Product Type: BT telephones
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BT 6500 Twin
Member Name: blissman70
BT 6500 Twin
Advantages: Easy to use, nice looking, clear good size screen, many features and clear sound
Disadvantages: none really
A few months back I went out and bought a new set of phones, normal phones, not mobile phones. I won't go into the reason why I had to go and get a new phone but I will say that accidents in my house are becoming a daily occurrence and it's costing me a fortune every time.
I was out looking for a certain type of house phone, a cordless one, so that I was not strapped to one place when making a call, plus the fact that I wanted at least two handsets so that I did not have to run up and down the stairs to answer the thing, (as running is something I don't like to do... I get out of breath running a bath).
Anyway, on my shopping trip for a phone I came across many of all shapes and sizes. Some I'd used before, those being good, bad and ugly, and some I had never even though about trying as they looked so stupid that I'd be too embarrassed pressing them too my ear.
But one particular phone I saw interested me quite a lot, even if the logo on it was a slight 'put off' for me'. the specs of this particular phone really stood out as I pondered over the idea of buying it. Then, with a good deal made and a nice price paid, I was soon swayed into buying the phone, together with a second handset so that I did not have to tackle my stairs every time someone called offering me a cheap alternative to my gas supplier or telling me that I was missing out on some PPI that I may or may not be due??? The phone I had just bought being the BT 6500 cordless DECT phone with answering machine, twin set...
So there I was, box in hand, off home, eager and ready to set up the new phones in order to see just how honest the specs and claims in the box really were.
When I got home I checked out everything in the box, making sure that I had not been mis-sold more than my PPI.... Opening the box and making sure it was all there.
* In the box you should get...
- The Base unit, which is an answering machine and is double the size of the other charger cradle.
- A second cradle for the second handset, (although the set does come in a triple/quadruple- up to six- handsets, but each handset should come with its own cradle).
- Mains cables, (I had two but again it depends on how many handsets are in the pack you buy, each base has it's own mains cable).
- A phone line cable
- Rechargable batteries, although these are actually already in the phones themselves and need to be activated by pulling out the little piece of plastic that is sticking out of the back of each handset.
- A quick start guide
And that's what you should get in the box....
* Is it hard to set up..?
No. it's pretty straight forwards and should only take a matter of minutes, although this depends on how many numbers you have to put into the address book that is.
You simply slide out the plastic bit so that the sets get the power from the batteries.
This is where they recommend charging each of the units for a good 24 hours before using them.
Anyway, once you have the power you then let the phones link up to the base unit and to each other. This takes a few seconds in most cases and once done it should not need doing again.
Once they are all as one then you are ready to put in your numbers and away you go. I won't go into how and where to do this as it will only take up too much room on here, but what I will say is that you just have to press the envelope button, options, the letter/number keys and the 'OK' button and you'll soon be adding every number you can think of.
In fact, using everything in the phone is there on the screen, giving you an easy to understand and simple way to set everything up, such as call blacking, mute, the VIP list and more.
* What does it offer..?
Apart from the fact that it looks quite stylish and the little screen on each of the phones gives a clear and easy to understand listing of how many calls you've had and how many messages you've received, plus the fact that it's got a built in digital answering massage machine, which gives you up to 30 minutes of recording time. There's also the fact that it has a lovely little audio message alert, a gentle little blink sort of bleep so you know if someone's left a message.
There's also other things, such as...
* Automatic answering.
* It has a hands free function or speaker phone
* Nuisance called blacking feature
* 200 number phonebook
And other features include...
* Clock and alarm
* Call timer
* Back lit 1.8 inch screen
* Choice of 19 ringtones
* Volume control
It claims to give up to 12 hours of talktime or up to 120 hours on standby, but I have yet to put any of this to the test as mine mostly stays in the cradle and is charging up all the time.
It also claims to have a range of up to 300 metres outdoors, depending on obstacles of course, and about 50 metres indoors, but again I have not tested this out properly although I can say that I have used this as far from the main base unit as I could without looking like a madman standing on the street and the connection has remained as constant as ever.
* What do the handsets look like..?
The handsets are like most other phones. On the lower section of the hand set are the normal numbers, 1 - 9, with the star, zero and hash button right at the bottom.
On the top section there is a white rectangle outline which houses the buttons that offer options such as the phonebook, redial, answer, which doubles as the hands free function, or speaker. Then there's the end call, volumes up and down and the 'OK' button which sits proudly in the middle of it all.
The screen is pretty easy to understand, even when it seems to have more images in it than a teenagers mobile phone, everything that's there means something and is easy to understand. Those images being an envelope meaning message and the phone image meaning calls. Simple really.
Also in this display area there are other bits of information, such as...
* The time, which is nice and clear in the top left corner.
* The battery power, which comes in the guise of a four block logo in a rectangle in the top right of the screen, dropping a block at a time when the power runs down.
* Answer machine on or off, coming in the guise of a 'ANS' which shows next to the battery power indicator.
* The menu and Calls options, which are above the actual buttons for those choices.
* The calls, text messages and voice messages received, which is shown by a simple pair of icons and numbers.
* And the base units..?
Or chargers, or cradles? What ever you want to call them?
The base unit, or the answering machine, is another idiot proof piece of machinery.
On the left side is where you place the handset, standing it upright so as to charge.
On the right there is the answering machine functions, consisting of a cursor type layout on the lower section housing the play button which sits inside four other buttons, skip forward, skip backwards, delete and stop.
Then, above this there is a volume button, an answer machine on/off button and a 'find' button, which, when pressed, sets off an alarm on the handset so that you know where you left it when you were talking to your friend when you got back from the pub the night before.
Right at the bottom of it there is the proud logo of the company called BT. But luckily these phones are a lot more reliable than the company itself
As for the other units, or more the cradle/chargers that don't have the answering machine attached to them. These are simple little cradle unit that allow you to slot and stand the handsets into them. The two pins that stick out of the little indent on the cradle slot into the holes in the underside of the phone and, once slotted together, they charge the handsets up.
And again, each cradle has the BT logo on the lower front, proudly announcing that not everything from BT is a pile of whatsits....
* Is it any good..?
The sound quality is without doubt one of the best sound quality that I have found on any of the land line phones I has used in a long time. It's very very rare that I hear anything but the person I am talking too. There's no hissing or buzzing in my ear as I listen to what someone is saying to me and I have not had any issues with echoes from the passed in any of my conversations.
As I said. One of the best phones I have used when it comes to phone quality, even when I've been at the other end of the garden, or the house, even though I don't live in Buck house.
* Is there anything else to mention..?
You can store up to 200 names and numbers in the phone book which is a lot of names and should be enough for most people... unless you've given your number to ALL your friends on face book that is????
Adding numbers to the other hand sets is done automatically
There's a 'do not disturb' function which lets you stop calls coming through when you don't want them too. But on the other side, there's a VIP function which allows you to let your VIP listed numbers get through the DND function if you want them
Then there's the fact that you can send text message using these phones, although I don't use this function so can't really comment on it.
There's a call waiting function which lets you see who's waiting on the line whilst you're talking to someone else. Then, when you're ready, you press a button and you're connected to that waiting person. If they are still there that is.
These functions can only be used if your service provider has them set up on your line of course.
* My overall opinion..?
The backlight is a lovely light blue colour which doesn't really make the light stand out when it's sat on the shelf in a room, so there's no spoiling your television viewing as you catch this unit in the corner of your eye.
Even holding the handset is pretty nice too, in a phone holding sort of way. They are made of a black moulded plastic and are shaped in such as a way so that they actually feel quite comfortable when holding it, even after a long period of chatting.
The buttons are a good and easy to press, with each one clearly marked with what it does or the number it is. Then there's the way that the screen glows a lovely light blue colour when the either someone calls or you make a call. It's a bit of a soothing colour, relaxing almost. Which is nice.
As for the actual capabilities of the phones, well, I like the fact that I can block certain numbers, sending them either straight to the answer machine or stopping them from leaving a message, so that I am not having to keep checking who's actually calling, although I have found that this can become a bit of a nuisance in itself because when I block say 'withheld' numbers, such as cold callers and those annoying little bleepers, it also blocks calls that I am expecting, such as those who use the 'withhold number' feature on their phones.
I can even let certain numbers through the phone and block others, which is another great idea and, once set up, works a treat, which helps when it comes to the mother in law phoning up.
I have to say that I was a little miffed with the auto answer. I initially thought that it was going to be something that answered the phone after a set amount of rings, but it's not. It simply means that the call is answered when you pick the handset up off the cradle, so you don't have to press the green 'answer' button. Which at first caused a few, shall we say, embarrassing situation as I've started to talk about the person calling me when I've picked up the phone, totally forgetting that the call had connected as soon as I took the handset from the cradle. And talking my way out of those little situations took some quick thinking...
The answering machine is easy to understand and gives out a clear message most of the time, unless the person leaving the message talks with a muffled voice as if they are hiding behind a handkerchief or something.
* So what about the price..?
This sells for about £60.00, although it does go for more and for less, so do shop around as there's always a bargain out there.
* Would I recommend these phones..?
Yes, I think I would, even if they are spoilt by the BT logo on the front, that logo does not effect the splendour of the phones themselves.
It gives clear call quality and can handle being far from the base unit without losing connection or crackling and hissing.
Then there's the fact that the answering machine, and the handsets themselves, all look nice and smooth so they don't look out of place on the telephone table or a shelf.
If you're after a new cordless phone and want a good quality one then you can't go wrong with these.
© Blissman70 2013
Summary: A BT product that won't put its prices up every other month.... how bizarre...?
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