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Colour: Gun Metal /Silver - Single|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
The Product Description above will give you a guide to the this phones capabilities. I'll add also an impressively long wire on the charger to your electrical outlet and the phone line is quite generous in length, too. The seventy-two page instruction book is well designed and straightforward for a change though it lacks any specification details (frequency range, power consumption, transmission power etc)

The only drawback is that the screen is just too dark. If it was like the photo of the phone at the top of the page it would be fine but mine is nothing like it. Another reviewer has mentioned this and page thirty-seven in the booklet suggests that there are eight contrast settings, I only get the option of five bars on my screen and from one to five is hardly noticeable. Remove the phone from the base gives me sort of blue/grey with black letters and symbols, they should have been white with a screen colour this dark.

The poor screen resolution was really shown up when compared to the Panasonic KX-TG8521 I'm also using, the screen is bright with everything legible. Thinking I might have a dodgy BT Sonus unit (hard to believe) I rang their tech support but after five goes over two days and no contact I gave up, fortunately it was an 0800 number.

Considering that the screen displays essential information, for example: how many messages on the answering unit; who's calling number display; battery level and when on the base the time, the poor visual quality is a big let down for me so four stars (or really 3.5). Have a look at the two photos I've uploaded, click under the product shot at the top.
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VINE VOICEon 25 April 2012
Colour: Gun Metal /Silver - Single|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This phone/answering machine comprises 3 bits, base station, handset and power unit.
The base station is approx. 4"x 3 1/2" (10cm x 9 cm) and has 5 buttons on it. Both the power unit and telephone cables are plugged into a recess on the base station. Both these cords are approx 10' long (300 + cm) The base is coloured grey, silver and black on the model I have.

The handset is fairly standard for this type of system, some 6" (15 cm) tall and 2" (5 cm) wide. It feels comfortable in my hand (which isn't particularly large!), with a screen size of 1 3/4" (4.5 cm) high and approx 1 1/2" (3.75 cm) wide. The screen has a a grey/green background when not in use which changes to blue when off the base station and when in use (i.e getting a call). The alpha numerics are of a good size and I found them more than readable, though there is a caveat but I'll come on to that later. The number button are a good size to and very legible (white on a grey back ground - I wear glasses and aren't what folks would necessarily call young anymore. The other buttons on the handset are also of a good size with the exception of the `directional' ones around the `OK' button which one needs to take care in using. Most of the handsets functions can be set using these buttons. I have tried the handset at distances up to 60/70 feet from the base station without any loss of signal or degradation in sound quality which was clear and background noise free on all the calls it has been used for. There are quite a lot of menu options available on the handset, volume, display, contrast etc.

The power unit is a fairly small, three pin type and not particularly easy to get out once plugged in, not that you should need to of course. It take approx. 24 hours to charge the rechargeable batteries in the handset before first use after which it seems to keep them topped up pretty well. In use I've had the handset off the base station for about three hours without any obvious fall off in function, quickly topped up once back on the base station - handbook quotes 15 hours talk time and 150 hours standby, though no maximum range from base station to handset quoted that I have been able to find.

The base station, as well as providing a charging point for the handset also controls the answer-phone part of the system with buttons `Answer on-off', `Find' (which finds a handset), `volume' `skip', `stop, etc. with a large central `play' button. In use all buttons are a reasonable size, though not massive, with white on grey text.

The answer-phone will record for about 30 mins and up to 250 contacts can be stored on the phone.

Pro's: easy to set up allows caller display, voicemail etc. Buttons on handset are a decent size, lots of options, long leads and a decent user manual that is supplied in printed form rather than on a CD.

Con's : Display (despite being able to `set' the contrast page 37) when sitting on the base station not in use the black on grey/green or black on blue text is not great at allowing one to see who is calling but one can live with that. What is more of a problem is that the handset sits very vertically (hope that makes sense) in the base station and suffers to a great degree with reflections. I've tried looking at the phone from various positions and asked several people to look as well but I could find no position for the base station/phone in any type of lighting where reflections were not a problems.

Despite the cons the system is more than liveable with and overall I like it. I certainly think (I know) one could do a lot worse.
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Colour: Gun Metal /Silver - Single|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
The BT Sonus is a decent DECT phone system: base, and up to five handsets, with a range of up to 50m indoors or (it claims) 300m outdoors. Setup was easy: just plug in the base, insert the handset in order to charge it, and connect the telephone cable to the base. Additional handsets that you buy with it are pre-registered, or you can register handsets manually using the settings menu. There are a few notable features:

An answerphone is included, for those who prefer to have their messages stored on their phone rather than remotely. You can store up to 30 minutes of messages, and there are nice clear buttons on the base for play, skip, volume control, and so on. You can also play the messags from a handset, though using the base is easier. You can get messages remotely by setting a remote access PIN: dial the number, press * and then the PIN, and the messages play.

There are some additional features: store up to 250 contacts, call one handset from another, or have a conference call with up to two internal handsets and an external caller. There is a speakerphone option on each handset.

A BT services menu has pre-stored BT numbers for services like BT Call Divert and BT Reminder Call; but if you do not have a BT phoneline the phone is still suitable and there is nothing that will get in your way.

All of this is rather old or perhaps I should say mature technology, so not much for the gadget lover to get excited about, but still useful if you have not gone the mobile-only route.

A good point is the clear manual, which is all in English: not that I have anything against other languages, but it means that there really are 70 pages I can read.

Points against: the backlight is rather weak, so the display is not that clear in poor light and the backlit buttons are a bit dim too. Limited range of ring tones, but how many do you need? Worth considering if you are looking for a DECT system, though you might get better value elsewhere if you do not need the answerphone.
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VINE VOICEon 16 November 2012
Colour: Gun Metal /Silver - Single|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This handset has been in my house for a while now, and has migrated from being an additional upstairs phone, to being our main phone.
There is nothing particularly exciting about this phone - it doesn't have a million life-changing features, however it is simple to use, it does the job that its made for, and it is very reliable.

I would definitely buy the same phone again.
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Colour: Gun Metal /Silver - Single|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
The `BT Sonus 1500 Telephone & Answering Machine' is in a pleasing metallic finish with a well-formed easy to hold handset incorporating clearly legible display and utilitarian buttons, and a neat base unit with equally straightforward buttons. It comes nicely presented complete with rechargeable batteries already installed, so after an initial 24 hour charge all is plain sailing. The `Quick Set-up & User Guide' is one of the clearest and readily understandable instruction booklets I have ever experienced for an electrical/digital appliance with excellent diagrams and uncomplicated language.

It is not necessary for me to give lengthy descriptions as publicity blurb fully embraces features and functions, and though I cannot yet confirm each and every attribute (eg. directory capacity or energy efficiency) I can honestly endorse all claims on practicalities. The `BT Sonus 1500' is a superb piece of kit, and my only pause for thought is whether to go for the `twin' or even `trio' combinations. There may be a hurdle in registering additional handsets but if the process goes as well as operation of this basic `BT Sonus 1500 Telephone & Answering Machine' then all will be straightforward.
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Colour: Gun Metal /Silver - Single|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This appears to work adequately as a phone - it can at least make and receive phone-calls - but the form factor, usability and functionality leave a lot to be desired.

First, and most obviously, the buttons are HORRIBLE. They feel too small, need a good hard push to get them to work, and I find that almost every time I make a call I have to go back and edit the number because one or more button presses failed to register. This is completely unforgivable, and makes the phone a pain to use.

The display is small, cramped, and monochrome. I suppose it would be foolish to expect much more at the price, but in an age when almost everyone is used to mobile phones with large, full-colour screens, often with touch-screen functionality, this feels like a refugee from the 1990s. As does the phone-book: you can enter up to 250 names and numbers, but to be frank who would want to spend several hours doing this, using those horrible fiddly erratic buttons, when you probably already have all of those numbers programmed into your mobile and backed up to your Google account or wherever.

I've not spent a lot of time with the answerphone - I set it up, switched it on, and increased the number of rings before it kicks in, but when I'm away on business and I phone home I hear the required number of rings and then am cut off without ever being given a chance to leave a message.

I have had one or two other little niggles while using the phone - dropped calls etc - though I can't really be certain whether the phone itself is to blame for these. Overall, I've given it two stars just because it works as a phone and is not too expensive, but I'm far from impressed with it.
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on 15 October 2012
This item does not match range boasted by the maker (BT). When attempted to use at ranges in excess of 10M from my BT Home Hub, the phones were out of range. Item(s) returned to Amazon as unfit for use. (Amazon's response was excellent, no quibble and full refund)
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Colour: Gun Metal /Silver - Single|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Been using this for a month now, and very impressed, it's easy to use, the answerphone works well, and you can listen to answerphone messages from either the handset or the base station.

Reception is very good, works as a decent distance from the base, battery life is better than my old one.

My only gripe is that you can't expand it, i.e. add additional handsets with charger-only bases. They don't sell them for some totally bizarre reason. Make sure you order enough handsets (they sell them single, answerphone only, twin, triple and quad)

(now sorted on a additional handset - thanks)
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Colour: Gun Metal /Silver - Single|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This is one of the easiest cordless phones to program that I've seen. Although the phone is made in China for BT the instruction book must have been written by someone whose first language is English and so is easier to understand.
To begin with the phone has to be charged for 24 hours and then it is ready to play with. The screen is backlit in blue and whilst not the brightest I've seen is adequate with the number display quite large.

Press the menu button and the display shows options such as: Contacts, Settings, Alarm Clock, Sound, Answering Machine and BT Services with all of these options easy to use. BT Services lists options such as BT helpdesk, BT 118 500 - directory enquiries fast key, Diverts, call waiting etc. which is an added bonus.

The answering machine is very easy to set up and has a 30 minute recording facility which is more than enough. The phone has a 150 hour standby period which is handy if like me you forget to put it on charge overnight!

Take note that the base unit should be at least 1M away from other electrical equipment or you will have 'noise' on the line.

The only real fault I found is that I was told by the recipient of my call that the phone sounded 'echoey' whilst on speakerphone but other than that a decent, stylish, value-for-money phone.
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on 10 September 2012
Does not hold call more than a few feet from the base station. Buttons pressed don't always register on screen. Waste of money.
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