This is a review for the BT Freestyle 210 SMS Quad. This is a basic model phone system consisting of a main phone unit and 3 additional handsets. The great advantage of this system is that the main unit is the only handset which needs to be connected to a main telephone line, the base then acts as a transmitter so that all of the other bases receive a signal and only require a power point for charging.
The screen is fairly clear but mono colour and some other systems on the market provide full colour but it does as advertised. The quality is slightly 'tinny' in sound but very clear.
My main critisism is the charging dock sometimes looses contact and the phone discharges but this is rare, battery life doesn't seem to be as good as advertised but is still ample.
Overall a good base model for a very reasonable price.
Review of BT Freestyle 250 SMS Quad Cordless Phone System
This is a user friendly cordless home phone system which in my opinion, is an excellent product for upgrading from a 'corded' phone. Cordless phones make it possible to make and receive calls in and around the house, rather than limiting users to a phone attached to a socket.
You do not need any extra phone socket wiring for the additional handsets and the system is simple and fairly easy to use. The phones are comfortable to hold and the range is very good. The buttons are easy to use and for the price this system is very good.
I paid in the region of £65 for the system from Amazon, around 15 months ago.
* 50 Name and number directory
* 15 Minutes recording time
* Caller Display
* SMS text messaging
* Backlit LCD
* Built in digital answering machine
* Private playback via handset or base unit
**What's in the Box**
* One Freestyle 250 base Unit.
* Four Freestyle 250 handset.
* Four power supply unit.
* Eight AA rechargable batteries.
* One Telephone line cord.
* User Guide
The BT Freestyle 250 offers SMS text messaging to enable users to send and receive text messages via the system instead of using a mobile phone. The system has approximately 100 hours standby time. It comes with a generous 50 name and number memory/directory to store up your contacts. There is Type 2 Caller ID with a 20 number call list and a hands free speaker phone for conference use. The clock, date, and call timer function means that calls can be easily time managed, very important for chatterboxes like my family!
There is an intercom between two handsets and answering machine with up to 15 minutes recording time. You can use your handset as a baby monitor. The handset should be placed at least 1 to 2 meters away from your baby. If a certain noise level is reached (for example if your baby is crying) the handset will automatically dial the number you stored (internal or external). When the room monitor is active, incoming calls are merely displayed, so no loud ringing to disturb your sleeping children. We have used the system for this purpose when my daughter has been visiting with the grand children and it worked very well. There is also a handy belt clip for ease of use and a key pad lock to prevent little fingers from dialling!
The biggest draw back with this phone is the actual usage of the name and number directory. You have to enter all your contacts on every single handset in the house, which is time consuming and rather tedious, especially if you have lots of numbers to include. More irritating, is the fact that if you need to change, delete or add a number, you have to do the same again on every handset! The phones are practical but in my opinion lack the cutting edge design of some other (more expensive) models.
**Thoughts and Conclusion**
The BT Freestyle 250 is a simple and easy to use digital cordless answer phone with some very useful features. The baby monitor in particular is a bonus in my view. I feel that the BT Freestyle SMS Quad would suit people looking for a practical home phone with up to date digital technology and a fairly good range of 50 metres indoor , 300 metres outdoors.
I would recommend this system to others.
Thank you for reading
©brittle1906 July 2009
Review originally posted on ciao.co.uk.