If you subscribe to the appropriate BT service, you can use the phone to send and receive SMS texts, and there’s even a ‘night mode’ that lets you set the phone not to ring at certain times – so you can get your beauty sleep. It has a call log like a mobile phone, and a decent speakerphone mode as well.
Call quality is exceptional and, thankfully, it goes loud enough so you can still hear the person on the other end of the line in noisier environments. Garage mechanics, keen DIYers and parents with noisy children will find this particular feature a real bonus.
The dual aerials on the base station give it good range: I was still able to make calls without interruption from the bottom of my garden with the base station in the house behind a thick brick wall. That’s a distance of around 75m in total. And, last but not least, the phone has an answer facility that allows you to dial in and access messages remotely, though the 15 minutes of recording time and 64 message limit is a little on the mean side.
That’s merely a small grumble, however. In every other respect this is a high quality phone. It is well made, easy to use, has a good range and lives up all of its claims as a rugged phone built for more demanding environments.
It’s also packed with features and, for what you get, is reasonably priced. It might sound pricey at £70, but considering this prizefighter is likely to last at least twice as long as other cheaper models it really isn’t that much to ask.
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