Thu Jan 6th 2005 23:00:09: Onis Vox 200 Cordless Phones
My 2 Onis Vox Cordless handsets are now two years old (I brought the first one in the January sale 2 years ago!) and they have started playing up. I come to answer a call or make a call and I get "Failed" appear on the screen. After a bit of hunting on google I find I'm not alone.
The Philips help desk advised the following:
Make sure that, a) that there was an aerial symbol in the right hand corner of the screen, if there is not one then re-register the hand set with the base station and b) re-set the phones by disconnecting the base station from the mains power and the phone line and removing the batteries from the hand-sets, leave them for 5 minutes before reconnecting everything.
But non of that worked. When I put the handsets next to each other I noticed that they were disconnecting from the base in order - first "Philips 1" would disconnect and reconnect, then straight after that "Philips 2" would do the same. A few seconds later it would happen again. So I decided to try all possible combinations of registering and unregistering the hand sets (unregister and reregister both, only register one, only register the other etc). The last thing I tried was to register my handsets the other way round, so Philips 1 became Philips 2 and vica versa. So far that seems to have fixed the problem! Strange. I'll have to see how they go....
Well it might have fixed the problem, but not for long. This morning they are exactly like they used to be, so it's back to the drawing board with trying to make them work properly...
I finally got fed up with my Onis dect phone and got a new one. I've now got a BT Synergy 3505 (which has a similar spec to the Onis Vox), however it actually works all the time :-). I've now "connected" my old Philips handsets to the BT base station and they seem to work fine. Therefore I recon the problems I described above are something to do with the base station electronics. Therefore if you buy a new base station you can probably still make use of your Onis handsets.