The old bricky cordless phone eventually died a couple of months back and thus it was off to the shops to pick up something a little more contemporary.
I needed multiple handsets as our last telephone had three strategically placed round the house, nonetheless most of these came in at over GBP100.
I determined on the Binatone MD-1500, after carefully assessing the specs of numerous versions.
The telephone comes with three handsets along with a base unit that permits one to find misplaced telephones! The phones are not large and stylish and silver trimming.
The telephones have the facility to put away family and friend's amounts and names. Additionally they have LCD screens that display the names and numbers when you search through the memory and are harmonious with caller display services.
A nice feature is a speakerphone to ensure that all of the family can pay attention for their favourite Uncle telephoning from Australia.
Handsets can be used as intercoms although I found dialling the right handset a little difficult.
All handsets come supplied with NiCd rechargeable batteries, which are recharged, via the base units.
The top bit has to be the hands free button that makes it simple use pc and to be on the phone.
I feel this was down to base station place which seems to have been solved now although I do question the claimed range, although I Initially had difficulties with sign break up. That said most calls are within 50 feet where it works good.
The only sole disadvantage, I sometimes see is that the signal strength does tend to drop off in some area of your home.
I previously had this Binatone phone and as a cheap phone it is pretty good. It has a contemporary silver design and small black buttons. I purchased mine from Argos but this was about four years ago.
Like most landline phones there is a choice of ring tones but most of them are not the kind you want to listen to. I just chose the most bearable.
It does have a nice design and has a decent size wire for plug and telephone cable; this cannot be used in the event of the power cut as there is no battery back up.
.It did have a good range and base was in the front room and could quite happily chat on the phone in the back garden.
The sound quality was quite good I do like the base paging button to help me find the mislaid phone which was always happening and saved me ringing from my mobile.
I liked the silver colour which fitted in with lounge and gave it a more modern feel.
It is not the smallest handset but quite sleek none the less certainly not chunky. I would happily buy this phone again if I was just after a basic phone however there are much slimmer designs around these days.
Binatone MD1500 Quad
There is nothing worse than reaching the phone just as whoever is ringing stops. Until recently this has been a regular occurrence in our house. The house is about a hundred years old and quite solid so a ringing phone is not easily heard if you are upstairs, in the kitchen or in the garden. We have, of course, got various extensions but, over time the phones have stopped working or been too cumbersome for the area in which they were required. We did have a cordless phone but it wasnt usually the first thing to think of when passing it in the hall and it recently stopped working anyway. When we found that the phone in the sitting room (first in from the exchange) needed replacing as the plug wasnt working, we decided to look at multiple handsets so that we could have extensions in the bedrooms without the bother of cable fitting.
We decided on one we found with three handsets but it was out of stock! The next one we liked was the Binatone MD1500 Quad. The Micro Digital Cordless Telephone has four handsets (hence: Quad) however, it does also come as a twin or triple. This means that we had the main phone plus three additional handsets and three charger pods. Each handset (there is no difference) is powered by two rechargeable NiCad batteries. The base unit and each charger pod have to be connected to the electricity supply in order to keep the batteries fully charged. The base unit also has to be connected to the telephone line of course. The initial charging time for the handsets is 15 hours. The MD 1500 has a REN of 1 regardless of the amount of handsets so therefore equates to a single phone in this manner.
The general appearance of these phones is pleasing. Each is finished in a silver grey with a metallic blue fascia. Apparently these fascias can be changed if you wish to have a different colour however; these come under Handset Accessories and are not supplied with the system. The handsets fit easily into the charger pods, unlike some brands we looked at which seemed to fall out if only touched slightly or not returned carefully enough. The base unit is slightly bigger and has an in use light to show connection to the telephone line as well as the charge light which the other units have of course. There is also a handset locator button which can be useful if you forget where youve put the phone down!
For such a small unit this telephone has a lot of very useful features and is much improved on our previous DECT phone (which incidentally was also a Binatone). We chose not to select a model with an answer machine attached as we already have two phones with this facility however, we did look for Caller Display which this one has. It can also be used hands free as it has the speakerphone facility. Each handset can be personalised so that you know where it belongs. For instance, each is named MICRO and has its own number 1, 2, 3 or 4 which is shown on the right hand side of the display. You can change the name from MICRO to a name of your choice for instance, as we did, to the name of the person in whose room the handset would be. Should the telephone be left in the garden, for example, we would know where it belonged.
Memory Dialling: You can store up to 40 numbers in each handsets memory. Each number can have up to 20 digits and a name with up to eight characters can be stored with the number.
Tones and Volumes: You have a choice of five ring tones (or melodies) and these can be programmed differently in each handset. For instance, you can choose to have one ring for local calls, another for international and another for extension calls, etc. There is also the choice of five volume levels or of turning the ringer off. There is a choice of five ring tones for the base unit. When you press the keys on the handset you hear a tone there is a low battery tone and an out of range tone these can all be turned off if you prefer.
Display Language: This is by default in English however it can also be changed to French, German, Portuguese, Spanish or Russian.
There are other features such as Call Barring, Locking the Keypad and Babysitters Call (BabyCall) which means that the handset cannot be used for any outside call except one that you have already programmed in. In this case the number you have pre set will be dialled automatically whenever any key (except the MENU button) is pressed. This DOES also block emergency calls (999) unless you have programmed it in of course.
There is a note of warning however that the equipment is NOT designed to make emergency calls if the power should fail therefore alternative arrangements should be made for access to dial emergency services.
All in all, we have been very pleased with our buy which was £49.95 in Comet. The handset is comfortable to hold and not in the least heavy. The buttons are easy to use and reception is very good and clear with no fading as there is with some phones. It is far better than our previous DECT phone with which I was never truly comfortable - added to which we now have the advantage of being able to answer calls in all parts of the house.
I hope that this will be of help to you and I thank you for reading.
Are you an adult, and live by your own or do you have children? Are they teenagers? And they probably use up the phone line a lot, which is really nagging! And then you got to think of the phone bill! Oh no! It could come up to £300! "But I have a mobile phone" you are probably saying to yourself right now. But what do you have to do with a mobile phone, SPEND money topping up or pay by bill which can be really expensive. Now is the new revoloutional way of talking to friends, family, co-workers on a personal radio/telephone of yours. I know you must be like "nanoryesnat is crazy you have to buy the walkie-talkies." But think of it like this, they cost £59.99 for a twin pack, and you could have spent that money on a monthly phone bill. So they are technically after a month free! Not only are they great personalization with fascias, but they have an attractive phone charger and all you have to do is dial your friends P number. For example mine is 4****6***5 and then I will talk. With 10 channel storage you can always have quick acess of talking to your friends. Attractive phone, attractive style, slick, small and cool the Binatone MD1500 is the best walkie talkie for you! By nanoryesnat, get more detail on this product from shops! (Hope you liked the review!)