Product Type: BT telephones
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BT Freelance XB2500
Member Name: Jcm222
BT Freelance XB2500
Advantages: Multiple handsets, loudspeaker
Disadvantages: Volume, reception
Just a year or two ago, I was moving from Virgin Cable to Sky TV and Phone. In the process I decided to ditch my ten year old single corded phone, in place of these new cordless sets. I have one, the main unit in the dining room, a further secondary one in the kitchen, and the final in my bedroom.
You can get this range of handsets in single, twin, triple and quad set-ups. I have the triple unit. The telephones all sit in a small hub, but the main phone has a larger base with the controls and the answering machine display. The phones themselves are traditional rectangular shape and are a matt black in colour, with a bright blue display. The handsets are very light indeed, and as I mentioned they do not have leads. However each port or hub is connected to the mains so you need to have sockets available.
When you first plug in the phone you are taken through a very simple set up procedure, where you can set the time and name each handset. For example I have mine named according to the rooms in which they are situated.
When you key in the number, you can look to see you have typed it in correctly before pressing the dial number, so you can correct any mistakes. One problem here is that, say for example the second digit is incorrect; you have to delete every subsequent number, a bit like the backspace button on the computer. There is no arrow to scroll to the number in question.
The phone itself has an indoor range of 20 metres which should suffice in most common situations. The battery life allows for 10 hours of talking, without charge, although I can admit I have never tested this feature! Because it has rechargeable batteries, when you place the phone in the dock it charges up. You can also store up to fifty numbers in the telephone which is straightforward and very easy then to call the numbers back up again.
The phone has a built in answering machine, which you can turn on and off, and it can hold up to 15 minutes of recording. You can listen to your messages either through the speaker on the base of the main phone, or through each individual phone, by going to the answering machine menu - a very easy process.
One other good feature is the built in loudspeaker which means you can set the phone down, particularly useful if you have been placed on hold by a call centre.
To me there are two problems. The first one is the volume of the phone. People often speak at a regular tone, but I struggle to hear even when the phone is turned up completely. This could be a problem for many people, considering I actually have very good hearing.
The other problem is that sometimes the phone just decides to lose connection to the network, and will display 'NONE FOUND' on the screen, meaning you have to place it back into the base to get it to register.
I recommend the phone, as for only £50 you can have three wireless individual home phones. This is good if you need to move around or if you want to make internal calls or pages to your family!
Despite its few hitches, I would recommend the phone.
Summary: Good phones
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