“ Cheap basic telephone, under ?4, available at all major big Tesco retail stores and only in white colour. UK landline socket. Surprinsingly functional. Not the best quality but does the job. „
Last year my home phone starting cutting out when I was talking to people. My phone gradually got worse and worse to the point when people would ring me and I would be able to hear the phone ringing, answer it and not hear a single word that was being said by the person on the other end of the phone. One evening my phone stopped working completely and after giving it a few bashes and shouting a few times with frustration my Mum kindly drove over to my house and gave me her spare phone, this Tesco slimline gondola phone, to use until I purchased a new one.
I did not buy this item new but speaking to my Mum she remembers paying around the £5 mark and I can see from having a look online that the average price for this appeared to be around the £4 mark. A few are still available in selected stores from what I can tell but I could not find this item on the Tesco Direct website for a click & collect order. Anyway, the price of this phone was very reasonable, especially considering my Mum has used this on and off as a spare phone, for herself, and lent out to several other friends and me too of course, twice now! I have recently finished my second borrow of this phone and this time I have kept it as my spare phone as my Mum has got a BT home hub with a phone now so already has a new spare phone, that is better looking than this one!
This telephone is nothing special to look at, off white in colour with black buttons and each of the buttons has the relevant number or symbol on it in white text. There is a little pop out piece, close to the top of the earpiece, where one can write their telephone number, however no-one has ever used this in the time that people have been borrowing this phone from my Mum. The earpiece has 10 holes in it, to allow for crystal clear hearing when on the phone and the speaker piece area is just 1 hole, but it seems to work properly when I am speaking to people. This is a corded house phone and the phone has a generous enough cord to allow me to have the phone next to me on the arm of the chair when speaking to people without worrying about stretching my arm or the wire too much. The part of the phone that the handset goes back in to has a large piece of plastic that pops out and has a lined piece of paper underneath it in order to write a list of telephone numbers. Again no-one has actually used this and I doubt I ever will either, as I know the few numbers I ring from my house phone off by heart. There is a button in the phone holder that is depressed when the phone is back in place and when the phone is ringing just picking up the handset allows the call to be answered right away. There is a secrecy (mute) button, a redial button, and a ringer volume button, all of which are simple to press, these buttons are in addition to the usual 0-9 numbers and a star and hash key. The numbers, where relevant, have letters on them, but over the years these letters have rubbed off slightly, but just a little so they are still readable.
This phone is quite simple, very straightforward to use and really has no bells or whistles. The ringer volume button works fine, as do the secrecy and last number redial buttons and I have had absolutely no problems using this phone. The buttons are simple to press and don't require much pressure so I have not accidentally dialled any numbers incorrectly. The speaker and earpiece work fully and allow me to speak to and hear people in a clear manner. I have had no problems with the phone, the sound quality or using this phone.
Overall this phone has been very simple to use. To clean this phone I just used a Dettol wipe and it did not affect the colour of this at all. It is simple to clean, with no problems encountered. This took awhile to look dirty but I am quite conscious of germs in my home from visitors. I only had to plug this into my telephone socket to start using it and there really was nothing required to set this up, just plug and use. The ringer volume could be adjusted, which was useful for me as this telephone was being used quite far away from rooms that I was decorating in, and so I set this to the highest volume and was still able to hear it, just about! This isn't an all singing all dancing phone that looks special but it did the job for me, on two separate occasions, and while I have now bought a new cordless phone with a loudspeaker I have stashed this in one of my storage areas just to have it should I need a new phone in a hurry.
When my old phone stopped working, I needed an urgent replacement as we use the phone for business reasons too. So I decided to get a temporary replacement while we took are time to look around for a long lasting reliable telephone, so I was on the look out for a basic cheap telephone during my weekly grocery shop.
== Price ==
As I occasionally do my grocery shopping from Tesco, I decided to have a quick look in their telephone section too see what they had. I was surprised to see a good variety of telephones in their section; they had a few quite advanced looking ones with a number of features and functions. I however wanted a simple basic one to tie my over until I found better one after looking around at reviews. I was pleased to see a Tesco branded telephone for sale at only around £4.00, which was a bargain as many of the telephones for sale cost way over £10. Therefore having a quick look at the design and features I popped it into my trolley along with my groceries.
I just had a quick look on Tesco website to see if the price has changed, and unfortunately it doesn't seem as though they are selling it anymore, not sure why, it could be that it just out of stock but doesn't state that so maybe its worth having a look at your local Tesco to see if it is still available in store.
== Design ==
I was happy with the look of the telephone, it has a white cream finish with black coloured dial buttons. It was simple looking, but I wasn't all that bothered about it looking fancy or expensive as it was just a household telephone that was just a temporary solution. Saying that however it still looked more than £4.00!. The numbers on the dials are easy to read thanks to the white standout digits which lay against the black coloured rubber dials, and the numbers are nice a big so it's very easy to see which numbers you are pressing. It has long plastic curly cord that attaches to the headset to the dial set and gives it that nice classic look that I miss about telephone sets.
The telephone is very easy to clean, as it is white you'd think it would get dirty quite quickly, however I found that apart from some finger prints here and there it remained quite clean looking. Thanks to the glossy finish, any finger prints or marks are simple to wipe away.
The telephone has a small white sticker on the phone that allows you to write numbers on if needed, which I found very useful and handy. I just ended up putting the important numbers on there, meaning I do not have to keep looking in the phonebook for the numbers.
== Setup and Experience ==
The setup process was a very easy and straightforward process that involves plugging in the telephone socket into the wall and then you're basically good to go. There are easy to follow instructions that come with the telephone if you have any trouble, but I doubt there will be any issues as it is very fast and simple to set up. The telephone can also be wall mounted, but we decided to just place it on a table as it was only a temporary telephone.
The numbers are easy to read and nice and soft to press, they do not get stuck which is what you might expect with a £4.00 telephone, but thankfully that was not the case. The cord reaches about 2 meters in length, which isn't that long if it is going to be wall mounted, but for me personally it was fine when placed on the table and for it sufficiently mobile.
The ring volume can be adjusted easily and I found that medium volume was more than high enough to be heard from all over the house. It alos has a redial button, and a mute button which is a not exactly a lot features, but for the price and for the purpose of wanting a simple telephone to make calls this was personally perfect for me.
The sound quality is great, I can hear the recipient loud and clearly and vice versa. I have had no issues of the sound crackling of altering while having a conversation, instead all phone conversations are sound crisp and loud.
== Conclusion ==
Overall this is a great quality telephone for the £4.00 price tag. I liked it that much that I decided to keep it and use it as a bedroom telephone and so kept if for a good year without any issues. All in all I can't really fault this phone, if you are looking for a cheap telephone that doesn't run out of battery. that has great sound quality and microphone quality then this is definitely one to look out for.
***What is it?***
The Tesco Value TH100 Slimline Gondola Telephone is a very basic telephone which caters to the non bells and whistles end of the market. It's for use in a UK landline socket.
***Price and Availability***
As the name suggests, the Tesco Value TH100 Slimline Gondola Telephone is available exclusively at Tesco, both instore (in the larger stores, not Metro and Express) and online at Tesco Direct (you can collect from most chosen stores for free or pay a small postage and packing charge).
It's extremely low priced at only £3.98 (the price varies by a few pence here and there, I've seen it at £3.89 and £3.79 however £3.98 is what I paid just over six months ago.) It's amazing to think you can buy a telephone for less price than a pack of mince or a jar of coffee, back when my parents first got one, I wasn't allowed to touch it, it was so expensive!
As expected it is very plain looking, quite basic and simple, but I wouldn't say it particularly stands out as a cheap phone, I could easily believe this cost £9.99 or even £14.99. It's slimline, long, white with a white curly cord, all styled in a fairly durable plastic. The keys are a black rubber with white characters on them.
Overall I think the looks are quite nice especially for the money and it looks quite fitting in a hallway, kitchen, bathroom and so on.
It couldn't be simpler to use - almost 'plug and play', though full instructions are included in the box. Basically, I plugged it in, sat it down on the table, and was good to go (you can wall mount this phone, also). Using the phone is easy, the keys are soft to press, and the phone has excellent sound quality, I was surprised at how loud and clear the dial tone and the spoken word sound on this phone, I must admit I was expecting a bit of tinniness or distortion but there's none of it. I have it on good assurance too that the microphone is good quality and the recipient can hear me, too.
The ring tone is nice and high, you can hear the phone ringing from the far end of the garden and all over the house, which is not something I've been able to say about previous 'cheap' phones.
I have to say, I bought this phone when I purchased a new house, and had the new phone line installed whilst we were refurbishing it. I needed a cheap phone to put in the new house, expecting to buy a more expensive feature packed one when we'd moved and settled. I did end up buying a twin set of cordless phones, because I find them so useful being busy and having a small child, but I also kept this phone in, because sometimes the cordless phones run out of battery, have a tendency to go missing (especially if you have an inquisitive little toddler hiding them!) and because in an emergency you really do need the reassurance of a phone always being in one place and ready to use. I am so glad I bought it because I've used it numerous times and I've always been impressed by it. Six months on and it's still as good as new.
I can't recommend this enough, it's a great phone and the fact that it costs under £4 is absolutely amazing, it's worth every penny and easily twice as much! I don't know how they make them so cheap. OK, it's only available in white, and OK it's corded, and doesn't have any amazing features but if all you need is a phone and you're not bothered about that (or you want a second phone), then this is absolutely the phone for you.
I will happily give this 5 stars out of 5 and recommend it highly, it's by far one of the cheapest pieces of electronic hardware I've ever bought and strangely it's one of the best - I guess sometimes the less features something has, the less there is to go wrong! Overall, I can't fault it. Well done Tesco :)
Looking for an incredibly cheap phone that's also surprisingly functional? then the Tesco TH100 may be for you. This ultra-budget model retails at only £4.28, and it's available from most of the larger Tesco Extra stores and from the Tesco Direct website. As you would expect, a phone which costs just over four pounds is always going to be limited in terms of its features, but how does it perform?
Design & Appearance
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White in colour, the TH100 is made from a sturdy white plastic and is shaped in the classic 'gondola' design. The base can be wall mounted if required, although it's just as functional when placed horizontally on a surface. The overall appearance isn't bad for the price, and overall it looks fairly professional. The handset is comfortable to hold, and easy to replace on the base without too much fiddling. In terms of the features, the phone offers very little in terms of gimmicks - there's the adjustable ringer volume, a mute button, and a last number redial facility - pretty much standard fare for every phone made in the last twenty years! The keypad feels quite rubbery, but the numbers are big enough to see, and the buttons are easy to press.
Sound Quality & Final Word
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To be honest, I was surprised at the TH100's sound quality when I used it for the first time - the earpiece is very clear and quite loud, and i've never had any issues hearing what the person on the other end has said. The ringer is similarly easy to hear, and there's a high and low volume setting to play with. Overall, the Tesco TH100 Gondola phone is a impressive product for the price - it does all the basics and it does them well. There's no answer-phone or LCD screen, but as a secondary house phone you may not need such distractions anyway; recommended.
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Dimensions 7 x 20 x 7 cm
Phone Book Memory: 5 Numbers
Adjustable Ringer Volume: Yes
Wall Mountable: Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible: No
Last year our cordless phones started playing up and they stopped ringing, at the time we couldn't afford to buy new phones straight away and so we decided to hook up a cheap phone so that we would be aware when the phone was ringing as this was initially the only problem.
We bought this phone from Tesco and it cost us £3.64 although it has now gone up in price slightly to £3.88. The phone is a very simple white corded phone with grey rubber circular buttons on the underneath of the phone. On the base there is space to write a couple of phone numbers although I never bothered with it and the cord it long enough that you can comfortably make a call.
The phone has a couple of basic functions but not alot but you can't expect much for the price, there is a last number redial, a small phone book memory, a mute function, adjustable ringing volume and can be mounted on the wall.
The phone works perfectly well, the ring tone is basic and quite loud which is what we needed since our other phones wouldn't ring. I mounted this phone on the wall behind the curtain and mainly just used it for the sound but I did actually answer calls on it a couple of times and the sound was very good and clear.
The phone may be basic but it was perfect for the job we needed it for and it is a perfectly adequate phone which at the price is fantastic value, we no longer use the phone as we upgraded once we had the money but I still have it put away upstairs and if we have a power cut it will be great as it doesn't require electricity like the majority of phones do these days.
We barely use the house phone in our house, in fact the only reason we have a landline phone is because we have to for our broadband connection, and I have a good mobile contract deal that keeps me in contact, cheaply, with people. For this reason we decided to get the most basic and value for money landline phone to use in the house. If I were to be using it every evening I would have gone for a cordless and perhaps more stylish model, but for our purposes the Tesco Value TH100 Slimline Gondola seemed appropriate and ticked all the right boxes.
The phone itself id a light grey/silver colour and is made of a reasonable tough plastic material that is very lightweight. The unit is comprised of a base and handset which is connected by an elasticated coiled typical telephone wire. The base of the telephone has the cut off button and a small sheet of paper where you can write any important telephone number, such as your own which I always forget when I need it.
The handheld part of the phone has the buttons on the inside in between the speaker and the earpiece. These are a reasonable large size and made of rubber with white printed numbers on them. I quite like the buttons, they are easy to press and don't get stuck or the numbers fade with use. There are no added extras with this phone, you have your dialling numbers and that is it, no answerphone features or technical speaker settings. This is specifically for calling someone and talking to them, exactly what I was after.
According to the Tesco website the phone has the following features; last number redial facility, a limited phone book memory for those numbers you dial the most ( this is up to five numbers), a mute function and adjustable ringer volume, which is located on the side of the phone hand piece. There really is great value for money when buying this phone. The ring is a standard 'ring ring' and is very loud and quite high pitched, not too offensive!
The phone has dimensions of 24 cm length, 10 cm height and 2 cm width so it can fit on most surfaces easily and discreetly, it is also wall mountable. The phone is very simply to use and you can plug it in and go right away. The dials beep into your ear when pressed so you can keep track of what you have pressed. The volume on this phone is very good and loud, I never have to use the volume control on this side of the machine.
My only complaint with this corded phone would be that it feels cheap, however for £3.88 I cannot take stars off this Tesco value phone as you can barely buy any electrical/practical item for under £5 these days. We have had this handset for over 6 months and cannot fault it performance or reliability. This is available from in store some Tesco's and online at Tesco Direct, a great priced everyday phone, no glamour but practical in every way!
In our house we have three floors nightmare really and each floor has a phone in it. The mater bedroom is my room and right on the top floor, we have a phone socket in the room just never got round to putting a phone up there until a few months ago i started escaping to my bedroom to get some peace to do work stuff. I needed a cheap phone in my room so i could make calls and receive them without having to go down the to the floor below to make a call laziness but much more convenient for me.
I chose the Tesco Value TH100 Slimline Gondola phone for two reasons one being price very cheap at only £3.89 and the fact is slim and compact enough to sit on my small bedside table.
Tesco Value TH100 Slimline Gondola phone comes packaged in a box that's white with the blue tesco value stripes on it. It has the handset in the box along with some easy to read instructions. The handset is slim and on its own, it sits on top of a base where the receiver is. It comes in white only and has a long cable length around 35 inches long more than enough for the line to stretch across the room when i'm sitting at the desk. Its a good size although slimline, the handset messures roughly 8 inches long and 5 inches wide.
Once plugged into the phone socket the phone is ready to use, lifting the handset there is the ear speaker and other end the mouth speaker, the numbers to dial are on the handset also, these are well spaced and a good size for the larger fingers to push or ideal for people with bad eyesight.
The phone works very well but very basic. The features are adjustable sound control for the ringer volume, redial available for the last number that called, and wall mountable. The phone is very cheap but for a spare room or an extra phone its ideal, you can call out and people can call you what more do you need. You can also store around five numbers on the phone not great but very handy for the numbers you dial more often.The sound is very clear on the phone as well as being simple to use.
I recommend the Tesco Value TH100 Slimline Gondola phone.
In our previous three storey house my parents had a telephone on the ground floor and we had another with a different number upstairs.
I soon realised that, when I was in the office on the top floor and my parents' phone rang on the ground floor, I had quite a run to answer it. I found a socket on the top floor which was connected to the ground floor phone so I decided to buy a cheap phone to plug in to save my legs.
The one I chose was the Tesco Value TH100 Slimline Gondola Telephone which currently costs £3.88 which is quite a bargain!
This white telephone is basic and is made up of a flat base unit with a corded handset that rests on it. The whole thing can be wall mounted or left on a work surface. It is not an attarctive telephone as you can see from the picture but it is clean, bright and functional.
The handset is comfortable to hold during your call and the only problem I found was that, being a corded telephone, I had to stand still whilst I was talking and I am used to walking about with the telephone these days. Still what do you expect for less than a fiver?
The handset has the ten numerical buttons, a redial button and a mute button in case you want to say something at your end that you don't want the caller to hear. The buttons are a reasonable size so the phone is easy enough to use.
There is only one ringer tone but the volume can be adjusted which I found to be a useful feature although the volume of the actual telephone speaker cannot be adjusted.
As this is a basic telephone there are no fancy additions such as an answering machine or a speaker phone - this is one for making and receiving calls - end of!
I found the telephone to be an ideal purchase for me. The ringer was loud enough for me to hear, the handset was comfortable to hold and buttons were big enough to see and use easily. Of course the main thing was that I didn't have to run down two double flights of stairs to answer my parents' telephone when they were out!
The telephone has come to our new house with us and is still useful. When we had a power cut recently I wanted to telephone British Gas to see if there was a problem and I realised that our telephone wouldn't work without electricity. Then I remembered the trusty Tesco Value phone in the cupboard so I found it out, plugged it into the telephone socket and made my call.
It has even been borrowed by our neighbour when she was in the same position with a power outage.
So there you are an excellent telephone for emergencies or for an extra extension in an out of the way room in the house.
This very cheap telephone has resided in my utility room for some time now, I remember paying just £3.79 for it around three years ago and it has proved itself to be an extremely good buy and one I am very glad I made.
I had been looking for a telephone for the utility room for some time, but as it is located outside I was loath to spend too much money as I was concerned about the cold and damp conditions giving any telephone I chose a shorter lifespan than would be expected.
The Tesco Value Gondola phone is a wonderful purchase as it works so very well, you would never guess that it is such a cheap product as it not only works but also looks very nice indeed. The cradle can be screwed into the wall, or alternatively can simply be laid down on a work surface. When I first bought mine I had my neighbour attach it to the wall, although I took it down a few days later as I didn't want the chill from the wall affecting the performance of the telephone.
As you'd expect, this phone was certainly not designed to compete with branded landline telephones. On the handset it simply has the usual numerical buttons, as well as a Redial button and a button to 'mute' your end of the conversation for privacy from whomever you are talking to on the other end. When using this telephone I can hear the other person talking very clearly and I am also confident that they can hear me as well as if I were using one of the more costly telephones in my home. I have never experienced a static or poor line, which is quite surprising considering how cheap this telephone is.
One problem I have is the buttons on the handset, which are very small. My eyesight isn't what it used to be and I struggle to make out the numbers, this doesn't cause too many problems as I tend to only use this telephone to answer incoming calls but I'm sure I would run into difficulties should I attempt to dial out. It is also not possible to change the volume on the handset (although you can thankfully turn down the very loud ringer), this is a shame as sometimes I will receive a call which is very faint and I think it would be very useful to be able to turn the volume up in these instances.
Overall I am very happy with my purchase of this telephone, it has fulfilled a need I had at the time and despite the fact that I was intending to replace it I have since realised that there is no reason whatsoever to do so. I'll admit it's not the most attractive of telephones, but in this particular room I look for functionality over beauty so this is not a problem.
I feel incredibly churlish here as I do have a complaint regarding the fit of the telephone into the cradle. Whilst fitted to the wall it is fine, with the telephone sliding into the correct position automatically - but since I placed my cradle on the worktop I've noticed the telephone fits in at a very unnatural and awkward angle. I often get the cord all tangled in the cradle, preventing the telephone sitting as straight as it should. This may not be something you consider when you buy a telephone, but as someone with arthritis in my hands I'd suggest it may not be suitable if you have problems with your coordination - or simply aren't as dexterous as you used to be!
Regardless, I do think this telephone is a bargain. I have had three years of completely trouble free use and have no plans to replace it. The white is looking rather grubby now, but I cannot complain as my utility room opens onto the back garden so my hands are rarely terribly clean when I use this telephone. I wipe it over occasionally and this has helped it remain white over the years, I suspect it will never look completely clean again as the plastic itself has started to become discoloured but it certainly doesn't look old enough to throw out yet!
My BT phone line was playing up. When it rang, I could barely hear the caller. Naively, I thought all I needed to do was ring BT and they would come rushing out to help me and all would be well. Wrong. Before they will visit, they need assurance that it is not your actual handset that is faulty. If it is, you get to pay £130 for wasting their time. To avoid this they recommend trying a different phone in your socket to check it's not your phone causing the problem.
So, it was off to Tesco to buy another handset, purely (I thought) to establish that there was absolutely nothing wrong with the ones I already owned.
Tesco have a surprising and impressive array of phones. Many of them have lots of fancy features, but on this occasion I was only interested in price as I thought it was destined for a drawer after five minutes use. That led me straight to the Tesco Value Gondola, costing a mere £4.28. I wouldn't normally have bought this - the packaging would have put me off, screaming "CHEAP" as it does, with its standard 'Tesco Value' markings on the box. But common sense prevailed, and I shoved it in my trolley.
When I got it home I was very pleasantly surprised. It looks just like the picture above - a semi-matte, cream plastic with black buttons. The box describes it as white, but it is definitely cream. The numbers on the buttons are white against the black background and are quite large, so they are easy to read. There is a grey sticker on the base where you can, if you wish, write down twelve phone numbers. It wipes down easily and doesn't particularly show fingerprints. It isn't especially stylish, but it doesn't look cheap and there are no Tesco or Value logos on it to give it away.
It attaches to the phone socket with the standard plastic clip, and this fits fine and seems quite robust. It can be wall-mounted or sat on a table. If you're thinking of wall-mounting it, bear in mind that the coiled cord is quite short - at maximum stretch it is only about one metre long. But if you're sitting it on a desk you can get more 'reach' as the socket-to-phone cord is 2 metres long, making it quite portable.
It is low on features, but that's fine for me; if I want fancy stuff I use my mobile. It has a mute button, a last number redial button, and another black button with an 'R' in the middle - I still have no idea what that does! The ring volume can be set to either low or high. I found high was just too loud for normal use and kept making me jump. Set at low, you can still hear it from a couple of rooms away.
It is actually a very good phone, and I am still using it as it turned out that the fault WAS with one of my phones. I know corded phones are old-fashioned nowadays but in some ways they are very practical - the kids can't run off with it, there are no batteries to go flat and when it rings you know where to find it! I've only had it for about two months so can't comment on how long it will last, but so far so good, and if it should ever break down, I would have no hesitation in buying another one just like this.
So, overall I would highly recommend this phone for anyone who is on a budget or who simply prefers a basic, uncomplicated phone.
I bought this phone for just £4 when I first moved into my new house. With all of the other expenses and must buy's on my list, the quality of my house phone was just not important to me. So I got this super cheap phone from Tesco's...
Well nearly 2 years later, the phone is still working perfectly and I have never felt the need to replace it. It does everything that a traditional phone should do and is compact so does not take up too much space on my shelf. I have never had any problems with the phone and it has always proved to be reliable. Sometimes the buttons can be a bit insensitive and don't recognise that you've pressed them, but as long as you push reasonably hard this doesn't become a problem. The phone has a HI/LO option on the base so that you can alter the volume of the ring, which is handy as the loud can be very loud! On that basis though, I think this phone would probably be very good for somebody hard of hearing.
If you are looking for a phone for the fact that it is cheap, as a spare or simply because like me you don't use the house phone often enough to justify spending out for a cordless (or don't mind sitting next to the phone) then this phone is definitely a good choice for you. It is reliable, easy to use and small. It has everything that you would expect from a traditional phone, and at excellent value.
Being totally honest, I was being a cheapskate when I bought this. My main thought was that if our phone broke, I wanted a simple and cheap replacement that would ensure I didn't have to miss any important calls.
I saw this and bought it on a whim in my local tesco superstore for £3.98, the price was what drew me to it, not only was it under £4, but it was under £3.99, it really is a silly but effective marketing ploy.
The phone is very old skool in it's looks it is a white plastic phone with black stubby keys on the phone, it is corded and has to remain with its base, but thats absolutely fine with me, I prefer this in many ways and find it comforting, as it reminds me of childhood.
The black stubby keys remind me of an old calculator pencil case box I had, they are small and oval with white lettering and I quite like them, you know when they have been pressed, whereas some of the fancy buttons out there look amazing but don't react to being pressed.
The cording is long enough to run for about 60-80cm from the phone base, so you can't be too mobile with it, but this encourages either sitting down for a chat, or getting the other person off the phone quickly, the base unit is a bit awkward and replacing the receiver without looking is akin to a game of Jenga, but these are small quibbles, the phone is easy to use, looks fine, its not the Kate Moss of the phone world but isn't the Piers Morgan either (looks wise).
The phone has decent enough sound quality, it does its job adequately and for under £4, I think that is as much as you can ask for, i've bought my Nan one too, as she remarked that it reminder her of one which had proved particularly hard wearing about 15 years ago, I do like this, I partially like it because it allows me to stick two fingers up at this age of super tech phone gadgetry and also because I feel like i've got a great deal and want to prove to myself that sometimes quality and lack of price don't correlate.
It doesn't have an answer phone, but I figure in this age of junk mail, thats not an issue, my mobile has answerphone for anyone who I know may need to contact me
It looks fine, it works fine, its not amazing, but its always allowed me to ring people and answer the phone without difficulty, the receiver is solid and won't break unless I throw it or bang it against something, I have no complaints so based on value and how long I plan to use this, i'm going to give it a 4 out of 5.
As my husband has a contract phone we do not really use our house phone as much so when our old phone broke we just wanted to buy a cheap phone that would serve the purpose of phoning and receiving calls. So as I do everytime we are going to buy something new my first stop was tesco where I ended up getting this tesco value Th100 slimline gondola phone for only £3.98 which I was amazed I could actually get a telephone for that price.
The phone looks very basic being white with black buttons and has a cord. The phone has an adjustable ringer volume and also last number redial which is very handy. Other features of this phone are mute and recall which is great for when you are trying to get a hold of someone but there phone is busy as it saves you having to type in the number over and over again. A feature which a lot of people may like is that it is wall mountable although we leave ours sitting on our side table. The phone also can store up to 5 telephone numbers which I think is a good feature as I have stored my 5 most important numbers in it so if I need to phone them it is very quick providing I actually remember what number each stored number is under which I tend to forget!
The dimensions of the phone are d24cm, h10cm and w2cm so it is small and therefore takes up little space. A very cheap telephone which certainly serves its purpose and works brilliantly.
The Tesco Value slimline gondola phone costs less than £4 so surely for that price you can't get much you might be thinking. What you do get is a simple and basic phone which does a good job and is an ideal back up phone for power cuts when the fancy cordless house phone won't work because the electricity is off.
What you get for your £4 is a corded phone which comes in two parts. The handset contains the number pad, the keys are rubber circles and a nice distance apart so nice and easy to see and press. The base can either be desk or wall mounted and contains rubber feet for on the desk or a hanger at the back for on the walls. You have the option of writing some numbers on the base which is a good thing as you don't have the ability to store numbers on the phone. The two parts are connected by a curly wire which is a bit of a nightmare to clean but a reasonable length. A longer white wire to attach the phone to the socket also comes as standard and is a good long length too.
The phone is not much of a looker, it is very plain and the phone has absolutely no extra features apart from a last number redial button.
I ended up using the Value phone for a prolonged period of time from when my old cordless died until I updated and the phone is sturdy and reliable. The ringer is a standard ringing noise and you have the ability to change the volume from loud to ear splittingly loud so you will never miss a call. I have always found that call clarity has been perfect both when making and receiving calls and I've got no complaints about the phone at all.
If you are looking for a cool phone then give the Tesco Value model a miss but for a second phone or a back up in case the electric goes off it is a perfect solution especially as it is small and easy to store away when not in use.
We've got LOADS of phones in our house, and I mean one in every single room apart from the bathroom and one of the bedrooms. The thing is that the phone in the hallway is right under where we keep the coats, the socket stands out quite a lot from the wall so it's always getting kicked accidentally. After a few kicks the phone jack will break..... and then the phone is no good! We went without a phone in the hallway for ages but then my dad saw this Value Slimline phone in Tesco, he didn't buy it but told me it cost less than £4.00.
Next time I went to Tesco I went to have a laugh at such a cheapo phone but it actually looked ok so I ended up buying it!!! It was for me because I love flopping down on a beanbag in the hallway and using the phone and I missed not having a phone there sooooo bad!
This is a white corded phone. You can mount the base to the wall or just have it lying normal on a table, ours is on the wall at the minute but I sometimes lift it off and put it on the table because the cord isn't all that long so it doesn't stretch very comfortable to sit on the floor.
Like you'd think, this is a VERY basic phone..... but for £3.97 who can complain??? It's a push button phone, the buttons are quite small but they're easy to press and it's not very often that I've actually dialled a wrong number. And that's important because the last phone we had in the hallway had such tiny buttons that my dad couldn't use the phone because with his big fingers he kept hitting the wrong buttons!
There is a volume control for the ringer but not for the handset volume, that's not a problem though because the speaking volume is clear and a good volume. I'm glad you can turn the ringer down though because it's a bit piercing at the full volume.
As far as FUNCTIONS go, there aren't many of them. There's a mute button for when you want to talk private to someone in the room with you and not have the person on the other end of the phone hearing and also a redial button. It will only dial the very last phone number you dialled though and because there is no display on this phone that can be a bit dodgy because you've got to remember for sure that that was the last number you dialled off that phone..... or else you'll be stuck talking to someone else again when you was expecting to get through to your best mate!
You can save 5 phone numbers in the recall section, I've not sussed out how to do that but honest 5 numbers is nothing so I don't think I'd bother when I've got over 100 numbers on my mobile!
I think for the price this is a top phone, it's not the sort of thing you're going to want in your living room probably but it would work ok as a kitchen phone or anywhere that you just need a cheap handset to plug in. The white colour of it is nothing special but it doesn't look cheap either and NO WAY would anyone know how cheap it really way..... unless they've got the same phone and then they probably wouldn't say anything! lol