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The BT Big Button 200 is your everyday land-line phone that has very big buttons and obviously the other features that you would expect on a phone. The BT Big Button 200 comes with a very basic design, nothing special but it's also not a pain to look at. The phone has been designed with very large buttons with clear writing which makes it easy to use and with the other buttons around the main buttons, they add to the functionality of the phone having been clearly labelled. The phone is white with the main buttons being black which doe's mean the phone scores points there and the secondary buttons at the top and bottom are white but are well labelled. It appears that this phone lacks a display which is quite disappointing especially for a phone which isn't even that old. At this stage the phone in question seems to have very basic features. The BT Big Button 200 comes with hearing aid compatibility which is great for older people especially being combined with the large yet easy to read buttons. The phone itself comes with very little else which is really quite disappointing. This means no caller ID, seeing what number is phoning you and even simple things like the time and date. Also if you want to store contacts the lack of a display means you can't so you'll have to invest in a phonebook. All in all it's just too basic in my opinion offering fairly limited functionality. It could be used by old people but without the display it looses a lot of points and functions in my opinion.
It is available to buy from the BT store website http://www.shop.bt.com for £27.99, John Lewis £24.99, Cooperative Electrical shop £24.99, and from Argos instore for £27.99 or £31.94 for home delivery. I purchased the BT Big Number 200 telephone from Amazon for approx £22.99, and it is still for sale on the website but at the lower price of £20.50.
* Extra Large Keys
* Three one-touch memory
* 10 two-touch number memory
* Amplified incoming or outgoing speech
* LED call indicator
* 3 ringtones
* Last number redial.
* Call transfer, waiting; divert.
* Conference call.
* Handsfree; hearing aid compatible.
* Speaker and ringer volume control.
The telephone has a white coloured plastic finish, and large blue dial buttons located on the front right. The telephone headset sits on the left and has a white coloured cord that connects it to telephone. The buttons are all large in size, including a redial white coloured button, quick dial, 1571 and R buttons which are located on the upper half of the phone above the dialling buttons. There is a battery low indicator, volume control and loud activation button. There is a space at the top for writing home numbers and other important numbers.
I purchased this for my granddad as he frequently stays over at our house during the holidays etc. Having problems with his hearing, sight and sometimes memory, I decided it would be a good idea to purchase one of these BT Big Number 200 Telephones for his room for when he comes to stay.
The Telephone is very easy to use and easier to set up; my granddad finds it very easy to understand and has aided his sight and hearing issues considerably. The large blue dial buttons make it very easy for those that are visually impaired to recognise numbers and to dial without any problems and the headset is also comfortable to hold and grip onto without it feeling like it might slip out of the hand.
I have also used this telephone occasionally when I am upstairs and it is the nearest telephone to where I am and have found that the sound quality to be excellent. The volume is a little high as my granddad has it set to loud when he is staying over, so when I do answer it I do have to adjust the volume, which is easy and quick to do. The volume buttons are located under the dial buttons and have clear symbols and text for recognition.
The telephone sits in place well, as we have it positioned on the side table next to a bed and there hasn't been any occasions where it falls or slides off the table, which is probably due the large rubber feet positioned on the underside of the base. The cord is also a reasonable length, my granddad and I can easily stretch the cord to a comfortable distance without it yanking the telephone to the floor. This is particularly handy for my granddad as he can still lie in bed while on the phone without having to move the telephone base.
The phone has a range of other handy features such as redial, quick dial and 1571 quick dial buttons. Making it fast and easy to call someone back or hear voice messages left on the phone. It also has a handy 13 phone number memory buttons, making it easy for my granddad to dial the most important phone numbers easily.
The hands free feature can be activated by simply pressing the large hands free labelled button located at the bottom, this allows answering of calls more promptly and communication via the telephone receiver. This feature makes the high volume settings very useful as when my granddad uses the hands free mode he has to increase the volume so he can hear the speaker more clearly.
There are three ringtones to choose from, as well as being compatible with hearing aids and an inductive coupler. There is a speaker option allowing others in the same room to take part in the conversation. It also has a light indicator which flashes when there is a message or incoming call.
Overall this is a great BT telephone that has aided my granddad a lot when answering and making calls when he stays over. It is very easy to use, all buttons are large enough and clearly labelled to identify and the range of features come in very handy and not just for my granddad either! I would give this a great 5/5 as it is well designed and priced very reasonably.
A few months ago I took out a basic Sky Broadband package and, to be honest, kept forgetting that I had a phone line included. I meant to look for a basic corded phone but kept forgetting but a couple of weeks ago one of my fellow workers at the good-as-new church shop where I volunteer found this BT Big Button one amongst the newly-delivered donated items. To be honest although I am on a very limited budget I was not ecstatic about buying a used phone because I am a bit of a germ freak but, on closer inspection I realised it had barely been used, and although not boxed it looked clean enough and came with the original handbook. The bonus was the price - £2.50 - instead of the RRP of over £20 and it would have been a shame not to purchase it!
It was easy enough to clean with anti-bacterial wipes and spray squirted on a soft cloth although I am not sure whether this is the recommended way to do it? The phone now looks brand new and although it is somewhat retro and probably too old-fashioned for many it suits me fine because I do not need the many added features that more modern telephones now offer.
The base is made from a sturdy plastic and is designed to tilt which means the front of the phone with the numbers on is leans forward and the buttons are big as you can see in the picture. What isn't so clear to see is that the number 5 (plus the 3 most important numbers) actually have small bumps on them which I guess is there to help those with visual or physical difficulties access phone numbers quickly and accurately. The phone also has bright and clear display lights, 2 adjustable volume buttons ( + and - )as well as an on/off switch which is useful.
In addition to the above there are buttons for 1571,call hands-free, re-dial and batteries low which are all clearly marked. There are also additional features such as3 x 1-touch memory and 10 x 2 touch memory plus call waiting and call transfer which are clearly explained in the booklet which is printed in a good-sized font but I have not needed to use these to date. Apparently this telephone is hearing-aid compatible too so I think a lot of thought has gone into the design of this phone making it as user-friendly as possible. This is further illustrated in that the handset is easy to grip and is of a more generous size than many corded phones so it is easy to hear what is said without asking people to repeat what they have said.
The only criticism I have is that the cord could be longer but apart from this minor gripe I have to say I love this rather funky big button phone - just wish it would ring more often .....
A few months ago I told my daughter that I was fed up of how small the buttons on our house phone are. I sometimes manage to press the wrong buttons and wondered how I would cope with this when I get even older. My daughter said she would look for something that had bigger buttons... She came home with this! I was surprised at first, thought it looked rather hideous but actually I really like it!
It is a large phone and it isn't very pretty looking with being very white and the buttons being black but then I suppose this makes it practical so if you have sight problems it would be ideal!
It is a typical old-style phone with having the phne connected to the pad with a cord. This cord isn't all that long so I keep it next to the sofa so I can sit and talk, it wouldn't stretch much further at all. This is good though as it means that I have to put the phone back after I've been on it and so I'm not likely to lose it like I tend to do with cordless phones.
The buttons are big which is ideal, I can't press the wrong ones here although it does make me feel very old indeed as this phone I assume is aimed at people a good twenty years older than myself!
It isn't a fancy phone so it isn't at all confusing, I can easily work out how to dial, answer and finish a cal and that is all I need a phone for, I don't want anything complicated.
So although this looks rather huge and not prett it is actually practical and does the job I need it to.
I first encountered an earlier version of this phone at work when I damaged a hand and had to use a brace, and my experience was good enough that I ended up finding this one for a neighbour with arthritis and hearing problems.
This is an extremely sturdy phone - you don't need to worry if you drop or knock it. The phone sits on a moulded base, supported by rubber feet that hold it firmly in place, so it won't move while dialling. This is raised and slightly angled to present the buttons towards you. It is a fairly big phone, but the controls and features are clearly laid out and enlarged to make them easier to use.
Physically the number buttons are large, and clear enough that even with visual problems they should be useable by most. Even with visual issues a user should be able to use this to call for help in an emergency. With a hand locked in a brace I could happily press these buttons, while I had trouble with standard ones. The smaller buttons may require a bit of a squint, but they are for advanced features like divert, which are less necessary. This may not be suitable for blind users - it has a double bump on the 5 to locate it, and raised one, two, and three dots on the "most important number" buttons, but there are no braille markings on the buttons.
Speaking of advanced features the phone has a broad range of extras. It has standard call transfer, call waiting and divert facilities, but these aren't ones we use often so I can't comment. A thirteen phone-number memory is also useful, but as a telephone luddite I didn't find this very easy to configure, even though the three most important numbers get their own dedicated buttons!
The extremely adjustable speaker volume and hands-free settings are very useful, even if you are just using it to let several people in the house to join in the same conversation. The ringer volume can also be controlled, making it easier to tell when it rings. With three ring tones you have some ability to choose one you like (or can hear better). I can't personally comment, but I have heard it works very well with a hearing loop.
There are some nice touches - the large print manual and the default settings being at maximum makes it very easy for users to get to grips with it. Also, since it's corded there is no risk of losing the handset round the house! The display lights are bright and clearly visible, so there's no confusion about what it is trying to tell you.
It is worth shopping around if you want to buy this phone. It is available for under £20 online, but can cost up to twice that in stores. Second hand and refurbished models are available more cheaply, so it is within the price range of most.
I found this very useful, and while it may be a bit large for a home phone, it is ideal for people with visual or audio problems who find a standard phone difficult to use. It also provides an excellent range of features for the price, and at less than £20, is a bit of a bargain.
(Please discount Update Possibilities and Processing below as irrelevant: To update this phone you'd be buying a new one. I've rated Quality at five due to the phone's durability)