[BCAB] Update on Cordless phones with talking features

Mobeen Iqbal mobeeniqbal at gmail.com
Mon Aug 29 13:53:31 BST 2016


Hi.

Yep, on these phones they are generally 2.5mm which are the smaller ones, not 3.5mm which are standard headphone jacks.

Cheers,

Mo.


Richard Godfrey-McKay <lists.godfrey-mckay at virginmedia.com> wrote:

>David, My Panasonic jacks are the smaller ones.
>
>Richard
>Richard Godfrey-McKay
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of David
>Reynolds
>Sent: 29 August 2016 13:42
>To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
>Subject: Re: [BCAB] Update on Cordless phones with talking features
>
>Adrian,
>
>The headphone socket is in the side of each handset. There is a rubber
>protector over it, but once you move that, you'll find a 3.5mm Jack
>socket,
>
>David.
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Mobeen
>Iqbal
>Sent: Monday, August 29, 2016 12:17 AM
>To: BCAB Discussion List
>Subject: Re: [BCAB] Update on Cordless phones with talking features
>
>Hi Adrian.
>
>Excellent, I may buy a set to try them out. I should really start
>posting more audio reviews.
>
>cheers,
>
>Mo.
>
>On 29/08/2016 00:07, Adrian Picton via Bcab wrote:
>> Hi Mo,
>>
>> The music is a sort of monotone synthesiser tune like you used to get
>on some old PBX switchboards. It is basically like the other ring tones
>on the phone but you can't change it I'm afraid.
>>
>> Yes it does have hands free speakerphone and apparently a headset
>socket but I've not got a headset which fits what I think is the
>socket.
>>
>> I also forgot to mention it does have user replaceable batteries
>which are rechargeable AA.
>>
>> Cheers,
>>
>> Adrian.
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>> On 28 Aug 2016, at 23:55, Mobeen Iqbal <mobeeniqbal at gmail.com>
>wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi Adrian.
>>>
>>> Hmm. Now you've got me interested. When you say it plays on hold
>music, is it anything decent? or are we talking a jumbled version of
>green sleeves like BT used to have on their handsets? I'd assume that
>you can't select from a choice of on hold sounds? That's 1 thing I wish
>the Panasonic phones did have on them. Also, do they have hands free
>speaker phones?
>>>
>>> cheers,
>>>
>>> Mo.
>>>
>>>> On 28/08/2016 22:16, Adrian Picton via Bcab wrote:
>>>> Hi Mo,
>>>>
>>>> Yes you are right the Powertel is quite expensive, especially if
>you have 5 handsets as I do. I think the RNIB have launched a twin and
>quad pack which saves you a bit compared to buying additional single
>handsets as I did.
>>>>
>>>> You are also correct that you can't pick up the phone and join a
>call in progress from another handset. However, you can transfer calls
>between handsets and it plays on hold music to an external caller.
>>>>
>>>> If you have sighted people in the house you can turn the voice
>prompts off on any individual handset or use a non accessible handset
>like the Powetel 700 or even another make which is GAP compatible.
>>>>
>>>> Cheers,
>>>>
>>>> Adrian.
>>>>
>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>>
>>>>> On 28 Aug 2016, at 21:51, Mobeen Iqbal <mobeeniqbal at gmail.com>
>wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> Hi.
>>>>>
>>>>> I agree that the powertel handset may be superior in terms of
>accessibility, but it was the cost that put me off buying it. You can
>get a quad set of phones when they're on offer for less than £100! You
>can also have up to 6 handsets, the batteries are user replaceable, and
>another user can pick up another handset and talk at the same time. As
>I have a mixture of vi and sighted in the house, I had to go for
>something that would keep both sides relatively happy.
>>>>>
>>>>> Cheers,,
>>>>>
>>>>> Mo.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Adrian Picton via Bcab <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Hi,
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I have to say I am intrigued as to why people are so keen on this
>
>>>>>> Panasonic phone when so many of it's features are inaccessible
>and 
>>>>>> you have to use codes and count presses of arrow keys to change
>options.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> The Powertel 710 talking cordless phone available from RNIB is 
>>>>>> pretty much fully accessible. Not only does it have talking
>caller 
>>>>>> ID but you can change pretty much all the settings with full 
>>>>>> speech and add and edit entries in the phone book.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Yes it does have it's faults, the main one being it uses recorded
>
>>>>>> speech prompts instead of synthetic speech and so, apart from the
>>>>>> 13 recordings you can make to associate with contacts all the
>rest 
>>>>>> are spelt out laboriously when the phone rings.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I understand the Panasonic phone will play all the announcements 
>>>>>> stored in a Truecall unit through each of it's handsets which is 
>>>>>> really good as you can store hundreds of recordings in Truecall, 
>>>>>> but to my knowledge you can't scroll through the Truecall entries
>
>>>>>> from the handsets and dial them so they will need to exist within
>
>>>>>> the handsets as well. I am sure Steve Nutt will correct me if
>I've 
>>>>>> got any of that wrong.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> The Powertel 710 does not have an answerphone and probably isn't 
>>>>>> technically as good a phone as the Panasonic, but to my knowledge
>
>>>>>> itts the most accessible cordless phone on the market. You can 
>>>>>> have up to 5 handsets on it and call internally between them.
>>>>>> There's a good selection of ringtones and you can adjust the 
>>>>>> ringing volume and call volume to be very loud to assist people 
>>>>>> with hearing loss and it's hearing aid compatible.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Like the Panasonic the handsets are rather easy to knock off the 
>>>>>> base though.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> My advice is before you buy a Panasonic have a look at the 
>>>>>> Powertel 710 on the RNIB shop website and download the manual and
>
>>>>>> see for yourself what it can do.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Adrian.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> On 28 Aug 2016, at 12:44, Agent Orange via Bcab
>>>>>>> <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk> wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Hi Pele
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Thank you also for your notes of a few days ago.  I emailed to 
>>>>>>> say
>>>>>> thanks at
>>>>>>> the time but received a bounce-back email telling me that your
>>>>>> mailbox did
>>>>>>> not exist!  Hopefully this will get to you.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> What is also interesting is that my phone appears to work 
>>>>>>> differently
>>>>>> to
>>>>>>> yours in some small respects.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> For instance, to lock and unlock the phone, the manual tells me 
>>>>>>> to
>>>>>> press and
>>>>>>> hold the centre soft key, not the left arrow key / the end call 
>>>>>>> key respectively.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> You probably know this, but to change the ringer volume, you can
>
>>>>>>> just
>>>>>> use
>>>>>>> the up / down arrow keys on the handset's centre disk when the 
>>>>>>> phone
>>>>>> is
>>>>>>> ringing, rather than a hash code.  Likewise, you can use the up
>/
>>>>>> down arrow
>>>>>>> keys on the base to change the base volume when it is ringing or
>
>>>>>>> when someone is leaving a message (if call screening is on). 
>The 
>>>>>>> volume
>>>>>> up /
>>>>>>> down keys on the base are the column of two keys one set in from
>
>>>>>>> the
>>>>>> right
>>>>>>> hand end.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Thanks once again for your list of hash codes, it proved most
>>>>>> helpful.
>>>>>>> Best wishes
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Phil
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> p.s. no particular reason for the email moniker, it just came to
>
>>>>>>> me
>>>>>> and I
>>>>>>> liked the sound of it.  Not everyone takes me seriously as a 
>>>>>>> result
>>>>>> of it!
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>>>> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of 
>>>>>>> Pele
>>>>>> West
>>>>>>> Sent: 28 August 2016 12:27
>>>>>>> To: Agent Orange via Bcab
>>>>>>> Subject: [BCAB] Update on Cordless phones with talking features
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Hi Phil
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Thanks for the information about the Base Unit. I will add it to
>
>>>>>>> my
>>>>>> notes.
>>>>>>> I have to confess that I hardly ever use the base unit, as I do
>>>>>> everything
>>>>>>> from the handsets, but it is useful to know.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Now, please tell me, if you don't mind, why Agent Orange?
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Pele
>>>>>>>
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