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Great speakerphone - really loud!
on 5 February 2013
I bought this for my elderly parents who are both slightly hard of hearing and wear hearing aids. I did a bit of research on Action on Hearing Loss and Hearing Direct and this phone comes highly recommended from them so I thought that must be good. I ordered it from Amazon on a Thursday and it arrived by lunchtime the following Monday so thanks to Amazon for the quick turnaround. We've only had it one day as I write, but so far, it's been easy to set up out of the box. It says it needs to charge for '16 hours' before you first use it but we left it charging away and someone phoned in the meantime and it was fine. It has a very loud ringtone, which you can lower if it's too loud. There are 9 different ringtones (most of them are awful - apart from Ringtone 5 I think it is, which is OK). We found voice quality to be superb! My parents wouldn't be techy enough to go changing settings on their hearing aids to match the phone and so without doing anything this phone is more than good (loud) enough for them.
My parents generally use the speakerphone facility when someone rings, or if they ring anyone, so I was really hoping there would be a good speakerphone on this phone as I couldn't find anything about the quality of the speakerphone on any of the reviews I read. So far we've not been disappointed. Whilst on speakerphone, the voice of the person is really clear and loud and you don't need to hold the phone near you to 'hear' the person whilst on speakerphone (something my parents had to do with their old phones and they STILL couldn't hear the person half the time!). So they are delighted with the phone on that score alone.
The buttons on the phone are big and easy to use which is great for them too.
We've never owned an amplified phone before, but for any elderly, hard of hearing person I would highly recommend this type of phone now that I understand the difference between them and normal phones which are nowhere near loud enough for the hard of hearing. And if you want to start with a quality, budget priced amplified phone, then I'd highly recommend the Big Tel 200.