It is possible for a call to be received from external and then be transfered to the second handset. If you only want to ask a question, you can swop between external and internal - without either hearing the others conversations - but you can also all link up for a three way conversation. The base unit allows an additional 5 handsets to be added to it, so you could have a phone in each room and have a real group blether if all the family were at home. Great for christmas when it gets tiresome passing the one phone around! Caller display is available - but beware. This requires a subscription to your service provider, which with BT is an additional £4.50 per quater. This facility was displayed on the tags at all the shops, but I had to ask before anybody admitted that there was a charge and not a built in facility. It isa shame that it does not work off your stored name list. The phone has the capacity to record 40 names and numbers for quick dialing. Screening calls is possible by keping the answering machine on and waiting to see if they leave a message. The answering machine can store 6 minutes worth of messages and you have a 40 second section to record your introductory message. There is no tape to worry about as it is all digital and stored on a chip. The BT shop bundled the phones as singles, twin and treble packs. You should check around for the best price. The twin pack was £119.99 at the majority of shops, BT was £10 dearer - but they knew more about their goods and gave the best information - and buying the base unit separtley from an additional handset made no difference, still £119.99. We could not see any savers on the internet either. Never mind, at least we are confident that we will now get our calls - in or outside the home - and we are having great fun buzzing each other through the intercom facility - not that it makes much difference as I am still waiting for my cup of tea to land beside the computer.
We used to have a seperate phone, answering machine and caller display unit. When we discovered this phone we got rid of all the clutter. It's not a basic phone either, it has all the features you could ever want, and has been totally reliable. Here's a rundown of the features I can remember (might miss some, there are that many!). First of all it's a DECT cordless telephone with built-in answering machine. DECT stands for Digital Enhanced Cordless Telephony, basically it means it is a secure line and cannot be eavesdropped on like the older analogue cordless phones can, with a fairly basic radio. The phone acts very much like a mobile phone, and is as small as one too. It has a built in speakerphone, caller display, so you can see who's calling before you answer. If they are in the phones built-in phone book it also shows the name of the person calling, rather than just the number. The only thing I could fault it on is that you can't enter a name to find the number in the phone book, you have to scroll through the list, but it also stores your last ten dialled numbers in a quick access menu, so you don't always have to use the phone book. It has a page facility in case you misplace the phone which bleeps so you can find it. The answering machine is also digital, so there are no tapes to rewind as it's stored on a chip. You can also access the answering machine remotely by dialling in to collect your messages, and it has a Toll Saver feature which sets it to answer on 4 rings. If you have new messages it will answer before this, if there are no messages you can hang up after 4 rings and not get charged for the call. You can also change the ringtone like on a mobile, although there isn't a many as a mobile (about 5 if I remember right). We looked at similarly specced phones such as Philips Onis(which my brother in law has), and this has as many, if not more features, and is a lot ch eaper. £80 compared to £130. You can pay this for a DECT phone on its own, without getting a digital answering machine, speakerphone (which is built into the handset by the way), and caller display too.