“ Caller display - answering machine - Caller ID - 100 hours standby time - 300 m outdoor range „
When you first cast your eyes on the BT Freestyle 350 series of phones they immediately make an impression. They look far more futuristic than many of the other BT handsets and the colour display adds to this image.
I decided to buy the BT Freestyle 350 Triple package which comes complete with answerphone as part of the base unit.
First of all the answerphone. I must admit that its difficult to fault this part of the set as its easy to use, has a very clear diplay and is not lacking in features. A simple button is used to switch it on and off and the numbers of waiting calls is shown numerically on the front. Other buttons allow you to listen to, skip, save or delete the messages.
Now onto the handsets. If you expect the colour display to be as sleek and polished as a mobile phone then prepare to be disappointed. Its rather tacky in appearance and I believe that BT could have done far better.
The handsets have a number of pre-loaded ringtones but again most of them sound cheap and nasty and like a tone from a ten year old mobile phone.
The phone directory can contain upto 100 entries which is plenty for most people but the thing that bugs me the most is that if you want an entry on all handsets you need to enter it on each one! My previous BT cordless allowed me to copy the directory to all handsets so we have taken a step backwards.
The final issue which annoys me the most is battery life. Unless you leave the handset on charge continually it will be flat in 12-16hours. This is appalling and it is due to this that I am likely to replace my set for something more lasting...I hope!!
Good Points:- Excellent answerphone, futuristic styling
Bad Points:- Directory maintenance, poor display, poor ringtones, appalling battery life