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I spent ages last yar looking for the perfect telephone to use for my house (unfortunately I had not heard of dooyoo at this time).
Home telephones can be quite expensive, so after careful deliberation, I decided to spend that little bit more and go for the BT Mango. The phone that I bought was black, however the orange one does look much nicer but it was out of stock.
In my opinion, a terrible phone, stay away!! The telephone itself looks the part, I got mine from ebay and paid around £40 for it at the time. When the telephone arrived it looked much bigger and bulkier than it does in the picture, but still I was willing to persevere with it as it had preety cool functions.
One of the fuctions that I actually liked about the telephone was that you can store loads of names and numbers in it (255), you can also just take your sim card out of your mobile and pop it into the phone and it will copy all of your contacts over, so anyone whos number you have stored, there name will pop up when they call you! It has 10 ringtones but lets face it I knew from the outset that these were going to be terrible!
Battery life, not great at all, I kept mine on charge when I was not using it, but the worst issue of all in my opinion was the number one thing that a phone should have, and that was it was never clear when speaking to people, very hard to hear even when fully charged.
The telephone is meant to have a good range, so you should be able to walk from room to room chatting hence 'cordless', but I found that if I moved at all it just made things worse!!
The telephone has an answering machine facility and you can have up to 5 handsets where you cant hear anyone - great!
Range of 300 metres outdoors and up to 50 metres indoors (apparently, but not in my house).
After all my research and spending an extra few pounds I think I ended up with the worst possible phone that I could have got!! In future I am sticking to the cheap corded models, at least they are relaible!
BT Mango. Oh dear! Not a good experience for me - this phone does not look as good as it does in the photo being rather cheap and plastic in reality. I bought it online because it is black and promised to fulfill my requirements for a home phone! The sound quality is poor and turning it up reduces the battery life to an hour which is surely a design fault. The menus are not easy to follow although the functionality is best described as basic; the buttons are 'sticky' and need prodding to register, the screen display is not easy to read and the button sequence to set anything up is comical. The whole thing is also too big and clumsy boding the question of why? The intention seems to be there but this is no design classic. I really do not have much good to say about this phone other to advise not to buy it, a great disappointment.
i bought this phone for my home, despite my wife and her reservations. I really should listen to her more, but I was determined to buy these phones.
The only reason I wanted them was because they looked like mobile phones, and the colours would go in our home. With heindsight I wish I had never bothered.
I should have realised from the outset that they were going to be trouble - I bought them from Tesco but they managed to charge me for them twice... not the fault of the phone, but not the best of starts.
The phones themselves worked perfectly well. They do look good - I still think so - and the built in answering machine is simple enough even for me to work them.
The ring tones are the most frustrating things I have ever heard. The standard rings are so high pitched that they go through you. The more 'exciting' ringtones are dull to say the least. I ended up selecting a 'blues' type tune. It was laughable, but for my mind the best that was on offer.
I found the keys hard to press, sometimes needing to be pressed twice to get the number dialed.
Eventually the phones started cutting out and switching off so I got rid of them. Even without this I was not happy with them in the slightest.
I tried the BT Mango against my better judgement, after having a poor BT Calypso which had a very unresponsive keypad. Why did I let myself get drawn in by this handsets really nice styling?
Well, the BT Mango also comes in a aqua blue and white combo, but I went for the orange colour. I was pleasanly surprised when unwrapping it about just how cool this looks. The fact that it is a slider, means that it is really compact. The inverted display (white on black) makes for an interesting design too. The actual phone quality is pretty good, call quality is also top notch.
Where the Mango goes wrong though is on two points. The keypad is hidden and sometimes when you try and slide it up the battery cover comes off. With practice you learn where to hold it to avoid this, but it should not happen at all. The second point is docking the phone to charge. It makes a nice beep to let you know it is charging, but then when you walk passed it a little briskly, it beeps again. So the connection must be very sensitive. It is not unique to a faulty handset, I have two, so it must be a characteristic of the phone.
I paid £34.99 for this when Argos had them on offer. Problems aside, it is a nice phone. Clear display and good quality calls. Just a shame BT over-designed it a little.
This was my last phone before the one I have now, I bought mine from ebay and it was one of the best house phones I ever had, I had it for nearly 2 years and was sad to see it go back in its box into the cupboard. I loved the quirkyness of this phone, the sliding mechinism and the hidden keypad, the answer machine was easy to work and the recordings were very clear, after a couple of hours of getting used to it, the phone was easy to use, the reception was clear, and the whole thing very neat and tidy, I also loved the colour cos it was different from the usual black/silver/grey phones around. One of its best features for me was the ability to read a sim card, excellent for the transferring of telephone numbers and saved me hours of typing in the numbers I needed to store. I love gadgets and this was great cos I had never had a phone that could do this and now would not consider one which did not have a sim card reader. Downside as always with phones these days is the ringtones they are just awful, and not really much of a selection I would like to see manufactures allow you the facility to record your own ringtone like you can with mobile phones. very useful little phone.....can now be purchased in black
I have to say (this is ingoring the colour) this isnt a half bad phone. It has everything you need on a home phone and it has great sound clarity. It was like i was standing next to the person i was talking to and we were having the same conversation.
I have to say however, i was less impressed with the styling. The colour looks like they just put cocktail on it and it doesnt really fit in too well with my slighty more rustic house. So if your house has a brownish kind of colour scheme and has a lot of wood, this is probably not the right phone to out in that room but if you dont mind a bit of highlighter orange then this would be the perfect phone for you. It took me a day to work out where the buttons were but i found it simplicity after that.
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255 name and number directory on handset;
3 way conferencing;
Clock and alarm;
10 handset ringer melodies;