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I recently bought this BT Sonus 1500 twin to replace our Phillips one which for some reason just wasn't charging properly. They can retail for as much as £69.99 but I bought these new on Ebay for the bargain price of £24.99. I just went onto Ebay and typed in twin phones and this one was the first one which came up and which only had two minutes left on auction. I did something unusual for me and made a split second decision to buy it which is something I don't usually do and can sometimes stand in the supermarket for about ten minutes deciding which biscuits to buy. I hadn't researched the phone or seen it before but I think it was the £45 saving that spurred me on to buy it. It was listed as brand new but not in the original packaging as it was either a return or wrong order.
It came in a bag with all the parts still in the original plastic wrappings and the whole thing encased in bubble wrap, which included an instruction manual, two handsets, the answering machine base, the charger base, a telephone line cord, a mains power adaptor, and four AAA batteries, two for each handset. First of all you need to plug it into the mains and put the handset onto the base in order for it to charge for twenty four hours and after this time you can plug the phone line cord into the socket. New batteries should give you up to 15 hours of continuous talk time (but even I can't talk that much) or 150 hours on standby and the batteries re-charge by keeping the handset on the base for six to eight hours. You get a flashing icon on the handset when the batteries are low so you can replace them without being cut off when you are in the middle of a call.
The handset icons will show you the battery status, the signal strength, if the answer machine is on or off, if you have a missed call or a message, and will indicate if the memory is full. The base has an on and off button for the answer machine which flashes if you have a message, play, stop, skip and delete buttons for messages and speaker volume buttons. A button I find very useful is the find button which you press to locate handset if like me you have walked round the house talking and have left it in the kitchen, the dining room or it has slipped down the back of the sofa.
It is easy to scroll through the menu to by using the arrow buttons after pressing the menu button. This gives you the option of entering new contacts or amending existing ones, settings where you can set the time, date and display, the alarm clock which I have not yet used, sound which allows you to choose the handset ringer, base ringer and advisory tones, the answer machine services and BT services where you can call the BT helpdesk and set functions such as diverts, call waiting and ringback. You can set the handset ringer and the base ringer to two different tunes but this sounds really weird so I have set them to the same and have chosen just a normal bring bring sound rather than some of the more random sounds you can choose from such as birds singing or a modern jazz trumpet solo.
As a shortcut if you just want to go straight to the names in your phonebook you press the names button which is next to the menu button. You then scroll up and down until you find the name you want and then press the green phone icon to make the call. You can also press the redial button which will give you the last twenty numbers you have called. This phone has the capacity for a massive 250 names and numbers but I don't think I even know that many people! You can set up to 8 numbers on speed dial so you just have to press a single number to make the call which I particularly useful as I tend to call the same five or six people most of the time.
You can adjust the volume during a call by pressing the top and bottom of the large square button in the middle and there are five levels of volume to choose from. To put the phone on loudspeaker you press the green phone button and then press it again to switch back to the earpiece. It is easy to lock the phone by pressing the hash button down for a few seconds and then again to release it which would be particularly useful if you have young children who want to play with the phone.
The second phone is the same in design and function but the base is just a charger that the phone sits in. I have this upstairs in the bedroom. Unlike my previous phone this is just plugged into the mains electric and doesn't have to be plugged into a telephone socket which is good if you only have one telephone point.
I would say that the only negative point for me is that when you press the number keys there is a slight delay before you hear the beep which tells you that you have pressed it and you have to press the keys quite firmly for it to register. I have fast fingers and am used to tapping in the number very quickly and when I first had the phone I misdialled a few times as I had missed digits out, but I am getting a bit more used to it now. Apart from that, it has a lot of functions my previous phone didn't have, the sound is extremely clear and it feels solid and durable to hold and use. I don't think I would have paid £70 but I wouldn't pay that for any phone, but I am glad I went onto Ebay and made this snap decision as I am very happy with this BT phone and would recommend it to others.