When we first moved into our flat we were quite naiive and stuck it out with having BT for our homephone and line rental provider. However, when one month they sent me an intense bill for over £200 I realised they were having me over and realised it was definitely time to change providers for somewhere cheaper. It took a while for the transition but it ended up with us joining Tesco Homephone. At first I noticed that although we were given a new phone number the dial tone would ring but the phone would not actually make any noise. Since the handset we had previously was really old I decided to have a scout around on amazon for a good deal. As soon as I spotted this BT Graphite 2100 handset for a decent £15 it went straight into the basket - £15 worth of amazon vouchers well spent!
The phone arrived in a nice little box, with a handset, a base and all the requisite plug etc to insert into the wall for the phone line and also to plug into the socket. Inside the box was also a leaflet of instructions but being a person who is not too fussed I just skimmed through this and was raring to go! The phone requires 2 AA batteries which was nicely supplied in the box so popping these into the back of the phone it was practically set up and ready to use immediately.
The phone is actually really easy to use and whilst being really cheap it looks sleek and more expensive than it actually is. It comes in black with solid sturdy buttons which are really easy to use. The screen is blue black lit which only comes up when the phone is in use (i.e. ringing or dialling an outgoing call etc) and looks really nice. It doesn't feel bulky but is quite light, my only thing is it looks rather like a remote control and with my carelessness I have on more than one occasion picked it up and pointed it at the TV by mistake!
The phone has all the usual features like a phone book with a capacity of 50 numbers so this is easy for making frequent calls to friends and family and not having to dial it each time but can do so really quickly via your fingertips. I found this straightforward to set up, and to use it is simple as just press the button with a picture of an open book on it and then either press the letter button for the person's name or scroll down the list with the arrow buttons.
There is also the speaker phone which is good for those annoying moments when I am calling an 0800/0845 number and I am put on hold indefinitely and I have things to do around the house haha! The phone also has volume control which is good for turning up the sound where the other side of the phone is really quiet and it's hard to hear.
In terms of the battery life it's quite hard to judge as if I am honest I rarely use my homephone and rely mainly on my mobile. Once I have used it I make a conscious effort to place it straight back onto the base and have had no problems with it dying. My other half is usually the culprit for leaving the phone off the base, but personally the longest I have been on it is an hour or so and the phone lasted really well and didn't bleep that it needed charging so for me this is good! In addition to this the batteries that were supplied with the phone lasted a good 8 months before even they needed replacing so this seemed excellent value too!
In terms of reception I have had absolutely no problems with the sound clarity in phone conversations so for £15 this phone has been brilliant. The range is also good as I can go all over the house and roam with no signal lost (albeit that our flat isn't all THAT big) so it has served us well.
Overall this phone has been brilliant and we have loved using it! It does the basic job that we need which really is just to make the odd phone call and to give us a working line rental so we can have broadband wireless internet lol! It is definitely worth the mere £15 (although watch out as prices on Amazon fluctuate!) so I would definitely recommend it.
our old phones finally died a few weeks ago so needed to buy some new ones (not that we ever really use the "home phone") however after many searches and reading many reviews i decided on these due to the amount of positive comments and feedback compared to some other phones. we brought the set of three as we have one up stairs, one in the hall and one in the lounge. one of the good things about BT phones is that you have the option to buy either one, two, three or sometime five in a set, so suitable for anyone with any type of need or home. One of the main things that drew me to this phone is that it has an energy efficiant power supply, so will use around half the amount of energy that other BT phones would use, saving you money on your electric bill! i brought the three pack from Argos for £49.99 which i felt was very reasonable for a pack with 3 phones. (this was on offer as usually £59.99)
The phones feel very light and are very easy to hold, they are quite long and thin which makes it very easy to grip and hold when having a conversation, and doesnt start to hurt your hand after being on the phone for ages like i have found with some phones. Argos only had the black style available but i have seen on other sites that they are alos available in silver. i felt the black ones look very modern and stylish and fitted in well with a modern home.
There are many useful settings on this phone, i especially like the phone book option where you can add all your contacts to make it easier when needing to contact someone, you no longer have to search for your phone book or find your mobile to get the number. it is very simple to use by just pressing the phonebook picture button and scrolling through to find the person you want to contact. i also really like the internal call feature, so you can call another phone within the house, this is especially useful if you have a large house, you can use the phone downstiars to call the phone upstairs and speak to your partner / child etc rather than shouting through the house. this is also helpful for when you answer the phone downstairs and you want to transfer the call to the person upstiars.
There are also other features such as redial, speak phone, call log, hold and conference calls but we tend not to use these ones.
These phones are great and the volume and sound are brilliant, you also have volume control to either turn up or down if the person on the other end is too loud or too quiet.
with many phones i have experience the battery life on them is never very good and you usually start to find leaving the phones off of the base for a few hours will run the phone right down, however so far with these phones i have found the battery life is much better than i had expected them to be and seem to last a very long time.
The only down side is that ours did not come with an answer phone however we just make the most out of 1571 instead.
overall very stylish modern looking phones, great feel to them and work very well.
Our telephones had just about worn out. We usually have two phones, one in the kitchen and one in the living room but the one in the kitchen had stopped working and changing the battery didn't do anything so we decided it was time to get some new phones.
We had a look on the Argos web site to see what they had to offer and found these BT Graphite phones on there. There are three phones in the pack although they do lots of different packs with different amounts of phones. Three was sufficient for our family, we can now have one in the living room, one in the kitchen and another upstairs in my craft room. Its no good putting it in the bedroom and my Other Half works a lot of nights so this way it suits us all and we don't need to keep running down stairs to answer the phone or take the phone up with us and then forget where it was put.
The phones have a really nice feel to them. They are quite long and skinny and rectangular in shape but the bottom on the phone has a bit more depth to it than the slimmer top.
The colour of our phones are black but you can get them in silver too. We though the black ones looked more stylish though. They feel nice in the hand and are just the right shape to hold them without getting cramp in your fingers if you are on a long call.
The phone has a phone book where you can put in your numbers and it will keep them there for you so if you want to ring someone you don't have to keep looking up people's phone numbers. You just press the button with the little book on it and then you can either press the letter button for the person's name or scroll down the list with the arrow buttons.
You can redial the last number and you can also check the numbers of who has called you which is really handy if you still don't get to the phone in time even after having them dotted around the house.
You can use the speaker phone which is well handy too, I use this a lot if I am sewing, I can carry on having a chat with whoever it is and keep on sewing at the same time. Its also good if you have two of you who want to listen in on a phone call at the same time.
The phones are easy to call each other which is good for me if I am upstairs, I can call down to my other half and he can answer the phone without me having to shout down the stairs. You can also transfer a call to another phone but I am not sure how to do that as we haven't yet had to do it.
The sound is really good, you can turn it up if you want to by pressing a button so if the caller is quiet you will be able to hear them better.
The battery life on the phones seems to be much better although this might be where they are new. We do not really need to leave them off the hook for long as we have them in the rooms we use the most but they have never run out of battery yet.
They are still selling these phones on the Argos web site and they cost £49.99 for the three black phone set. It doesn't have an answer phone on it but you can buy a set with the answer phone which would cost you more money.
I would highly recommend these phones.
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The Graphite 2100 Trio digital cordless phone comes in a contemporary design with an easy to read blue backlit screen. You can store up to 50 names and numbers in the directory and it also stores the last 40 incoming call details. It has caller display so you can see who is calling even when you are already engaged in a call. The built in speakerphone allows handsfree conversation which is great for a group chat or when your hands are busy. It has good green credentials too - low energy power supply and recyclable packaging. 10 hours talktime is available on a full charge, and 100 hours standby when not in use or on the charger. Incoming calls can be transferred between handsets and internal calls can be made between handsets making it a useful intercom.