I bought this phone as a twin pack some time ago now, i bought it purely on the design and because the Brand is one i trust. At first I was reasonably pleased as it was a big imorivement on my previous Binatone phone.
However I have since noticed some annoying problems the phone has. The speaker phone option is just not worth using, you cant hear the person at the other end clearly and they cant hear you, the slightest sound seems to cut it off. When you try and answer a call for some reason it will sometimes keep ringing, resulting in me nearly being deafened by the ringtone after putting the handset to my ear.
My answerphone feature has also developed a mind of its own with time, sometimes it will answer sometimes it will decide it doesnt want to take a message and not activate at all!
The range of the phone is quite good, it states 300 meters although im not sure this is strictly true as if I step out into my garden the reception quality diminishes quite a lot, and I dont have a huge garden.
The intercom feature does work well though and is easy to use. As i use my mobile for most of my calls Im not that concerned about replacing this phone, however I certainly wouldnt recommend buying it if you do use your land line as your main phone.
This phone is possibly the worst I've had in 20 years. The only reason I don't buy a different one is that we don't use the landline for outbound calls anymore, so it doesn't seem worth it.
First, there is not a single ringtone on this thing that doesn't send chills down my spine when I hear it. They're all awful! I have resorted to switching it to a "normal" ring ring sound (which isn't a normal one that you would of heard before) and setting the volume to 1, in the hope I don't even hear the blasted thing.
We've always had problems from the start with either the other party or us not hearing each other, and there's always about a 3 second delay after answering before either can speak. The other end often hears 3 seconds of my ringtone.
The battery lasts an alright amount of time - I've had a good few 3/4 hr chats on it I must say, but the design hurts your ear after a while. Thank the lord for speakerphone!
If you're in the market for a wireless handset, please I beg of you, pick another one.
I have owned the Philips DECT 627 for just over a year which I originally purchased as 3-pack.
The phones were set-up straight out of the box and the phones initially seemed to function properly. After a few months use, however, I started to notice a number of problems.
The phones occasionally make a loud squeaky noise at the start of calls and make static noises down the line. They also tend to start ringing one or two rings after what the person on the other side hears. Sometimes the ringing speaker would cut out on one of the phone whilst the other two would ring, or after a call was answered the phone would ring once more.
The features of the phone are pretty good (including alarm clock, phonebook - with personalised ringtones for different contacts, SMS, caller ID and a choice of ringtones - most I'd never use - and 4 wallpapers) and it's easy to use - the menu is in a similar style to old Nokia menus. The colour display on the phones is quite small and doesn't really compare to the clarity of those on mobiles.
The phone also offers an intercom feature which allows you to call and transfer calls between the phones. The digital answer machine is good and offers 15 minutes of space which is enough for me. An annoying feature it has is that messages can only be checked through the actual machine and not through the phones.
The phone uses DECT technology, which apparently improves the signal quality and makes them more secure. The 300m range is excellent in my house and the phones work fine all around the house and even at the end of the garden.
Overall the phone is well-featured, easy to use and works well when they function properly, but is overall quite problematic.