Product Type: BT telephones
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All the bells and whistles included texting facility.
BT Synergy 5500 Cordless
Member Name: moonlightlady
BT Synergy 5500 Cordless
Advantages: Text facility, caller display, assignable ringtones, easy to use
Disadvantages: Difficult to set up additional handsets to.
I looked around for sometime deciding which phone to purchase. I wanted a phone with a text facility - my phoneline is with BT and they give you free text messages with all of their options packages so I wanted to utilise this free service. I previously had a philips which was very difficult to text with and gave up the ghost after about 18 months, so I wanted a more reliable manufacturer and decided that had to be BT.
I bought the 3 handset option for £100.
The phone was really easy to set up. You just plugged it in and off you go. You could even put your sim card from your mobile into the base set and it uploads all the numbers into it's phonebook. The problem came (and still exists) when I went to set up the other 2 handsets. You just plug them into the power socket and they work OK, however they cannot see each other - when you answer the phone on one handset the other 2 handsets register this as a missed call. This is really irritating. When you want to do a last number redial you have to make sure you pick up the handset that you last dialled the call on because the other two won't show it. There seems to be no way to register the handsets with the main base in the instructions that came with it. You can transfer the phone book from the base handset to the others and that is about all we have managed to do. All phone can however, see the answerphone - weird!
This phone has a lot of features, but only a very small selection are covered in the instruction leaflet. I'm sure there is a lot this phone can do that I don't know about.
Ease of use - phone calls and answerphone
The phone is really simple. If it is ringing and is on the base, you simply pick it up to answer, if it isn't on it's base you press the green button to pick up the call. It has a volume control from 1 to 5 on the middle button if you need to adjust the call volume. To end the call put the phone back on it's base or press red button.
The answerphone has a digital number display that tells you how many messages you have waiting for you. You can play these messages by pressing play from the base set to hear through the baseset speakers or by using any of the handsets and going to the answerphone menu and play messages through the handset. The menus are self explanantory to record your own message, you can also record memos on the answerphone and turn it on and off by the answerphone base or from any of the handsets.
Ease of use - texting
The menus are just as easy to navigate as most mobile phones if not easier. The text message area is as you would expect on a mobile. The only down side is you cannot use predictive text, so messages take a little longer to type. The phone beeps if you receive a text message and the phone display screens tells you a message is waiting to be read. The menu allows you to save drafts and use templates.
The phone has a blue backlit digital display with black text
If you have caller ID on you line the handsets displays the number of the caller before you pick up the phone -great for screening. The display is easy to read and monocolour.
You can select from a good selection of ringtones including musical ones. You can even devote different ringtones to numbers in your phone book so that you know who is calling by the ringtone playing without looking at caller display. The handset keeps a list of the last 10 numbers to call you and the last 10 numbers you have dialled, from this list you can easily select and callback as you would on a mobile phone.
The phone has an alarm clock that can be set to ring on a one off occasion or at the same time(s) everyday.
You also have an agenda where you can enter an event and date and time.
The phone can be used as standard or you can use speaker phone - I have found people can hear me quite well when I use this and I them.
I have had the phones off the base all day and they have still held their charge - I have yet to have the battery go.
Other than the set up problem (which I still haven't resolved) this phone has been 100% reliable unlike other home phones I have owned which have funny glitches.
Summary: A quality, easy to use phone with text facility
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