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      17.12.2003 03:36
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      ****BT Quartet **** In our buisy household the telephone seldome stops ringing and with 5 of us milling around ,and always on the go we decided it might be very handy to buy a cordless telephone. One of our requirements would be to have an answer machine too for those important calls when we are out. We had previously had a couple of different cordless telephones but with varying degrees of success.One had met an untimely demise upon it's third bounce on the floor,the other was relegated to the loft after its appaling reception had driven us mad for long enough.But as technology had moved along alot we thought it might be time to see if we could locate a more suitable one that might survive our frantic household,and so the search commenced. **My requirements** Ok,you already have a picture of my manic household and some of the things my phone-to-be needs,but I'll make a list of everything so I know what I'm looking for. 1/Cordless 2/Spare handset (for upstairs) 3/Answer machine 4/Good reception 5/Very durable 6/Nice looking 7/Under £60 (tight budget) 8/Locator facility (for when the kids hide the handsets) Armed with my requirements I head off on a quest to find the perfect phone for us,unconvinced that I'll find one that will meet all my needs. **Success!!!** Half a day into my search,I enter a large electrical store.I discuss my needs with an assistant (yup I actually find one that's helpful!). We remove the entire range of options from the stand and start to put them all to the test.Despite the fact that I can't actually throw them on the floor I feel I can acurrately guage how durable they are (a quick tap on the stand when the assistant wasn't looking !). It didn't take me long to find a few that came close to what I was looking for.The big problem was the price.With a short list of three that fitted the bill,only
      one came anywhere near my budget and that was £79.99 (£20 over). I decided not to give up,I would continue my quest elsewhere now I knew which phones to be looking for.If I could find one cheaper then I'd be quids in.If not then I'd just have to scrape together another £20 and come back. One of the problems I initially had when looking was that I needed to try the phones to see if they where what I needed,but as I now knew which one I wanted I could start looking in stores whre they were less accessable. It took less than half an hour to find my BT Quartet package, and at only £39.99 !! That was £30 cheaper than in Curries or Argos. I grabbed one quickly and rushed back home to try out my new toy. **The look** I chose a white set,but it's also available in silver,gold and ice blue. Whilst not the most slimline it's main base with the answer machine is neat and compact measuring about 12" by 8".Its corners are rounded as is the shape of the handset.The spare base/handset measures about 12" by 4". The buttons are unobtrusive,and surround the small messages didgital display,generally giving it a pleasing appearance,but not too high tech.(I didn't want to be blinded by sience) **Features/technical informtion** Upto 15 minute digital recording time(15 minutes worth of messages) 3 pr-recorded outgoing messages 2 mailboxes Security PIN code Remote access facility Private playback via handset Time/day stamp Voice prompts 12 number memory including 2 one toutch memories Multi handsets-upto 3 can be added 250m range 3 ringer melody options Last number redial Upto 7 hours talktime 72 hours standby Wall mountable Extendable antenna. **How does it perform?** I have my phone installed and handsets fully charged,so it's time to put them to the test. The first thing I p
      ut to the test was the distance and clarity.All the way to the top of my road I got a good clear signal.I'm not sure quite how far that is but it must be in the region of 200m+. Even when I'm in the house near electrical equipment I get no interferance and I can adjust the volume according to how much noise my kids are making!! Durability has been tried and tested on several occassions,inluding dropping one or other handset into the sink,on the floor and sitting on it. I a'm happy to report they survived all inccidents and are none the worse for their ordeals. Time to set the answer machine,and I must admit I have operated simpler ones<but the instructions are clear and once you have it set up the rest is much easier.Even the kids can operate the playback and delete options. The messages left are clear and audiable,and message allerts (choice of light or beep or just the message number display)are effective. Now,bearing in mind I can talk for England,seldome remember to put the handset back on the base,and am not restricted by cost as to how many or how long my phone calls are,I might have expected to run the handset down on several occassions,but to date I haven't managed to.The charge life in the phone has proved to go well beyond the ones specified,and that's another big plus for me. The locator facility works well to,with an icrease in volume the longer you take to find the handset.Seeing as my kids hide the handset several times a day this can be very useful.It is activated by pressing a button on the base,the handset then emmits a series of beeps for as long as it takes you to find it. **Summery** This cordless telephone package is excellent value and after a six month trial in my home has proved it worth to us over and over again.Had I paid the higher price for it £79.99)I would have still felt it good value for money.However if you are thinking of buying one I would
      urge you to look round first as I have found this in a total of 5 shops at the lower price of £39.99. I purchased mine from my local Catalogue shop,but have since bought 2 more from other shops at £39.99,my family were so impressed they asked me to pick them a couple up too. If you want very modern and slimline though this is not the phone for you.It is not an old looking phone or particularly bulky,but it's not the most modern out there. ~~ Thanks for reading ~~

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        26.11.2003 17:49

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        I've read all the reviews on here about how great this phone is because it's cheap and high quality. Well I disagree, I was very happy with my phone until it broke for no reason 2 weeks out of warranty. So it no longer works and now I have to go and buy a new one - I was so sure it wasn't my wonderful BT phone that I had an engineer out to check the line, and he said it was my phone! So, if you're happy to pay £40 for 12 months use of a cordless phone, then I would recommend this phone, because it looks nice and will last you for the year, BUT if you value durability in your products, do not buy a BT phone.

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        26.04.2002 20:45
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        The BT Quartet 2010 is a digital cordless telephone. It is grey in colour and stands in the charger. There is also a base unit where the telephone line is attached. With this phone you can have up to 4 handsets. We only have the one as we have another telephone as well as this one. Before you first use this telephone, it is recommended that you charge the phone up for 24 hours. We charged it up so it was on all night and by the time we got up in the morning it was ready to start using. When talking to someone on the phone, you should extend the aerial to make it clearer and not crackly. I have found that if you do not extend the aerial, it is crackly and you can not tell what the other person on the other end of the phone is saying to you properly. The phone is very easy to use. To make a call, you just press the talk button. This is a green button. Then to end the call, you just press it again. It's as simple as that. There is a secrecy button. This is if you want to say something to someone, who is in the same room as you, and you do not want the person on the phone to hear you. Whilst talking to someone on the phone, you can adjust the volume to loud or soft, so that you can hear the person talking to you properly. You can store up to 20 people's name and telephone number on your handset. These all go in alphabetical order, which makes it easier to find who you are looking for. As well as adding people's names and telephone numbers, you can also edit and delete them too. You can lock the keypad too on this phone, so that you do not press any of the buttons accidentally. It will also stop young children pressing numbers too. There is 2 way calling, so that you can chat to 2 other people at the same time, and all chat to each other. You can change the ringing tone on the phone. Just choose the one you want and press save. Then that tone will play everytime your ph
        one rings. You can see who the last person to call you was, by dialling 1471. This is good if you do not have an answering machine. We have an answering machine though on the telephone downstairs, as this is the phone we use upstairs When the telephone is ringing, there is a light on the handset which lights up. There is a redial button where it stores the last 3 telephone numbers that called you last. You do not have to be on BT to have this phone, even though it is a BT phone. With the phone being cordless, you can move around and chat. Also with it being digital, it is clearer and nno crackling noises on the phone either. We bought this phone from Argos nearly 3 years ago now and it cost us £80, which is not a bad price to pay for a telephone. It may have come down in price now though. You can still buy this phone though as I have seen it in the shops. As well as buying it from Argos you can also buy it from the BT shop too. The telephone comes with screws and wall plugs, so that you can mount it on to a wall if you want to. I recommend this phone to anyone looking to buy a new telephone!!!

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          02.02.2002 04:28

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          Fantastic Product at a Bargin Price - Advantages: Split Charger & Base Unit, Too Cheep, Overall Quality - Disadvantages: Perhaps Too Bulky Next To Modern Units

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          07.08.2001 02:16
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          I've had a couple of low price cordless phones and they have turned out to be very poor in performance. The first one kept losing the signal and there was lots of interference. It wouldn't work at all if you weren't fairly close to the base unit. The washing machine sent this one wild! The second was okay if you stood near the base but if you walked around the volume went up and down and everything sounded as though you had your head in bucket...sort of echoing and fuzzy. I recently decided to purchase the BT Quartet 2020. I've been using it for two weeks and so far, so good! This phone is operated through a menu which is accessed through the handset. You just plug the base unit into a phone socket and that's it installed. The phonebook holds 20 entries and this the only potential problem with this phone. If you phone lots of people it doesn't take long to gather 20 numbers. It could have done with the capacity to hold at least 30. You can add extra handsets to this one base unit if you wish. That gives you extra extensions where you want them. I'm not sure how much these extra sets are as I haven't bought any. There are four different ringer tones to choose from so you can play with them until you get one that suits you. This is especially useful for people who have difficulty hearing at lower frequencies as they can choose a tone with a higher pitch. You can also time you calls if you wish by reading the built in call timer and alter the speeech volume by simply pressing a button. As far as I know you can only get this phone in dark grey. At least that is all that was available when I bought mine. It's a good looking phone that fits snuggly onto its stand and is quite stable, so that a slight knock won't send it tumbling over. It isn't top of the range when it comes to cordless phones but I think its excellent value for the price.

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            16.06.2001 06:42
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            The most important thing for me when looking for my phone last year was that it was cordless and looked good. After looking around for a phone that looked good for a reasonable price, I plumped for the BT Quartet2010. The phone is a very tidy little unit and had the possibility of extension with up to 3 more handsets(handy if moving to a bigger house in the near future). It features a 20 name number memory about 3 dial tones and a simple press of a button while talking puts the phone in secrecy mode. A keyguard lock(like on the nokia phones) is handy and an aerial, it all comes in a nice metallic grey finish. I bought the phone at Dixons in Scarborough and then took it back to the York store because there was an offer on for this phone. Anyhow they refunded me the £10 offer money which was good and I thought I had got a good deal. Tie this with the price of other phones being £20 more for anything half decent in cordless form. The main unit can have up to 4 seperate handsets which is enough to fill a large house and the base unit can be upgraded to the 2015 which includes an answerphone(I didnt need this when I purchased the unit). When I first used the phone the reception took a little getting used to and I was also a little peeved that it didnt have as many options for storing names as some mobiles offer. This was only a minor niggle though, it does what I want it to do with the benefit of being able to talk anywhere in the house:) It has a smooth curvy design which feels comfortable in the palm of your hand. And I have to say it looks good I like things to look smart when I get something. Summing up I am very happy with this model and have no desire to change it in the near future.

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              02.03.2001 04:25
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              This phone is one of the best cordless phones that you can buy! Not only does the aerial pull up and out (Which I admit worked out after watching brookside – no I’m not a fan!) but it allows 20 lovely people to be stored in your phone book. How cool is that!?! You can do plenty of things with it – not being rude, like mounting it on the wall, change the ringing melody, add another two handsets to it, cor the possibilities are just endless. I have had this phone for nearly a year now, and it hasn’t let me down once! It is just so nice to be able to carry around a phone, and wander around the house whilst talking on the telephone! Yes that’s right, so now when you are chatting with your mates on the phone, you don’t need to say oh, hang on I’m just gonna get a drink then nearly break your leg when you charge into the kitchen. You can just stroll calmly into the kitchen and poor yourselves a lovely cup of tea, whilst still keeping your leg in tact! I also like taking it in the bath, because you know that that is the most annoying thing ever to happen in the world, well unless you meet Cilla Black face to face! – JOKE! Anyway, I would recommend you buy this product, because I have had no complaints about it! It’s like my long lost friend! Cheers M

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