BT 8500 Digital Telephone and Answering Machine with Advanced Call Blocker, Trio -  £54.99 @ John Lewis Free delivery & 2 year guarantee
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BT 8500 Digital Telephone and Answering Machine with Advanced Call Blocker, Trio - £54.99 @ John Lewis Free delivery & 2 year guarantee

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Found 13th Nov 2015
Fantastic cold call blocking (had the duo 6mnths and not had one cold call since!)

2 year guarantee included

Block up to 100% of nuisance calls with the BT 8500 digital telephone and answering machine with Call Guardian. This functional phone features a modern design, a 1.8-inch colour screen, 60 minutes of message recording time, a 200 contact phone book, a long battery life and the ability to block up to 1,000 individual numbers.

Same price in Argos & Currys at mo but only 1yr guarantee I think.

I managed to get the duo set site for £40, but and extra handset for £15 sounds a bargin to me.

Edit: Works on Virgin & BT lines with caller ID enabled
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I must add, it helps if you have caller ID enabled on your phone line

(Currys have the twin/duo set up for £48 at mo, again, well worth the money.)



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£54.99 on Amazon as well, but again only standard 1yr guarantee, John Lewis = 2yr

Edited by: "udhuk" 14th Nov 2015
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cold voters must not get cold calls heh. vote hot/cold I care not, as I get no cold calls
Heat added
Does enabling cold call blocking also block, say, a call from an old friend whose number you haven't loaded on to your address book?
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peterfoster

Does enabling cold call blocking also block, say, a call from an old … Does enabling cold call blocking also block, say, a call from an old friend whose number you haven't loaded on to your address book?



No, you can have unknown numbers come straight thro, or screened (caller has to say their name then you can choose to answer or not)
eBay £34 for the 2 handset version.ive had it 2 weeks and fine so far.you need to be with BT for the called Id function to work
we were getting plagued with nuisance cold calls - bought these - not had one since.
You need caller ID and the numbers you save in the phone memory can come straight through.
Everyone else has to say their name and you can accept/reject...but it does block the automated diallers.
Actually realise how little we use the home phone once all the cold calls stop!
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msundhu

eBay £34 for the 2 handset version.ive had it 2 weeks and fine so far.you … eBay £34 for the 2 handset version.ive had it 2 weeks and fine so far.you need to be with BT for the called Id function to work



NEED BT line? no works fine on Virgin
Edited by: "udhuk" 13th Nov 2015
Many thanks. Just ordered.
udhuk

No, you can have unknown numbers come straight thro, or screened (caller … No, you can have unknown numbers come straight thro, or screened (caller has to say their name then you can choose to answer or not)



Thanks, udhuk. What happens if I'm not around to say nay or yay. Does the old friend in my example get the bum's rush from the machine?
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peterfoster

Thanks, udhuk. What happens if I'm not around to say nay or yay. Does the … Thanks, udhuk. What happens if I'm not around to say nay or yay. Does the old friend in my example get the bum's rush from the machine?



lol, it can be set to straight to answerphone.
Thanks. If I set it straight to answerphone, will all the cold callers go straight to answerphone too? Sorry to be a pain but I suspect that the price you pay for blocking cold callers is that you run the risk of blocking calls you would wish to receive on the answerphone in your absence. Please correct me if this is not the case.
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peterfoster

Thanks. If I set it straight to answerphone, will all the cold callers go … Thanks. If I set it straight to answerphone, will all the cold callers go straight to answerphone too? Sorry to be a pain but I suspect that the price you pay for blocking cold callers is that you run the risk of blocking calls you would wish to receive on the answerphone in your absence. Please correct me if this is not the case.



I've set ours to block all withheld/unobtainable numbers, and all others (not in phone book on phone) to screen, I've found that cold callers don't like this and just hang up. You can also block certain area codes I think. Any REAL callers have all got thro no prob, and we use this on our home/business line, hope this helps
Edited by: "udhuk" 13th Nov 2015
I got these for our house, and my OH's and my own parents houses too. We've all had exactly zero cold calls since installation 6 months ago. We've tried other equipment in the past, these are definitely the best and work as advertised. Heat added
udhuk

I've set ours to block all withheld/unobtainable numbers, and all others … I've set ours to block all withheld/unobtainable numbers, and all others (not in phone book on phone) to screen, I've found that cold callers don't like this and just hang up. You can also block certain area codes I think. Any REAL callers have all got thro no prob, and we use this on our home/business line, hope this helps


I wonder how many real calls you've actually lost from withheld numbers - you have no way of knowing, really. Some businesses and individuals (quite a lot - me included) have their numbers permanently withheld to prevent businesses from scooping up the numbers, and you could be missing important calls. But you'll never know.
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Newbold

I wonder how many real calls you've actually lost from withheld numbers - … I wonder how many real calls you've actually lost from withheld numbers - you have no way of knowing, really. Some businesses and individuals (quite a lot - me included) have their numbers permanently withheld to prevent businesses from scooping up the numbers, and you could be missing important calls. But you'll never know.



Oh well, they do get notified that their call can not be put through because their number is withheld. With the amount of cold calls we got (so much time lost) I think this out weighs the maybes. Maybe not right for some businesses, but for a home coder/designer its perfect for me & mine.
thanks, was keeping eye out for this handset and 3 for £55 seems like a good deal
If your not interested in the 2 year guarantee or free del you can get the same set in store at Argos and receive a £ 5.00 freebie gift voucher (If your order is between £50.00 and £99.99, you have qualified to receive a FREE voucher worth £5)
Max Cady

If your not interested in the 2 year guarantee or free del you can get … If your not interested in the 2 year guarantee or free del you can get the same set in store at Argos and receive a £ 5.00 freebie gift voucher (If your order is between £50.00 and £99.99, you have qualified to receive a FREE voucher worth £5)


I would rather have an extra years guarantee for the sake of a fiver. I can confirm that buying these was the best money I have spent all year, no more running to phone for ppi or sales calls and I can finally eat my dinner in peace
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braddock71

thanks, was keeping eye out for this handset and 3 for £55 seems like a … thanks, was keeping eye out for this handset and 3 for £55 seems like a good deal



You won't regret getting them, and they are easy to setup aswell
had for a while - great!
udhuk

Oh well, they do get notified that their call can not be put through … Oh well, they do get notified that their call can not be put through because their number is withheld. With the amount of cold calls we got (so much time lost) I think this out weighs the maybes. Maybe not right for some businesses, but for a home coder/designer its perfect for me & mine.



​Calls not in your address book get an automated message to leave their name , if they do this it will get put through, which you would think genuine callers would do.
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RobM

​Calls not in your address book get an automated message to leave their n … ​Calls not in your address book get an automated message to leave their name , if they do this it will get put through, which you would think genuine callers would do.



I know (I did already explain this)
Edited by: "udhuk" 13th Nov 2015
udhuk

I've set ours to block all withheld/unobtainable numbers, and all others … I've set ours to block all withheld/unobtainable numbers, and all others (not in phone book on phone) to screen, I've found that cold callers don't like this and just hang up. You can also block certain area codes I think. Any REAL callers have all got thro no prob, and we use this on our home/business line, hope this helps



udhuk

I've set ours to block all withheld/unobtainable numbers, and all others … I've set ours to block all withheld/unobtainable numbers, and all others (not in phone book on phone) to screen, I've found that cold callers don't like this and just hang up. You can also block certain area codes I think. Any REAL callers have all got thro no prob, and we use this on our home/business line, hope this helps



Not sure you really need to do that with these phones. You will miss some genuine callers (like our boiler serviceman phoning to cancel but who withheld his number). Just use it as you should and you will not be plagued by cold calls. We e had this for 6 months and not a single cold call. Nice to return home and see the missed calls that were blocked.
My mum has one of these amazon.co.uk/gp/…c=1

for nuisance calls especially international.

It does work however if you are on EE and have 'wi-fi calling' enabled on an iPhone then your number comes up as 'international' & can cause issues.(thinking its a nuisance call).

I have turned wi-fi calling OFF for this reason.
Edited by: "deany76" 13th Nov 2015
I've got my phone line with Sky and caller ID is enabled. Would these phones work for me?
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graemejohnson197

I've got my phone line with Sky and caller ID is enabled. Would these … I've got my phone line with Sky and caller ID is enabled. Would these phones work for me?



Yup, should be fine
I have these phones, they are great and no more nuisance calls happy times.
Probably the silliest question ever.
Do these phones require plugging into a power socket as well? (3-pin)
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crackdealer635

Probably the silliest question ever.Do these phones require plugging into … Probably the silliest question ever.Do these phones require plugging into a power socket as well? (3-pin)



yes, very silly!























yes they do btw
Argos have them at the same price ! but only 1 year guarantee I would go to Argos and have the £5.00 voucher on £50.00 spend ! If a phone is any good it would last you years and when has anyone taken a phone back !
I can personally vouch for this set up. Gone from double figures "spam" calls a day to 0(yes, that's a ZERO!) now. Bliss. I have it on Sky with caller ID(which you must have). As others have explained, number withheld (or ex directory) is NOT a problem, all they need to do is say their name when asked and they will be screened through to you and you decide whether to take the call or not. If you're not in, it gets put through to the answer phone as long as correct procedure is followed by the caller. All these recorded messages just get the chop as they don't reply/press hash/whatever when asked to. Well worth investing in IMHO. A very satisfied customer.
Genuinely puzzled by all these comments about being plagued by unwanted calls. Have had the same phone number for 30+ years now, and I'd say we get about one unwanted call a month. So no real need for this phone.

TPS registration, an ex-directory number and a permanently withheld number - plus a little care as to who gets given the number - that's all it took.

Why so many problems?
udhuk

yes, very silly!yes they do btw


Just making absolutely sure.
Because with my current wired setup with 3 phones on extensions, none of them have a convenient power socket near them.

Question about Caller ID with BT.
I logged in to my account and it said free for 12 months and £1.75 per month starting from month 13.
Anyone confirm that caller ID is a paid service?
None of my current phones will display caller ID.
Thinking of getting just one, rather than three cordless phones to prevent PPI and nuisance calls.
eztutty

£44.99 with free … £44.99 with free delivery...http://www.telephonesonline.co.uk/bt-8500-trio-digital-cordless-answer-phone-with-advanced-call-blocker.html


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crackdealer635

Question about Caller ID with BT.I logged in to my account and it said … Question about Caller ID with BT.I logged in to my account and it said free for 12 months and £1.75 per month starting from month 13.Anyone confirm that caller ID is a paid service?


It is - though you can often negotiate a deal for it to be included free.
crackdealer635

Just making absolutely sure.Because with my current wired setup with 3 … Just making absolutely sure.Because with my current wired setup with 3 phones on extensions, none of them have a convenient power socket near them.Question about Caller ID with BT.I logged in to my account and it said free for 12 months and £1.75 per month starting from month 13.Anyone confirm that caller ID is a paid service?None of my current phones will display caller ID.Thinking of getting just one, rather than three cordless phones to prevent PPI and nuisance calls.



Only the answerphone needs to connect to a power socket and your phone cabling. The other two are wireless, therefore can be placed anywhere (within reason) where the is a power point that they can be plugged in to.

caller ID is an extra feature that costs.

. . . and I believe that if you have a wired phone, that does not have the blocking feature, it will still ring (can anyone verify this?)

hope that helps


. . . why would you still need three wired phones?
Edited by: "eeek!" 13th Nov 2015

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gazz33

Argos have them at the same price ! but only 1 year guarantee I would go … Argos have them at the same price ! but only 1 year guarantee I would go to Argos and have the £5.00 voucher on £50.00 spend ! If a phone is any good it would last you years and when has anyone taken a phone back !

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True. Plus, I think the 1 year warranty is Argos relaying the manufacturers information.

I.e if your phone randomly just started not working and it's after a year old then you can't expect the manufacturer to fix or replace it under those terms. However Argos will have to sort something out for you as they are acting as the retailer. I think it's an EU wide law that ensures consumers should expect goods to last at least that long or otherwise have it fixed or replaced. John Lewis seem to reflect this more transparently
Edited by: "androidavis" 13th Nov 2015
Do you have to be with BT for these to work, at the moment I am with the Post Office.
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