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I have been living at my current flat for nearly two years now and when I moved in I needed a few new things and one of those was a home phone as I had used my mobile only when I was at my last place as I was house sharing. I didn't want a fancy phone as I have an excellent smartphone and would just need a basic home phone so after a quick search in Argos I opted for this one which was £12.99 in a sale, I don't remember how much it was before that but it is £12.99 now. The phone is available in black as you can see here or silver with a black back cover. There are 20 name and number memories in the phone which gives you a decent amount. In the box you get the handset, a base station, the power adapter, a telephone cord, the rechargeable battery and finally the user guide.
When you make or receive a phone call the sound is clear and the signal stays pretty well for a cordless phone but there has been a huge stride in the quality of cordless phones. It's easy to move through your call log and then you press talk to ring someone. I have spoken on the phone for more than an hour plenty of times and the battery is still showing pretty full in the top corner of the screen and there is an indicator which beeps when your battery is low and the battery bar will flash like your mobile phone too. There are only five ringtones but you don't really need a vast array. The call log features the last ten numbers in the phone and there are five numbers available for redial through searching the options. The phone is fairly small and fits in your hand pretty nicely so it is comfortable to use when you are calling someone and also when you are talking to them on the phone. The buttons are a fair size and are easy to read and press.
I would recommend this phone for anyone who is looking for a simple home phone for a decent price with all the basics. It's reception is very clear and the battery life is good as it gives up to ten hours talktime and 100 hours on standby. I use the phone quite a lot and have used it for over an hour plenty of times and it has worked well throughout the call and it's light enough to not be an issue when it comes to holding it over your ear for that amount of time. If you are looking for a phone that has allows you to put it on speaker then this is not the phone for you but if you just want a basic reliable phone that works well and lasts well too then this could be a decent purchase. It's easy to listen to your messages and there is an icon which lets you know when you have an answerphone message.
I purchased this phone about a year and a half ago now and so far have never had any problems with it.
Whats in the box
How to set up
To set up you take the plug and plug it into the socket, this is already connected to to the base so no need to fiddle around, then plug the telephone cable into the phone socket in your wall, and switch the plug on, that's all there is to it. Then place the handset onto the base and it says to charge for 12 hours before using although it does not take that long.
The phone does have some features it has a phone book that can store up to 50 numbers and is easy to do, you just go into the menu click phone book and add number its that simple. It also has caller display, but it does only display numbers that are added to your phone book, so if someone rings you who you don't know then the number will not show. The phone does not do too much but what do you really need a phone for except to phone people.
How to use
To call a number that is not in your phone book just type it in on the dial pad and press call, the phone does not seem to have a redial button but it does store your last 10 dialed numbers, so to use one of them you just click on the down button in the middle of the call and end call buttons and press call on the desired number, or you can use your phone book which can be accessed by going into the menu and click ok on the phone book and go to your selected number. It is really basic to use and I would say no instructions are needed, I have never even looked at mine.
I bought this from argos for £9.99 although they don't seem to stock it no more.
I have never had a bad reception with this phone yet, the talking on it is really clear with no crackling or echoing. You can also walk around the house with the phone as it is wireless and the reception still stays perfect. I can not say what distance you can go before the phone would lose its reception away from the base, but I have gone all round my house using the phone and have never had a problem with it.
How often does it need charging
The phone does seem to last ages, I only ever put this on charge on a night time, and it will last me all day until the night again and it will still normally have nearly a full battery so I think you can go at least 2-3 days before it does need charging, although I do not use my house phone that much as I use my mobile to do most of my calling. So if you use your phone a lot them it will need charging more often.
What if I lose the handset
The base has a button on the bottom that will ring the handset for you and it will keep beeping until you either stop it by pushing the button on the base again or pressing a button on your handset, the beep is pretty loud too so it will soon be found.
I only wanted a cheap phone as I knew that it would be something that I would not use often, so this is an ideal phone for me, but if you like your posh phones that have everything then you would need to go for a different phone. The range of features are not up to much but I never needed it for features, so I can not say this phone has a bad point.
I would buy this phone again should mine break, for the price of it, this is ideal and its lasted me 18 months and it is still going well, with no damage to the phone whatsoever, so it was well worth the money that I paid for it. It does what I needed it to do and make the occasional phone call and receive them without any problems.
I bought this phone two years ago, I think it cost £18.99 at the time. It definitely would have been the best value phone available, being a student at the time I would have gone for the cheapest option at the time. This is a single handset, with a base that connects to the phone jack in the wall, and a phone that sits in it. It sits in easily and charges automaticaly as it sits there. It holds its charge well, as long as you leave it on the stand you can talk for hours and hours without it running out of battery.
The phone stores up to forty phone numbers, and recalls the last ten numbers that you have rung, which can be very useful. You can change the ring tone of the phone and the volume of the tone as well. There is also a call duration display and a call waiting mode. These functions are useful, and there is even a clock. For a cheap phone it has a number of really useful functions that you would not necessarily expect. The phone also looks good too, is small, and after having used a cordless handset I would never go back to the old type of phone - being able to walk around the house with the phone is great. It means you are not stuck in one place and can get on with other things at the same time.
All in all this is a great little phone that hasn't failed me once in the two years that I have had it, so it is reliable as well as good looking and being good value and functional. I would definitely recommend this product, and I can't really see why you would spend any more money on a phone when this one works so well.
Our phone recently packed up (much to our annoyance) when we moved home. My husband and I looked through the Argos book and decided we just wanted a cheap cordless phone. The Argos Value one was the one which caught our eye for £9.99 but when we went to Argos we were sent this one as a substitute so thought it was a good phone for a bargain price.
Once we got it home, we opened the box and found the phone was a black handset with a matching base. It also comes with a mains plug and a telephone cable as well as instructions.
The phone seems a little flimsy. It is made from black plastic which doesn't seem to be the strongest. It isn't the sort of phone I would throw across the room in the middle of an arguement! It has rubber buttons with the numbers printed on in white. The numbers are a fair size and easy to read. The call button is black with a green handset on it and the hang up button is black with a red handset on it. There is no "speaker phone" option on this phone which was a little disappointing but for £9.99 what can you expect?
The base is made from the same black plastic as the actual phone and together it looks quite nice. It isn't an ugly or offensive looking phone. Just a standard cordless phone. It looks quite classy in my opinion.
Being a basic a phone, it has very basic functions. As mentioned earlier, there is no speak phone option so definately avoid this phone if you like to use speak phone. It has the following functions:
*50 name and number phonebook
*10 last number redial
*20 name and number call list
*5 monophonic ringtones
*On Display Clock (this has to be switched on so it is displayed)
*Ringer volume control
*Caller ID (Depending on who provides your phoneline)
*Date & Time settings
As can be seen, it has all the needed functions for a phone and a little bit more. Also, if you miss a call, it will come up in the display to let you know.
I have not really had any problems with this phone. The only thing I find is that at the beginning of a phone call, the phone loses some volume and you miss what the person on the other end has said but then it picks back up again. It tends to get slightly annoying after a while. The ringing volume isn't overly loud. I have missed some calls occassionally due to not being able to hear it, regardless of it being on the highest ringing volume.
For £9.99, it is a good little phone and does what it should do. I would recommend it if you need a phone desperately or don't have alot of money to spare on a phone.
Recently our home phone packed up so we had to look for a new one, we didn't want one that was very expensive as we don't use the phone that much and didn't see the point in spending a fortune for it to just sit there.
After looking through the Argos catalogue I came across the Binatone Veva 1200, it was a single cordless handset and cost £18.99, just what we where looking for so of I went to purchase it.
What's in the Box?
In the box you get the handset, the base for the handset, the mains cable, a telephone cable and a set of instructions that tell you how to use the various features of the phone.
The phone is made out of a cheap plastic; it feels like it may break quite easily, the buttons are made out of a soft rubber material with white numbers and letters on them. The dimensions of the phone are 14cm long and 5.5cm wide so it's quite a nice size, it fits in my hand just right.
The base is made out of the same cheap plastic, overall it's not a very nice looking phone but then at £18.99 what can you expect.
This phone is also available with two handsets and cost £29.99
The phone has a basic amount of functions which is fine for me as I just want a phone to be able to make calls and nothing more.
The functions are as follows:
50 name and number phonebook, 10 last number redial., 20 name and number incoming call list, 5 monophonic ringtones, Call timer, Clock, Alarm, Call waiting, Ringer volume control on handset, Caller ID - Network dependant and Date and time settings.
As I said not masses of features but the 50 name phonebook is handy to store all of you numbers in and I find the last 10 number redial very handy.
We have had a few problems with this phone, the first couple of weeks it was fine then for some reason in the middle of the night it started beeping, at first we thought it was ringing but when we got up we realized it wasn't so we picked it up & put it back in its base and went back to bed, then a hour later it did the same again (very annoying at 3 in the morning) so my partner took it of its base and put it under a cushions so we couldn't hear it.
In the morning we had a look and it seems that the metal prongs in the base of the phone sometimes loose connection with the prongs in the phone stand so it constantly beeps, the most frustrating part is that it only seems to do it in the early hours of the morning, we have tried taking the phone back but they wont replace it as we no longer have the receipt so now every night we have to make sure we take the phone of the base to make sure it does not start beeping.
Apart from that the phone pretty much does what it is supposed to do, sits on the cabinet and waits for someone to ring it, the ring tones are ok sounding and are a good volume so it can be herd wherever I am in the house.
Overall this phone is ok, it's a budget phone that looks and feels like it's a budget phone, I think next time I will invest a little more and get a better one.