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      07.08.2010 16:03
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      This is the phone we had before we purchased the Binatone Veva 1200 (which has been one of my previous reviews). I thought I would review it seeing as we had owned it even though it was only for a short space of time. When the time came for us to replace our old cordless telephone, I looked straight on the internet and finally came across the iDect M1. I loved the look of it from the start: It was small and compact like a little mobile phone with a sliding mechanism which revealed the buttons underneath. It was nice and shiny in black and a grey/silver colour. It had a display screen. And it looked so modern which suited our furniture completely. I loved it a little bit too much for a phone but I didn't care. I am always on the phone and I was meant to have this phone so off I went to my littler virtual basket on very.co.uk, added one for the price of £39.99 and checked out, knowing it would be delivered the next day seeing as I had ordered before 2pm. The next day it arrived in its little plastic bag from very.co.uk. I excitedly tore off the packaging to be left with a tiny little box with a picture of the phone on the front. With the help of my daughter, we got the box open and found mounds of packaging. And I'm not talking the nice and easy packing that is easy to clear away. Oh no. It seemed that the company felt the best idea was to fill the box with loads of that awful polysterine which breaks at the tiniest of touches and goes everywhere. I was thrilled. Not. But my annoyance at the polysterine soon disappeared as I saw the outline of my new shiny phone. In the box, aside from the polysterine was the phone handset, the phone base, a rechargeable battery (Li-On), the battery compartment cover to slide on to the phone, a telephone cable, mains lead and mains adapter. How it all squeezed into the tiny box it came in, I will never know! There is also some instructions in there too. The phone looked just as lovely as it did in the picture. I was smitten with it and quickly set it up. I postioned the base of the telephone on the unit at the far end of my sofa (at our old flat, we only had one telephone socket so we were limited with where to put it) The base unit is not supposed to be put near other electical appliances due to interferance but ours was next to one of the surround speakers, the laptop and the broadband hub and it never made a days difference to it. Sadly, I could not use my new gadget for 15 hours as this is the mount of time it needs to be fully charged though this did not stop me from playing around with it to set it up. After an hour or so of it being on charge, I started to mess around with the different settings. The first thing I did was set up the display screen. The display screen displays the time and date and also the name of your phone! Yes, you read correctly. The name of your phone. I am guessing that this should be something like "Handset 1" should you have two phones the same etc but seeing as we only had the one phone, I named it our family nickname. All this can set up on the settings menu of the phone and it was very easy to do. The phonebook is also easy to set up and I done this next though it does get a little boring as it becomes so reptative. This phone stores up to 50 names and numbers which I found to be handy though I don't know that many people who I ring on a regular basis! The phone numbers you wish to store can be stored with the name of the person the phone number belongs to but be aware you can only have 12 characters to a name. If you do get stuck on how to set up your phonebook, the instruction manual also explains how to do it but it is very simple. This phone has a few features - some that I didn't even use or learn how to use which was probably a waste (one was iSound. I never did learn what that actually was). It is a fairly basic phone when you list its features: Speaker Phone Recall Mute Keypad Lock Phonebook Last Number Redial Caller ID (depending on your phone line supplier) Alarm Clock and Reminder Selection of Ringer Melodies Up to 10 hours talk time Up to 100 hours standby time iSound A choice of 10 ringtones I absolutely loved having caller id available to me on this phone and had the phone company switch it on as soon as I knew. You can only use the caller id function as long as your phone company offers it as a service. If not, it will not work. It is a great function for ignoring those phone calls you do not want so definately get it added! The buttons on this phone are not huge but they are easy to read and see too. The phone feels nice and sleek and smooth in your hands and it pretty light. The display is a nice blue which lights up and the details displayed on it are writtin in white text so are easy to see and read. It does look like a little mobile phone but please refer to my description earlier. You can purchase additional handsets for this phone and I am pretty sure at the time you could buy a twin set but we only had the one handset. When speaking on the phone, the line was always very clear with no interferance at all and a good volume level. After having this phone for just under a year, the display packed up. I don't know why or how but it did. It would scramble and appear as a couple of little lines on the screen. If you took the battery out and replaced it, it would work again for five or so minutes before turning into jibberish again. I was very disappointed after only having it for such a short period and vowed not to replace it with the same model again as I found out that a friend with the same phone had had the same problem. Dect customer services were no help at all and we not interested. They said that I could return it to them but they were not willing to pay postage for it when it was clearly a fault with the phone. I wouldn't recommend this phone due to it packing up. It had never been dropped or damaged in any way so it turned into a giant waste of money which was a shame as I loved the phone. I would definately look at a different phone. I have awarded this phone just two stars due to it packing up after less than a year and for customer service being useless. The two stars are mainly for the way it looks and its display.

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      18.01.2009 23:04
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      Once upon a time, I was the proud owner of a very nice little cordless phone which served me well over the years. Unfortunately, as happens with so many pieces of modern technology nowadays, the dreaded day arrived when my reliable little link to the outside world died. The sound mechanism seemed to have disappeared altogether, which meant that I was not able to hear the phone ringing, nor was I able to hear anyone speaking on the other end. I had an important decision to make: should I try and get the phone repaired, or treat myself to a nice sparkly new one. Hey, I'm female - is there any doubt that I would pass up an opportunity to go shopping? Hmm. In order to avoid any potentially pushy sales assistants who seem to hide behind the shelves and jump out at you with a sickly smile, £££ signs flashing across their eyelids and the obligatory 'd'you need any help there?' I decided to take the easy option and have a look through my Argos catalogue. The iDECT M1 System seemed to have everything I needed in a phone. It was very pretty and shiny and would go well with my new three piece suite!! Seriously though, it was a very simple, though stylish, looking phone and covered all my basic requirements. The decision was made and, after doing my wifely duty of checking with my husband that he thought this phone was suitable, it being a technical item and hubby dearest having to have the final say-so on all things technical, I trotted off to Argos and made my purchase. ***What You Get*** =============== On opening the box and fighting my way through the mounds of squeaky polystyrene packaging, I found there was more in there than I had anticipated. It's not very often that happens! The two obvious items were the handset itself and the base unit. In addition, you are supplied with a Li-ion battery pack and battery compartment cover, a telephone line cable for the base unit, a mains power lead and adapter, together with a charger pod. ***So What's Your Handset Called?*** ============================== Yes, you read it right. You need to give your handset a name! And no, I didn't believe it either! To be honest, I do not think it is vital that you do this, but it is just a way of personalising the handset. We have been very boring, but logical, in naming our handset 'Lounge'. This is particularly useful if you have more than one handset. ***Where Will It Live?*** =================== Another decision you need to make before starting to use the handset is where you want to position the base unit. To most people, this is a very obvious point to consider, but to clarify, the unit must not be situated near another telephone as this will cause interference, nor must it be placed near to any other electrical equipment such as fridges, washing machines, fluorescent lights etc. In addition, the mains adapter needs to be near to an electrical socket and the base unit's telephone line cable needs to be able to reach the telephone line. ***Setting Up*** ============= Before you begin to make calls from the phone, it needs to be fully charged for 15 hours. The instructions leaflet fully explains the process of doing this, so I will not bore you with the details here. However, although it is not possible to make calls during this time, you can find your way around the phone, and set your preferences and enter details into the phonebook. The first thing I tackled after putting the phone on charge was setting up the general display screen. This is a very simple process which is easy to follow from instructions given at the beginning of the manufacturer's booklet, but very briefly, this comprises the date, time, name of the phone (Lounge in our case) and finally the handset number. As we only have the one handset, ours is obviously number one, but you can apparently have up to five handsets with this style of phone which will be numbered accordingly. The next step was to set up the phonebook. Again, this is very straight forward programming and, although sometimes a little time consuming depending on how many numbers you wish to include, you soon find yourself speeding up after entering two or three numbers! The phonebook can store 50 phone numbers of up to 24 digits, therefore allowing for international calls. Like most phones these days, the numbers can be stored with the person's name, and you can select up to 12 characters per name. ***Features*** ============ And so on to the important bit. What does it do? The iDECT M1 has many useful features which I have mentioned below, though I have not gone into any detail as to what they do as they are all pretty much self explanatory. As I stated at the beginning of the review, this is a no-frills phone so the features are all fairly standard:- Speaker Phone Recall Mute Keypad Lock Phonebook Last Number Redial Caller ID Alarm Clock and Reminder Selection of Ringer Melodies Up to 10 hours talk time Up to 100 hours standby time iSound A choice of 10 ringtones The display screen really comes into its own on this phone as all the information you may possibly need to know appears in front of you. There are numerous symbols which appear on the screen, giving the following information:- Signal level New call Intercom call Memory/store Ringer off Redialling Lock Battery charge level Phone and speaker phone ***Best Bits*** ============ One of my favourite features of the phone has to be the caller ID. What better way to avoid the mother-in-law? Another feature which I have found to be particularly useful is the message envelope on the display screen. This is exactly the same as you would have on your mobile phone and simply confirms that you have received a call. It provides the date and time the call was received, together with the caller's telephone number. Therefore, if you were called while you were out, you have the option of calling that person back. Or not, as the case may be! Redial is another feature of this phone that I seem to use a lot. The phone stores the numbers that you have dialled, together with the numbers that have been received. All you need to do is simply select dialled/received calls and press the 'ring' button. Both sets of call records can be deleted at any time, and you can either delete the numbers individually, or delete the whole lot in one go. ***Appearance*** ============== This is a very neat looking slider phone. The main body of the phone is glossy black with silver sides and a combination of silver and black buttons. The display screen, comprising white digits on a deep blue backlight, is easy to read and fairly spacious. When closed, the handset measures 4" x 2" and when opened in order to make a call, just under 6" x 2". The base unit is dark grey in colour and sits very discretely in the corner of the room. ***Additional Handsets*** ===================== As I mentioned previously, you can opt to have up to five handsets with this phone. I am unable to comment in any detail on this however as we only purchased the one handset. ***Manufacturer's Handbook*** ========================= This is the usual run of the mill instruction book supplied by iDECT. It gives all the relevant information and instructions on how to set up and operate the phone, together with safety warnings, cleaning and maintenance tips and trouble-shooting sections. I found the handbook very easy to follow, though was amused by the rather large warning on the front page indicating that you are not advised to use this particular phone for emergency calls due to the risk of a power failure. Ok. I am not convinced that many people would take heed of this warning, though I imagine companies have to cover themselves to prevent the occasional lawsuit! ***My View*** =========== All in all, I am very impressed with this phone. It is a simple, straight forward handset and extremely easy to use. However, there is one very small downside, and that is the number keypad which is why I have only rated this phone with four stars. Although the numbers are quite attractively set out, they are fairly small and close together. I have quite slim fingers and still find it a little fiddly to dial the numbers. At the risk of sounding sexist, I think this phone is directed more towards us ladies, though long nails may cause a problem too. However, that is merely my own personal opinion and it could simply be down to the way I dial! ***Price*** ========= I purchased this phone from Argos for £39.95. Website Address: http://www.idectonline.com Thank you for reading. (*Please note that I have reviewed this product on Ciao under username matthewsmum)

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      Inspired by the latest slider handsets, the iDECT M1 features a phone book of up to 50 names and numbers and there is a large, graphical backlit inverse LCD. A speakerphone lets users talk hands free and this is enhanced with iSound crystal clear technology. Thanks to caller display, inbound calls are easy to manage.