Product Type: Binatone telephones
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Binatone Icarus 8
Member Name: freespirit73
Binatone Icarus 8
Date: 20/04/02, updated on 20/04/02 (453 review reads)
Advantages: VERY convenient
Disadvantages: sperate power needed, confusing for some
The Binatone Icarus 8 "high frequency cordless phone" is a modern looking product, with a compact design and many features. Not top of the range, just a cheap analogue gizmo that does the job.
It comes in a range of colours: silver, black, blue, green.
However, I wouldn't recommend this phone to the very elderly, as I could not explain all the functions to my Grandfather, who I had originally bought the phone for! The little green "reciever" button, made to mimic the mobile phone handset, is too modern and non-sensical for the very elderly. Most of them have never even seen a mobile phone close up!
In fact the whole handset is designed to look like a mobile phone, it even has a screen area whith what look like indicators on it. But don't be fooled. The only indicator that works there is the green light that tells you when the handset is in use, or the battery is getting low (it'll blink at you).
The aerial is hidden in the handset case, with a decent-sized top which allows you to easily pull the aerial up. Quick and easy to do. It has a range of 200 meters when used out of doors.
Some of the features are:
CH button (channel)= get the phone to change to a different frequency to improve your reception.
MEM (memory) = for storing your 10 frequently used numbers.
SEC (secrecy) = mute button.
LNR = last number redial.
VOL = volume, handy if you have difficulty hearing the person who's called you.
There is an additional button there with a bell on it. this allows you to choose from 9 ringing sounds, so you can more easily identify your phone amongst all the noises of modern life (TV etc) It really helped me, as I was always mistaking this phone for the ones on TV, especially if I had turned the ringer volume down...
...and there is a sliding switch on the side to alter the volume of the ringer, very handy.
A button on
the base unit will sound the handset if you lose it, making it easier to find.
All in all I have found this phone very useable. So long as you position the base unit/and its aerial quite high up to avoid some interference from other equipment it is fine. I do find some buzzing and loss of volume when I walk near my pc monitor, ahh, the joys of wandering around, doing what you please while on the phone. I'm so glad I started buying cordless phones, they give you so much freedom. Although, as recommended, I do have a regular corded phone for use when the mains power is lost. You see, there is a power adaptor that the Icarus phone uses to power itself, and you would lose that in a power cut.
Oh, and remember to keep your handset charged up! It is easy to forget, unless you get into a habit straight after you buy it, of putting it on the charger while you're out. The batter has a 96 hour standby charge in it. So unless you're talking on it a lot it will stay powered for about 4 days on a full charge (has been charged overnight, or the initial 21 hours).
The regular price for this phone is about £35, although I got it on offer, of course.
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