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Very good value for money
on 19 September 2014
I work from home and have a dedicated office phone line and phone. Previously this was a BT Decor phone, which did its job but was beginning to show signs of wear and tear. At the same time my (separate) answer machine (BT R75) was definitely showing its age after many years of service (at least 10 years and probably closer to 20 - my memory is also fading!). So I needed to find replacements. I was going to go for the same, especially as I found (very surprisingly) that you can still buy the R75 answer machine. However a new phone + the R75 would have cost around £60-£70, whereas this phone has an inbuilt answer machine and only cost £24.50. I didn't have to think for very long!
It is very easy to use and set up. Please don't believe some of the other reviews - the set up is very easy and is NOT confusing. You simply press the menu and scroll through until you find the option that you want. You then select that option (press ok) and then scroll again changing the settings within that particular option to suit your tastes.
There are other melodies available, non of which I liked, but the default ring tone is a phone ringing ringtone - do you need anything else?
All usual functions are available; mute, handsfree, volume +/-, personal phone directory (although you need to input names and numbers, of course) and on top of this an answer machine as well!
It is very easy to record your own answer message and easy to play and listen to the messages (which are clear). The answer machine will beep if you have messages, but if you don't like this (I don't, it's annoying) you simply press Menu, go to Answer Machine options (press ok) and then scroll down to message alert and change it to 'off'.
I also have a separate fax machine and this works fine with the new phone. If I am out, the answer machine kicks in after 4 rings (I have set it to that), the fax tone is recognized and it's then diverted to the fax. If I'm in the office and pick up the phone to hear a fax tone, I again leave it for 4 rings and the fax kicks in. Easy.
The only thing I can't comment on is how robust the phone will be, as I have only just bought it, but I have been very pleased with my previous BT products and hopefully this one will be the same. If it only lasts 2 years, it is still pretty good value for money, and if it lasts 5 or 10 years it will be a bargain!
Incidentally, if you were looking at this phone because of the built in answer machine, but still decide to go for a separate answer machine - look no further than the BT R75!