BT’s latest addition to the 8000 range is the BT 8600 Cordless Telephone. This is a step up from the massively popular 8500 range. The BT 8600 has the sort of features that BT has made increasingly popular in the home phone market and reviews of the BT 8600 have been extremely favourable. An overview of the model gives us this
- Advanced Call Blocking
- Filtering of Nuisance Calls
- Answer Machine
- Colour Screen
- Shared 200 Name and Number Directory
- Handset Speaker Phone
About the BT 8600
Form wise this has a good and solid feel about it whilst having a bright screen and easy to use keys – they are large enough to use by anyone with either large fingers or with visibility or dexterity issues. Further the BT 8600’s base station has a new look and is pleasing to the eye.
As for function the 8600 delivers all the 8500 delivered and more – it has the ability to limit outgoing calls by your own criteria – such as stopping expensive calls like mobiles and internationals being made. The unique point though, of course, is the incoming call blocking feature, this combination of Call Guardian and trueCall gives the user total control over which incoming calls to take or to filter. One can block incoming calls by area, by country, at times or by entries in the phone itself. This way one can, say, block all calls that are not in your phone book, or just accept calls from a certain list at certain times, and/ or force callers who the phone does not recognise to say their name and you choose whether to pick up or not. The scenarios are so numerous and malleable that the user of the 8600 truly has complete control over who calls and when. Subscription to caller display is necessary for many of these functions.