Product Type: British Telecom telephones
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BT Studio 3500
BT Studio 3500 Single
Member Name: louisechackett
BT Studio 3500 Single
Advantages: simple to use, decent enough
Disadvantages: doesn't look as modern as some, deletes messages
To be honest it is very rare that I use my house phone because I have a mobile which is on a contract that offers more free minutes than I could possibly use. However, when my husband and I split up I needed to get a phone line activated in my new home so that I could get the internet and so I decided that I would purchase a cordless phone with an answering machine so that should I be out and about and someone did call they could at least leave a message. The phone which I chose to buy was the BT Studio 3500 single.
When the phone arrived it was nicely packed in a small cardboard box. On unpacking the phone I was pleased enough with the look of the phone. It is a silver plastic base and phone which ok doesn't look as trendy as some of the newer cordless phones but I wasn't really worried about this. The base of the product has all of the buttons required for the answer machine and a panel which will flash when you have a message. The actual phone again is silver with all of the buttons you will require to make a call as well as menu buttons for adding data to the phone book and such like.
Setting up the phone was relatively simple as far as adding names and numbers to the address book goes. You can add up to fifty numbers in to the address book which is handy for when you have caller id with your phone plan because it will automatically tell you the name of the person calling when they ring which makes it easy to screen calls! I struggled more setting up the answer machine as it said that I could record an outgoing message but it just wouldn't let me do it and so I have the bog standard automated "the person you are calling is not available at the moment, please leave a message". It annoyed me at first but to be honest it isn't that often anyone leaves me a message to hear it anyway!
The phone itself fits nicely in my hand but also fits well to my ear when I am walking around on the phone, usually on hold, and trying to put away my washing as well! The phone has no issues in being transported around the house with me and I find that the quality of the call doesn't alter when I do this. I find the sound quality to be ok but not crystal clear to be honest. It is easy to dial out with the phone as the buttons are a reasonable size and press easily and with very little effort.
The phone has up to ten hours call time apparently....I am not about to test that one out but it can certainly handle a good hour when my friend and I get on the phone and are having a good natter! The phone also times how long you are on there so I will often hang up the phone and then think "oooops" when I see how long I have been on!
If you lose the phone, which I have been known to do before now, there is a button on the main base which you can press which will page the phone and it will beep so you can find it which is a useful feature I think.
Although this phone only cost me around twenty pounds a couple of years ago and has lasted well I do have a few little issues with it which annoy me. Firstly the phone will tell me that I have new calls when I check it, which is fine...except when you scroll through them they then seem to just stay there instead of disappearing when you are aware of them! Secondly, when you listen to an answer machine message it automatically deletes them which isn't ideal as sometimes you may need to listen to the message more than once! As I said I normally use my mobile and so my friends and family are aware of this and will try and contact me using that but it is still annoying really.
If you are looking for an ok phone which will last well but are not too worried about it looking like the latest model then I would recommend this phone to you. It is simple but functional and is just what I needed.
Thank you for reading my review!
Summary: A pretty good phone
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