When my dad first had his BT landline installed a few years ago we decided to purchase a cheap phone to get him by, until he made a decision on which cordless he wanted. We picked up the Tesco TH150 Slimline Gondola LCD and here's my review.
** Price and Availability **
The Tesco TH150 Slimline Gondola LCD is available in larger Tesco stores (ie, excluding Express and Metro) and Tesco Home stores as well as online at Tesco Direct.
It is priced at an amazing £3.93 which is by far the cheapest phone around that I know of.
** What's in the Box **
You get the phone base (the bit the handset sits on, this can also be wall mounted), the handset, the curly cord, and the wall cord. You also get an instructional pamphlet.
** Looks **
The phone looks pretty good for the price - it's silver, and it has a black keypad made out of rubber which has white numbers / symbols printed on it. The curly cord matches, in silver plastic The LCD screen is small but useful especially on a phone so cheap, and has a calculator type one line display. On the base unit, there is a removable piece of card on which to write your phone numbers.
It's a slimline phone and looks pretty sleek, being silver it's quite modern looking and I think it would suit most settings.
** Features **
The Tesco TH150 Slimline Gondola LCD boasts an 11 number memory, last number redial and a mute (secrecy) button, all the standard features of a basic phone with the added advantage of the LCD screen so you can see what you are doing!
** In Use **
The phone is an absolute doddle to use and to be honest I don't think it's really necessary to read the instructions cover to cover - it's pretty much like any other phone in terms of layout and use.
I am impressed with the sound quality, the incoming call is crisp, loud and clear, and there have been no reports from the other end regarding my voice so can only assume the mic is in good working order, too. The ringer, which is adjustable, is very easy to hear over other sounds and is clear and loud.
Absolutely no complaints at all - it's well made, sturdy, easy to use and has lasted over 18 months so far and still looks as good as new.
** Criticisms? **
There's nothing really that I would want this phone to do that it doesn't already, for the price - yes, it doesn't have different ring tones, doesn't come in a variety of colours, is corded... but come on, it's £3.93! What you do get for the money is a good quality, decent looking LCD phone. I think to ask any more of it for that price would be a bit much.
** Overall **
I can't recommend this phone enough and it's not often I recommend value technology. But this phone could easily sit in the £8 - £10 price bracket for it's looks and features and the fact that it costs under £4 means that I class this as one of the best bargains I've ever purchased! If you have a cordless phone then you could do worse than pick this up as a corded backup.
It's a great phone I'm happy to give 5/5 for.
It's a phone... a cheap, reliable, no frills phone. Does what you want and is the cheapest price around! Bargain!
I bought this phone a good few years ago and it is still working as well as the day I bought it.
adjustable ring volume
in-call duration timer
10 number memory store
timer to show the duration of the last call
last number redial
There is also a 'sec' button but I am not sure what this is for.
When you receive the phone it is in 4 pieces. There is a long cable, a base unit, one of those short spiral cables (can't think what they are called) and the handset. You simply click them in to place, plug in to the wall and away you go...
It is a slimline phone with good sized cords and comes in silver. I bought this phone a while back and it cost around £3.90. I bought it instore but have just had a look online for it. I cannot find this model but they have a similar model in white for £2.78.
Seriously, where other than Tesco could you ever find a phone for that price? I bet you never thought it was possible!
It doesn't have fancy ring tones, caller display or any of those fancy extras - but who really needs them?
This is the shortest review I have ever written but I don't think that there is much else to say...
It's basic but brilliant!
It looks good, does what you need it to, is very reliable, easy to set up and is the cheapest phone on the market.
It's not often that you see a fully functioning phone on sale for less than £4 - but the Tesco TH150 Slimline Gondola LCD is just that. The phone was purchased by me as an internet phone - connected to the Home Hub in order to make the most of BT's free Internet evening and weekend calls. Seeing as the audio quality of calls over broadband isn't of the highest quality, I wasn't really bothered about buying an expensive or designer looking device - I've got one of those connected to the main phone line.
The TH150 is described as being silver in colour, and whilst you may think that a silver phone may appear somewhat tacky, the colour is really more of a grey shade, and doesn't look too bad.
The phone is comfortable to hold, and although it has a rather plasticky feel, it's definitely a better made product than its ridiculously low price tag would suggest. The numerical keypad features the standard 'last number redial', 'mute' and 'recall' facilities, and the keys themselves are rubbery and easy to press. Above the numbers is a small LCD screen where you can see what you have typed in.
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As I mentioned previously, the sound quality wasn't an important consideration when buying this phone - however, it's actually very good. Both the ringer and the earpiece volume is loud enough, and when connected to the main phone line, listening to someone speaking is very clear.
With an eleven number memory and adjustable ring volume, the Tesco TH150 Slimline Gondola LCD is a fantastic phone, and I can't believe it can be sold so cheaply. Highly Recommended in this difficult economic climate.
Oh, and it's also wall mountable!
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Dimensions 6.5 x 20 x 7 cm
Phone Book Memory: 11 Numbers
Adjustable Ringer Volume: Yes
Wall Mountable: Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible: No