When I set up my broadband in my new flat I had to pay for a phone line so I decided I may aswell have a phone plugged in if I am paying for the line anyway. I never give anyone my home number but it is useful to have the phone to call outwards when I run out of credit on my mobile. I only use it to make a handful of calls each month so I am glad I only spent £13.50 on the phone.
I purchased a basic telephone from tesco for £13.50 which I have had for over 12 months now. The phone itself is very basic looking. It is plain black with a black stand which blends nicely with my living room and kitchen which have black accessories.
The phone has a 12 month guarantee which it has lasted and is still working perfectly fine. It does come with instructions although it is very easy to set up without. The buttons are big enough for me to use and are easy to press. The screen is quite small and difficult to see in some lights however it shows the basic things such as the time and the amount of charge left in the battery. You need to charge the phone up for 16 hours to start with and this will last for around 100 hours standby time and 10 hours talktime.
The phone has a name and number phone book which can hold 20 numbers which is pretty good for a value phone. You can chose from 9 ringtones and the phone also has a speaker phone function. The only thing missing from the phone which most people would like is an answer phone. As I don't give my number out to anyone I don't need this function.
For me it does the job and at such a cheap price I can't really find anything to complain about. I am giving it 5 stars personally however most people would want a answer phone function.
We bought the Tesco Value landline telephone as we needed something quickly after moving house, and didn't have a lot to spend. I try not to be a brand snob (we have the Tesco own brand slow cooker and love it), and was quite happy to buy this model for a mere £12.
This telephone is about as basic as you can get for a cordless telephone - the cordless aspect being the best thing about it. I must say, it looked far more stylish than I was expecting given the price, with matte and gloss back finishing and a good sized handset. However, it's INCREDIBLY light, which makes it feel cheap and not very reassuring to hold. The charging base is nothing special, just a plain black plastic "lump" with a dock for the handset - but it does the job it's meant to and it relatively slimline, although I have found the handset doesn't place easily on the base and is easily knocked out of it.
The display on the handset is very small, but fairly typical of basic models (even more expensive ones), and it has no back lighting so very difficult to read in poorer light conditions. It has a 10 hour talktime and 100 hours standby time, which is very basic, and space for 20 contacts which is minimal - but all expected for the price. There are no "bells and whistles", such as a paging function, which I personally find invaluable and something I missed. However there is a speakerphone function which is a pleasant surprise.
Where this phone really loses points is with the sound quality. It is absolutely awful. It's too quiet, with muffling, crackling and even voice echoing which is incredibly distracting during a call! It is for the sound quality alone that we replaced this phone with one of a higher price and quality - which in this case proves (sadly) that if you buy cheap you buy twice.
I don't often use a landline but when I moved decided to get one mainly to make cals which are free or low cost from a landline but which cost a fortune on a mobile.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
This one cost me under £12 from www.tesco.com and can also be bought in larger stores.
The phone itself is nice and small and unobtrusive; I tend to tuck it behind the tv because this is where the phone socket is. It has a neat black stand which the phone sits easily into and even in a rush I have no problems getting it "in place" immediately.
The phone is covered with a 12 month guarantee, although to date after a few months of use I haven't had any problems and cant see any in the near future. There is a small manual inside the box giving lots of instructions showing how to set up the phone and all of the functions although being a bit of a technophobe, I simply leave it on one ring tone and as long as I can hear it, and make and receive calls, that's good enough for me.
ON THE DOWNSIDE...
Whilst I don't especially need an answer phone I have found that it might have been a useful function but there isn't this option on the phone.
Whilst it isn't the most all singing all dancing phone I have ever owned it has sufficient functions for my use. The phone is simple to set up, put in the 2 provided batteries, leave it to charge for 16 hours and good to go.
One of the features I find useful is the fact that it has a 20 name and number phonebook memory and last 3 number redial. Handy if you cant remember numbers and don't want to find the phone book. The numbers are simple to programme into the phone and the instructions clearly show how to do this. There is a choice of nine ringtones whose volume can be adjusted, and these can apparently be added to contacts in the phone book but only if your phone provider lets you subscribe to this which mine obviously doesn't or I cant work out the function.
Another useful feature is the caller ID function although I did have to phone my service provider to confirm it could be used as it doesn't seem to be a given.
I use the hands free function mainly if I am doing something else when a call comes through and again this is really simple to do, by simply pressing the hands free button.
I have set the date and time and there are other functions such as call transferring and conference calling which I cant imagine I would need.
The phone has 10 hours of talk time and 100 hours of standby time which is more than enough and again the indoor range of 50m and outdoor range of 300m gives me all the walking and talking space I need.
A basic phone which does the job. I can make and receive calls easily and have not had any issues with interference and haven't lost the signal even when wandering around. Its not an unattractive phone and I like the fact that it is small and neat. The instructions are easy to follow and I had the phone set up in no time at all.
The only downside is the lack of answer machine but for a simple phone at a reasonable price, I would remommend this.
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Due to mobility issues I have several cordless phones dotted around the house as well as a couple of corded ones for when we get the inevitable power cuts in bad weather out here in the sticks. This Tesco unit is one of a few that I have and it is a decent enough all rounder. It has most of the features and functions that you would expect in a basic cordless phone with no real frills.
The phone itself and the base unit are reasonably attractive with a shiny black plastic casing and base. It is unobtrusive and small enough to tuck away onto a shelf or a nook somewhere without getting in the way of other things. It is smart enough not to look too ugly if on display anywhere in the house too.
The unit is well built and quite robust (having been dropped a fair few times ) and it looks like it would last a long time.
The numbers are easy enough to find and read and spaced far enough apart that mistakes are few. This would also make it a good phone for somebody with a visual impairment. The digital display is acceptable in size and quality but unfortunately there is no back light function around the numbers which is something that I would really enhance this product.
The phone features a 20 name and number memory and last 3 number redial function which is fairly minimal but I hardly use these functions. There is a choice of 9 ringtones which are acceptable but nothing to write home about and a hands free option which has an adjustable volume. The hands free is a useful concept but it does not work that well unfortunately. Any conversations that I have had using hands free usually end up with either myself or the participant saying "eh" or "what" a lot.... so I do not bother with this feature either.
The phone bumph states that it can hold its charge for "up to" ten hours... and I have found the battery life to be pretty good when compared to other cordless phones. However I have not managed to test it for ten hours talk-time yet ! The standby life of the battery is up to 100 hours.
There is a 20 call log capacity which is helpful, especially if like me you forget numbers easily. One of the reasons for the good battery life is probably due to the phone having limited features and no back lighting, so I guess that is one benefit to having a basic phone.
It is easy enough to input numbers into storage and also to edit this info but this is more to do with me knowing how this works with other phones rather than due to quality of instructions which are somewhat complicated and not entirely clear.
The instructions state that there is a 50 metre range (indoor) but I have taken it outside to work on my car etc and had no problems with dropped calls or diminishing signal. The sound on the phone is good and clear and I have no trouble hearing any conversations even internationally when using it without the hands free option.
The phone is a good replacement phone with basic features and just enough bells and whistles to make it user friendly. There are improvements that could be made in the hands free option and in adding a lit display but these things do not make me appreciate the phone any less. I bought it as a workhorse and it is just that.
There is no pager option from the base should you lose the phone handset so be careful not to mislay it ( like I do often)
This is a neat little phone with a smart casing. So far there have been no real technical issues with it apart from the wibbly hands free option. I would recommend this as a second phone or a spare.
Summary: Basic but useful little phone at a decent price.