So I guess everyone has a cordless phone these days... right? Well until recently I didn't and thought it was about time I got with the flow. We recently invested in this product and bought the set from EBay... the phones were a bargain at only £16 including delivery and they were brand new. Bargain eh? The phone looks great, its all over black with a small digital screen which shows black text. It is similar to a mobile in feel and look but is much larger. The phone has its very own holder meaning that you can have it wherever you like providing there is a power point and that the main phone is attached to the telephone line. The phone allows you to store numbers to the phonebook - I think the limit is 20, not sure how many hours of talk time but mine has never ran low whilst I have been on the phone and I talk for England!, options to change the ringtone - however this is limited, I expected more of a choice to be honest. You can also change the name of the phone to suit the room i.e. Lounge, Kitchen, Study. Personally I think it is well worth every single penny. Great value and a great phone. Forgot to mention I don't think the phone has a loudspeaker option which is a shame!! :(
My girlfriend and I have completely different requirements of a landline phone. I'm happy to make a call, and stay in the one place whilst talking to the person on the other end of the line, only moving away when I've finished the call. My girlfriend likes to move around while she's on the phone, moving from room to room, in an apparently aimless manner. The telephone in my house is one of those 'old fashioned' ones with a cord to connect it to the receiver, so it simply had to go! My girlfriend visited a local shopping centre and returned with the Doro ARC 3+1 digital cordless phone, and my old phone was unceremoniously chucked in the bin. Having had a bit of a moan about wasting money, I sat down to set up the phone (after all, it's something new to review, right?). First impressions were extremely positive. The phone is sleek and black and fits well into the hand (to be honest, it made my old beige phone look positively ancient!). With the phone in my hand, I could operate the keypad with my thumb. When not in use, the phone sits in a cradle that's connected to the mains and the telephone extension (putting the batteries in and making these connections was the only physical set up required). The phone did not appear to work, however, so I resorted to looking at the manual (letting men down everywhere, I know!). Apparently, the batteries require charging before use, so the phone needs to be in the charging holder for a few minutes to get some charge into them (and 10 hours for a full charge). Impressively, when the batteries are fully charged, they can last for 100 hours on standby, or 10 hours use, away from the base station. The manual states that the range of the phone should be at least 50 metres, which is an incredible distance. Not having a mansion, I decided to do a little test and took it to the end of the garden. The signal strength was still good, with no interference on the line when calls were made. Clearly, with this range and battery life, the ARC can be treated almost like a mobile phone; take the handset around the house and garden with you and you need never miss any phone calls due to not being able to get to the receiver in time. The phone has an LCD display, with quite slim characters; this can be difficult to read in bright light, despite the LCD screen being set back into the phone. Like any digital phone, the Doro ARC can be programmed with, in this case, up to 20 frequently used numbers. These are easy to input, along with the person's name, in only a few seconds. The "+1" part of the phone's designation indicates that the Doro ARC comes with an extra handset. This does not need to be connected to the telephone extension, but does need connecting to the mains. This is actually very useful and generated grudging praise from me for my girlfriend's purchase as it allows another room, even without a phone socket, to have a phone installed in it. Checking the manual shows that up to three extra handsets can be used, allowing phones in four rooms, all from the one telephone extension. After having the phone for several weeks, using it every day, I have to admit that the Doro ARC 3+1 was a really good purchase. The phone is stylish, easy to hold and use, and has enabled us to have another extension without drilling holes in the wall. The phones cost only £14.99, which is, I believe, a bit of a bargain. Having said that, I still stay in one place when making a phone call!