Corded, simple looking 'home phones' are becoming rarer and rarer as time proceeds. Wireless technology, especially the local type, is exceptionally cheap and reliable after recent technological advancements. You can fit wireless into more complex devices which deliver a wider range of features operating across the wireless network - but anyway, this product doesn't have it. Is that an advantage or a disadvantage? Well price wise its the latter, I got one of these 'Cable and Wireless CWP200' for under £10.00.
It is white (as many home phone designs were in the recent past) and is made from a plastic material of moderate quality. It doesn't feel great under touch but has a decent level of durability which seems as though it will see the phone through to its dieing days. Every element of the design is made from the same plastic, and the keys are perhaps the materials most important sector for usability and feel. They are large and numbered in black to stand out as much as possible from the pale background, and they are bulky and strong-feeling under touch. I think the simplicity in layout of the buttons and the clear labeling of them is the products greatest advantage.
The phone sits on a sturdy base and is corded to the housing via a spiraling rubber wire - I think the idea of the spiral is to stop it from tangling up over time? Anyway, it seems to work and is definitely long enough for users of the phone to stand a fair enough distance from the base. Because of the cords flexibility, you are unlikely to pull the whole contraption off its table which another added benefit.
- A line up of the products abilities -
Tone dialing - each key has its own individual tone - pointless.
Direct memories (3) - the amount of numbers you can program into the device.
Indirect memories (10) - the amount of numbers which the device can remember its self.
Mute button - to shut up people you find boring?
Visual ring indicator - a flashing light...
Last number redial - self-explanatory.
Recall button - giving you the power to quickly call back the last caller.
Ringer volume control - quite a variety of volume settings is a good bonus.
Pause button - used for pausing answer-phone play backs, etc.
Wall mountable - this is a nice addition, adds to the products usability if mounted. All the controls work just as well with the phone vertically placed.
I like the model because its simple. For someone not content to follow the newer products (most of which seem to have more faults than new abilities anyway) then this is the home / work phone for you. There aren't many features though, and the amount of numbers it can store is very poor (probably the most likely thing to put you off).
I went to Argos, I wanted a cheap easy to use phone, it didn't need to be anything special, just be able to ring people on it.
You can get alsorts of facilities now, I just wanted a phone.
This is the one I chose, £10.00 I think. It has all the standard features: Recall, Redial, Store, Memory, Clock, Pause button(I don't know what this does), ringing tone off/low/high, when the ringer is switched off a light flashes.
I quite recently had a phone line installed in my bedroom, which is mainly used as an "Internet Line" for the computer, however, I thought that I might as well connect a telephone to this line too, and I set out to my local branch of Argos with the intention of purchasing a cheap phone. (Along with a very longgggggg extension cable so that I could set up the computer in the position that I wanted) I opened the in-store catalogue to the section for telephones, and one phone immediately jumped out of the page and screamed, "Buy me". This phone was the CWP200. Why? Well, I was looking to spend no more than £10, and for this price, most of the phones you can buy are very, very basic, with very few functions, and tend to be of a design that I dislike, with the receiver completely covering the unit when you hang up. The CWP200 however is a large, attractive, and fully featured phone, for around about the same price. The phone is quite robust, well contoured, and the receiver fits well in the hand and is very comfortable to use for extended periods of time. The buttons are nice and large, so you won't go making too many dialling errors. The redial button is VERY large, and well located right at the bottom of the phone, instead of being included on the numerical keypad as it is with many phones. There is also a 13 number memory, with three "fast access" memories that can be dialled by pushing one button located near the top of the phone, next to a panel where you may write in your saved numbers, and the other ten memories are all accessed by pressing the "memory" button, and then one of the numerical keys from 0-9. All the memories are easy to program and recall, and do save a lot of dialling time for those frequently dialled numbers. The phone also features a visual ringer, in the form of a green flashing light, as well as a choice of ringer volumes
and a very distinctive ring tone - quite unlike any other home phone that I have ever heard. This phone also comes with a good manual, and is approved for connection to all PSTN telephone lines. It has most of the features of much more expensive telephones, and would be good value for money at double it's retail price. The next time you think of buying a phone from BT, have a look at the Cable and Wireless range, and the CWP200 in particular. I don't think you'll be disappointed if you do.