I baught these phones a couple of years ago when me and my partner got our first home together. Like most people i'm too eager to read the instructions, so i just plugged them in and that was that. Eventually i figured out how to use a few of the basic functions, so i set up the ringer tones which was fairly easy to do and you get a choice of many- aswell as the ring volume which ranges for mute to a loud volume.
Again without the instructions i managed to figure out how to store numbers, but eventually i gave in and had to look at the user manunal! Upon doing so i realised these phones had a lot more features than i gave them credit for. Including being able to track all the previous numbers i dialled, aswell as all the previous missed calls and received calls.
Nine times out of ten i receive no interferance with the wireless on these phones, however now and again i do get some interferance which can sound like bustling and sometimes even an echo of my own voice. Bizzarely aswell sometimes the wireless receiver built into them will mess up the signal of my Sky TV temporarily, confused? Me too!
Aesthetically they arn't too pleasing, they are a bit lightweight and after a while i noticed that the silver plastic started to fade on certain areas- especially the back cover.
They are however very hardwearing, i have lost count of the number of times i have dropped them- or my little boy thrown them and they still work perfectly fine.
The batterylife is very long lasting, and they have hours of talk time before they need to be placed in the charging docks.
Overall these are budget phones so you get what you pay for, I wont be singing this products praises from the roof tops but i'm content enough with these phones enough not to feel the need to replace them. I do feel they are lacking in a few areas, but as i say they are budget phones and with technology these days the higher the qaulity the higher the price tag.
my studio 1100 twin pack does nt seem to be working can not register the phone to the base if anyone can help me with this problem please do
The BT Studio 1100 is a pretty decent phone that's available for a very reasonable price (I think we paid about £30 for ours and that was a couple of years ago now).
The colour and design of the phone is excellent - both the handsets and the base holders have a curved design and this along with the silver colour makes them look quite futuristic. It also means that the phone is comfortable to hold in your hand - something which pleases my fiancée during to her long calls home to mother!
Sound quality is generally quite good, although it's hard to write a true appraisal as any problems could be down to the line rather than the handset.
Handsets feature a digital display which is fairly basic, but you wouldn't expect full colour and flashing graphics on a £30 phone, would you?
The other slight disappointment is the fact that the phone book can't be synchronised between handsets - meaning that you have to enter your phone numbers twice: once for the base handset and once for the other handset... this would be quite annoying if we had 3 or 4 handsets!
I bought these phones a couple of years ago for my new house. They have standard features including an easily accessible phone book, answering machine and volume adjustable ring tone.
The cordless option means that they are pretty flexible, and can be used in the garden, which is useful. The phones and chargers/holders themselves are reasonably attractive and durable, unlike the more cheap looking cordless handsets on the market.
However, there are two massive flaws with this product. Firstly, though they remain (successfully) on charge 24/7 unless being used, they have an incredibly short battery life. On occasion I've had one last only half an hour from being fully charged. There is no warning beep that they are low on battery or going to cut off - they just do, which if you use for a business or you're talking to someone important/in a professional capacity, would be a major issue. It's annoying enough if it happens after you've been on hold for half an hour! The only sign that the battery is low is the small charge symbol on the screen; however it is annoying to miss part of the conversation to keep constantly checking, and easy enough to forget to do.
The worst experience I've had with these phones is that one completely died. It wasn't used all that much (maybe on a weekly or so basis), though despite being on charge and plugged in, the screen just went completely dead and stayed that way. This happened after about a year after buying the phones brand new, which I was not pleased about as they were a lot more expensive then than they are now. This is also something to consider if you're buying them second hand, as they could fail at any point.
Overall, I would steer clear of these unless you can get them very cheaply. Not good as a long term product or for long calls.
While choosing what phone to go and purchase, I was only looking for a phone that could be used easily, and did what I asked for it to do, which was to make phone calls and receive them. Nothing else extra like answer machine, text service or so many names contact store it can do, just something basic.
I cant remember were I purchased it, as I was looking everywhere for phones and in the end I bought this, the BT Studio 1100 twin pack.
The phones and bases themselves are silver and are a slim curvy design, easy to hold in your hand as well. Both of the phones come with lithium rechargeable batteries and easy to understand (which is a must for me) instructions on how to set them up which is simple and straight forward to understand and also come with 2 bases. The main one is a just a little bit bigger than the second base. My main one (larger one) is on a nest of tables next to the couch so is in easy reach. Both of these bases have a mains adaptor which means that they will have to be set up near a plug so they are on constant charge and fully functioning.
Although when the headset itself is left off the base it can last around 5 to 6 hours, while being used for a call they last about on average for me 80 minutes then they need putting back on the base to charge. The main base is the only one that needs to be connected to a phone socket. My second base is upstairs in the main bedroom.
The instructions are quite clear and easy to follow, insert the batteries the correct way, connect the bases to mains sockets, charge both of the handsets for 3 to 4 hours, and then connect the main base to the phone line. You then have to install each phone to its base which takes around a minute or so to do.
I found that the features are a bit confusing, as well as the flashing symbols, but once you have a quick look at the instructions it all makes much more sense. And over time it becomes second nature as to what these symbols mean.
They both have good size number buttons plus redial, mute, clear, phone directory and the internal call buttons make this phone quite easy to use. The LCD screens are of a regular size and also when the handsets are up against your ear, they fit very comfortably against the ear. Even after about a 30 minute call they still feel ok against the ear. When using these phones, moving around the house is excellent as the signal on both headsets are really strong, even when out in the front or rear garden the signal and call quality is excellent. The handsets themselves also feature caller ID, call timer, battery indicator, out of range indicator and also a call log feature.
It's a great phone to use, quite cheap, I paid £32.99, given that it's a BT model, and so far I haven't had any problems with it at all whatsoever. Sound quality is really good, ring tones do the job and both the ring tone volume and also the voice volume can be adjusted to whatever suits you.
After a couple months of use ive found this product to be great, easy to use, cheap compared to similar products on the market, and the signal when roaming around the house or garden is excellent. Even though these phones are made by BT, they can be used on any phone company you may have, I use Telewest, and work great with that. After a couple months use of these phones, there still in great working order, the numbers have not faded in the slightest, even both phones have had a few knocks and bumps, been dropped on the floor a few times, but still work perfectly as if there brand new. Id recommend this phone to anyone.
Technical Details (sourced from instruction booklet)
The BT Studio 1100 phone makes light work of calling with a 30 name and number memory
Caller display with ten calls list
Broadcast range of 50 meters indoors and 300 outside (in ideal conditions).
Telephones never seem to last long in this house, must be something to do with how much we use them. Anyhow, shortly after singing the praises of my previous cordless phones (made by Binatone) the batteries wore out and I'd generally got fed up of them and wanted something a little better. So I set myself some criteria while my husband searched the High Street, I hunted online, for something that would replace the old phones and hopefully survive a little longer. Just in case you're interested, my criteria were :
* Had to use DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) technology
* A minimum of two handsets
* Caller Display
* Look fairly stylish
* Well known make (preferably not Binatone)
* Reasonable Price (Under 50GBP)
I didn't need an answer machine, for the simple reason that I have a free answer phone facility as part of my actual 'phone service (Telewest). So we hunted around and my husband found this the BT Studio 1100 Twin in Argos at a sale price of just under thirty pounds, and after a quick check that I could use a BT phone on a non-BT line, he bought it. We've been using these phones for about six months now, without any problems and now I'm going to tell you all about them.
These are not the smallest cordless phones I've ever seen, but they are a reasonable size at about 6 inches long (about the standard size of a mobile phone a few years back), but they do feel very light, even when the batteries have been installed. Colour-wise they are mainly brushed-silver with charcoal grey keypad and screen surround. The bases are the same brushed silver, and together they look very smart when placed in a modern kitchen or living area. The only thing I don't particularly like about the styling is that the phones lay in the base units, rather than standing upright, which means they take up a little more room than I was used to, this also means that they can't be wall mounted (unlike some other brands).
I personally found it very easy to install these phones, it was simply a matter of plugging the power supplies into the base units, installing the supplied rechargeable batteries in the handsets and then connecting the main unit to the phone socket. I would say it probably took be five minutes, and was certainly no harder than with any other phone that I've installed. Of course once everything was in place we had to leave the phones to charge, but by setting them up last thing at night, everything was ready by the time we got up.
Once the batteries have charged it was time to have fun playing with the various settings and getting the phones exactly how we wanted them. There are so many different options for customising the handsets and base units, from the volume and melody of the ringtones (none of them are particularly good), to even giving the handsets a name of their own. Afraid we weren't very original in how we named them, one is called kitchen and the other lounge.
The next thing to set up, was the phone book, there isn't a huge number of spaces for all your friends, with there being room for up to 30 numbers on each handset. So in theory you could have 60 different numbers stored, but the phone will only display the names associated to the numbers stored on the particular handset so that doesn't really work out as very convenient. Another inconvenient quirk is that there is no way of synchronising the numbers on the handsets, so you have to go through the rigmarole of entering them on both. (As far as I know there are no phones that would offer that feature, but wouldn't it be nice). As you add each number to the address book, you can set one of the ringtones to it, so you can instantly know when it's work calling and conveniently ignore it.
Making (and receiving) calls is, believe it or not, exactly what this phone was designed for, and it does a wonderful job. When inputting a number, the keys are suitably firm and well-placed, using the address book is a cinch the redial stores the last five numbers dialled and received. So many ways of making it easier to natter, can you tell I'm impressed.
When you receive a call, as long as the number is stored in the address book (and you subscribe to caller display) the name is nicely displayed on the small but completely adequate screen, if the name isn't stored then it will display the number (unless it's been withheld). Answering a call is a little confusing, and there's been many occasions when I've inadvertently cut somebody off. This is because if the phone is sleeping on the base then just lifting it answers the call, this annoyed me at first, but now I'm used to it I think it's a brill feature.
The final point that needs to be made in respect to making calls, is how comfortable it is. And let me tell you this, the phone is the perfect size, and so comfortable that I can hardly tell it's there. It does to tend to feel a little warm after a marathon session, but that's my own body heat rather than the phone being at fault.
The reception on this phone is nothing short of fantastic, I can wander round the house without ever worrying about being cut off or experiencing static, it's not even affected by a mobile ringing next to it. This is, of course, down to the fact that it uses DECT technology, which is a million times better than the analogue technology used in my very first cordless. Amazingly the reception is even better than I had with my Binatone cordless (which was digital), and is just about the best I've seen. Officially you should be able to range up to 50m indoors and 300m outside, but I've never really tested it to it's limits. All I can say is that I can wander all through my modern three storey house and into my garden without losing the call.
If the person at the other end seems to be talking rather quietly, then the volume button is conveniently placed, but to be honest I've never had to change it from the original setting. I've never had any complaints from the other end either, they all say that they can hear me perfectly well, and have never said that I've broken up at their end. (shame I can't say the same about their rather ancient phones).
Now we come onto the second most important aspect of a cordless phone, the battery life. It's no good having a posh cordless phone if it's going to run out of power half way through one of those epic gossip sessions. Well, officially these phones have a talk time of 600 minutes, that's 10 hours, now not even I can manage to talk for that long. I have, however spent a few 2 hour sessions on the phone, and can say that the battery lasted that long, without any problems and the power bar seemed to go down by about half. So I could probably guarantee that the phones will last for at least 4 hours talktime between charges. The standby time is quoted at 100 hours, but again I've never tested this out, after I've made a call I tend to replace the handset on the base unit. However, whenever it has been left off the hook, the power has gone down to one bar within a day, so I really don't think this figure is exactly realistic. As with all rechargeable batteries, the ones in these phones will eventually lose their ability to hold a charge, but conveniently they can be easily replaced as they are standard NI-MH AAA's.
There aren't a great number of additional features, after all this is a house phone, not a mobile, music player or games console. What you do get is an internal phone system, so if you're upstairs with one handset you can page the other one, and tell the man of the house that you're ready for that breakfast in bed. You can also transfer calls between handsets, what you can't do is set up a three way conversation (shame) or listen in on a call that's already in progress. The only other interesting feature is that if you've misplaced a handset, then there's a page button on the base unit that will make the handset beep, of course that only works as long as the battery still has some power.
As I've said, we've had these phones for about 6 months now, and they are still in excellent condition. There is absolutely no sign of the number fading on the keypads, and they've even survived the occasional knock on the floor. I would expect them to survive for many months, and hopefully years to come.
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We bought these from Argos some time ago for the very reasonable price of £ 29.99, but they are now available for £39.95 both from Argos and BT direct. They are available in both silver and white colour schemes (the silver does look the best).
These phones are wonderful, they do exactly what a phone is supposed to, that is allow me to make and receive phone calls. They look reasonably smart, and seem very durable, and although there are no fancy features, they really aren't needed. The price is also very reasonable, and therefore I'm going to put my neck on the line and give these a maximum 5 stars out of 5, and have even recommended that my parents replace their ancient cordless phone with them.
* You do not need a BT line to use these phones, they work with any telephone line.
** For caller display function to work, you need to subscribe to the relevant service from your phone company.