BT 2500 Cordless DECT Phone : If it were reliable, this would be a wonderful phone

I’ve been using these phones for several weeks now and they seem pretty good. The answer-phone works pretty well, and changing to and from hands-free operation is quick and easy, as is adjusting the volume on the hands-free operation. There are, however, two aspects of these phones that are really, really poor :-1/the manual (leaflet) is abysmal and almost totally undecipherable, with the function symbols coming out as little more than black squares on the pages. I went to find the manual as a pdf online, and then printed it out on a good, almost new laser printer (brother) – and, although it looked as though it was in a one full page per a4 page format, it printed out as a5 size on half of each a4 page – and the symbols for each of the phone’s functions were just as undecipherable – gee thanks a lot bt, do you ever actually check these printed manuals for usability ?2/the cradle/charger base is abysmal. It is a real struggle to get the phone line and power cables into the little niches on the bottom of the the main charger/answer-phone base, and one or other of them keeps slipping out. This little ‘flaw’ becomes a major problem of stability because this base unit is far too light – enough so that just picking up the phone frequently results in the base falling over. Dontcha just want to give these ‘form over function’ designers who want things to look pretty, and to hell with practicalities in use a good slapping, repeatedly – ditto for all those responsible for lousy manuals ?.

Great features, excellent value – thumbs up for the bt2500. . Yes there are more stylish models. Yes there are phones with more features. Yes there are phones with better ring tones. There may even be phones that make dinner and run the vac round. But when all is said and done, i don’t want or need a lot from a phone and the bt 2500 does everything i need. Very easy to set-up out the box. Having made the mistake of not giving a handset long enough to charge (before first use) in the past, i was very careful to give both handsets the recommended 24hr charge time ‘before’ plugging in the phone line. It’s no great work of beauty, but it looks just fine, like it was made in this decade which is about as much as i care for the aesthetics side of things. It feels good in hand, comfortable to hold, not too heavy or too light.

Very pleased with these phones very easy to set up.

After getting sorted out with the voice mail recorder meets all our requirements. Will pay for itself in a year being bt are charging for 1571 use.

Loud and clear as the edison bell. I am more than a little giddy with these phones. This is my third answerphone, the first used tapes (and i do feel nostalgic for that) and died of a power surge, and the second was a bt analogue cordless unit with wireless extension handset – you could have up to four, but once activated they couldn’t be reassigned. This unit is the modern digital (hoo boy. No echo-round) replacement for that. I have the answerphone base and two cordless handsets, numbers 1 & 2. After the usual 24 hour charge i connected the base unit to my phone line and i was away.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Very pleased. Work very well so far.
  • I’m very happy with these phones
  • Very pleased. A distinct advantage on the previous phones I

Loud and clear as the edison bell. I am more than a little giddy with these phones. This is my third answerphone, the first used tapes (and i do feel nostalgic for that) and died of a power surge, and the second was a bt analogue cordless unit with wireless extension handset – you could have up to four, but once activated they couldn’t be reassigned. This unit is the modern digital (hoo boy. No echo-round) replacement for that. I have the answerphone base and two cordless handsets, numbers 1 & 2. After the usual 24 hour charge i connected the base unit to my phone line and i was away.

Great that the saved numbers are automatically on all 3 handsets. Only gripe is that it pips when battery’s low. A nuisance in the middle of the night.

One comment

  1. Arrived next day, well packaged. Good replacement for our old bt handsets which were old and we just starting to play up a bit. I am so happy you can copy all the contacts to the additional handsets via the options, our old handsets you had to restyle in . Noise levels good, can change both ring volume and the handset volume so had no prob hearing callers.
    1. Arrived next day, well packaged. Good replacement for our old bt handsets which were old and we just starting to play up a bit. I am so happy you can copy all the contacts to the additional handsets via the options, our old handsets you had to restyle in . Noise levels good, can change both ring volume and the handset volume so had no prob hearing callers.
  2. It’s a bit more complicated, but i printed out the operating manual to get the best out of it. The display is clear and easy to read.
  3. This review is from : BT 2500 Cordless DECT Phone with Answer Machine (Pack of 4)

    It’s a bit more complicated, but i printed out the operating manual to get the best out of it. The display is clear and easy to read.
    1. A distinct advantage on the previous phones i. A distinct advantage on the previous phones i have that i only have to input into one of them and the rest update automatically.
      1. A distinct advantage on the previous phones i. A distinct advantage on the previous phones i have that i only have to input into one of them and the rest update automatically.
  4. Good size answerphone but not the best on playback there tends to be crackling and i have been reassured that it is the phone and not the line.
    1. Good size answerphone but not the best on playback there tends to be crackling and i have been reassured that it is the phone and not the line.
  5. This review is from : BT 2500 Cordless DECT Phone with Answer Machine (Pack of 4)

    If there is a power cut even just. If there is a power cut even just for a second, the time and date have to be re- entered before it can be used although all other information is retained. If the base is moved the phone will tend to fall out as there is not much holding it in.
  6. This review is from : BT 2500 Cordless DECT Phone with Answer Machine (Pack of 4)

    If there is a power cut even just. If there is a power cut even just for a second, the time and date have to be re- entered before it can be used although all other information is retained. If the base is moved the phone will tend to fall out as there is not much holding it in.
  7. This review is from : BT 2500 Cordless DECT Phone with Answer Machine (Pack of 4)

    I have had these for over a year and i have to say they have worked really well loads of functions more than you need if you ask me. The battery will allow you to sit on the phone for far longer than you should ever need to be.
    1. I have had these for over a year and i have to say they have worked really well loads of functions more than you need if you ask me. The battery will allow you to sit on the phone for far longer than you should ever need to be.
  8. This review is from : BT 2500 Cordless DECT Phone with Answer Machine (Pack of 4)

    Nice phone easy to set up too and clear instructions very good.

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