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Hello? Is it the BT 1500 you're looking for?
on 30 April 2013
We live in an age where most new gadgets & mobile phones have all manner of extra features added on which most users don't really need, when what most of us want is for something to do its job & do it well. Thankfully, the BT 1500 bucks this trend.
Amazon's product description for this phone calls it an "entry level" model, which is "Great Value". My inner cynic translates this to mean 'poor quality' but that is not the case at all. The build quality feels sturdy yet deceptively light. The display is nice easy to read & the background isn't too bright. More importantly, the sound quality is much better than on the previous cordless phones I've used. And as strange as it may sound to say this, the handset actually fits securely into the base unit without feeling like it's about to topple over. You'd think this was a given but the previous 2 cordless phones I've had didn't do this. I don't know why something so simple is so hard to get right but nevertheless, BT have done it with the 1500.
It works straight out of the box - the manual says to leave the handset to charge for 24 hours before using it for the first time but the batteries came with enough juice in them to get me started straight away. The menu system is fairly straightforward & I was able to record my own answer machine message, change the ring-tone & add contacts without using the manual. The range is also very good. My old cordless handset would get out of range if I went to the front door or to the electric meter to get a reading but I can reach both with the BT 1500 & still have a decent signal.
It has a caller display feature but this only works with numbers stored in your address book or if you've subscribed to a Caller Display service with your landline network provider. Which I haven't. But it's okay because you can still screen calls by leaving the answer machine on & hearing who the caller is before you pick up.
This is a great all-rounder. The only thing that's missing is a speakerphone, which is something I've found quite handy in the past when being left on hold for a long time by call centres, bless 'em. And the LED's on the front of the base unit are too bright - phones should just sit in the corner of the room until they ring but I find the lights very distracting. But everything else is great!