“ BT Synergy 2150 - Cordless phone w/ answering system & caller ID - DECT - single-line operation „
BT is a global telecommunications services company based in London, United Kingdom. Established in 1846, it is the world's oldest telecommunications company. As one of the largest telecommunications services companies in the world BT is a leading supplier of telephony, broadband and subscription television services in the UK, with over 18 million customers. The one I'm writing about is one of BT Synergy series digital cordless telephones, given the full name, BT Synergy 2150.
It comes in a recycled cardboard box. There is a big picture of the phone on the front side of the box. Next to the labelled picture there is a short description of the main features: Digital cordless telephone and answering machine featuring DECT.
There are one BT Synergy 2150 handset, one base station, one handset battery pack, one mains adapter, one telephone line cord, one belt clip and one user guide inside.
The handset and base station at a glance:
The handset of BT Synergy 2150 has a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) that can display the charge status of the batteries, answer machine icon, date and time, INT(call other registered handsets).
Followed the the LCD there are three keys: one Del key, one Options key, and one Phonebook key. Under these three keys there are one talk key, one end call key and one INT key. Under those functional keys it is a standard dial keypad.
The base station has 3 funtcional lights: one charging light, one In use light and one Power light.
The handset offers the fuction to lock and unlock the keypad; to make or receive a call; to display caller's number before answering; to use handsfree and to adjust the earpiece volume; to redial the last number and to use the recall button; You can store a telephone number in the notepad memory during a conversation; You can save 20 phone numbers in the phonebook; There are 2 answer modes in the answering machine: a pre-set annoucement allows your caller to leave a message or you can record your own announcement. It has up to 22 minutes of recording time; You can use the headset up to 300 metres outdoor range and 50 metres inside range in ideal conditions; You can transfer calls between 5 handsets on the same line, etc.
Setting up the phone is simple. The user guide is well written and easy to follow. First you need to fit the batteries into the headset. Then you have to charge the headset for about 16 hours when it is out of the box for first time. Once the battery is fully charged you can register the handset to the base and personalise all the options as you like.
Price and Availability:
In the UK you can buy it from many outlets including BT, Comet, Argos, Amazon just to name a few. You will find prices vary considerably. As a guide the current price on Amazon UK is £20.
I have owned BT Synergy 2150 for 6 years, and I would like to say I was surprised at the quality of this set. It was a very solid-made phone. During the six years peorid it worked very well. I'd used the phone everywhere in my home and I'd had no problem making any call. However the headset didn't go with the décor of my living room and looked a bit outdated. One day when I found I need to replace the battery as the communication quality was getting poor I decided to buy a new phone. When I put my new Siemens Gigaset AL285 and BT Synergy 2150 together I must say BT Synergy 2150 even looked a bit ugly.
In conclusion, considering the price and quality of the product I think it is more suitable for basic use in a small simple office.
This phone means business. It's cordless for freedom, it's digital for reliability and clarity, and it's got an answer machine combined, so you don't have to miss any calls. It's expandable too - so it can grow with you. You can add up to 4 extra handsets - each with a range up to 300m in ideal conditions. Want to swap languages? No worries - this phone operates in French, German, Spanish and Italian.
The answer machine is completely digital, so it has consistently high sound quality and there's no need to worry about tapes. There's 22 minutes recording time and it's easy to reset when you've listened to your messages. The machine comes with 2 pre-recorded outgoing messages - you decide whether to keep it or record your own. The phone is totally handsfree via the handset - so you can do other things at the same time as talking on the phone. It doesn't matter if you are away from your phone; you still have full remote access to your answer machine from any other TouchTone dialing phone, in this country. Do you remember names or numbers best? This phone remembers both. It will store up to 20 names and numbers for you. And you can dial them at the touch of a button. If you're trying to contact several people on the phone, the Synergy 2150 can save you time. It remembers the last 5 numbers you dialed and lets you access them again at the touch of a button. There's a 3-line LCD, which shows you the number you've dialed so that you can check it, as well as displaying numbers in your directory, menu details, and Caller Display information. Or you can use the LCD as a notepad if you don't have a pen to hand and jot down a phone number while you're talking on the phone. Because you can use up to 5 Synergy handsets to the same base station you can expand your phone with no need for extra wiring. So you can be completely flexible about where you keep the extensions, and change their position whenever you like. It is flexible. For instance, if you have 3 handsets, 1 can be occupied on an external call, while 2 others are engaged talking to each other internally.