So, what was wrong with the old new phone? It had bluetooth, which downloaded the numbers from our mobile phone books and I think the idea is we could use our mobiles through the landline. We never did, not even to test it out. The phone and the answer system were both quite good though and for $50, the phone was a bit of a bargain but note, it is branded by our mega telephone company Telstra, and I will go for the conspiracy theory. It rang for a very short time, about five rings before the answer machine answered (yes, that was the maximum), meaning we often had to call people straight back and while most of our calls are free, they aren't for everyone and Telstra has now turned one call into two.
The ring volume was also quite low, so we just did not hear the phone if we weren't in the same room. It could announce the name of the person calling if they were in the phone book, but as our Friend in Japan will attest, it mucks that up too, with my brother name being said when it was Mother calling. So we had a soft ringing phone that rang for a very short time. We became fed up with it. I was considering plugging the old cord phone pictured in the linked post above into the unused socket in my bedroom but I did not want anything more on my bedside table and it is ugly anyway. It could have sat under the bed, I suppose, but that would muffle its ring and still the short ring out time would be a problem.
So we went phone shopping again and got it right this time. We were quite prepared to return the phone if it did not meet our expectations, but it has. It rings about nine times, with the traditional Australian ring tone of ring ring, pause, ring ring, and the ring is quite loud enough. There are a multitude of different ring tones and was fun to go through them once. The answer machine is built into it and it had a very instinctive menu and may I say, I think it is quite elegant, or attractive at least.
Meanwhile our phone contracts for our two year old Samsung Galaxy 3 mobiles are about to expire. Will the phone retailer once again call us with an offer of a new phone on the same plan? A just released Galaxy 6 would be rather nice.
In case you doubtful about this post because of the date on the phone, don't be.