Product Type: British Telecom telephones
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BT Freestyle 710 phone - a bit restrictive
BT Freestyle 710
Member Name: db5vry
BT Freestyle 710
Advantages: Easy to use for many people
Disadvantages: The title of "Freestyle" is a slight contradiction - poor range of options
For me and my parents, operating our last home phone was a bit of a nightmare. Towards the end of our ownership, it was easy to tell that the line was almost dying. It was difficult to have an easy conversation with anyone such that the quality of the call was so bad. We bought a BT Freestyle 710 in the hope of changing this.
A few features are as follows:
50-strong name and number directory
Call light indicator
100 hour standby
50 metre indoor range
It's a great phone for anyone who needs a bright display to see what they're doing without straining to read the screen, and is very simplistic to navigate. There's no over abundances of needless functions, it's a good old solid phone that does its job. You can change the volume settings if you find it too loud or too quiet, and this also stretches to while you're talking on the phone - so if you get someone calling from an office who don't have the loudest of voices, turn it up and you'll have an easier task hearing them.
Sadly, our time with this phone wasn't without its drawbacks and we have since returned it because of growing impatient with one or two things. The most annoying part of owning this phone is the menu navigations, in particular the missed calls section. I found that due to the large text, not much seemed to fit on the screen so when finding some information regarding a missed call, you need to individually select the number that's in your directory, go into its details and then finally find the date and time of the call. It's very weary if you spend a lot of time out and miss a lot of telephone calls to your house, and owning this phone wore us out because of this. I don't understand why BT had made it the way it is; missed calls are frequent for many and owners of this phone will suffer from this flaw.
This phone is strong if you ignore the last paragraph of information, although at £30 this is probably a little too much to pay. If you're interested and would like a phone with clarity (and are unlikely to be affected or care about the missed calls) then you could do a lot worse than buy this phone. If you can't get to the phone in time and/or you've got a larger family, then it's possible to buy a twin set of these phones for around £45 on Amazon. If not, then definitely look elsewhere - we currently own two Panasonic KX-TG6422ES phones which we paid £60 for, and are very satisfied.
Summary: A standard phone with many flaws - good if you can put up with them, otherwise you can buy better!
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