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I have had this phone for the last couple of years and it has always been reliable. We tend not to use the house too much these days as we both have mobiles and strangely enough it is cheaper for me to call my children on their mobiles rather than using the landline. The only people who seem to call me these days are my parents who have yet to dip their toes in the mobile technology pool and sales representatives!
The phone can be purchased for around £24.99 and you can choose to have more than one handset or settle for just the one. One handset is more than sufficient now that I only share the house with my husband.
The phone is very simple in design; it is black and shiny with a smooth curved design that feels comfortable in the hand. It sits in a shiny black cradle that also charges the phone up. The base plugs into the telephone line and the mains electrical supply. The buttons on the phone are very close together and hard to press and have the numbers written on in very small letters. The screen display is dull and again the lettering is very small to read. The phone is probably not the easiest to use as often you hit the wrong number and sometimes you get two of the numbers rather than one as the buttons seem to stick. The phone is loud enough for us to hear upstairs and you can change the ringtone to one of five sounds. We have settled for a simple classic ring and from setting it a few years ago I have not changed it again. You can set the time and date on the phone and this will display while the handset is in the cradle.
So once you have managed to put the right number in all you have to do is press the 'call' symbol on the buttons and the call will connect. The phone always takes a while to connect the call but I am not sure if this is a fault with the phone or line. I am so used to mobiles instantly connecting and text messages that get sent at lightening speeds that it has made me slightly impatient in my older years. Once the phone is connected, it is clear though and I can hear the other person on the line very well. There are volume controls that you can adjust and toggle with if you need to turn it up. I have not really had to mess with the volume and once set at a level it seems to work just fine.
The worst thing about the phone is if you leave it accidently out of its cradle the battery rapidly dies. I bet one of the more modern phones does not suffer with this and it can be quite annoying because it takes a while to charge up and will not even turn back on unless it has a good few hours of charge in it. I try to always remember to replace the handset as soon as I have finished in order to avoid this problem.
I probably would not recommend this phone, it is a couple of years old and is reliable but I bet you can get much better phones for this amount of money these days.
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I purchased a twin set of BT Graphite 1100 telephones from Amazon which at the time (a few years ago) was priced at £29.99. Having a search online it is still available to buy from Amazon but only their market place as there due to the introduction of newer models. The Marketplace have these BT Graphite 1100 in New condition for £19.99 and used condition for £17.99.
I noticed a few on eBay for sale at £9.99 however I believe it is just for the single set rather than the twin pack. Its worth having a check though and seeing if there are any good auctions listed, as you might be able to find a bargain.
WHAT COMES IN THE BOX
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* 2 x BT Graphite 1100 base Units
* 2 x BT Graphite 1100 handsets
* 2 x Battery compartment covers
* 4x NiMH AAA rechargeable batteries
* 2 x Mains power adaptors
* Telephone line cord
* Quick Start Guide
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* 50 Name and Number Phonebook
* Hands-free speakerphone
* 10 last number redial
* Caller display and calls list
* Call waiting
* 10 hours talktime and 100 hours standby time.
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These phones have a nice modern design and have a black glossy finish. The phones are slim and fairly compact in size measuring approx 16 cm in height, 5 cm in width, and 11cm depth. The phones have a nice attractive and mild curvy design that in my opinion makes it look smart and modern and more expensive than it was. It has a LCD display screen which is good sized and allows clear display of number dialled or received. It sits in a disc shaped base which is fits into securely. Buttons such as redial, mute, power button etc are all clearly visible and self explanatory thanks to the use of symbols and text.
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Easy To Hold & Small In Size
The phone is easy to set up and with a quick look at the instructions my partner was able to get it up and running in no time. I personally like the curvy aspect of the phone as it not only makes it look different and more attractive but also enabled my hand to form a good grip and a snug fit on the phone while answering or holding. It is small and compact in size so it can fit comfortable even in the tightest places.
Charging & Battery Life
The phone sits in a disc shaped charger that acts as recharging component and has a light that lights up during charging. This is great as it was able to inform me whether the phone is sitting in the disc properly or not, as rarely it would not light up because I didn't push the phone into the holder fully. Once the phone is fitted snugly into the holder it sits securely in a slanted position. The battery life was very good, I recall frequently leaving the phone in the kitchen while cooking etc and found that even with hours away from the charger dock it still had near high battery power. The only time the battery fell to half way is when my partner left the phone on the sofa over night, which illustrates just how good the battery power is for this phone and that the battery is very long lasting. Even when talking on the phone for hours it still managed to have near full battery, which is even better than my iPhone!
Display & Phonebook Feature
The phone has a LCD display that measures approx around 4 cm x 3 cm which is a good size. This telephone enables you to store phone numbers and names in the phone book section of the phone, this is great as it enabled me to clearly see the name of the person who is calling and avoid answering those annoying company sale calls. It was easy to navigate through the menu and to store the numbers; just simply navigate to the phone book section by pressing the tick button and then add entry. The memory for this section is big enough to store 50 numbers, which was more than enough for me as I only had 20 at most (sad face!). However its worth mentioning that numbers stored in one phone doesn't show up on the second phone, as each phone as a separate memory system. The display also shows the battery level which is very useful as sometimes I would leave this off the holder charger for a while so its always good to know exactly how much battery power is left and whether it would be enough to make a call or not.
It allows to you view past numbers that have been dialled as well as call received by navigating down and up the list via the arrow keys. This comes in very handy when you want to know exactly who called you when you were busy in the shower for example.
The Buttons & Sound Quality
The telephone has black dial buttons located on the front, each button being a good size which made dialing numbers easy. They are each labelled clearly due to nice white coloured numbers and text printed on the black buttons giving a nice black and white contrast. The symbols and texts for redial, power button, mute etc buttons are all easy to recognise and to use.
The sound quality is great as long as the volume is set to the highest level, as I found it quite hard to hear at times when the volume was set lower. Voices are easy to hear and the ring tone is also easy to hear from up stairs or in other rooms. The ringtone can be changed if you choose to, but I left it on the original.
Keypad Lock Feature
The phone has lock keypad feature which is great little extra that prevented my little nephew from dialling numbers on the phone, as he seemed to love pretending to dial numbers and to call different people! It displays the time and date which is also a handy feature, as well as having an alarm function. I never tried the alarm function as we used our own mobile phones to wake us up in the mornings as it just seemed more convenient.
A feature that I personally loved is the ability to make internal calls. This basically means I can make lazy call to my partner downstairs if I want something or If I forgot to tell him something important! I know very lazy of me, but it is quite handy to be able to make such calls while you are watching something in the comfort of your own bed and don't want to miss anything!
Great While It Lasted
Unfortunately after a year of use the BT Graphite 1100 stopped working, I believe it must have developed some sort of fault, and therefore forced me to buy a replacement phone. it is a shame as it was a great phone that worked great for the year it was used, I guess it was just my bad luck!
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This is great phone that is attractive, easy to use, reasonably priced, has a long lasting battery and many useful functions. Its just a shame ours suddenly stopped working properly. All in all I would give the BT Graphite phone a good rating 4/5, losing a rating for suddenly breaking on me after a year.
When my old phone finally decided to stop working a few years ago I looked for a replacement and purchased this BT Graphite 1100. I wanted a phone that would take up minimum amount of space, look stylish and have all of the basic features that I required.
The BT Graphite 1100 can be bought with single, twin or triple handsets and I bought the twin version so I can have one handset in my lounge and one upstairs in my bedroom. The phone has a number of features including:
An energy efficient power supply unit
The ability to transfer calls between handsets
Caller display function (if subscribed via your phone provider)
10 last number redial
Phone book with a name and number memory
Earpiece volume control
Ringer volume control on handset and base.
Up to 10 hours talktime and 100 hours standby time.
Range from the base of up to 50m indoors and 300m outdoors. Features of this phone
The phone I purchased is a gloss black colour and has a sleek classic design which looks good. The main handset has a larger base unit that needs to be kept plugged in to charge the phone. The second base unit is more compact which is useful if like me you have it on your bedside table and don't want to take up more room. It also needs to be kept plugged in as if you unplug it, the phone starts to beep when the battery is at a reduced level which is very annoying in the middle of the night when you are asleep!
I have found using the phone to be very easy. The buttons are all clearly marked and I don't find them too small or fiddly to use. Inputting phone numbers into the address book was straightforward and they are easy to recall when you want to dial a friend. The name and number is displayed on the LCD screen although the screen is not backlit so you do need to look closely at this when you are scrolling through.
The sound quality of the phone is good and I have never had any problems hearing anyone who has called. The hands free option is also useful, especially when you are put on hold with boring music at a call center and can just put the hands free on while you get on with something else until someone is actually there to speak to you.
I really like that the phones can be taken away from the base to different locations in the house, for example of you are waiting for an important call and don't want to sit near the phone, and I have even taken mine out into the garden in the summer and still had great reception and been able to make calls.
The only issue I have had with this phone to begin with is that it can be a bit awkward to put the phone handset back into the base unit as it needs to be at a particular angle or it doesn't fit and falls out. However after a few weeks I got used to this and it is no longer a problem.
The phone cost me about £25 and I have not experienced any faults or problems with it during the past few years. Overall I would recommend this phone as it has all of the features that I need for a good price.
When our old house phone eventually died, having buttons stick and generally becoming annoying, we shopped around for a new set of phones, and eventually purchased the BT Graphite 110 set, which consists of two handsets, 2 base units, 2 power leads (one for each base), and 2 rechargeable batteries.
The BT Graphite 1100 twin set varies in price, but we paid £31 for our set from a local electronics shop. You can buy these in pairs as we did, although if you have a bigger house or just want more phones, they can also be bought with 3 and 4 headsets. Similarly, if you have a small house, you can buy just 1 headset. Prices obviously depend upon how many headsets you buy too!
I was first attracted to this set by the way it looked, and I think the phones and their bases are stylish in appearance. The handsets are sleek and black in appearance, and are also quite small in size compared to some home phones I've seen. The buttons are clear and have a good gap between then, which I think is much better than having tiny buttons which you end up pressing several of when you only want to press one! The buttons are clearly marked with their purpose e.g. the number keys, mute, redial etc, and it's pretty self explanatory.
The base units are circular in shape, and are quite small compared to the phone. They are nicely rounded and have the same shiny black look that will blend in nicely with most houses.
Once set up, with the base units set to charge up the phones, which run on mains power but have their own battery reserve for when you want to wander around, and if the electricity goes off for a bit etc. There is a telephone lead which you plug into your phone point, and after that, you're pretty much set up to start making and receiving calls.
If you want to use some of the other functions, you'll have to put a little effort in, but it's worth it. Firstly you can programme up to 50 names and numbers into the phones internal phone book, meaning that you can use it much like a mobile phone. Like a mobile, the number of the person calling you is displayed on the LCD screen when they ring, but if you have that number entered into the phonebook under a name, the name will display instead. Programme your mum's number in and when she rings, it will display 'Mum' for example.
The phone is also adjustable on a number of levels, including the ringtone and the volume, which needs to be quite high I've found in order to have a good volume of conversation. You can also enter the time and date which is also displayed on the LCD screen.
One great feature is that you can make internal calls between the phones. This doesn't make much difference in our house as we're generally all near enough to each other to give each other a shout if we need to, but in larger houses I think this would be a much welcomed feature. You could call someone at the other side of the house for free pretty much like a walkie talkie, and I really like this feature.
I've found the battery lasts ages when the phones aren't on the base, we've left them off overnight and most of the next day and the battery had not gone flat.
I have found the BT Graphite 1100 to be a very good phone for use in our household. It not only looks nice, but has the amount of functions we need on it - it's not too complex, but similarly, it's not just a bogstandard phone. For the price, I think it is a good buy and can recommend it a lot.
Our Phillips house phone died recently so it was time to purchase a new one. After looking around curry's we decided to get this one. Our last phone cost around £100 and did not last very long, so we were looking to get a cheaper set. The BT 1100 came with two handsets (and 2 bases) which was essential. The main handset base has a built in answering machine (which I guess is pretty much standard now on most phone sets).
The set was very cheap, only £39.99. Curry's said this was in the sale from £79.99, so it seemed like quite a good deal.
So far there have been no problems with the phone. The sound quality is good and volume level decent. The buttons are nice and big so numbers can be typed quickly and easily. The phone feels good in my hand and fits well to my ear (some phones I have used feel very awkward and not right). The phonebook is large and allows more then enough numbers to be stored and accessed. The phone can also receive SMS messages which it reads to you.
The main downsides to the set are that you must enter your phonebook numbers on each handset. The old phone I had only required you entering the phonebook numbers on one handset and it would automatically transfer them to both. Also there is a very poor choice of ring tones. They sound tinny and poor quality. There are no simple and traditional ring tones which is frustrating.
I think for the money you cannot go wrong with this phone. Its not the best looking phone but it does the basics very well.
Usefully the purchaser has a choice of a single handset, twin, triple or quad phones - with RRPS of £24.99 (Amazon price £23.37) £45.55 (Amazon price £31.70), £59.99 (Amazon price £40.30) and £71.59 (Amazon price £68.99) - offering sufficient handsets to suit every household size (although if you require four you're probably better off looking at a second line!). We have a double set which is just perfect for our little cottage, enabling us to keep one upstairs and one down (and avoid the potential issue with a single handset running out of charge -- see below).
All present good value for cordless phones, and are relatively easy to use with a lack of features -- whilst maybe frustrating for the technophile, this makes them particularly suitable for old people (or the easily confused, a group in which I include myself!!) though the numbers are perhaps a little on the small side.
Each phone sits in its own shiny black eliptical shaped cradle which functions as a charger. The phone itself is basically a rectangular stick with a slight curve to it - not particularly ergonomic as it's curved in the wrong direction to sit with the speaker neatly at the ear and the microphone at the mouth....
Two other minor issues: as I've already said the numbers and symbols on the buttons are very small. They also don't light up (nor does the caller display LCD) meaning that the phone can be quite difficult to use in low-light conditions.
- Good sound quality (although I do only live in a small house, I'd be interested to know how it coped with longer distances).
- Annoying polyphonic ring tones (and a choice of only five)... I'm also expecting a sales person to be on the other end before I've even answered because of the mood it puts me in ;) (OK maybe only on a hormonal day)
- Doesn't feel particularly well made, the keypads are looseish and rather 'clicky'
- Battery life really isn't very good: it's supposed to last 10 hours from full charging. Maybe the rechargeable batteries we were supplied with were duds, but we've never been able to reach this sort of level (and since good quality rechargeable batteries cost in the region of 1/2 the price of this handset, which I'm not expecting to last forever, I haven't ever got round to replacing them). As a result having two handsets is often necessary just in order to ensure that we have one always ready to go....
When I moved into my first house last year I didn't really want a phone line fitting as I just thought that would be another bill to pay each month! However in the end I did get a phone line and then thought I might as well have a house phone, purely for incoming calls to keep the costs down mind you (until one drunken night when I decided to phone my friend's mobile, fell asleep on the phone and the call ran for about two hours)! I bought a phone on offer in the sale at Dixons for £3, it was a really old fashioned looking beige monstrosity with exceptionally large buttons and an incredibly short cord! Needless to say it was absolutely ridiculous and every phone call was accompanied with a large amount of crackling on the line so you couldn't hear!
My parents felt so sorry for me being practically disconnected from the whole world due to such a poor quality phone line (minus my mobile phone of course) that they decided to buy me one a couple of weeks ago. I ended up with the BT Graphite 1100 phone which can be bought as a single, double or triple unit depending how many handsets you want. I decided on a single unit as I don't really have the need for more than one and as it's a portable phone I could carry it around to different rooms if I needed to. The phone and base comes in a white box which shows a clear picture of the phone along with some basic information about the features it has. There's also an instructions booklet inside which is quite brief but fully informative really.
The phone itself is a standard size for a home phone, it's not as small as some of the newer models out there but this does mean that the buttons are a decent size with clear gaps between them. There's a small digital display screen below the ear piece which allows you to see things such as the number you're dialling, the number that's calling you, call duration and so forth. Below this are three buttons; menu (which contains a list of all the features on the phone), phone book (this allows you to access your phone book where you can store fifty entries) and secrecy (so the person you're on the phone to can't hear you). Below this are three further buttons; pick up and put down the phone buttons along with one to access your call list.
The rest of the phone is taken up by the numbers which are round and elevated off the phone making it much easier to press them. The phone has a number of "additional" features which include a hands free speaker, the sound quality when using this option is really clear and of a decent volume - arguably you couldn't leave it in a different room and still hear the caller but I have put it down on a surface while I've been typing or washing up for example. Caller display allows you to see who is calling you before you answer the phone and the recent calls list holds up to forty entries if you need to see who has called you or what numbers you've dialled. There's also a call waiting feature too, my network offers these for free but you may be charged.
The phone sits neatly in a small circular base which is one of the smallest I've actually seen, this shows a red light when the phone is charging and also has the BT logo and the phone's name on it. I've currently got my phone and base on a small cabinet and it sits really neatly on here, the wires that it comes with (mains power adaptor and telephone line cord) are rather long so I have had to tack them along the wall and they're also black in colour so they do stand out. If you have any problems inside the box is a free phone number which allows you to contact the manufacturers directly for help although the instructions booklet told me everything that I needed to know such as programming numbers into my phone book in a very clear manner.
As I've already said I've only got one phone but the box recommends that you can link up to five compatible handsets using just one phone line. My friend has this same phone and has linked three phones up and she said it's really straightforward except if you store details in one phone it won't automatically transfer them to the other phones so you'd need to repeat the process several times depending how many phones you have. The battery power on the phone seems really good, apparently it offers up to ten hours of talk time and one hundred hours on standby, I've left mine off the base for days at a time and never had a problem with the battery failing. Sound quality is very clear and the volume can be adjusted easily using one of the buttons.
The only other disadvantage I've found is that the display screen does not light up, so if you're answering the phone in the night or in a darkened room then you can't see who is calling you. Overall though I'd thoroughly recommend this phone, it's really easy to set up and even easier to use - probably because there isn't a great amount of features on it but it does the job just fine. Yes it's not really as groundbreaking or as up to date as some models out there but it does the job just fine without "showing off!" To buy these phones direct from BT a twin pack will cost £49.99 and a triple pack will cost £59.99, I bought my single one from Telephones Online for only £11.99 while Amazon charges £23.47. So a basic model... but once again very functional!
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I currently have this phone installed in the hall and it works great at this job, but I would never consider replacing my main phone with this one as it just wouldn't cut the mustard.
It is a sturdy little device even if it does feel like a cheaply made stick of plastic, but that is common place with BT's own products. It has a screen which is useful for seeing who is calling but I find it hard to use at night time as it doesn't seem to light up when in use.
It is a simple phone, not too many extra features (in fact there are basically none) it just has the buttons, of course, which are big enough to be viewable and pressable by most users (unless you have the fingers of a troll of course) and therefore has great ease of use. The sound quality during calls is also top notch - which is exactly what you expect from a BT product and I've never been able to fault them there.
The battery life seems to be great, although I haven't quite stretched the handset to a flat battery I have left it for quite a while on the side instead of on it's base (laziness on my behalf) and it survived quite well, this is useful not only for those of you who are forever leaving your phones lying around but also for those of you who tend to have three hour phone calls.
Finally I will mention that you can create a network of these phones if you choose to purchase them in duos or trios, I didn't do this so I can't comment on the phones abilities under these settings but I felt it important to mention this.
Overall it's a good, stable little phone that does what it says on the tin. It is nothing special, good value and works well for me.
After the old home phone decided to stop working properly I felt it was time to get a new phone! I saw the BT Graphite 1100 phone while shopping in the supermarket and decided to pop it into the trolley. The phone package that I purchased contained two phones.
The phones themselves are quite attractive they are slim, black and slightly curved towards the top. They measure approximately 15cm x 4.5cm x 1.5cm/3cm (difference from top to bottom). The phones are easy to hold where the curve is. The phones have a display which is approximately 3.5cm x 2cm and it clearly displays the number calling, or being dialled. The display also shows the battery life in the top right hand corner which is useful to let you know when it needs charging. The phones sit in a round pebble like disk which has a charging display light at the front, the phones almost lean back in this pebble. The buttons on the phones are raised and have the number or words printed on in white. The number buttons are not too small and make dialling easy.
The phone also contains functions which allow you to store numbers in a phone book contained on the memory of the phone itself, so that you can easily have numbers to hand. To enter a number and save it you press the menu button which has a tick on it and press it two times going through the phone book/add entry process, it then says add name, you then type in the name using the letter on the number keys then press the menu/tick button then enter the number and again press the menu/tick button. You can then recall the numbers to the phone by pressing the phone book button and scrolling though the entries and then using the dial button. I entered numbers into the main phone, and they do not appear on the second phone, but this is not a major problem. The phone also keeps a list of people who have rung you, which you can go through using the arrow keys on the the phone. The menu also has a lot of other options including an alarm clock, I haven't really felt the need to explore any of these other options, but I'm sure that these are easy to use and work well.
I have had this phone for about a month now, and don't have any complaints about it. It has worked well so far and is easy to use.
I bought this phone from ebay for about £20
The phone feels nice to touch, but the casing will creak when you put any pressure on it.
Having previously owned phones made by BT, and considering this was a newer one, I was hoping to see more features, however, I was disappointed when I found that there were less features.
Previously I was able to listen and manage the answering machine on the phone itself, however, this one, you cannot do that (I have the one with the answering phone built in). There is also less details on the screen.
The base of it doesn't ring, I found that disappointing as well.
I was also amazed to find that this doesn't have a backlight, which makes it impossible to see in the dark
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As this phone is very basic, it is very easy to use, the buttons are actually one of the most responsive ones I've seen on a cordless phone, however, they are still not responsive enough.
I am disappointed with this phone, but is is ok for the price.
We have had the same phone handsets in our house for the last three years, and my partner had them for a few years before that in his previous house. They were starting to get a bit temperamental when trying to press the connect button, so the time was there to get some new handsets. My main requirement was that I wanted a double pack, and that they were both to be mains charged with battery backup.
I spotted the BT Graphite 1100 on Amazon for £29.99 for a double pack. You can get the same handset singularly or as a triple or quad. Our needs sited the twin pack, and they looked fairly modern and sleek so I decided to take a chance and buy them. For the price it wasn't going to be too drastic if they weren't great.
**What you get in the box**
For each handset you will get a
- Base unit
- Mains power lead adapter
- 2 x aaa rechargeable batteries
There will also be one telephone line cord which you will plug into your main line point.
The phones are quite slim and they curve slightly. I immediately liked the design and feel of the handset in my hand, but I thought that the handset looked a bit weird when placed into the base unit. It looks as though it's going to topple over when you put it in, when in fact it sits snugly in there. I do worry about knocking it as I put it back and then dropping it behind the cupboard where we have the base unit, but so far this hasn't happened.
Generally however, the colour and neatness of the phone will enable it to fit into most colour schemes, and fit on the smallest of spaces.
** What the phone can do**
Gone are the days where you have a handset and pick up the receiver to dial a number. Phones now have so many more capabilities. This handset has an LCD screen so you can see who is calling as long as you have that option on your landline package with your operator.
Our old phone would only display the number, but this model has a menu with phone book inserted so it will display the name of the person calling as long as you have stored their name and number in the memory.
There is space for 50 entries in your phone book, more than enough for most people unless you're super popular.
I liked that you can lock the keypad on the handset. We have needed to use this to prevent our toddler pressing random buttons when she thinks she is being helpful. She's not old enough to realise she can press the button to unlock it yet so that's good.
You can also make internal calls with this model which is a fun thing my partner and I were testing out between upstairs and downstairs. Don't become lazy and use this as a means of communication though. It was fun though.
It's a good idea to make use of the phone's functions if you are going to make this part of your home. As the phone allows you to set items such as time and date, try it when you are setting the phone up like we did. You never know when you may need it, and then you'll wish you had done it.
You can change your ringtone, which seems to be fairly standard on models on the market, as well as being able to page the other handset when you have misplaced it.
** Ease of use**
I found the phone to be fairly self explanatory by looking at the symbols on the handset. After reading the instructions to set up the above, most other functions can be clearly seen such as redial, mute, on, off etc. The handset strikes a soft tone as you operate the keys. It's not too annoying, but you also can't change it that I can work out.
When we first started to use the handset, I found volume to be a problem, and after thinking we had bought a duff phone, I realised the volume of the handset was on the minimum. As I worked out how to change it, I realised that it was much better when placed up high. You do need to have the volume on the highest setting of five I have found to get good clarity.
The phone has a great power backup. My teenage daughter is forever leaving the handset out of the base unit so it often has to rely on its reserves. We haven't been left with a flat battery yet, so this reassures us for when and if we have a power cut. At least we'll still be able to use the phones on the battery for quite a while if needed.
I have been really impressed with this handset as a whole. The look, design, feel, ease of use and functions along with the price make this phone a great budget buy for anyone in the market for a new phone. I think you could do a lot worse.
I want to warn others not to bu this phone. I invested in a triple bundle and as far as I am concerned it was throwing money away.
The most frustrating thing with this phone is that there is no back light, it is amazing how often you need this feature. The caller display function is often difficult to get, I couldn't get this function for the first three months even though I was paying extra for this with my call provider. I checked on the Internet and others were having the same problems.
The phones do have some good features including intercom which is good for baby listening. It has a hands free mode which is really useful and the phone book stores up to 50 numbers. The phone lists the last 10 numbers that called you (only available with caller display) and that time of the call.
The main selling feature of this phone is that it is energy efficient. I think the only reason that it is more energy efficient than other phones is that they have taken away the back light which in my opinion is a big mistake.
I bought this phone for a disabled friend, & was most embarrassed to find that its reception broke up badly, apparently when her mobile phone updated itself, located a few feet away. In addition the earpiece audio was very poor quality, particularly on higher volume settings. At first sight it seems OK, with many nice features, but its performance is mediocre to say the least. I'm afraid I would advise anyone to steer clear of this phone.
The BT Graphite 1100 is a truly excellent cordless housephone, especially for the incredibly low price. The speakers are great and have very high sound quality and volume. The answering machine works perfectly well, and the phone can store message after message without running into difficulties and the built in speakers play them with sublime reception! Clarity is also superb on the other side too, I've checked with many friends and they all have said that my voice is coming through clean as a whistle.
Its always nice to see genuinely good engineering in a product like this, and coupled with the sleek, understated bubble-like design, this phone can't really be faulted. I am absolutely ecstatic with the deal I got for this, and that was £1 over the RRP! It matches everything, fits anywhere and is possibly the best electronic communications device ever created.
Its simple, practical, has a great easy to follow menu driven display on both the handset and the holster, great battery life, is electrically economical, has caller ID, attractive buttons, a loud recall button, 4 customizable ringers which aren't in the least bit annoying and a huge directory into which names and numbers can be placed and read without having to squint at the digital display.
All of its features work superbly and I genuinely couldn't be happier with this purchase! Strongly, strongly, strongly recommended! Easy to install and absolutely streets ahead of the competition in all ways!
I was looking for an affordable cordless phone to replace my old one when I came across this one in a supermarket. It was a lot cheaper than many other places were selling it for and after looking at the features etc I thought it seemed like a good buy. It is a nice cheap phone that looks ok, but I think you do get what you pay for. I found the way you have to position the phone on the base is not very well designed as it tips back and the slightest knock will knock it off the base, so you have to be careful when putting it down. The ring tones are ok, nothing special. The volume of the ringer is nice and loud if you want it to be. There are useful features like a built in address book to store many numbers. The menus are very easy to navigate and I only read the book once to tell me how to use it properly. The speaker phone function is useless. I wanted to have a phone with this feature as I used it on my previous phone but it constantly breaks up and its just not worth using at all. It is nice and lightweight and does the job fine, so if you are looking for just a cordless phone thats not too fancy then this does the job. One advantage is you can add other handsets if you need to around the house.