Product Type: BT telephones
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Hand me down phone
BT Duet 210
Author Name: superness11
BT Duet 210
Disadvantages: white plastic stains
This was the first house phone we bought when we bought the house and we didn't have much money. It cost us around £15.00 about six years ago. We bought a package that included TV, internet and phone with free calls so we thought it would be silly not to get a phone. When we changed the decor in the front room we upgraded our phone to a more modern one. When my grandma's phone broke, this was brought out of hibernation and she now uses it as her main phone. Not bad for a 6 year old phone!
==Price and availability==
The cost of the phone these days has been reduced to £10.75 and it is for sale from Amazon.
The phone looks very different to the modern cordless ones but it is still quite a snazzy phone and it looks modern due to the curved design. The phone is white plastic and slim. The handset is curved and fits snugly onto the base. The buttons are on the reverse of the handset so you pick up, dial and then hold the phone to your ear. On the outer casing of the phone there is a button to adjust the ringer and there is a little red light that glows on and off when the phone rings. The base of phone has a plastic section where you write down phone numbers or you can write a list that reminds you which number is on speed dial. The phone has a capacity to store 10 numbers, however I have not used this feature and my grandma certainly has not taken advantage of it. The phone is corded, this is an average length so it does not get in the way.
The phone is perfect for those people with hearing aids as it has a built in induction loop.
This is truly reliable phone that is really easy to use. It is nicely curved so it is comfortable to hold and hear. I have the benefit of being able to say that I have talked on this phone and received calls from it. When making calls the phone sounds clear and crisp and similarly when my gran has called me, I have heard her loud and clear. The only problem to note is that occasionally she pushes a button with her cheek and this sounds on the line. The handset is light and comfortable to hold, with time though the white shell has become stained and it is starting to look a bit grubby. My gran uses a little bit of Cif lemon to try and remove the stains but they are still there. White plastic will darken over time and has had quite a bit of sue over the years.
The light up button is a useful feature if you do not want to be disturbed with the ringer. Although fairly small, it's flashing will alert you to a call so you can take the call or let it ring off before dialing 141 to find out who it was.
It is a shame that they do not make phones as robust as they used to, this one is going really strong and there has never been any complaints.
Overall - A good piece of kit with a nice design and it does what it says on the box.
Summary: A cheap little phone
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