Anyone who has off spring in either their teens or their early twenties, will understand just how much hard work is still involved. All they seem to want to do is sit in their room with their mates, listening to loud music and playing computer games, or watching football on the box. Meanwhile, you have to keep on trekking endlessly up and down the stairs with requests to turn the music down, because the neighbours are complaining. Please stop banging your feet on the floor because you sound like a heard of elephants. Someone’s at the door for you. Mind that language. It’s the phone for you. On and on it goes. Well, I have found the perfect answer to my problem. I have bought a new set of phones. These are great. They are called “BT Diverse 4010 Classic Twin”. I really must say, “this is my star purchase of 2003 so far”. The box, (which it’s self is covered with information), contains: - Two phones. One base set/ charger. One charger. Two powers supply units. One telephone line cord. Four rechargeable batteries. Two belt clips, and two user guides. Although it goes to great lengths to call itself BT. It has the word Siemans down in the corner. It has pictures of the phones on it and a list of the many things they do. The phones their self, are approximately 6 inches long and 2 inches wide. They are dark blue and silver in colour. They are very smooth looking and have a display window. The usual number keys. Two soft keys to access the menu etc and a couple of other keys for the phone book, star, hash etc. It also has a little red light on the top. The base set is appoxamatly 8 inches by 7inches. The charger is 2 inches high by 4 inches square. The base set must be plugged into the electric supply and connected to the main phone landline, via the telephone line provided. You then register both handsets to the base. This is easy and instruction
s are in the book. The separate charger then stays with the second phone. It does not have to be connected to the electric all the time, about once a week will do. You can place the second phone anywhere else in the house. Mine as you have properly already guessed, is in my son’s room. The second phone needs no wiring at all. It just needs to be placed on the charger occasionally. This just plugs into the wall socket when needed. The phones have many functions. Just like a mobile phone. Firstly, you can make and receive calls. The clarity of the calls is great, just as good as any corded phone. Yet they have the convenience of a cordless phone. I can use it near things like my computer and the microwave without any interference. Although they tell you not to place the base set to near to other equipment. When you receive a call and it is not for the person answering it, it can easily be transferred to the other hand set. All you do, is ask the caller to hold then press the soft key once and then the number for the hand set you want to call. The other person answers. You tell them the calls for them. Then hang up. The call is then automatically transferred. If you are talking to some one on the phone and you need to speak to someone in the room, without the caller hearing. Just press the internal button and the call is put on hold. The caller will then hear music, while they wait for you to resume the call. Another thing I really like about these phones is that you can use them like an intercom. You just pick up the phone. Press the soft key, followed by the hand set number you want to speak to and that’s it. They answer it and you can talk to them. It saves endless trekking up the stairs. As the intercom service does not connect to the landline there is no charge to your phone bill for this. You can buy extra handsets separately to add to the set. You just register them as you did the fir
st two. If you have more than two (you can have up to six). While one person is talking to a caller, you can still use the intercom service with the other phones to talk to other people in the house. Each hand set has its own phone book to store your own personal numbers in. It also has caller display and call waiting. You must subscribe to these with your phone company though. They also have a clock, which is corrected automatically and adjusts it self to daylight savings times. They have an alarm clock function. You can set different times in each hand set. The box, as I have already said has a great deal of information on it. It also has a very informative user guide, which gives crystal clear instructions on every function of the phones. The print in the booklet it clear, large enough to read easily without eye strain and is very well laid out with many easy to view and understand diagrams. It also contains hints and advice to help. I can’t imagine any one would but if you do there is a help line phone number in case you need it. You can choose your own ring tones as well. There are ten to choose from. You can adjust the sound on these or the call itself. The phones can be used up to 50 metres from the base set indoors and 300 metres outdoors. This is ideal if you are waiting for a call and say, your dog is desperate to go for a walk. I have taken mine with me and it does work. You get a warning beep if you do go out of range. You need to place the base set near the window though. If you go out of range of a base station for a long time while your hand set is switched on, it may take it more than 20 minutes to find the base station again when you come back within range. However, by simply switching the hand set off for a moment, then on again, it will find the base station within a few seconds. You can access your voice mail by just pressing the no1button and holding it. This saves you having
to dial 1571 each time and is handy if you have your hands full. If you miss a call the little red light on the handsets will flash so you will know if anyone has called. I bought mine from Argos, they cost me £99.99. I have had no trouble with either installing them or using them. The only down side would have to be. If there was a power failure they wouldn’t work because the base set must be switched on at all times. I would recommend these phone to anyone. They are as easy to use as the guidebook is to understand. Very Easy. They save me a lot of time and legwork. They are an all-round convenience. To sum them up in a nutshell, these phones are home phones with many of the features of the mobile phone. Thanks for reading. I hope this is of some use.
PLEASE RATE THIS OPINION NOT USEFUL. I AM WRITING BECAUSE THIS PRODUCT IS VERY USEFUL BECAUSE I HATE IT. ITS USEFUL IN THAT IT EXPLODES WELL. I LIKE TO WATCH THIS THING EXPLODE SO I BOUGHT TEN OF IT AND EXPLODED THEM ONE AFTER ANOTHER AND CHARGED KIDS TO WATCH. I BOUGHT MORE WITH THE MONEY THEY PAID ME AND AM MAKING A SHOW TO TOUR WITH CIRCUSES ABOUT BLOWING THIS UP,. I LOVE IT BECAUSE ITS SO BAD I HAD TO BLOW IT UP.
About two years ago we bought a Phillips ‘Onis Vox’ digital phone with an inclusive answering machine in the sale at The Link. It has never been a particularly easy phone to operate and of course once the guarantee period ran out things started to go wrong. Notably the ‘sticky key syndrome’, which I would have been warned about had I had the foresight to read appropriate internet reviews before I bought it. Reluctant as ever to spend any money I’ve put up with this for several weeks much to the annoyance of my wife who found it increasingly difficult to answer the phone. Very frustrating, and as she pointed out to me, quite costly, as it usually resulted in her dialing 1471 to see who was trying to get through and then calling them back at our expense. Coincidentally as a very minor shareholder in BT, I received an e-mail from the company a couple of weeks ago inviting me to purchase several of their products at supposedly generous discounts. Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, and after a bit of internet research I found that they were offering me the opportunity to purchase a Diverse 4016 Executive digital cordless phone for £20 cheaper than I could get it anywhere else. We decided to go ahead, ordering over the net, payment by credit card, no postage and packing cost, all for £89.99. It arrived two days after I ordered it and I have to say that our initial opinion is that it is very good value, much better than the phone its replacing and with lots of useful additional features. It is a state of the art cordless phone and answering machine which because it is digital has superb sound and speech quality and security which prevents calls being overheard or picked up on other cordless phones. There is a massive 200 Name and number directory, which can include everyone on my Christmas Card list, all the local services, doctors, dentists, theatres, hairdressers, taxis, resta
urants, cinemas, leisure centres, football grounds, etc. and still have plenty of room left. The Diverse really does have loads of useful features such as ‘Walk and Talk’ which allows you to communicate with additional handsets within a 300 metre range. This can be really useful and can also be used as a ‘baby sitter’ as it can react to noise levels. I would imagine that this would be an incredibly cheap system to use if you had a small business with a couple of employees in the same area you wanted to keep in contact with, particularly with the Call Director feature which allows the calls to be switched to a desired extension. In addition it has an excellent speakerphone allowing you to hold a conversation without holding the handset and enabling other people in the room to hear and contribute to the conversation. It can also handle Caller Display. When you subscribe to a caller display service, you can see call information such as the number of the person calling. The name is also displayed if stored in the memory. The 20 number call log stores the last 20 numbers received whether you answer the call or not. Similarly if you subscribe to Call Waiting in conjunction with Caller Display you can see who is calling whilst engaged on another call providing the number of other caller is not withheld. There is an LED on the handset which alerts you to a call coming in when the line is in use and flashes to tell you when you have had new calls. The handset’s clock feature allows you to set an alarm call. You can also set your telephone to ring and remind you of one important date. I’ll have to get to grips with this function before my anniversary! You can adjust many of the features including the volume and melody of the handset ringer. The choice of melodies isn’t exactly brilliant. We receive quite a lot of phone calls for one reason or another and already ‘The Entertainer’
is starting to wear a little thin. Innovatively it comes with the additional feature of SMS Text Messaging, which enables you to send and receive SMS text messages over compatible fixed line telephones and mobile phones. Word of warning though, if you were persuaded to buy it because of this last feature, you may be disappointed because although it can send SMS messages to all mobile networks it can only receive SMS text messages from BT mobiles. This is apparently likely to change in the future, but at the moment it’s a distinct disadvantage if your family all have Orange mobiles with the ‘Out There’ message package. You must also subscribe to Caller Display to use SMS. The answer machine gives up to 15 minutes digital recording time with consistent quality reproduction and fast resetting. Remote Access enables you to access your answering machine from another tone dialling phone. You can playback, fast forward, rewind or delete messages using a ‘TouchTone’ keypad. A PIN number prevents unauthorised access. The Date/clock/alarm feature lets you know the time and date a message was left and also allows you to set the alarm as a reminder or to wake you up Private playback via the handset lets you listen privately to any messages left on the answer machine via the handset and a secrecy button lets you speak to someone else in the same room without the caller overhearing your conversation – your caller will hear music (I don’t know what yet!) while you hold. There is a choice of outgoing messages, you can use the pre-recorded announcement or record your own outgoing message. Alternatively you can set the Diverse to play an advisory announcement for you callers, once again ideal for small businesses. Two last tips. 1) Buy the phone and you get any three of BT’s additional services (Caller Display, Call Waiting, etc.) free for three months, and 2) ther
e doesn’t seem to be any restriction on non-BT shareholders taking up the offer (at least I can’t see any) – the website is firstname.lastname@example.org. So far so good, I’m delighted with my new toy – not bad eh, digital camera, dvd player and up to the minute digital phone; I’ve really arrived in the 21st century.
Having started with an early Philips Onis Vox (killed by well-reported 'sticky-key' problems) and moving on to a recent Panasonic KXTCD725 (returned due to it's dreadful sound quality) I decided to try my luck for the third time with a different manufacturer and so I chose the Siemens-built BT Diverse 4016 Executive. I can tell you all that I'm very glad I did! I'll keep this review simple and sum up some pros on cons below: Pros: Solid build quality Exceptional audio clarity (both in calls & answerphone) Large backlit display Tactile button feel Extended battery life Cons: Laggy menu Lack of backlit keys No handsfree jack A little heavier than desirable Lame ringtones Overall I'm glad to report that I find this to be the best buy amongst high-level DECT phones on the market right now, surpassing efforts from Philips (build problems still an issue with them as well as awful menus), Panasonic (plagued by sub analogue-cordless phones levels of clarity) and Samsung (the less said the better).