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Old BT Hub phone 2.1 - is it any use for anything?

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Found an old Hub Phone 2.1 BT sent me that I never used (the ones that were for Broadband Talk).

Can this be used for anything with the new Digital Voice system, or is it completely redundant now.

I have snaffled the rechargeable batteries, but is the handset only fit for e-waste recycling?

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@jlovie 

Its a DECT compatible phone, so you may be able to register it to the DECT base station which is part of the Smart Hub 2, assuming you have BT Digital voice. Not sure what functions will work, but it would be worth trying, if you do not want to send it to e-waste.

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I've also dug out an old BT Freestyle 750 cordless phone & base I inherited from my parents.

Is there any way to register the hub phone to that?

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@jlovie wrote:

I've also dug out an old BT Freestyle 750 cordless phone & base I inherited from my parents.

Is there any way to register the hub phone to that?


I used to have a number of these hub phones, and I had them registered to an old BT Diverse base unit, so I cannot see any issues. I seem to remember you could register the phones to more than one base unit, but it was a long time ago now.

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I've had notification of getting switched to Digital Voice soon, which is why I ended up sorting through my old phones. I think the phone I use in one room is so old it might not even work with the adaptor, so I was searching around to see if I had anything else. I'm reluctant to buy any more landline phones as I don't use it that much nowadays, and was hoping I could use something I already have.

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@jlovie 

Which phone are you using at the moment, as it should work fine with DV, if its plugged into the phone socket on the SH2, or into a DV adapter?

BT will also supply one free DECT phone which works with DV.

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One old phone doesn't even have tone dial, I suspect it might be a problem even with an adapter. That's why I'm rooting around looking for an alternative just in case.

I've got the free adapter (that turned into quite a saga, it's not as simple as just phoning the number in the letter and ordering one).

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A pulse dialling (loop disconnect) phone will not work. I believe there are third party devices available which will do the conversion, but unless its an antique phone that you want to keep using, the extra cost would not be worth it.

As I have said, BT will give you a free phone anyway.

 

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I've already got the free adapter so can't get the free phone now.

I have enough phones and the adapter for it all to work, I just wondered if the hub phone could be used.

I've actually found even more phones when I was looking for something else. Reasonably modern ones which should work with adapters.  I really must have a proper sort through all the boxes of stuff from clearing my parents' house.

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I have just tried registering an old Hub phone to a Smart Hub.  It will register but you cannot dial out and the phone prevents incoming calls as it seems to hold the line open even when there is no dial tone.  Unless there is some method of updating the firmware it isn't going to work.  I did make it work for incoming calls with a standalone DECT base station but it would not dial out.

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