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A great phone on a budget!
BT Graphite 2100
Member Name: MsTricia
BT Graphite 2100
Date: 22/03/13, updated on 22/03/13 (54 review reads)
Advantages: easy to use and set up, cheap, works fine
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.
Summary: a good standard homephone for us to use
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