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Back in the old days, a cheap phone cost around £10, and that's what we paid for this Binatone Trend 2 model. I notice that they are still available for almost half the price, which means that they must sell fairly well!
This phone doesn't have a funky appearance or any fabulous features. However, beneath its shiny silver exterior beats the heart of a solid worker. No frills, but efficient.
As you can see from the photo above, this is a two piece phone, with the part you talk into nestling in the base, so that the footprint of the whole thing is quite small. It's made of plastic with a silver veneer (ours has rubbed off in one spot). It sits on the desk on four small rubber feet, with the wire leading to the phone socket coming out of the base. This wire is quite a decent length so you can wander about quite happily, or use it in different rooms without having to plug it into different sockets.
The main reason we got this (apart from the low price, naturally) was that it could remember up to 11 numbers. For some people this wouldn't be enough, but we don't have many friends! The sequence for keying these in is unintuitive in the extreme, and I have to resort to the manual every single time I change one. Luckily this doesn't need doing more than once in a blue moon, but it would be a nuisance to do it very often.
There are two options for the loudness of the ringtone - loud or louder - selectable using a switch on the underside. Even though we have a large house, the quieter of the two is quite sufficient. And that's it as far as features go.
The buttons for dialling numbers are on the handset part. This is fine except when you are using an automated response system, when you have to listen to the instructions, take the phone away from your ear to select and press the button, then quickly listen again. All adding to the existing stress of having to press 37 buttons in the right order simply to get to speak to a human being.
In common with every other phone I've ever had, the flex linking the handset to the base gets coiled up over time. If someone would give me a grant I would happily research why, perhaps something to do with how you pick up and put down a phone with a twist the same way? Endless fun can of course be had by dangling it and letting it unwind whilst you are on the phone to someone you don't need to listen to (no names given here in case they read this).
Although I am not especially fond of this phone, I have to admit that it's done a stirling job over a number of years, and has proved more reliable than some more expensive models.
I bought one of these phones for just under £7 from Argos last year.
The phone is easy and simple to use. It's all ready for you to use, it just needs to be plugged into the wall. As the phone is mains operated you don't have to wait around for it to charge as you just pick up the handset and dial the number. The phone is comfortable to hold in the hand. It has a nice finish to it and it fits well with the rest of my gadgets. You can fix the phone to the wall or you can just place it on the side. I place mine on the side. It's not too large in size and it doesn't take up much room in my lounge.
You have various volume settings so you can set the volume to a level that suits you. The phone has a clear ring to it. I can hear the phone if i'm in another room or outside if i'm pegging the washing out. It's only a basic phone. It doesn't have an answerphone but of course you can dial 1471 if you aren't sure who rang you. The keypad is easy to use. I can dial numbers quickly and easily without any hassle. The numbers are nice and big so I don't struggle using the phone if my contacts aren't in!
The phone is sturdy and durable. It doesn't take any getting used to and it's pretty self explanatory regarding how to use it. I would recommend this phone if you're just looking for a basic landline.
A simple "no frills" landline phone.
Binatone is not really a favourite brand of mine but I have had a GPS from them before so I thought atleast it was ok that I'd heard of them. With my internet I had to pay for a landline but I never use my landline as I keep all calls to my mobile phone which is easier for me. However, my internet didn't set up properly so I was told to buy a landline phone to test the line worked. I didn't want to pay a lot so purchased this Binatone Trend 2 LCD phone which isn't anything special but since I had it, I just kept it for use on incoming calls.
The phone is not digital or modern looking but is a plain and simple silver rounded phone that sits on a platform and has a curly silver cable coming out of the end. It has the Binatone logo on the outside earpiece and inside it has number buttons and a few other blue buttons as well as a small digital display to show how long your call is. The base of the phone has a small plastic window which has paper under that you can make a list of your most dialled number on it which is ok but I just never use it.
BINATONE TREND 2 LCD
This phone is not one I experiment a lot with but it surprisingly does have quite a few features on it. The phone has a digital clock on it and it also has an adjustable ringer volume on it. To set the phone up was really easy to do, I plugged it into the phone line and it really worked pretty much right away. When a call comes in it has a very high pitched ring which is quite annoying and not as good as most phones that you can set a piece of music as the tone but it is that loud I never miss a call which is a plus.
The call volume itself is always loud enough but you can adjust this if need be. The fact it times the calls you are on is always good aswell so that you know how long your talking for. The phone has a last number redial button but I never really use this feature as it isn't one I need to use. You can also mute and do recall on this as well and you can set a caller display on it. There are blue buttons on the phone but I just don't find them easy to follow unless you have the manual.
In terms of the phone itself, it is an easy enough basic phone to use and if you don't want a phone for show but just to receive and dial on then this is ok. It is wall mountable if you want it to be aswell but I just keep it on my table in the living room. It doesn't have an answering machine facility which may be disappointing to some but that doesn't really make any difference to me. The phone is reliable and I never have a bad signal on it with it being non cordless.
I do think if you are looking for a phone maybe just for your bedroom to connect phones in the house then this is a good choice. My one downside is that buying this with a cord means I have to sit still in the same place for all of my calls which does annoy me as I normally use cordless phones but I never bought the phone originally for a landline it was just to test it so I see it for the plus side that atleast I now have a landline phone. It does what it says and hasn't had any real problems so far.
If you want to purchase this phone then you can buy it from places like Argos who are currently selling this half price for the bargain cost of £6.99! You really can't complain for that cost.
If you want anymore information then go to http://www.binatonetelecom.com for further details and pictures.
As many of you who read my reviews must know, I have a toddler a monster two year old who is a one man demolition squad, destroying anything he can get his hands on and if he cannot totally break it, then he will hide it.
I had a cordless binatone telephone and I have been perfectly happy with it, that is of course until my son decided to find his feet. From this day forward the land line has been and gone, he has hidden it all over the house, the phone then looses its charge and no amount of beeping from the base unit will help if the phone is dead as it just will not beep.
I am sick and tired of hunting for the hand set and I fed up of people constantly mentioning they cannot get to speak to me as I never answer my phone!!!
So off to argos we went!
I discovered a lovely cheap and cheerful Binatone corded telephone at £5.99 it was a great price I begrudge spending more for the monster to just break it. The phone comes in a simple cardboard box with minimal packaging, it was wrapped in celophane and a bit of bubble wrap, no fiddly cable ties etc
To use the phone you need to connect the twirly wire to the handset and the base, this is done by simply plugging the plastic square connector in to the appropriate hole, then you plug the cable in to the wall and connect it to the base unit. Hey presto you are ready to go, no waiting round for the phone to charge etc.
The phone is extremely light it almost feel tacky, it is made from a fairly lightweight matt silver plastic, the cables match in a similar silver/grey colour. This matches my decor and I would think it would not look out of place in most houses.
To use the phone...it is simples....Pick up the hand set and dial. The keys are really easy to press although pretty close together so long nails or maybe older people may struggle with these keys.
The phone has a little section on the base where you can log 10 phone numbers and these correspond to the phones memory or you can just write number in there so they are handy to dial. It also has a mute/secrecy button and a redial so you can recall a number without having to dial it everytime.
The ring is my only negative about this phone it is real shrill high pitch demanding 'answer me now' kind of ring, the only small positive is that it has two volume settings so you dont have to wake the whole street everytime the phone rings!
The phone bas has a section underneath where the cable can be tucked away so it sits flat rather than wobbling about, also it has a wall mounting section.
Just one other plus point I have just rememberd my phone socket is nowhere near a plug socket so the cordless phones have been a nightmare with cables everywhere, this one does not require any electricity so no cables laying around. Also it will work in a power cut whereas the cordless did not.
All in all this is a great little phone, what do you expect for just over a fiver! I am knocking a star off only because of the ringtone, I find it quite irritating and demanding!
Thanks for reading!
Our Binatone Trend 2 LCD Corded Telephone has been working away happily for longer than I care to remember. It was a simple yet effective budget buy phone and perfect proof that you don't always need to spend lots of cash to get yourself a reliable little home telephone. I liked our Binatone Trend so much that I asked the lovely peeps at Dooyoo to add it to the product list, so that I could review it. I feel its a good option for those on a budget or anyone needing a reliable budget priced back up phone.
For those looking for a minimal looking home phone that won't break the bank, which still retains a smart and neat appearance even after many years loyal service, then look no further then this wee beauty. You can still pick up a Binatone Trend 2 phone for £5.99, which to me is an absolute bargain for a reliable bit of kit like this. We have not only found the phone easy to use, but its also very simple to care for and well built having withstood several rather nasty knocks and bumps over time.
The Binatone Trend 2 LCD Corded Telephone that we have is a sleek two piece phone that comes in a rather subtle yet smart matt silver shade. All parts of the phone are evenly coated with the silver colour which gives the phone a simple look that can match up to almost any decorative room theme. Its easy to wipe down with a damp cloth when needed and doesn't seem to attract dirt or grime when in use.
The actual phone cord and the curly spiralled piggys tail that is the part that connects the phone body to the handset, is also in the same soft matt silver tone, as is the cable that you use to connect to the phone socket. These both need to be clicked into place and connected to the main phone body when first setting up the phone. The fittings are easy to fit or remove when needed and stay firmly in place when the phone is in use.
Underneath the phone there are small built in channels which allow you to route the wire from the phone that connects to your phone socket either forwards or backwards to suit the feed direction needed. This is very handy as it keeps the main connecting wire in place and thus stops any strain on the point where it connects to the phone. It also allows you to position the phone facing in a way that suits the phone and yourself. We have found this certainly keeps the main connecting wire out of our way when we use the phone.
The phone also has insets to allow for wall mounting if needed, there are two fittings behind the base of the phone which will allow for this. They are of the type that fit over a simple screw in wall fitting, so can be simply hooked over the top of those if need be. Any such wall fitting would need to be firmly attached to the wall first and measured to match the cut outs in the phone base. The fittings seem to be more than adequate for that purpose, although I cannot comment further on the effectiveness of these fittings in use, as we have always used our phone placed on a flat surface.
When looking at the phone body which cradles the handset, you are greeted with a mid section that has a simple bit of thin clear plastic protecting a card with spaces for you to write down any numbers you use on a regular basis. We have found this very handy to have, as it has allowed us to write in phone numbers that we dial on a regular basis, including mobile numbers. I find these are amongst the types of numbers that are sometimes hardest to remember without checking a mobile phone contact list first, which can be inconvenient if your mobile is not to hand.
There is enough space provided for a list comprising 10 full numbers if needed, which can easily be filled in and then fitted back into place. My tip regarding this would be to photo copy the paper prior to filling in your numbers. This way you can keep a few spare copies in case of number changes and updates. I have found by doing so I can always keep my most dialled numbers to hand if need be and even if I haven't input these numbers into the phone memory I will always have the number I need to dial close at hand.
Our Binatone Trend 2 LCD Corded Telephone has a few helpful features which you can easily use to your advantage but its not a high tech phone that will take ages to master, which is something we liked a lot. It is so simple to set up that once the wires are all connected up, you can go on to make a call straight away without having to get yourself a degree in the workings of the phone first. This makes this a good option for technophobes.
This is something we found very helpful as you don't always need a phone with zillions of handy features that you rarely use. In the case of this model we found the phones simplicity perfect ,as we wanted this to be the easy use back up phone that we could have running with no need for additional power supplies or charging up periods if the power was cut short for some reason.
Many of the more high tech phones that you can buy will be unable to function in a power cut situation, so my view is that a basic plug and dial type phone such as this is a must have in the home. We have fancier, cordless phones we can wander about speaking into if needed but they are a different kettle of fish altogether and more of a luxury than a necessity.
The functions available on the Binatone Trend 2 LCD Corded Telephone are very simple to get your head around. You can easily just dial your number, make your call and when finished place the handset back onto the phone body, which will disconnect your call. You can also disconnect by pressing the button on the phone base and then set the handset back into its place.
When you dial a number, the numbers will appear on the slim LCD display set into the top section of the handset. This is a very helpful feature as you can give that a quick glance to make sure you have dialled correctly. When connected to the required number the LCD display begins to count the minutes and seconds you have probably been on hold listening to some form of infernal lift muzak whilst awaiting to speak to the next available advisor etc....what joy!
I find this timer feature very handy to have as it allows me to see exactly how much time and money I am wasting whilst on hold. It can also be used to good effect for anyone with a phone contract which gives you an hours worth of free call time. This way you can keep tabs on the time you have been chatting away and then simply end the conversation when it gets close to the 60 minutes. You can then re dial if wanted to continue to gossip about Mavis from number 17, Jan from accounts, your sisters best friends boyfriend, etc if wanted and enjoy a another full free hours chat.
The push buttons on the Binatone Trend 2 LCD Corded Telephone only need a very light pressure so are easy to use, but are rather close together. This may mean the phone is not suitable for those of a clumsier nature, anyone with with extremely large hands or an older person with limited dexterity or poor eye sight. If that hasn't ruled you out then this is a good little phone that is light and easy to hold when in use.
The phone has just 1 ring tone which is your basic ring ring, beep beep, slightly chirpy bird type. Its not polyphonic but we haven't minded that at all. Its not too bad on the ears and can be heard from some distance away. Its not too shrill in tone so isn't something that is an irritation, unless you have just sat down to dinner in which case... It can wait!
You can store up to 10 numbers in the phone memory and can also choose to redial by pressing the blue toned redial button if needed. There is an option to mute the phone if that takes your fancy, there is also a secrecy feature built in. The chirpy bird ringer can be turned up or down if needed but there are only those two settings to choose from. The phone cord is around 3 m in length which has proved more than adequate for our requirements as we have other cordless phones which can be used in less static situations such as in the garden etc.
To give the Binatone Trend 2 LCD Corded Telephone a rating I have to say its a 5 star winner. Its very simple to use, if you don't want to faff about with storing numbers etc you don't have to, you can literally just plug in the phone and dial straight away if wanted. The phone is both neat and compact, so easy to find a cubby hole for if its only going to be a back up phone. As a main phone, again it won't take up too much room, will stay looking neat and sleek and can take a few knocks and bumps with no ill effects (ours has been dropped a number of times, oops!).
The phone won't win any style awards and its not the most feature packed thing you will ever lay your hands on, but at £5.99 it is a good buy. We have had a cheaper phone prior to this that really let us down and had to go back within a week. This little gem has been happily working for several years without any problems and remains neat and sleek. When speaking you can hear and be heard nice and cleanly, without any distortion or buzz at all. With all this in mind I would recommend this budget phone to you 100%.