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BT Graphite 2100 Twin
Member Name: k444tmc
BT Graphite 2100 Twin
Date: 10/05/12, updated on 10/05/12 (218 review reads)
Advantages: Looks great - cheap when on offer
Disadvantages: Buttons get very dirty and worn - low battery beeping when on a call is very annoying
When I moved in with my now ex partner out of my parents last year I bought a package from Sky to cover the TV, phone line and broadband. We didnt have any house phones we could move into our new house so I went on the hunt for some new ones. I didn't have a particular brand in mind - the only requirements I had was to pick up a double set, a good brand and it had to look attractive.
I came across this BT Graphite 2100 twin set in the Argos catalogue in September 2011 and chose this set due to the appearance and the fact the they were cheaper than other similar sets.
The twin set was supposed to be £49.99 but was reduced by £20 down to £29.99 - menaing you are paying around £15 per handset - I think this is excellent value for money. At the time of writing this review is is currently being sold at the same reduction I got them for - £29.99.
As well as the twin pack you can also purchase this handset in single, trio and quad packs depending on your needs! For just me and my young daughter living in my house, two phones is all we needed.
About the handsets and base units
In the twin pack you get the following:
1 x main base unit (the only difference to the other is that its slightly bigger and has a "find" button to ring the phone when you have misplaced - I use this a lot! I use this in my living room)
* 1 x normal unit (I tend to use this one in my bedroom)
* 2 x Graphite 2100 handsets
* All cabels required to plug into phone line and electric supply
As a female I had no problems at all with installing these.
The handsets and base units are all black in colour - the buttons on the handsets are also black and have white font showing numbers and letters in a smaller font (for those who would like to use it as a text phone)... You get a number of other buttons on the handset to carry out a number of uses - these include:
* Secrecy (Cancel button)
* Ring button (shows as a green telephone, can also be used as a handheld if you press again during the call)
* Volume Up/Down (Can also be used to check last dialled and last incoming calls)
The hansets both require 2 x AAA batteries (which come supplied) which can be easily re-charged using the base units provided - always use rechargable batteries though!
How the handsets and bases looked to me was a big factor in what I was purchasing. The above image seems to give the indication to me that the handsets start off quite thin at the bottom and get thicker towards the top - this seems to be a style which is quite popular at the moment... in person the handsets don't really look like this... I think its just clever photography.
On both the handsets and base units you have an engraved image of the BT symbol - this is located on the back of the handsets and the middle of the base units. The base units also show the brand name but the handsets do not show this information.
The handsets have an internal phonebook for you to store your most dialled numbers - which is great for someone like me forever losing loose things like phone books! As per user manual it is very easy to go into the phone, locate the phone book and dial the number you wish to call.
* The handsets can each hold a total of 50 names/numbers
You have the choice out of 10 ringtones - you can even pick a different ringtone for each handset and this can be easily changed using the options menu. The ringtones all sound great compared to some other handsets which often give really annoying ringtones. Another option the handset gives you for these quiet times where you don't want to be disturbed you can turn the ringer off completly from the options menu.
Like many other handheld phones these days you do get the options of:
* Caller ID
* Call Transfer
* Call Waiting
I do recieve caller ID on mine which is great for knowing who is calling me and if its one of those pesky call centres trying to sell me rubbish I know to ignore it! I have not had the oppertunity to try the transfer or waiting options however and I am under the impression that the ID/transfer/waiting options are included on your phone line depending on your operator - I get free caller ID but many other companys do not offer this. Check with your telephone provider for more information.
As previously mentioned you do have the option of the handheld / loud speaker facility -which is great if you want to have a conversation without the phone being pinned between your shoulder and ear - which gives a clear loud speaker.
The handsets do also come with an alarm - do date I have used this to help me get up for work - which is great because in your half asleep state you jump up and run to the phone thinking someone is calling you.
When the handsets are fully charged they give you a total of 10 hours talk time (if you are constantly using the phone) and 100 hours standby (if the phone is sitting unused) which is great for me as a person who is forever forgetting to put the phones on charge / loses the phones under a sofa cushion!
As previously mentioned the handsets are cordless and give a great range of 50m indoor and 300m outdoor. I am forever wandering outside into my front and back gardens with the phone glued to my ear and I have never had any problems with it falling out of range.
I must also stress that the base units are intended for stand up use so the phones are not suitable at all to be wall mounted.
My favourite thing about this set like all other good cordless phones, is the button on the main unit which you press to ring the other phones - when you lose them! I would be completly lost without this option...
As previously mentioned I had no problems at all with installation and find I can carry out normal functions on the phone such as find a number in the address book / update the address book / change ringtones all without difficulty. My 6 year old daughter finds it very easy to use the phone to ring friends and family without a great deal of supervision which is great!
Although I have mentioned previously to me the handsets look a bit different in the flesh to the above image thye are still very sleek and attractive and very comfortable to use. The base units are a round bubble-like design which also make both handset and unit look very attractive to look at.
The sound through the phone normally and also through the loud speaker sounds great - to date I have never had any problem with hearing on the phone with both options and neither have my incoming callers.
One thing I have found a bit annoying when the handset is on low battery is the fact that when you are on a call to someone, the phone will go silent and then give off continuous beeps in your ear for about 10 seconds - you cant hear the person on the other end during this time nor can they hear you.
The only other bad thing I have found about the handsets is how dirty the buttons get - if I hold the phone to my ear my make up tends to go on to the top buttons of the handset and through continuous cleaning due to this the buttons are a bit worn looking.
Apart from these two small points I think the phone is brilliant overall - great value for money, works like a dream and looks very nice! 4/5 for me!
Summary: Great phone - would recommend to all!
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