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Having been married for almost six years, many of the items we received as gifts have needed to be replaced. This digital cordless home telephone has proven to one of the gifts that has been used most frequently and has only recently needed to be replaced, due to the batteries starting to lose their charge.
Despite its age, this phone is fairly well designed with a classic appearance that hasn't noticeably dated. This model was also available as a twin and trio set, although we only needed a single handset. The handset itself is perfectly proportioned and fit for purpose. It is very comfortable to use, feeling solid and sturdy enough to withstand knocks and drops whilst still being light and small enough to hold easily. I particularly like the attractive silver colour scheme and the practical layout of the keys. Even with regular use, none of the keys are showing any signs of wear and tear, indeed the handset practically appears brand new, which is most certainly is not! I find both the keys and the display screen to be clear and generously sized, making it easy to dial correctly and quickly.
===Ease of Use===
This phone is a pretty simple model and doesn't offer too many special features or options. This is exactly what I want from a home telephone. The layout is totally intuitive and I have never needed to refer back to the instruction model at all although, in all honesty, I probably should have done to make best use out of the built-in ten number memory that it offers. This 'quick dial' feature is the main selling point alongside the option to show the caller ID for incoming calls. Some call providers make a surcharge for using that feature, however.
The phone offers a selection of ringtones, all of which tones that I could have used although a couple are a little too high-pitched for my personal taste. Most importantly, the ring volume is suitably loud, so the phone can be heard throughout the house, even with doors closed. (If this is an issue, the volume can be altered.)
The only feature that I've made regular use of is the 'hands free' loudspeaker, as the kids love to chat to their father when he's at work overnight. The sound quality of the set is very impressive, even on the hands free mode, and I have never experienced any dipping, fizzing or any loss of signal. Likewise, the range of the phone has been consistently good. I've used this throughout our home, upstairs and downstairs, and even in the garden without any issues. This was the first cordless phone that I owned and I was very pleasantly surprised by the call quality. I have never been able to tell any difference between this handset and a standard corded version so, presumably, the DECT technology is pretty faultless in this respect.
As a cordless model, this sits on its own simple charging unit when not in use (if not left lying around by one of the kids.) If the handset does go astry, it has its own paging function so that it will beep until we manage to find it. I once located this at the bottom of one of the kid's upstairs toy boxes, tucked inside a toy car! Even if left off its charger, the phone retains its charge for an impressive amount of time and has never needed to be recharged during a call, no matter how lengthy. It had been left for days without losing its charge and it was only by the end of last year that the phone started to play up slightly. I tend to take the phone to bed with me (without its charger) so that I can speak to my husband in the morning if he's away with work and found that the phone was starting to lose its charge overnight, signalling the need for a replacement. I still feel that is pretty good going for a phone that has been almost constantly charged and used for over five years. Even with this minor issue, the phone itself is still in full working order and has indeed been passed on to my mother. As she lives in a bungalow, the phone never needs to be left off its charger for any length of time so it has been given a new lease of life and is much appreciated!
Due to the age of the phone, this is no longer widely available although there are used models listed on both Amazon and eBay for around £10-£15. Realistically, as this is a fairly basic telephone with standard features, it is probably more sensible to invest in a brand new phone for a similar price, particularly as the batteries do become less reliable with age, as I have found. Certainly if you can find this brand new and are looking for a basic but reliable home phone, I would recommend snapping this up - I would certainly have preferred to buy another one of these phones than the basic (and far inferior) BT model that we ended up replacing this with.
The BT Freestyle 2200 is a relatively basic hands-free cordless phone, which is reflected in the price, but it does everything that most users would need.
The handset is curvy and easy to hold, not as heavy as many cordless phones, and doesn't get as hot as a mobile does during a long call. The keys are big enough, not too fiddly. I regularly make calls lasting over an hour and have never had the battery go flat.
The sound quality and range are faultless - the sound quality is as good as a corded phone, and I can use mine anywhere in the house or garden with no noticeable drop off in the quality. Unlike my friend's more expensive version which cuts out if there is a wall between the base unit & the handset!
I don't find the menus very intuitive but to be fair I haven't read the manual! The phone has a reasonable number of functions, like a 10-number memory with quick dial.
I am a bit backwards with technology and wasn't convinced that a cordless phone would work for me but these have me converted.