Product Type: Mybelle telephones
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Mybelle phone in my bedroom
Mybelle Chic Deluxe
Member Name: catsholiday
Mybelle Chic Deluxe
Date: 15/09/10, updated on 27/10/11 (92 review reads)
Advantages: Non digital so can't be affected by power cuts
Disadvantages: Does not store numbers
We were looking for a non-digital phone for our bedroom because we have quite a few power cuts and wanted a phone that would work without electricity so it had to just connect to the phone socket and not the electric plug as well. This does mean that we have to use the phone near the phone rather than walking around as we have become used to.
This is an unusual looking phone is a classy retro design. It is like an old fashioned ivory coloured phone with gold trims. Our bedroom walls are a dark creamy colour so it fits very nicely on the bookshelf in the corner. The body and handset are made from a decent quality plastic material which is wipe clean and shiny so looks good. The receiver sits well on the phone and unlike many other phones we have had it does not get knocked off easily thus cutting us off from incoming calls until we noticed.
The phone comes with these rather few and simple features:
* Push button Dialling
* Last Number Redial
* Bell Ringer which can be switched off or the volume controlled
The phone has a push button keypad in a mock round retro dial and it also has last number redial key for fast and accurate dialing. This push button dial is easy to operate but there is no star or hash button which certain companies require you to use. The buttons are also quite small which means that if you have big fingers or fingers that struggle with arthritis then you could have a problem here.
The sound when there is an incoming call is a bell ring which is also a retro feature and fits with the image of the phone's look.
The receiver is comfortable to hold but is quite heavy - which was a surprise and also means that if you suffered from weak wrists or carpel tunnel syndrome you would find it uncomfortable after a while. As we also have to stand when using ours where we have chosen to put it we would probably not choose to have long conversations on it anyway.
Inside the Box are only 3 items:
* User Guide
Setting it up:
Well it didn't take long to get the phone and lead out of the box. The receiver and curly cord plugged in and then the connecting lead fitted in to the phone one end and the phone socket at the other. No real setting up needed but I have read that a standard phone connector does not fit but this is something I have not tried, in our case all fitted and the cord provided was all we needed.
It is so nice not to have to buy batteries or need to plug a phone in and be affected by power cuts. We also get no interference from mobiles or other electrical appliances which sometimes affect the digital phones.
You could buy an extension so that you could walk around with it but this is not something I feel the need for.
The main annoying thing that I have found with the phone is that you can't store numbers so that if we want to make a phone call out we need to know the number or run downstairs to find it on the other phone or in our phone book. We have become so used to just pressing a button to connect to all our friends and family whose numbers are stored in either our home digital phones or our mobiles so that I no longer know people's numbers like I used to.
We bought ours from Amazon using gift certificate credit I have from various survey sites. We paid £22 which I thought was a fair price for the item. The first one that arrived had no receiver so after a lot of emailing and fuss I finally managed to return it with the prepaid label they emailed. Once ours was safely received they sent out another quite promptly.
We are pleased with the slightly retro look as it is a bit different. I'm not sure I'd want this as my main phone or even that I would have it anywhere else in my house but it fits nicely in our room.
It is a slightly nostalgic statement in our room but would also suit any room that you might want to decorate in a really a deliberately "over-the-top" room that has the "Hollywood" look.
It does what we want, in that we have a non digital phone that is attractive and the receiver stays put. It receives calls and the sound of the voice is clear and easy to hear. It is a shame that we cannot store our phone numbers but as it is only our bedroom phone we don't often phone out from there so it isn't a vital loss for us.
Thank you for reading and hope this has been of some use or interest.
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Summary: Useful nice looking retro non-digital phone
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