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I got my BT Verve 450 secondhand for £14 from Ebay after lightning trashed my BT Reveal answerphone. The Verve may not have the looks of the Reveal but it is easier to use and looks quite good in an understated way.
The LED message counter is bright and easier to read than many LCD screens, and messages can be played back either via the loudspeaker at base unit or remotely from the DECT handset. This is a nice feature - with many DECT answering machines you have to use the handset to play back the messages. It is also possible to set up a PIN so that you can dial into the Verve 450 from another phone or a mobile and retrieve messages remotely.
That is all very well if there is a button labelled play messages but it is tedious if you have to navigate a menu to get to hear your messages. With the BT Verve 450 it is a single button press on the base, just how it was on my old tape answering machine and just the way it should be. Listening to your messages is what an answering machine is all about and so it should be as easy as possible.
The handset software is a tiny bit on the slow side, not seriously so but there is a fraction of a second lag between selecting a menu function and it happening. Message capacity is 15 minutes, which is easily enough for most domestic users.
The Verve 450 is a GAP standard DECT base so registering other handsets to it is a breeze, and the range is good, with DECT digital clarity. The handset displays Caller ID if you have subscribed to the service, and can also be set up to receive SMS messages, though check the cost of making them using a landline since it is often cheaper to use a mobile for that.
I got this phone when I moved in my flat in November and have not had a problem yet. The battery lasts a good while, the answering machine is really handy and always kicks in after the specified amount of rings of the phone. Hearing messages is really easy and so is deleting any. I was surprised when you even got to name your phone. I gave mine a funny name so that every time I look at the screen to answer the phone I get a giggle. Helps to counter balance the dread of it being a sales call. lol! It looks really nice and on an unusual note it's really easy to clean especially for girls answering the phone with make up on, a quick wipe and it's as good as new. My last phone was a nightmare for keeping clean since the button weren't flush with the body of the phone.
We bought this phone when the other one unfortunatly broke. The price was £25 in Tesco, which is a lot better that other prices. The usual cost for this phone is about £40, which is too much in my opinion. The answering machine is good, with quite high recoridng quality, it also has all the usual features such as record your own message. The screen is easy to read, and browse, but some of the menus can be annoying. There is a large number of ring tones availiable, with the usual poor quality. I have got to admit, for BT this phone looks very stylish and modern. The range of the phone is good, I have not yet gone out of range ever - 5 bed house. Even when I took it outside. The caller display works well, no problems. The adress book is good but hard to get to in the first place.