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Decent entry-level handsets. They do the job.
on 17 May 2013
These handsets are pretty much entry-level, so don't expect any bells and whistles, or outstanding performance from them. There is no inbuilt answering machine, although these are less common now, with the advent of 1571 and similar answering systems.
As with most home phones today, set-up is simple, taking only a minute or two from removing the phones from the box to them being connected and fully operational. The screens are nice and bright, and can be easily read, and the sound is pleasingly clear, although some of the tones and "beeps" can be a little annoying (these can be turned off). All the standard features are present; call waiting, number display, call barring, etc.
The literature claims the phones will be usable up to 300 metres from the base station. Perhaps that may be true in open, uninterrupted terrain, but, living in a normal flat, I found I lost signal within about 70-80 metres, still plenty far enough, but nothing remotely near the manufacturers claim.
The only other slight gripe is the limit of 50 stored numbers. I don't have a particularly wide social circle, but I found I quickly ran out after inputting all the essentials (doctor, dentist, bank etc,) and close friends and family members. So it's not quite time to get rid of the old paper address book yet!
Overall, these handsets do all you would need them to do, and would be a decent budget choice for most households.