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After originally buying a Philips Xalio for the house, it was decided another one would be handy and after seeing the smaller Ericsson reduced in the shops, it was bought. Since the Ericsson is GAP compatible it is possible to tie it into the original base and simply use the one it came with for charging. This means that it can be put wherever you want it which is quite handy. The only downside to this is that the phone locator doesn't work although it just as easy to phone the house from a mobile. The other advantage is that you can make calls between the two handsets which can be handy if someone upstarirs is ill and they want to talk to someone downstairs. Ericsson's implementation of the digital phone is excellent. The handset is fairly small and a good size to use. The operating system mimics that of a mobile phone which makes it far easier to use than the Philips Xalio. The phone can store phone numbers and you can change the ringing tone. There are extra options, such as being able to make the phone show a welcome message when you switch it on or rename the networks but I have never used these and they are hardly crucial to the phone. The call quality on the Ericsson is excellent, like the Philips it is impossible to tell the difference between it and a normal phone. The range is also excellent, it works fine in any part of the house as well as any part of the garden. The house I live is quite new so I don't know anything about how the phone will work with different walls. The Ericsson comes with a Ni-Mh battery pack which has never run out. (apart from when it was left off its base when I went on holiday)It's best to always return the phone to its base after using it to make sure it is kept charged however, it seems to last quite long time off its base. The Ericsson is slightly higher priced that other phones but it is well worth it, the phone is built well and feels like it worth its mone y when you are using it. If you need an answering machine, there isn't one with this version of the phone but it is possible to get the same phone with an answering machine but I haven't used this one. This is an excellent digital phone, giving all the advantages of a digital phone and adding the functionality of a mobile phone.
As you'd sort of expect form a wireless phone. But having said that they don’t work through ALL walls. Walls with loats of steel cause problems. So high-rise building might cause issues. They don’t work whe surounded by lots of radio interference (So much for the shifting phasic radio frequency thingy!). They do however seem to last forever on their battery packs and they do seem to have great speakers. They do in general seem to have crap microphones so no-one can hear you. And the best thing ever is that they often allow up to 10 units to connect to a single base station. The reason for so many units? You can page calls between phones and talk to one onother. So these can work well as glorified walkie-talkies in the office. Perfect for small offices. I'v had mine for 2 years now and wouldn’t part with them for the world.