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In general, this triple set of cordless phones has worked well. Each phone has a base unit (which needs to be plugged into the mains power) and the phone just slots in the top. One of the bases is the main one with the answer machine. The sound quality is good with clear reception even in the garden. The features are also easy to use including the stored phone numbers and speaker which make the phones easier for our young children to use. You can program each phone to say which room it is from but it is a shame that you can only use the answer machine functions from the main base unit and not all three. In general a good product but over time they have become unreliable. The connections where the phone slots into the base have become dodgy and require you to wiggle the phone around until the indicator light comes on. We also find that they do not store charge for very long anymore and have to be placed in the cradle between each use to avoid them going flat.
The battery life on this phone is OK, you generally get upto 12 hours with it off charge but then if you go to use it you get piercing beeps in your ear, would be preferable if the beeps were before it got so low on battery to alert you to charge it than after the event. My screen has a constant number of missed calls and I can't clear this, I find that annoying.
Not a huge range of ring tones but it is satisfactory.
The design is attractive I think too.
When someone does ring you it is only the holster that will make a noise while the phone flashes, this can be a pain when the phone is out of the holster and you can't locate it quickly. Ideally both devices should ring.
When you loose the phone, as with children and cordless things you do, there's a button on the base that you can press for the phone to make a noise to make locating it easier.
BT Graphite 2100 triple phone pack.
Last year our home phone started to play up, reception not clear calls cutting off mid call so I while shopping in Asda I saw they had a section selling telephones. I had a look at the various phones on the shelf and saw the BT Graphite phone. It came in either single, double or triple combinations. As we have three floors in our house I thought I would go for the triple set and have one on each floor. There is nothing worse than being on the top floor and having to come all the way down stairs to the ground floor to answer the phone only to reach it and whoever it is has rung off.
I went home unpacked the box. Inside it contained three black base units one of which was the main base unit which has an extra lead to connect to the telephone socket. The other two do not have this facility and just have a three point plug. Each phone came with a rechargeable battery which you have to put in the phone. The battery is inserted into the battery casing at the rear of the hand set and they tell you to charge it up for 24 hours. The phone worked ok within the first hour of charging it up.
The hand set.
The hand set is approximately five inches in length and two inches wide. It has an LCD display on the front of the phone which has a blue back light which glows when you first put it back on the base unit and also when you receive a phone call. If you pay extra for number display the number of the caller shows up on the phone when an incoming call is received. There is also a sign on the display telling you how much battery life is left and an indication of the sound level and signal level is indicated on the top left hand corner which is handy if you wish to take the phone out into the garden.
Reception of calls is pretty good we can use the phones all around the house and out into the garden and the quality of calls Is consistent and good with no drops in signal strength.
It is quite easy to set up there is a menu button which gives you access to different five ring tones, a directory where you can enter and store 50 telephone numbers you use regularly. There is a clock and alarm facility on the menu list which is handy if you need to set reminders to ring someone at a certain time and there is an advanced setting. There is also a 40 number log so you can check back to see who rang while you were out or what the last calls were and to whom.
The ring tone can be set at five different levels and although it is set on the loudest level I cannot hear it at all if I am in certain rooms in the house. (I must point out that I only have 7% hearing and often miss phone calls but the others in the house can hear it.) I can hear the phone if I am near it or I can see it light up when there is a call. I find if the phone rings for long enough eventually I might get to hear it but generally I cannot hear it ring. The ring melody can be changed and I have chosen the one that I am most likely to hear.
The battery can last for up to 10 hours in use and up to 100 hours off charge which is handy to know if you are likely to be making many calls in succession. My wife can be on the phone for several hours at a time which annoys me intensely and all she does when the battery is low is put it back in the charger and change to another phone. We do not always put the handsets into the charger especially me if no one else is in the house and I have it in front of me so I can see when there is a call.
There is also a secrecy button on the unit so that you can talk to someone else without the caller listening or over hearing what you are saying. There is also a paging facility so for example if someone is on the top floor you can page that phone to get hold of them. You can also transfer calls easily between sets which is handy.
Would I recommend it?
If you want to have several phones spread around the house then yes it is handy to have them place in strategic places for example in the lounge, in the kitchen and one upstairs. We have one in the lounge one in my study on the middle floor and when someone is staying one goes on the top floor otherwise it is kept in the kitchen. It does not really matter where you site the phones because they work anywhere within the house and outside in the garden which was really handy last year when we spent most of our time outside. This phone is really quite useful for us and I am sure you would find it useful too. For £59.99 I think it is quite a bargain and suits our needs well and give it my full endorsement.