As he gets older my dad finds it harder to use the phone and was dialling the wrong number more often than not. As he used to work for BT he gets offers sent to him and one of them was for the Big Button 100 and we decided to try it.
It is slightly bigger than the other phone we have but only by a couple of centimetres and it is no heavier. It is white so does get a bit grubby but a quick wipe over with a damp cloth or a wet wipe has it bright and clean again.
It has all the same features that other phones have including speed dial number memory, call indicator light - that helps as well as even though he won't admit it he is getting a bit deaf as well - and last number redial. There is also RNIB approved font on the keys and the numbers certainly do cover the keys. The number five also has a raised dot in the middle so this will be a good way for totally blind people to work out where the other numbers are.
As most of the people who are going to use this phone will be older, there is also a couple of hearing amplification devices meaning that both the ring tone can be increased in volume and the earpiece volume can be increased making it easier to hear the other person talking. To add to the help it gives to older people it there is also an easy grip handset.
When it arrived I thought it was a bit like a child's toy but I have got used to it and use it just as often as I use the other handsets we have. As it comes with a stand, we don't have to have it placed on a table, but run the cord around the settee and have it on the settee next to were my dad sits. So it not only makes it easy to see the numbers to dial, hear the ringtone, hear the conversation and is easy to hold but it also means that he does not have to get up as he was missing calls because he could not get to the phone in time.
We paid £19.99 for it - luckily the brochure came just before Fathers' Day so there was the ideal present for him - and it has been one of the best things and most useful things we have bought.
Review of BT Big Button 100 Corded Telephone.
We 'inherited' this telephone, my mother had purchased it when she needed to replace her previous phone. She chose it as she had had some difficulty with the small buttons on her previous phone and thought the large format numbers would make life easier for her. She was particularly adamant that she wanted a corded phone having had a cordless version which she did not get on with.
The phone was purchased from Argos and I believe it cost in the region of £25.00 back in 2006. This model of phone is still available and currently retails for £19.95 from www.amazon.co.uk.
**All About The Phone**
As the name implies, this phone has large clear numerical buttons, these are printed with a font that is recommended by the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People ) to aid partially sighted people.
It is a large item and we have it on a side table, although the phone can be wall mounted if required. The phone is made of a white plastic material, it is fairly heavy, weighing in at around 1.4kg. The phone is very sturdily made, it is robust and extremely easy to set up and use. All you need to do is plug the phone in and away you go. Mum never actually bothered to key in any numbers into the memory and I must admit, neither have I.
We do use the phone on the hands free setting fairly regularly and unlike our other phone, the BT Big Button 100 is wonderfully clear in this mode, with no crackles, echoes or white noise to mar your conversation.
No one in my household uses a hearing aid, so I cannot comment on the efficiency of the hearing aid compatibility mode.
The ring tone is nice and loud, it can be adjusted and we tend to keep it set on the highest notch for ease of use.
I seem to recall that the phone came with a clear and easy to follow handbook. To be honest as this has long gone, so I cannot really give any in depth information about the user manual.
The basic specs of this phone are as follows:-
Speed Dial number memory
Last number redial
Call indicator light
RNIB approved font
Earpiece volume control
Hearing aid compatible
Ringer volume control
Easy grip handset
*The list above was sourced from the BT website.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
The phone has been used continually since it was purchased. We have several phone sockets in our home and this particular phone is plugged into the lounge socket. Our main phone is located in the hallway so this phone is used basically as an extension phone.
Although it is not the prettiest phone around it is practical and functional. The large buttons and clear markings make it ideal for people with visual difficulties or for the elderly who may struggle with smaller phones. To be perfectly honest, I would not actually choose this for myself, but as it is in the house, of course we use it. The functions are fairly basic, there is no answer machine built into this model, which does not bother me unduly as we have another phone in the house with this facility.
The phone has lasted very well and still looks reasonable despite being almost 6 years old. The phone requires little or no maintenance, a quick wipe over with a damp cloth keeps the plastic casing in good order. The AA battery needs changing occasionally of course and this is easy enough to do. The battery housing is located in the base of the phone.
The BT Big Button 100 is a good buy for many reasons, I would recommend this phone to others, particularly those with dexterity or visual difficulties. It is reliable, long lasting and definitely fit for purpose. I am awarding this phone a 4* rating, dropping a star as it is not a very attractive piece of kit!
Thank you for reading
©brittle1906 January 2012.
N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name.
The BT Big Button 100 is quite a recent addition to the electrical furniture in my living room and the reasoning behind it was more about function than design. As you can clearly see from the picture you couldn't use words such as 'sleek' or 'subtle' to describe it, but the functionality of this corded telephone meets our requirements and at around the £20 you really cannot go wrong. Obviously, if you are looking for something with a million different features (most of which you probably won't use anyway) then you would be best looking elsewhere, but for a basic telephone it is ideal. The looks (and sheer size!) are the first thing you notice about a product, and although it has a very basic look and feel to it there are a couple of useful features that even the most sophisticated handsets might not possess. The first feature i came across that I hadn't seen on any of the previous corded phones I have owned is the ability to adjust the earpiece volume. You could be forgiven for thinking this is a pointless feature, but for those hard of hearing it could be the difference between being able to hear somebody on the other end of the phone or not. The embarrassment of constantly having to ask someone to speak up or repeat what they just said can be a regular occurrence for some.
The extra large number buttons on the telephone is also a major plus point for some users, and instead of having to scramble for your spectacles before booking a takeaway or taxi you may not need to with the clear text on each button. A call indicator light is useful for those hard of hearing and the telephone is also hearing aid compatible. One of the other features on the phone is a 1471 button, which saves you from having to press each number or even remember which number to dial! The telephone is so easy to operate, though, with large buttons you no longer have an excuse for calling the wrong number!
The handset is designed such that it is easy to grip in the hand and from the features highlighted above you will now realise that this is a telephone aimed at the older generation. Obviously it will be useful for anyone with sight or hearing difficulty, but it will be beneficial to anyone who currently struggles to use their telephone at the moment.
Other features to note are a ringing volume control, speech amplification and a speed dial number memory. everything on the phone has been well thought out. Clearly this phone isn't designed for someone looking for a talking point, but it may do just that for all the wrong reasons! Products like this are not designed for their elegance, but their necessity, and that is something the BT Big Button 100 has in spades.
This was bought for my mother who like some of the elderly mentioned in other reviews of this product is losing her eye sight and slowly her hearing. It makes a very loud noise when being rung and can be heard no matter what room of the house you are in usually. As you can see by the picture the buttons are pretty big and so if you have problems with your vision the buttons are easier to identify when compared to your average phone.
As far as phones similar to this model go it is sold for a pretty cheap price but you don't get much extra for your money other than the standard receiving and sending calls. There isn't even an answering machine. It is definitely a reliable machine as it has been dropped and scuffed up several times and what little features it has are still intact.
This is definitely a phone well designed for the elderly or people with visual or hearing impairments and my mum would be lost without it.
My Mum is 85 and has macular degeneration ,a condition that affects the centre part of the vision of the eye,she has been using The Big Phone as it is called in their house for about a year and it has made a great difference to her.
For a start it has, big buttons easy to see ,spaced well apart. The hand set is easy to hold and as Mum also now has a hearing aid ,it is suitable for hearing aid users and you can adjust the volume in or out. You can use it hands free and on speaker and increase the ring tone so she can hear it when in another room.
Equipped with 1471 and 1571 functions ,there is a little green light on the side which tells you if anyone has called. It is the first thing that Mum and Dad do as soon as they come into the house,check the phone and see who has rung them.They have a really busy social life so that little light is normally flashing and I frequently have to leave a message!
It also stores the last number you called,just in case you forget and you can redial it. (I´d like that!) ,and you can hear the number of the last caller.
It has a 13 number memory store, hit memory and then the number,(I am number 9) and also at the top 3 buttons for instant dial. This function works well as when Dad had a fall Mum instantly dialled the next door neighbours for help.
It is not beautiful in form but in function it is great and keeps people in touch which is so important and feeling independant even with disabilities. It comes in Artic white and can be wall or table mounted and for about 25 pounds I think it is a great buy.
If you or anyone you know is struggling to use a phone, BT Big Button could certainly help.
Well in my family house we have 2 styles of phones and one of them is this BT Big Button 100, when my dad was around he wanted a telephone that he didn't have to squint at the buttons to see what numbers were what (his eyes were weak) he settled on this phone when one of BT's help line were helping us set up internet and telephone together and proceeded in telling the BT representative that he was having trouble seeing the numbers on the button and before you could say bing bang bosh he was ordering the BT Big Button 100 from them for a reasonable price of £16.99
The BT Big Button 100 is one of the older looking corded telephones but everything is a lot bigger, a lot broader so for all the people who are losing there eye sight they can still see the functions of the telephone, being from the older school of telephones it can take a lot more knocks and bumps before anything would happen unlike some cordless phones that would break on a couple of knocks.
The BT Telephone has the hand set on the left hand side of the unit, it is a sturdy handset with a very nice grip to it so that the handset doesn't slip if your hands get moist, you have your main numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0 to the left of the 0 you have Star (button) and on the right the hash/pound (button).
Although this is a corded phone you can answer the phone by simply hitting the green/blue button under the 0 that activates the hands free and all you need to do is talk with a slightly raised voice to be heard by the receiver, there is a "call indicator" that lights up red when you are receiving a phone call or if you have messages waiting to be heard it will constantly flash until they have been dealt with, you have the function of hearing the number of the last person to ring you and it stores the number you last rang.
A really good feature is you can adjust the volume of your phone mic or speaker so that you don't get defend and you don't deafen them, and a better thing is that you can adjust all this during the call.
And a little bit of an extra feature is that you can store up to 13 phone numbers on the phone memory so that those numbers you regularly call can just be 1 button push away.
You can buy the BT Big Button 100 from Amazon for £23.95
It is a bit much for this basic phone, but if a friend or a relative of yours needs that extra help this is a great buy
A large button telephone great for the elder folk or the hard of seeing for that matter, it just helps that little bit more with the day to day life and helps them stay in touch with loved ones.
BT Big Button 100
Recently my granny has moved into a care home and we wanted to make sure that everyone could stay in touch as easily and hassle free as possible, therefore, we went out and bought her a BT big button phone to use. The phone does have a lot of features but basically it is a really simple to use telephone with bigger than usual numbers and a louder than loud ring tone, so it is well suited for people such as my granny who are beginning to struggle with their eye-sight and hearing.
The phone looks more conventional than the newer cordless phones, which makes my granny instantly more comfortable using this. It isn't advertised and I would advise against testing this but it can withstand a few knocks, the phone has been accidentally knocked off its stand on several occasions and has yet not suffered any ill side effects.
--SPECIFIC PRODUCT FEATURES INCLUDE (taken form BT)--
* Hands-free Functionality - no need to hold the handset
* Easy grip handset and large buttons
* Call indicator light- flashes when the phone rings or there are messages waiting
* Hear the number of your last caller
* Speech amplification - adjust the volume of your voice and that of
* Hearing aid compatible
* Stores 13 numbers for dialling in an instant
* Stores the last number you called
* 1571 Message Indicator
This is retailing on Amazon for £23.95 at the moment, which is a pretty fair price for a new phone. However, I am sure that if you had the time and inclination you could shop around and see if you could find a bargain online or at eBay.
--My Overall Opinion--
In my opinion the most important feature of this phone and selling points for us was the big buttons, loud volume and hearing aid compatibility. It has many other useful features, such as allowing you to store numbers, out loud playback of the numbers from missed calls. It really is a phone designed and aimed at people who may have sight or hearing difficulties or both.
I've used this phone several times myself and when I remember to turn down the volume it is a pretty average phone. However, it is a great phone for my granny and makes her life easier. I think this is a really good, reliable and most importantly easy to work phone that allows my granny easy use. It took her a few times to get the hang of increasing the volume if she needed to and learning about the speed dial stores, but overall everything is clearly marked and after a couple of uses she really got the hang of using this phone.
From my point of view this wouldn't be the phone I picked but for my Granny it is a brilliant phone, therefore, I am going to award this five out of five stars.