We had a bInatone phone before this, we weren't impressed so when we need a multiple handset device my husband decided to buy the multi handset product from this company for my birthday...
I always thought Binatone had something to do with BT however when I reserached this, I found that this is not the case. Binatone has been around since 1958, co-owned by Gulu and Partap Lavarni, initially importing and exporting electronics before moving on to transistor radios. It the main shirts sponser for the Queens Park Rangers Football Club. They also launched in 2012 Kids Starz -which is an android tablet.
Anyway it is mulit handset phone with an answermachine integrated within. Our old answermachine used to flash a red light if holding a message as well as beeping every few minutes, unfortunately the binatone range doesn't have this, it has a small symbol on the phone which flashes but is not obviously unless you pick up the phone. Therefore i have become dreadful at noticing if we have messages (especially from my father in law!). We are generally not very techy and I cant tell you how many messages my husband has deleted by accident much to my frustration
Plugging it in
Its cordless, with a base that just needs plugging in with the main set needing plugging into the telephone socket. Therefore it is very useful if you just have 1 BT socket as you can still have handsets around the house as long as there is a plug socket. We have one in the hall and one in the kitchen with a seperate BT line in the bedroom so an old phone attached to that.
We have an above average sized garden and I can only get a signal to the first of my washing lines, as frequently have a child come outside with a ringing phone and I have to walk back to the house to keep the signal, which I would imagine would be ok for most household sized gardens. However this functionality is very useful when Im doing the ironing and chatting, as can prop under my ear and carry on with no problem.
I struggle to hear through this phone and vice versa frequently they can not hear me and have at times had to ask the caller to hold whilst I run upstairs to take the call from the bedroom (non-binatone) phone.
It looks like a nice phone, black and silver, with good size buttons.
It recharges when placed back in base (makes a annoying "a-ha" noise when returned which reminds me of Ralph from the Simpsons) and I have never had an issue with low battery.
It was reasonably priced and although models are everchanging, you can buy between £20-30 with options to the number of handsets you want. My husband bought ours from argos but most retailers seem to sell these products.
I personally wouldn't buy another Binatone product, I think the above review says it all however I wouldnt be surprised if my husband did, however next time Im sending him back.
Sorry but I'm giving this a DY rating of 1/5 as to me it has far more negatives than positives.
We've had these phones for a while now, and bought them when our standard cordless phones bit the dust. They are available as single phones, a twin pack or trio pack, I have the twin pack.
The first thing to note is these are digital cordless phones, this means you don't get that irritating buzzing noice when a mobile phone goes off near you while you're mid-conversation.
In the box
When you open the box you'll find the two hansets, two chargers which plug into the wall, and for me the big surprise was standard rechargeable batteries (this has only got to be a good thing, because it was the rechargeable battery packs dieing that made us buy new phones in the first place). Of course there is also an instruction book, which I would recommend not only reading, but keeping handy for a couple of weeks until you've got used to using the phones.
First things first
The first thing you need to do with these phones is install the batteries, plug the chargers in, place the phones in the chargers, and goto bed for the night. Yep that's right as with all rechargeable batteries they need a good 16hours for the first charge.
Now that the phones are charged we can start using the great features.
First the basics
you have a 20 name phone book on each handset, and if you have caller id (normally about £1/month from you telephone provider) if someone in your phone book calls their name will be displayed on the screen. The last ten numbers dialled are also stored on the handset.
There is a menu button on the handset, that allows you to change the ringtone, tone volume, handset volume, etc.
Is it me or is this starting to sound more like a mobile phone than a house phone???
Next we have the answer phone....
You can either record you own OGM (outgoing message) or stick with the one provided. You can also change the number of rings before the answer machine (for some reason they call TAM) comes on, this can be between 2 and 10 rings, or something they call tollsaver (don't ask, I've never used it).
When the answer machine is turned on, (and you can turn it on from either handset) both handsets will display how many messages have been received.
It's the little extras that count
These phones also have a speaker phone option, that can be a little loud, but great for when you're on hold, means you can still get the washing up done while queing to speak to which ever customer service department you need.
There is also a little button marked INT which allows you to make calls between handsets, say you're upstairs dealing with the baby or whatever and someone knocks at the door for you, no more shouting, whoever answered the door can simply page you on the phone.
Price and Availablility
I no longer seem to be able to find these to purchase on line, but they may still be available in second hand shops or on Ebay.
I beleive we paid about £80 for ours but can't be sure.
These are cool phones, that are styled on mobile phones, with great reception and a long range (I can walk out of my front door and approx 150 metres into the car park and still be talking on the phone). However the battery life could be better, they barely scrape through the day if kept off the charger and used more than a couple of times. But they've got to be better than the crackly old standard cordless phones with their huge aerials that we had before.
I would definately say a good buy.
these phone will NOT work during a power cut, as the main charger needs to be plugged in and receiving power for you to make phone calls.
I was looking for value for money, looks, ease of use and multipack digital cordless phone. My shortlist contained BT On Air 2100 Classic Twin w/o AM Panasonic KXTCD 700 Single w/o AM Binatone MD2000 Single Though i was not looking for AnswerMachine facility, i shortlisted the MD2000 on grounds of price compared to the other two. Having found a Triple pack for under £100 at Comet, i think my mind was made up. Saving around £20 (online prices) on the BT Twin and only getting a single KXTCD700 for similar money, it had to be the MD2000. I have no need for the Answer Machine facility so i can not comment on this feature. BAD POINTS: The LCD uses very thin bars to make up the digits, so difficult to read in daylight, but when it is dark, the funky blue backlit display helps a little, but not greatly. All this hinders the use of the phone, but once you have initially set up the phones, there is no real need to concentrate on the display, unless searching for names in the phonebook memory. Phonebook Names limited to 8 characters The keypad lock is part of the main menu, thus too many keystrokes to lock and unlock the phones keypad. Other not so bad points are the ringer volume increments do not appear to vary much in decibels between each setting (1-5). The 5 melody option, isn't really a melody option, more a pitch and amplitude varied tone. Only 1 sounds similar to a 'ring ring' melody. Does feel plastic, as do most of the new phones. Buttons are not very easy to use, since the small design has reduced the button size and the gaps around them. Although the actual buttons feel nice (not cheap rubber which wears over time) they do have a very spongy feel, not very positive click action. GOOD POINTS: Low Price. A triple pack with anwser phone for under £100 (Comet £79.95) has got to be worth getting. Looks nice, with rounded shape, where others look very drab with sq
uare/rectangular look... Although i'd prefer black, the blue pastic case doesn't look bad. I like the funky blue backlit display, makes a difference from plain white or common green, even better than some that don't even have a backlit display. Light weight and small enuf to carry around on your belt or in your pocket, but you don't really need to with a triple pack. I have place 1 in the lounge, 1 upstairs and 1 in the kitchen, overkill? Probably, but hey, i have 3 handsets, what am i gonna do with them. I have decide to return the phone because i can not live with the difficult to read display, the low ear volume (even at level5), the fairly average ring volume (level5 doesn't seem much louder than level1), the signal range did not allow me to take the phone into the garden (less than 20metres from base unit), caller id for phonebook memory doesn't work (the manual suggests caller id for names stored in phonebook memory and so do some web site reviews), manual suggests a envelope signal denotes missed call (which i never get), the recharging red led never goes out, which made me concerned about the phone being charged all the time. I will consider the Panasonic KX-TCD 725 or the BT On Air 2100.
I hate to admit it but I'm one of those annoying people who like to walk around while talking on the phone. So, when I saw a 50% sale on all cordless phones at the local O2 shop, I couldn't resist having a look. You see my old analogue cordless phone with its pull-out aerial was beginning to show its age. My requirements were fairly simple: Digital cordless and Caller Display. An answering machine was not a requirement as I was using BT's free 1571 service, but I wouldn't reject a phone that had an integrated answering machine as the free 1571 service has the limitation that you can't dial home from elsewhere and check your messages. The first phone that caught my eye was the Binatone MD 2000, a "Micro Digital Cordless Telephone with Digital Answering Machine, Caller display and Handsfree Speakerphone." Phewww, that's a mouthful! Let's have a look at some of its features in more detail. The phone The MD 2000 complies to the DECT Technology standard (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications), which means that not only does it offer high speech quality connections but also includes encryption for maximum call security and optimised radio transmission for maximum battery life. On opening the box containing your brand new phone you'll be glad to discover not only all the necessary bits and pieces to get you started (i.e. Cordless handset, base unit, rechargeable batteries, telephone line cable, mains power lead and adapter), but also ... a headset for hands-free use, a belt clip for the handset (handy when doing the housework and chatting to your friend hands-free) and ... wait for this, FOUR detachable coloured fascias for the handset! How cool is that? :o) It is worth mentioning that the headset included in the package can be used with many mobile phones (some may require an adaptor, available for around £5 from mobile phone retailers). So, overall it's quite good value
. Looks-wise, the handset is above average. It's made of plastic and doesn't look too high-tech but it is quite cute and the blue-lit display makes it kinda cool :-) It also features a metallic/chrome-coloured fascia, which as mentioned, can be replaced. Personally, I wouldn't recommend using the supplied fascias as they make the handset look cheap and tacky, unless of course the rest of your house is fuchsia :o) Size-wise, the handset is slightly longer and about the same width as a bar of Dove soap. However, unlike a bar of soap, it neither smells that nice nor is water-proof :o) The operating times, quoted by the manufacturer, based on a 15-hour battery charge time, are about 80 hours on standby, 6 hours talk time or 1 hour talk time on speakerphone. I have had this phone for just under a year now and although I haven't tested it 6-hour or 1-hour talk time figures, I can confirm that the battery does last for ages on standby. The features One of the main reasons for choosing this phone was the fact that it supports Caller Display. What is different about this phone, compared to the cordless (analogue) phone I had in the past is that Caller Display works more like on a mobile phone, meaning that if the number of the person calling is stored in the phone's memory it will display the name rather than the number of the caller. (The phone can hold up to 40 names and numbers in memory). The answering machine built into the phone is completely digital; there are no tapes to worry about/rewind/change, etc. The operation is fairly simple and is all done through the handset, so you can listen to your messages from anywhere within the range of the base unit, e.g. your garden, bathroom or garage. The total recording time for incoming messages is limited to 6 minutes. This may not sound enough but there is the option to limit the maximum length of each message to 40 or 60 seconds, hence there is enough recor
ding time for at least 9 or 6 messages, respectively. As mentioned earlier on, unlike BT's free 1571 service, you can call your answering machine from anywhere in the world and listen to your messages. A personal identification number (PIN) is configured for this. Also a credit card sized reference card containing instructions and help on accessing your messages remotely. One other thing I love about this phone is the menu system it uses. Unlike some other cordless phones that require a sequence of asterisks, hashes and digits to be input to configure them, the MD 2000 has very easy to use menu. The various options available are shown one at a time on the screen. The up and down arrows are used to move to the next/previous option and pressing the "enter" button, selects the option currently displayed on the screen. This makes programming and customising the handset and base station a piece of cake. Speaking of customisation, there are lots of settings that can be customised. From ring tones and volume (both of which can be different for base station and handset), to call barring and even the name of the handset! That's right, the handset has a name that is displayed when not in use. The default name is "Micro" (don't ask me why) but I've changed mine to "Steve". BabyCall (short for Babysitter's Call) is a special form of call barring. When enabled, outgoing calls are allowed only to a pre-selected telephone number. That way, your babysitter doesn't get to call her boyfriend while you're out enjoying yourself :o) Furthermore, a special feature, which can be enjoyed by all of you cunning linguists out there, is the option of changing the language the menus are displayed in from English (default) to French or German. The details: Brand: Binatone ("Innovation you can afford") Model: MD 2000 Price: £59.99, but look out for special offers,
got mine for £29.99 from the local O2 shop. Available from Argos, O2 shops and other high-street retailers. Binatone helpline: 01325 304 473 The end: So, to sum up ? if you like walking while talking or talking while doing the ironing, this is a great phone feature-rich yet very easy to use. It is also very good value for money as anything you probably need (phone-wise, I mean) is already included in the package, answering machine, caller display, hands free, speakerphone and even changeable fascias. Copyright Steveuk 2003
I never would have imagined telephones could be so complicated! I thought there were about three different types and the most problematic choosing one got was picking the colour! How wrong I was? I wanted a cordless telephone because in my house the phone point is upstairs and I?ve missed many a call because I didn?t hear it ring. So off I trundled to Curry?s to see what was available. Once I started thinking about it, the list of things I wanted this phone to be capable of began to grow. Yes, I wanted cordless, but I didn?t want a bulky phone because I wanted to keep it in my pocket if I was pottering around the house. I also didn?t want that horrible cracking and interference you get with cordless phones. Caller I.D. would be useful and an answering machine. Oh and if it could just get up in the morning and make me a cup of tea that would be great too? It seemed like the chances of me getting all these features in a phone was slim and even if I could it was bound to be really expensive. The range was bewildering. Luckily plenty of information was available about each product and also both Argos an Index clearly explain about the products in their catalogues. Now here comes the techie bit. DECT is short for Digitally Enhanced Cordless Telephone. Basically it gives you better range and clarity than traditional cordless phones. You can use the handset 2-3 times further away from the base than a normal cordless without affecting the quality of your call. The sound clarity is improved because the phone automatically switches between 120 channels throughout the call (this doesn?t effect the call, you don?t even realise its happening.) DECT phones have very low power consumption, longer talk and standby times and call security (its virtually impossible for anyone to listen in to your conversation without you knowing.) The phone I picked was the only one that had all the functions I required, the Binatone MD
2000. This little phone does everything. Firstly (most importantly for me!) you can change the facia so it can be different colours to suit your décor! (Well, blue or silver not terribly innovative I must admit, but its still a great feature to amuse someone like me!) It?s really small in size and very lightweight. My main worry was putting it down and losing it, but you can page it from the base unit and it keeps ringing out until you locate it. Its very simple to use ? you just charge it up on the base unit and away you go (I will confess that I spent 2 days trying to charge it not being able to work out why it wouldn?t only to find I?d forgotten to put the batteries in ? they come loose in the box and they were very small so I didn?t spot them!) The answering machine facility is easy to use and the instructions are clear and comprehensive. I couldn?t find a pre-recorded message so I had to record my own. This was horrible ? no one likes the sound of there own voice on tape, but it was easy enough to do, you just press the button and speak into the telephone like it was a Dictaphone. In fact the instruction booklet was a great help. It covered every possible scenario without being patronising. (Except forgetting to put the batteries in ? you?ve missed an obvious one there, Binatone!) Caller display is a really useful feature because even if you forget to put the answering machine on a green light will flash if you have had a call and you can then check back the time, date and number of that call. It also means that never again will you be stuck in that awful situation of answering the phone to someone you didn?t really want to talk to! You have to subscribe to the caller ID service although the telephone still works if you don?t, it just doesn?t show the callers ID (obviously!) BT charge £4.50 a quarter for this service and its quick and easy to set up. It only took about 10 minutes for me to get connected. It has plenty of other useful features including the ability to store 40 numbers in a ?phone book?, hands free speakerphone and paging/call transfer/intercom facility. You can buy this phone as I did as an individual handset and base unit, which retails between £49.99 and £59.99 or as a duo pack with two handsets or a triple pack with three. It also comes without an answering machine, but as its only £5 cheaper you may as well go for the answering machine option. Its available in most electrical retail outlets although I eventually bought mine from Index. For the price, its obviously not the best on the market in terms of quality, but for general domestic use its excellent really feature packed but clear and simple to use. I?ve heard bad things about Binatone but I?m completely satisfied and would highly recommend this phone. I still haven?t worked out how to programme it to make me a cuppa in the morning though?
So far so good. I have just finished unpacking and charging 4 of these cordless phones. The Binatone phones work in a similar fashion to my defective Philips Onis2 Memo phones so it was easy to set them up, record the answer message, change handset names etc. Unlike Philips the manual includes a parts helpline number so the future looks more promising with Binatone. I like the mike/earpiece - maybe this will keep the moisture level inside the phone down during long chats. Very neat and compact design but not too small. I love the blue backlit display - very classy. I dislike the intense glare from the red LED on the charging stations, which could get you into trouble should you install the phones in your bedroom! The main base station is much better. A piece of black sticky tape over the charging station LEDs has reduced the glare to a dim glow - much better. Time will tell if these phones last longer then Philips - If they don't I will be back!
Size does matter. - Advantages: Very small handsets and base units, Headset that comes with MD2000 twin and quad packs, Lots of functionality for the money - Disadvantages: Characers on the display not easy to read, Memorised numbers have to be programmed into each handset seperately, Only 8 characters (alpha, numerical space and dash only) for names for memorised numbers