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After successfully managing to break the plug on my last landline telephone I was in urgent need of a replacement. The BT1000 Cordless Digital telephone caught my eye when I spotted it on amazon, the combination of a well known brand name plus the bargain price of just £14.99 meant that I didn't have to give it too much thought so into my online basket it went and was delivered to me after only a couple of days.
I chose the single handset option though it's also available in a twin and quad pack, for my needs though a single handset was sufficient and it was well packaged in a BT branded cardboard box complete with a fully extensive and easy to read instruction booklet. Constructed from what feels like plastic the telephone and base unit are black in colour and come supplied with a corded plug and a cable to connect to the landline telephone box you will have at home. It's straight forward to put together, the handset sits neatly into the cradle and the cables are easy to connect - disappointingly I thought the cable length for the plug was a bit stingy so would recommend to others that they have either a plug socket close to their telephone socket or an extension nearby. Appearance wise the telephone looks fine, I don't think it's particularly stylish and the plastic does feel a little on the thin side but it does the job it was designed for and for the money it cost to buy I don't think it was a bad deal at all.
The BT1000 has a number of features which come in handy and accessing them via the handset's 'menu' is easy. To navigate it's simply a case of pressing the up/down button and then selecting what you would like to do. As the phone's display instructs you to set the time and date when it's first connected and switched on you're pretty much thrown in at the deep end though it's easy to pick up and follow and I haven't experienced any frustration or confusion with mine. There is a 50 entry directory allowing you to store and save the names and numbers you dial most often and a 20 number redial facility which allows you to ring your contacts at the press of a button. Features-wise I think the BT1000 is pretty basic but I don't expect or want a lot from a landline telephone, as long as I'm able to make and receive calls and not have to be in one place all the time to use the phone then that's all I'm bothered about really and given the fact that this one is a cordless digital telephone overall I'm rather impressed with it.
It has a range of 300 metres and although I haven't put this to the test myself it has been put through its paces around my home where I can confirm that it's held its signal without any drop-outs. The vocal clarity on the receiver is good, perhaps a little on the tinny side if I'm being picky but all in all it's fine and I am able to hear the person I am talking to and they can hear me. I've not experienced any interference on the line and haven't been asked to repeat myself to anyone that I've spoken to whilst using the phone and would say that as far as using it for making and receiving calls I have no complaints whatsoever. The default ringtone it is set to when you first connect the phone is a little on the loud and high-pitched side and really quite annoying, there are other ringtones to choose from though (5 in total) and whilst none of them are particularly brilliant they're certainly clear and loud enough to be heard and noticed, even if the phone is ringing and you're in another room.
Call Waiting and Caller display are features that the phone supports although it comes down to your landline provider if you get these included in your monthly line rental, Sky (mine) includes them in my deal so it's handy being able to see the number of the person ringing and of course gives me the option as to whether or not I want to take their call. There isn't an inbuilt answer machine to this model though I don't think it's a necessary feature these days with 1571 being available so this wouldn't be a reason for me not to recommend this phone and overall I would describe it as being basic but functional and well worth it's relatively low price tag.
As I'm much more reliant on my mobile phone than my landline I didn't want anything too expensive or fancy from my new phone. I do like the look of the BT1000 though, it's an easy phone to read thanks to the orange backlit screen and clear, black number display and using it to make and receive calls is problem-free. It's perhaps a little on the light side in weight and I can't imagine that it would withstand too many knocks or drops but for what I use mine for I think it's fine. I'm a little disappointed with the length of the supplied cable if I had to make any negative comments, I do think that BT have been quite mean and restrictive with what they have given here but other than that I'm happy enough with the BT1000 to recommend it to other people.
I paid £14.99 for mine from amazon which is a reduction on the usual price of £19.99 and for a penny under £15.00 I think it makes for a very good buy. I'm awarding 4 stars as rating which seems fair based on everything discussed in this review, thanks for reading.