Product Type: Philips telephones
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well it works
Member Name: mjc121
Date: 20/06/10, updated on 20/06/10 (109 review reads)
Advantages: good quality, works well, easy to set up
Disadvantages: could look better
I bought this phone shortly after I had moved as buying one saves the equipment rental charge from your phone line supplier. I bought it from Amazon for the reasonable price of £25 including p+p. I was slightly disappointed when it arrived as it looked better in the picture than it did in real life. If I had seen it in a shop it is unlikely I would have bought it. That is only on it's aesthetic qualities the looks don't matter too much as long as it does the job it is meant to do.
Setting up the phone for use was very simple. It was just plug in the phone wire and the adapter and then select the country you live in from the list and it is ready to go. The phone can also be used as an alarm clock which is also easy to set up. The handset does have the annoying 'key beeps' set to on as the default. This was the first thing I changed when I got it working.
The handset is quite small maybe a bit too small and although it does fit in the had quite well anyone who does not have good dexterity may struggle to use it. The base unit is also fairly small and holds the controls for the answer machine as well as the recharger for the batteries (included). You are advised to charge the batteries for 24 hours before using the phone for the first time but this is standard with many cordless phones. The battery life is good and it will last for around 6 days on stand-by. The actual battery life will naturally depend on how much the phone is used. The claim is that it will give a call time of 12 hours - but who is on the phone for that long?
The range of the handset is up to 300m but I have found that it becomes less clear in the garden even if this is within the 300m range. I put this down to the number of walls the signal has to get through. The phone does come with a choice of ring tones some are fairly standard basic tones whilst others I have found to be really annoying. The volume of both the ringer and the ear[piece can be easily controlled as well from the hand set.
The phone has the ability to be expanded up to 4 handsets which can be useful for large houses or offices etc. This also gives you the ability to make internal calls between handsets as long as you have pre-programmed them with numbers. So no more excuses for people claiming they didn't hear the call of 'dinner'. This feature also allows for conference calls. This phone can be initially bought with up to 4 hand sets in the box I just went for the one with the one handset.
The actual use of the phone is easy enough and the earpiece is well made and nice and clear. The microphone is on the front of the handset so there is no way you can accidentally cover it with your hand whilst making the call. This is a problem I have had with many mobiles where the mic is on the side. There is an inbuilt caller ID so you can see who is calling you as well as a list of calls you have missed. The inbuilt answerphone also allows you to screen calls so if it someone you don't want to talk to at that time you don't need to.
It may just be me who has found this but I have had other phones where the base unit has to be plugged in to charge the phone but you don't need to leave it plugged in 24/7 to keep the phone working. With this phone you do. OK so it doesn't exactly use a lot of energy (800 mW in idle mode) but every penny counts these days. However, you shouldn't leave the handset permanently on the charger if it does not need charging as this does not do the batteries any good and over time it will reduce the battery life considerably.
Another minor problem is the fact that your phone socket will have to be fairly near a plug socket in order to avoid having to use an extension cable for one or the other as neither the phone wire or adapter wire are all that long. The answer phone does come with a standard message built in but this is easy to change to your own. The answering machine can hold up to 10 min of messages which isn't too bad as long as you delete the old ones fairly regularly. As with many modern phones you can access the answering machine messages by simply calling your own number from another phone.
The keypad lock key is a good idea but this is a simple one button press on and off thing. Perhaps a pre-set code to turn it off would be a good idea as this would make the phone that bit more secure. The base unit can be attached to the wall by simply detaching the base, turning it around and attaching it.
In all despite the aesthetics of it it is a good phone and as it is from Philips it should last a long time. As I have only had this phone for around a month I can't really comment on how long it will last but it looks solid enough and as long as it doesn't get dropped on the floor or in the bath (lost a couple of mobiles that way) or chewed up by the family dog then it should last a long time.
I have also have a much shorter review of this item on Amazon under my real name (M J Collins)
Summary: a good phone for the price
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