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Siemens Gigaset Telephone + Answering Machine Twin Pack - Half price at £19.99 @ Argos

£19.99 @ Argos
An absolute steal at £19.99 in my opinion, and not too bad looking either. Down from £39.99
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An absolute steal at £19.99 in my opinion, and not too bad looking either. Down from £39.99

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1 Like #1
No hands free unfortunately.
#2
I bought a set of these, which had a fault, took back and got a replacement set of same model, which had different fault! to took back again!
banned#3
Hail the Gigashadow! oO
#4
Had buzzing sound from day one, batteries needed replacing after 12 months, then one handset stopped working every time the phone rang. Useless, spend a bit extra & get Panasonic.
#5
Huh, just when I need to replace our twin BT Graphic that keeps cutting out, along comes something which catches my eye, then read user reports and have been put off.

As an aside, if the rechargeable batteries in the handset charge up when in their respective base station, why would each of them constantly cut out?
#6
indianajon
Had buzzing sound from day one, batteries needed replacing after 12 months, then one handset stopped working every time the phone rang. Useless, spend a bit extra & get Panasonic.


I did last time round and guess what I have one working handset and one dodgy. So Panasonic no good either!
#7
Thanks for the info guys, I was thinking of buying them til I read your reviews
banned#8
sounds like a good deal...
#9
kingfisher
Huh, just when I need to replace our twin BT Graphic that keeps cutting out, along comes something which catches my eye, then read user reports and have been put off.

As an aside, if the rechargeable batteries in the handset charge up when in their respective base station, why would each of them constantly cut out?

The batteries were more than likely knackered and were showing as being charged but weren't.
#10
I'd recommend Siemens Gigasets highly. Good range, sensible design. Perfect for telephonic communications.
#11
According to Which?, this is a typical price.

Here's the review:

The AL110A's rounded edges give this cordless Gigaset a tactile finish, but this simple cordless phone is a bit low on features. Could it be the answer if you just want a basic phone with an answering machine? We sent the AL110A to our lab to find out.

There's no speakerphone to let you make hands-free calls from this Gigaset, and also no loudspeaker to play answering machine messages back from the base station. But the AL110A is easy to use and does offer a speed dial function, lockable keypad and the possibility of recording phone calls from the answering machine. There's also an eco mode that automatically varies the transmission power according to the distance between the handset and the base station.

The AL110A can be bought with one or two handsets and up to four handsets can be added to the base station, which can sit on a flat surface or be mounted on a wall. You can make internal calls and transfer external calls to an optional second handset, but there's no 'walkie talkie' function, so you can't communicate with a second handset without using the base station.
Backlit matrix screen

The backlit matrix screen on this Gigaset is clearer than the 14 segment displays on some cordless phones (and calculators), but it's very easily scratched and the buttons don't light up to help with visibility in the dark. The handset display doesn't show the caller ID, meaning you can't screen calls, but you can boost the volume without going back to the base station and a privacy button lets you mute your own voice during a conversation.

The AL110A's built-in phonebook can store up to 40 contacts - around twice the capacity of the most basic cordless phones we see - and any contacts added can be copied from one handset to another. You'll need to add the contacts manually as there's no SIM card reader to copy details straight from a mobile phone. On top of the phone book memory, the last 10 numbers dialled are stored on a redial list.
Can be combined with a DECT repeater

The sound quality on the handset is great; your voice will be transmitted perfectly clearly through the mouthpiece and the incoming caller's voice will also be crisp. Thanks to a fantastic coverage range, the call quality shouldn't be affected if you walk round the house with the handset. Not even thick walls posed a problem for the AL110A in our tests, but in the unlikely event you'll need it, a DECT repeater can be combined with this model to boost the coverage.

Up to 12 minutes of recorded messages can be stored on the AL110A's integrated answering machine, and the quality of recordings left on or with this phone is perfectly acceptable. Unfortunately there's no speakerphone at the base station, so you can't listen to messages without the handset.

Long battery power in normal conversation means you'll be able to talk for a long time without needing to recharge the handset. In our tests the AL 110A lasted more than 20 hours on each charge of the proprietary battery (this phone doesn't take the AAA batteries used in many cordless handsets), which is more than three times longer than some phones manage. An indicator on the handset will let you know when power's running low so your conversation shouldn't be cut short without warning.

Pros: Phonebook can be copied from one handset to another, long battery life, easy to use

Cons: Answering machine messages can't be accessed from the base, no speakerphone or call screening, buttons don't light up
1 Like #12
platts
indianajon
Had buzzing sound from day one, batteries needed replacing after 12 months, then one handset stopped working every time the phone rang. Useless, spend a bit extra & get Panasonic.


I did last time round and guess what I have one working handset and one dodgy. So Panasonic no good either!


I hope most rational people on here understand that any manufacturers products will occasionally fail. I have a different Gigaset model as I chose one for business use that syncs with Outlook on my PC. Only had it 6mths but it is excellent in terms of features and performance. The brand gets generally very good reviews.
1 Like #13
I have the Siemen's Gigaset AS18H Twin set and they are brilliant. Good volume on handsfree, amazing range - really is about 40/50 metres, can listen to answer messages from handset, good all-round house phone.

Occasionally when calling using handsfree it sounds like it's underwater for a few seconds but soon stops.

Spend a bit more and get the AS18H or better, you won't be disappointed
#14
I have them and don't really like them, they feel really cheap and look as if you've paid a fiver for them, added to the fact the base is really light so you end up knocking it all over the place trying to get the phone back in (which is also incredibly light, although not a bad thing I suppose if you're planning long conversations).
1 Like #15
I Bought the next one up in price £22.49 from ARGOS and its brill, its the AS185 DUO :-) Saw the single handset on the market yesterday and he was selling it for £30.00.
#16
How does the Siemens Gigaset AS185 on the argos site compare feature-wise?
1 Like #17
susanbarrington54
I Bought the next one up in price £22.49 from ARGOS and its brill, its the AS185 DUO :-) Saw the single handset on the market yesterday and he was selling it for £30.00.


I am tempted by your purchase and have looked at it via argos site and read reviews. My store has some in stock, so watch this space., thanks.
#18
I read all the reviews about the other one and found that lots of people had problems with it so did a search and my one came up as the better of the two choices :-) Argos item number is 552/7791.
banned#19
looks good thanks, handsets have a few flaws though
#20
susanbarrington54
I Bought the next one up in price £22.49 from ARGOS and its brill, its the AS185 DUO :-) Saw the single handset on the market yesterday and he was selling it for £30.00.



I bought the same. The reviews were better over this phone. 1 Thing though, there isnt a ring ring tone option. You get daft music tones like out of a computer game. I like tones but there not for everyone.
#21
Wow - great deal!

Thanks OP
#22
I have the AL110A single phone version of this (http://www.dixons.co.uk/gbuk/gigaset-al110-digital-cordless-telephone-10725273-pdt.html) and it does display CLI once you have linked it to the base station as per the instructions.

If you havent linked it then it says 'call' when it rings and you cannot access the menu relating to the base station from the phone.

For me the phone is fine and for the money I cant complain.
#23
ordered AS185 instead, thank you :)


Edited By: Kat75 on Mar 07, 2012 23:06: .
#24
would you believe it!, I have just reserved this to pick up later today, and my wife asked "can it do what our previous phones did?", by that she means, can both phones be used simultaneously so that when we speak to someone, we don't have to relay everything, we can have a three-way discussion. (Rather than be on hand free). We found this useful when our daughter was in the Falklands. So, I see it has conference call, does that mean we will be able to use both handsets at once?
#25
looks good... thanks :)
#26
Just collected the AS185 DUO from Argos
#27
May sound a stupid question but when caller display is on do you see whole number. need new phone one I have is fine but you don't see the whole no just area code and 2 digits so if it someone local you have no idea who it is and I like to screen my calls.
#28
Keith33
Just collected the AS185 DUO from Argos

As did I! Thanks OP :)
1 Like #29
Should have posted this one. Has speaker phone and looks an all round better phone certainly worth the extra £2.50!

Edited By: alexytin on Mar 07, 2012 13:56
#30
anyone know what sort of battery does the AS185T Twin pack uses? normal AA echargeables or special siemens rechargeable which is expensive to replace?

got a BT twin pack a while back due to a deal posted here from the BT outlet store on ebay, even though it's refurb it been faultless so far, handsfree speaker phone, answer machine, caller display, AA rechargeables etc.
#31
just collected my AS185 and it looks good, will be on charge overnight.
#32
cheztaz
I bought a set of these, which had a fault, took back and got a replacement set of same model, which had different fault! to took back again!

was it the user?
#33
Decided against leaving on charge overnight, as this would have exceeded the 7 hrs required, so they are on charge today, however, there is a constant bleep from the bast station ?, is this normal, or have I to do something else?
#34
Thanks!!! Ordered Siemens Gigaset AS185 Telephone with Answer Machine - Twin

http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Search?storeId=10001&catalogId=1500002951&langId=-1&searchTerms=5527791

Better reviews and looks better for 2.5 pounds more!
1 Like #35
Just got the AS185 and the handset has silver buttons the same as the AL110A.

After comparing them, the only difference in spec between the AL110A and the AS185 is the talk time which I presume is due to the batteries supplied and a "call screening" feature whatever that is.

I feel a bit cheated, £2.50 more and I still get silver buttons :)

Oh yeah as alexytin said the AS185 has a handsfree key - I feel a bit better about my choice now :p

No1_Dave - the batteries are AAA550mAh 1.2V (ie normal AAA rechargeables) two per handset



Edited By: flobbalob on Mar 08, 2012 22:18: more info
#36
Could some please tell me the route to change the ring tone on the AS185, I have read everywhere but cannot find how?, thanks
#37
kingfisher
Could some please tell me the route to change the ring tone on the AS185, I have read everywhere but cannot find how?, thanks


menu/down arrow/ok/down arrow/down arrow/ok then set different tones for external and internal calls.

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