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      29.10.2013 08:28
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      A worthwhile purchase and great value..!

      My husband recently decided to hook up a second telephone handset as a second extension in a bedroom in our home, leading me to carry out some research online to look at what telephone handsets would be suitable for us. It was whilst I was telling my mum about our intentions regarding this purchase that she informed me she had an unwanted handset that was completely brand new and unused. She gifted the handset to us as it was surplus to her requirements, with this review outlining my experiences of using the product. * PRODUCT INFO * The telephone is an Argos branded product, being from their 'Value' range of household goods. Although I didn't pay for the item, a quick look online tells me that the current retail price is £4.28 which I feel is excellent value for money. (Info correct as @ October 2013). The "Argos Value Corded Telephone" is of course exclusive to Argos, and you can purchase in store or online at the Argos website at www.argos.co.uk. * PACKAGING & SETTING UP * The telephone was given to us in its original packaging as it was completely brand new and unused. The packaging for the item comprises of an oblong cardboard box that is a sort of turquoise colour. Inside the box, the telephone was supplied in three separate pieces that were packaged in clear polythene. An instruction leaflet was also provided. The telephone was supplied in three separate pieces: the handset, which has the buttons on it, the curly flex and the cradle, which houses the handset when it is not in use. All three pieces are white in colour and are made of sturdy plastic. When removing the three pieces from the box, I could see immediately how the phone needed to be set up, and I was able to do this without referring to the instruction booklet. The curly wire/flex is what is used to connect the handset to the cradle, of course, and this has a little 'plug' made of clear plastic at each end of its white flex. These little plugs should be fitted into the bottom of the handset itself and into the cradle respectively. This is easy to do as there is a little 'shaped' hole in both the handset and the cradle that is the exact shape of the little plastic plugs. Attaching the three pieces of the telephone to each other took about thirty seconds, and I was able to do this by myself without any help, even though I suffer with mobility issues that affect the strength in my hands and joints. Once this part of the phone was set up, I was able to unravel the other wire that is located at the back of the telephone's cradle, and this connects the telephone to the wall socket via the small plug at the end of the cable. After plugging the telephone into the wall socket, I lifted the handset earpiece to my ear and was able to hear the usual 'dial' tone, indicating the telephone was ready for use. * GOOD POINTS * Of course it goes without saying that the Argos Value Telephone offers exceptional value for money. I don't recall seeing such a petite-looking telephone for such an economical price elsewhere during the time I was researching our upcoming purchase. For youngsters or students setting up their first home, this little item would be an ideal purchase, I feel, as there is a very 'cheap and cheerful' feel to the phone that doesn't take anything from its usefulness or design. Additionally, I like the petite size and lightweight feel of this telephone, and in actual fact it suits my own needs down to the ground, particularly as the telephone has its permanent home inside a cupboard unit in my home; a larger, clumsier model wouldn't be as convenient for me personally, as I have limited space to house the telephone. There is a distinctly 'fuss free' approach to be enjoyed with this particular item; the whole thing took less than ten minutes to remove it from its packaging, set it up and plug it into the wall. It was then completely ready to use, so the perfect item for me, personally, as well as for technophobes, perhaps, and those who are simply seeking a basic telephone handset. There is a generous 'length' of white flex attached to the Argos Value Telephone, so I have never encountered any issues when answering a call or moving the phone around during use. A final 'plus point' to note here is that I have never experienced any sort of interference on the line whilst using this telephone; the line always sounds clear and crisp. * NEGATIVE POINTS * There isn't much to grumble about when considering the Argos Value Telephone's place in our home, but there are one or two points worth mentioning in this review. Alas, there is only one ringing tone with this particular telephone, and there is no way to adjust it. That means that there is no choice as to the actual noise the telephone makes when it rings. There is also no volume control, and no way to select the ringer as being off - the phone either rings when you get a call, or you unplug it from the wall to turn it off as such. This is not an issue for us, considering the limited use the handset gets, but it may prove to be a more notable point for other consumers. The ringer itself is rather high-pitched and loud, although this will probably be a benefit rather than a negative for most consumers; who wants a telephone that cannot be heard when it rings? For us, it took a little getting used to, but as the telephone is housed in a cupboard within a room that is not always in use, we have no complaints here. There is really only one actual niggle for me personally, when considering all aspects of the Argos Telephone, and that is concerning the buttons on the phone; these make a rather high-pitched 'tone' noise when they are pressed, with this design admittedly being common practice with most telephone handsets nowadays, in my experience. With this particular handset, however, I have found the buttons' noise to be extremely loud, so much so that I need to hold the earpiece away from my ear when I am pressing the buttons to dial a telephone number; I just can't bear the noise otherwise! It is a habit of mine to hold the earpiece to my ear when dialling the required telephone number, but this just isn't possible when using the Argos Value Telephone, as I find the noise intolerable when it is so close to my ear. This is easily remedied by holding the earpiece away from the ear of course, and whilst I do feel that this is very much a minor niggle rather than it being something of a huge issue, I do still feel it is worth a mention in this review, nevertheless. * OTHER INFO * The telephone is very basic, of course, so is distinctly lacking any big design features or anything innovative or inspirational; it is simply a basic telephone handset. The circular number buttons are easy to press, and I have never encountered any issues with them becoming stuck. Similarly, I am able to use the buttons myself, even though the strength in my hands and wrists will often be compromised as a result of reduced mobility. There are one or two other small features, though these are very basic. There is a secrecy button, located underneath the number buttons on the telephone and this can be pressed to obtain a little privacy from the person on the other end of the line. Useful, perhaps, for some consumers who may have to take a moment's rest from a call to have another conversation, but I admit that this feature is unused in my home, so I am unable to comment on it further than this. This is also true of the telephone's single other feature; a Last Number Redial button. This too is located underneath the number buttons at the bottom of the telephone, and is simply labelled LNR. I think I've only ever used this once or twice at most, so have very little comment about it - I've found that it has worked, when required. Taking everything into account, I have only one major issue with the Argos Value Telephone, this being the rather loud 'tones' that feel rather too shrill and 'screechy' for my own liking. I do feel that this matter can be overlooked somewhat, however, particularly as the rest of the phone's features are so good, and I feel the telephone performs exceptionally well, considering its low purchase price. Based on my own experiences, I do really recommend this little handset for those consumers who are simply looking for a basic telephone that won't break the bank.

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        15.06.2012 16:46
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        A great cheap product.

        I genuinely can't remember the last time I called someone on a home phone. 1997 I think. Its really easy to forget landlines exist, with people either using mobiles, texts or, if you're anything like me, Facebook as your primary means of communication. I was resigned to the fact I would never need a home phone again, this is the future. Communication on the go, why would I want a phone that was literally attached to my house when I had one on my person 24/7? Odd thing is, I actually have a phone line - the way I have my Virgin Media account set up means I have to pay for a phone line, free minutes included, that I don't even have connected to a phone - let alone use. On the odd occasion I need to call a number that would be free from a lineline, but costly from a mobile - I just use my mobile and take the hit. Its not usually that much and sometimes I can get a call back - costing me very little. However, a few months ago I ran into problems with Virgin Media, and needed to make frequent calls to their customer services; very costly from my mobile and with no option to call back - I resigned to the fact I would be more cost effective to pick up a landline phone and plug it into the otherwise redundant hole in the wall. First stop, Argos. I have an Argos around the corner from my house - but its not its proximity that makes me a regular customer. Its the range in price, usually I can pick a product, pick a price range and match the two up. I want something that is value range, I can - want to pay more and have a more up market version of whatever I am after, no doubt they will have something to suit. My main requirement when purchasing a new phone was price, I was looking for a cost effective solution to making calls to numbers that were costly on my mobile, so I wanted to pay the absolute minimum for a phone. I wasn't even really bothered what it looked like, as long as it helped put an end to the hefty charges I was otherwise likely to see on my phone bill. Right away, price, availability and function made themselves aware when I opened the catalogued, with the Argos Value Corded Telephone being instock, only £4.49 and it looked more or less like a phone. A quick swipe of my debit card, a couple of minute wait and a short walk home - I plugged the phone in, and I made a quick call to my mobile to ensure it worked - reassuringly right out of the minimal packaging and ignoring the pretty minimal leaflet of instructions, it was working. The phone, as you imagine is very minimal - but for the price its a bargain, no fuss here. The phone has a cord (1.5m long) used to connect the base to the walled connection, and the base has a typical wound cable connecting the base unit to the hand set. Its a very typical, small phone. On the back of the base is a small hole that indicates you can hang the phone on a wall with a screw that you just hook the base onto. I didn't need to do this, I just sat it on a table and it looks fine - but like I mentioned I'm not fussed what it looks like. Function wise it 'works' perfectly, in that it does everything you would expect. It makes and receives calls no problems, its the details that the £4.49 price tag makes itself know. Firstly, the sound quality when making or receiving a call is far from perfect. It could just be the quality I am used to using mobiles almost all the time, but the Value Range phone sounds a little dull and muffled - a downgrade in the quality I have become accustomed to. Don't get me wrong, it sounds fine enough and works OK, its just it does have a value quality feel to it. Secondly, the ringer could be described more as an alarm than a ringer. "SOMEONE IS CALLING YOU!!" it would say if it could speak. Again, this is a basic function of the phone that it does what you would expect it to, but the value side of things makes itself known when you can't turn it down, let alone change the tone. Maybe again, I'm used to just having a phone on the unobtrusiveness vibrate mode, so a phone screaming at me is a little odd. I must admit though, the sound of a landline ringing within a house did fill me with nostalgia the first time I heard it ring - it really has been a long time since I used a landline. The only extra this phone has is a redial button, where you can call the last number you dialled. Handy if you are impatiently trying to get through to something or someone, or just a bit lazy. The feel of the phone is value, with the buttons feeling a little flimsy and the casing feeling a little cheaply made - but not to the point its off putting. If I am to be honest, using this was a breath of fresh air compared to using my mobile to 'press option 1' meaning I had to fiddle with the touch screen and usually miss options. The simplicity of this phone was quite nice. Being something I am not going to use often, and picked up to try and save me money this was a great by. I estimate this £4.49 phone has saved me about £50 in calls over the past month not using my mobile. A great buy for a device that most people will only have as a secondary device these days. Its super easy to use, feels reliable enough and does its job.

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        16.01.2012 22:57
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        a basic telephone

        heard that mobile phone signal is bad in the area I was moving to, when I moved in I found that was the case. I was heavily pregnant and couldn't rely on my mobile to reach the outside world if needs be so I needed a home telephone. That's when my mum pulled out this phone from the back of her cupboard to tie me over until I could afford a cordless phone. The phone is from the Argos Value range so it isn't any surprise to see it looking so basic. It's made from plastic and is white in colour. The phone is quite small, the base that the main handset sits on is only slightly bigger than the handset itself. The numbers can be found on the base, the buttons feel quite loose when pressing them and it doesn't take much pressure to dial a number. The phone can be wall mounted, there are two slots on the underside of the base for nail heads to slot into, mine wasn't wall mounted so I can't really comment on how well it performs. I had this phone connected to the main phone line in my hallway, the wire that connects to the socket was long enough for me to put the base on the window at the bottom of the stairs, I would say, it's about 1.5 meters long. With the phone sitting on the window sill, I couldn't go very far with the phone as the base is so light once the cord attached to the phone gets stretched it takes the base with it. When a call is incoming, the ringtone is just a basic ring, there are no choices of ringtones,. There is no way to change the volume either even though the Argos website says there is a ringer volume control. The volume is very loud, I guess this is a good thing if you are hard of hearing or out in the garden, but sitting in my living room it did pierce my ears when it rang and was on the verge of being too loud. As for the quality of the sound, I haven't had any problems with the sound when receiving a call. The clarity on my side of the phone was crystal clear, quite surprising when you found out how much the phone costs. I've not had anyone moan about not hearing me and such on the other side of the call so I can only imagine it's crystal clear on their side too. The phone currently costs £3.88 from Argos. It is a bog standard phone, perfect for a backup if a cordless phone gets misplaced, runs out of batteries etc. It is also great to have in the cupboard in event of a power cut. If you just want a phone to make or receive calls without all of the extra features then this is definitely for you.

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        08.10.2011 11:26
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        Nice to keep in the cupboard for a emergency

        I had heard that mobile phone signal is bad in the area I was moving to, when I moved in I found that was the case. I was heavily pregnant and couldn't rely on my mobile to reach the outside world if needs be so I needed a home telephone. That's when my mum pulled out this phone from the back of her cupboard to tie me over until I could afford a cordless phone. The phone is from the Argos Value range so it isn't any surprise to see it looking so basic. It's made from plastic and is white in colour. The phone is quite small, the base that the main handset sits on is only slightly bigger than the handset itself. The numbers can be found on the base, the buttons feel quite loose when pressing them and it doesn't take much pressure to dial a number. The phone can be wall mounted, there are two slots on the underside of the base for nail heads to slot into, mine wasn't wall mounted so I can't really comment on how well it performs. I had this phone connected to the main phone line in my hallway, the wire that connects to the socket was long enough for me to put the base on the window at the bottom of the stairs, I would say, it's about 1.5 meters long. With the phone sitting on the window sill, I couldn't go very far with the phone as the base is so light once the cord attached to the phone gets stretched it takes the base with it. When a call is incoming, the ringtone is just a basic ring, there are no choices of ringtones,. There is no way to change the volume either even though the Argos website says there is a ringer volume control. The volume is very loud, I guess this is a good thing if you are hard of hearing or out in the garden, but sitting in my living room it did pierce my ears when it rang and was on the verge of being too loud. As for the quality of the sound, I haven't had any problems with the sound when receiving a call. The clarity on my side of the phone was crystal clear, quite surprising when you found out how much the phone costs. I've not had anyone moan about not hearing me and such on the other side of the call so I can only imagine it's crystal clear on their side too. The phone currently costs £3.88 from Argos. It is a bog standard phone, perfect for a backup if a cordless phone gets misplaced, runs out of batteries etc. It is also great to have in the cupboard in event of a power cut. If you just want a phone to make or receive calls without all of the extra features then this is definitely for you.

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