BT Freestyle 90 User Guide
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At a glance
Aerial
Does not extend, do not
pull out.
Channel seeker button
Selects the best alternative
radio frequency if interference
occurs during a call.
see page 11
Volume control buttons
Adjust the handset ringer volume
and earpiece speech volume.
see page 11
Recall button
For use with PBXs and
BT Select Services.
see page 16
R
TALK
SECRECY
AB
G
QUICKDIAL
6
Secrecy button
When pressed, it stops the
caller hearing you.
see page 14
W
XYZ
1
✱
TU
8
M
NO
Charging contacts
RS
Quickdial button
Allows you to store and dial up
to 10 numbers in the memory.
see page 12
7
V
Q
P
1471 (Call Return) button
Lets you hear the
telephone number of the last
person who called you.
see page 17
JK
5
L
4
DE
3
F
2
C
1
HI
Talk button (and light)
For making and receiving calls.
see page 10
Battery low light
Flashes when the handset
battery is low.
see page 8
BATT
LOW
9
Keypad
0
1471
REDIAL
Redial button
Redials the last number dialled.
see page 11
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Telephone line
cord socket
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PHONE LINE
Mains power
socket
see page 7
9V AC
Base unit
telescopic aerial
see page 9
PAGE
IN USE
CHARGING
Battery charging
contacts
2
Power light
Comes on when mains
power is connected.
Flashes when the
handset is in use
see page 10
Page button
Press to page the
handset
see page 14
Charging light
Comes on when the
handset batteries are
being charged.
see page 7
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In this guide
At a glance
1
Introduction
4
Setting up
5
Using your Freestyle 90
10
BT Select Services
17
Freestyle 90/130/1200
Additional Handsets
19
Help
22
Technical information
25
Maintenance
28
Index
31
Wall mounting
33
Hints and tips boxes
In this user guide, we’ve included helpful tips and
useful notes. They are shown in a grey box.
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Introduction
Your Freestyle 90 has been
designed for ease of use and made to the very high standards
set by BT.
We thank you for making the right
choice and expect that you will have
many years of quality service.
Please read the instructions carefully
before use and keep this user guide
for future reference.
For your records
Date of purchase:
Emergency calls
The emergency services can be
contacted in the UK by dialling 999.
You may also dial 112, which is valid
in any country that is a member of the
European Community.
As the Freestyle 90 is a mains-powered
cordless telephone, you may not be able
to make an emergency call in certain
situations:
• If there is severe radio interference.
Place of purchase:
Serial number:
• If the handset battery fails.
• If there is a power cut.
(on the underside of the machine)
Purchase price:
For warranty purposes, proof of
purchase is required, so please keep
your receipt.
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If your Freestyle 90 is connected to a
PBX (switchboard), you may have to
dial an access number before 999 to
contact the emergency services.
Some switchboards cannot dial out
during a power failure.
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Setting up
Follow these steps to get your
Freestyle 90 ready for use.
Important
As this product is rechargeable, it is
normal that a certain amount of heat
will be produced in its day-to-day
operation. While this is entirely safe,
we advise against placing this product
on antique, veneered or wooden
surfaces as damage may occur.
Plan where you will put your
Freestyle 90.
• It should be within two metres of a
power socket and the phone socket.
• You need enough room for the base
unit’s telescopic aerial to be fully
extended.
• For the best operating conditions, try
to place the base unit away from
large metal objects and other
electrical appliances.
Check that your Freestyle 90 is
complete. When you unpack, you
should have:
• Freestyle 90 handset.
• Freestyle 90 base unit with
telephone line cord attached.
• Mains power adaptor plug.
• Wall mounting bracket with
screws.
Electrical storm warning
1 During periods of electrical storm,
you are advised to disconnect your
apparatus because damage may
occur.
2 If a fault occurs during the 12-month
warranty period and it is due to
accidental or wilful damage
(including lightning and electrical
damage), BT will not replace or
repair free of charge.
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Setting up
Like all cordless phones, your Freestyle
90 handset will need charging for 24
hours before initial use.
3 Plug the power cable
into the back of the
base unit
1 Handset aerial
✖
Your Freestyle 90 uses a compact
aerial which does not pull out.
2 Check your telephone
wall socket
If you do not have a modern phone
socket, call BT on Freefone 0800
800 150 and ask for an engineer to
come and fit the right socket within
two metres of a mains socket. This
is a chargeable service.
6
PHONE LINE
9V AC
Plug the adaptor cable into the
socket on the back of your
Freestyle 90.
Warning
1 Do not try to use any power supply
other than the one provided. This
may permanently damage your
Freestyle 90.
2 Your Freestyle 90 should not be
fitted in wet or damp conditions, for
example in a bathroom. Also, the
handset should not be left out in
the rain.
3 There is a slight chance that your
phone could be damaged by an
electrical storm. We recommend
that you unplug the base unit from
the mains during storms.
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Setting up
4 Connect the base unit
three-pin adaptor to a
power socket
POWER
When the power is switched on at
the mains, the red POWER light on
the base unit will light up.
Mains power adaptor
The Freestyle 90 must only be used
with the adaptor supplied.
Using any other adaptor will result in
non-compliance with EN60950:1992,
and will invalidate the approval given
to this apparatus.
5 Charge the handset
When you first use your
Freestyle 90, the rechargeable
battery in the handset needs
charging for 24 hours.
• Make sure you have connected
your Freestyle 90 to the mains
power supply; see steps 3 and 4.
• Make sure the red POWER light
is on.
• Place the handset on the base
unit, ensuring the contacts are
touching. The CHARGING light
comes on.
• The charging light will remain
constantly lit while the handset is
placed on the base unit.
As a rule, placing the handset on
the base unit overnight will keep
the battery fully charged for all
normal use.
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Setting up
When fully charged and in good
condition, the handset battery will
provide up to 5 hours continuous talk
time or 72 hours standby.
6 Plug the phone into the
BT socket
If the handset battery is running low,
the BATT LOW light will flash every
10-15 seconds.
BATT
LOW
If you are making a call and the
handset battery is running low, the
phone will beep every 10-15 seconds.
Place the handset on the base unit to
recharge.
Battery care
The battery cannot be overcharged.
However, leaving the handset on the
base unit all the time can deteriorate a
rechargeable battery. To get the longest
possible life from your battery, take the
handset off the base unit for a few
hours each day.
8
You can now use the phone, store
numbers in the memory and
change some of the settings as
desired.
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Setting up
7 Extend the base unit
telescopic aerial
8 To wall mount your
product
Extend the base unit telescopic
aerial on your Freestyle 90 (as
shown below) to ensure the best
possible signal and reception.
(See ‘Wall mounting’, page 33.)
To plan the location of the base unit
Your Freestyle 90 works by sending
and receiving radio signals between
the base unit and the handset.
The strength of the signal depends
on where you site the base unit and
how the aerial is deployed. The
higher the base unit is located, the
better. An upstairs room is ideal.
The following points should be
considered:
• It should be within easy reach of
PHONE LINE
9V AC
For the best reception
Try to avoid putting the telescopic
aerial near other electrical appliances,
fluorescent lights and large metallic
objects such as cookers, radiators and
garage doors as these may cause
interference and reduce the quality of
your calls.
a mains socket and a telephone
socket. A new style telephone
socket is needed for this product.
If you do not have one, call us on
Freefone 0800 800 150.
• Try to avoid locations near
metallic obstructions or electrical
appliances, such as TV sets,
fridges, computers, fluorescent
lights, radiators, metal pipes and
metal window frames.
• The Freestyle 90 can be wall
mounted by using the bracket
and screws supplied; see page 33.
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Using your Freestyle 90
Making and receiving
calls
The handset range is up to 250
metres from the base unit in ideal
conditions. If you start to go out of
range while using the phone, you
will hear warning beeps. If you do
not come back in range, your call
will be disconnected.
To make a call
TALK
• Lift the handset off the base unit.
• Press the TALK button. The TALK
light comes on. The POWER light
on the base unit flashes.
• Listen for the dialling tone.
• Dial the number you want.
If you do not hear a dialling tone after
pressing the TALK button, wait a few
seconds. On a few exchanges, there
may be a delay.
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To end a call
TALK
• Press the TALK button.
Or
• Replace the handset on the base unit.
To receive a call
When the phone rings:
• If your handset is on the base unit,
simply pick it up to answer the
call.
Or
TALK
• If your handset is off the base
unit, press the TALK button to
answer the call.
An Inductive Coupler has been
built into the handset to improve
sound quality for people using hearing
aids. Switch your hearing aid to T and
adjust the position of the handset until
you get the best reception.
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Using your Freestyle 90
To use the channel seeker button
CHANNEL
SEEKER
Your Freestyle 90 automatically
scans the available radio channels
for quality of reception, and selects
the best one to use.
If you experience interference
during your call, press the
CHANNEL SEEKER button (on the
side of the handset) to select a
different channel.
To adjust the handset ringer
volume
VOLUME
To adjust the speech volume
VOLUME
During a conversation you can
adjust the volume of the incoming
caller:
• Press the + button (on the side of
the handset) to increase the
speech volume.
• Press the - button to decrease the
speech volume.
There are 2 settings (normal & high)
for speech volume
To set the handset ringer
melodies
• Lift the handset off the base unit.
Press the QUICKDIAL button.
When the handset is not in use you
can adjust the ringer volume:
• Press the + button (on the side of
the handset) to increase the
handset ringer volume.
• Press the - button to decrease the
handset ringer volume.
The lowest setting will turn the
handset ringer off.
There are 3 settings (HI-LO-OFF) for
ringer volume. The default setting is HI
• Press the + button or the - button
(on the side of the handset).
• Press the QUICKDIAL button. You
hear a confirmation beep.
Last number redial
Freestyle 90 remembers the last
number called and enables easy
redialling.
To redial the last number called
• Press the TALK button and wait
for a dialling tone.
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Using your Freestyle 90
• Press the REDIAL button. The
number is dialled automatically.
If the length of the last number called is
more than 32 digits, then the whole
number will not be redialled. If the
REDIAL button is not the first button
pressed in the sequence it will function as a
dialled number
Using the memory to
store and dial numbers
Your Freestyle 90 handset can store
up to ten separate phone numbers.
You can then dial each number by
pressing just two buttons.
To store the last number called in
the memory
• Press the QUICKDIAL button.
• Press one of the 0-9 buttons to set
the location code under which the
phone number will be stored.
• Press the REDIAL button. A
maximum of 20 digits can be
stored in each location.
• Press the QUICKDIAL button. You
hear a confirmation beep.
Storing a number in the memory
automatically overwrites any previous
number stored under the same location
code.Stored numbers can include
switchboard and network services that use
the ✱ and # buttons as well as PAUSE
and RECALL functions.
To store a number in the memory
• Press the QUICKDIAL button.
• Press one of the 0-9 buttons to set
the location code under which the
phone number will be stored.
• Dial the number you want to
store. A maximum of 20 digits can
be stored in each location.
• Press the QUICKDIAL button. You
hear a confirmation beep. The
number is stored.
Repeat these steps for any other
numbers you want to store, using
a different 0-9 location code for
each one.
12
Quickdial
directory label
Use the handset’s
Quickdial directory
label to keep a record
of which 0-9 location
code you have used for
HANDSET NO.
MEMORY
1
MEMORY
each number. You can
2
MEMORY
3
MEMORY
4
MEMORY
take out the label by
5
MEMORY
6
MEMORY
7
MEMORY
removing the handset
battery compartment
cover and sliding out
the label’s clear
plastic cover.
8
MEMORY
9
MEMORY
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Using your Freestyle 90
To dial a stored number
To dial a stored number of more
than 20 digits
QUICKDIAL
QUICKDIAL
• Press the TALK button.
• Press the QUICKDIAL button.
• Press the 0-9 location code under
which the number you want is
stored. The number is dialled
automatically.
To store a number of more than
20 digits
QUICKDIAL
• Press the QUICKDIAL button.
• Press one of the 0-9 buttons to set
•
•
•
•
•
•
the location code under which
your phone number will be stored.
Dial the first 20 digits.
Press the QUICKDIAL button. You
hear a confirmation beep. The
number is stored.
Press the QUICKDIAL button
again.
Press another 0-9 button to select
a second location code under
which to store the remaining
digits.
Dial the remaining digits.
Press the QUICKDIAL button.
You hear a confirmation beep.
The rest of the number is stored.
• Press the TALK button.
• Press the QUICKDIAL button, then
the first 0-9 location code
number. The number begins
dialling automatically.
• When the first part of the number
has been dialled press the
QUICKDIAL button again, then the
second 0-9 location code number.
The rest of the number is dialled.
You can mix manual and memory
dialling as required. For example,
you can dial the area code 0181 380
from the memory and then complete
the number manually.
To change a stored number
Any existing number stored in the
memory can be overwritten by
entering a new number under the
same location code. Simply follow
the steps shown in ‘To store a
number in the memory’, page 12.
To clear a stored number
• Press the QUICKDIAL button.
• Press the 0-9 location code.
• Press the QUICKDIAL button
again.
• You hear a confirmation beep.
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Using your Freestyle 90
Using the Secrecy button
Paging the handset
During a call, you may want to say
something to another person nearby
without your caller hearing you.
You can page the handset from the
base unit to let the handset user
know they are wanted. You cannot
hold a conversation between the
base unit and the handset.
SECRECY
• Press the SECRECY button. The
TALK light flashes. You can hear
the caller, but they cannot hear
you.
• Every 7 seconds the handset
beeps to let you know a call is
on hold.
• Press the SECRECY button again
to resume your conversation. The
TALK light stops flashing.
To page the handset
PAGE
• Press the PAGE button on the
base unit. Both the handset and
the base unit will ring.
When the handset ringer volume is set
to the minimum position, the handset
will not ring. The base unit will not
ring if the ringer volume is set to OFF.
Your Freestyle 90 automatically
returns to standby after
approximately one minute.
You cannot page the handset while it is
being used on a call.
An incoming call will override a page
call and the handset will ring as
normal.
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Using your Freestyle 90
Changing the telephone
settings
You should be close to the base unit when
changing the telephone settings
To set the base unit ringer volume
You can set the base unit ringer
volume to HI, LO or OFF through
your Freestyle 90 handset.
• Press the QUICKDIAL button.
• Press the # button.
• Press 1 to set the ringer volume
to HI. Press 2 to set the ringer
volume to LO. Press 3 to set the
ringer volume to OFF.
• Press the QUICKDIAL button. You
hear a confirmation beep.
If the base unit ringer is switched to
OFF, the handset will still ring
provided the handset ringer is not
switched to OFF. You can set the
TEL MODE to tone or pulse dialling
and earth or time break recall:
• T-TB – Your Freestyle 90 is preset
to this position. Most modern
exchanges use tone dialling and
time break recall for faster
dialling, and for services such as
BT Select Services and telephone
banking.
• T-E – This setting is for use if
you are connected to a tone
dialling PBX (Private Branch
Exchange) that uses earth recall.
• P-E – If you dial a number when
your Freestyle 90 is set to T-TB
or T-E and you continue to hear
the dialling tone, you may be
connected to an older pulse
dialling exchange. Set the tel
mode to P-E (pulse dialling).
You can set the TEL MODE by
following the procedures below
through your Freestyle 90 handset:
• Press the QUICKDIAL button
• Press the ✱ button.
• Press 1 to set the TEL MODE to
T-TB.
Press 2 to set the TEL MODE to
T-E.
• Press 3 to set the TEL MODE to
P-E
• Press QUICKDIAL button.
Your hear a confirmation beep.
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Using your Freestyle 90
To switch from Pulse to Tone
dialling during a call
To insert a pause
REDIAL
✱
If you are connected to a pulse
dialling exchange, you can still use
services such as phone banking
that require tone dialling.
• Call the telephone number you
With some switchboards, after
dialling the access code you may
have to wait for a moment while the
switchboard picks up an outside
line. If so, press the REDIAL button
to insert a pause before keying in
the telephone number.
require in pulse mode as usual.
• When you have been connected,
press the ✱ button on the keypad
to set your telephone to tone
dialling for the duration of the call.
• When you hang up, your
Freestyle 90 will automatically
switch back to pulse dialling.
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To use the recall button
R
This button signals either time break
recall or earth recall depending on
the setting of the TEL MODE. If you
are connected to a PBX (Private
Branch Exchange), contact your
PBX supplier for further
information. The RECALL button,
when set to time break recall T-TB,
is also used for BT Select Services.
For further information, see page 17.
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BT Select Services
If you are connected to a digital
exchange, you can subscribe to a
range of BT Select Services. If you
wish to subscribe to any of these
services contact us on Freefone
0800 800 152 business, 150
residential, 8am to 6pm, Monday to
Friday.
1471 (Call Return)
This service lets you easily find who
called your number last.
To use the 1471 feature
1471
• Press the TALK button and wait
for a dialling tone.
• Press the 1471 button. You hear
the number of your last caller
announced and the time they
called. If a call is made and the
caller withholds their number, the
time of the call is still stored but
not the number.
• Press the TALK button again – or
replace the handset on the base
unit – to return to standby.
To withhold your own number
Dial 141 before you dial the number
you want. You will need to do this even
if you are ex-directory.
Call Waiting
If an incoming call arrives while you
are already engaged on a telephone
call you will hear a soft beep every 5
seconds (this beep is not audible to
the person you are speaking to).
Instead of the engaged tone, the
second caller will hear an
announcement to hold on as you are
aware that there is a second call.
To use Call Waiting
R
• You can answer the second call,
without disconnecting your first
caller, by pressing the RECALL
button. The first caller will be put
on hold.
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BT Select Services
• When you have spoken to the
second caller you can return to
the first caller by pressing the
RECALL button again. You can
switch back and forth between
the two calls without
disconnecting either if you wish.
The second caller will only be
charged for their call from the
moment you answer and not while
they are waiting for your initial
contact.
Other services
• Call Barring
• Call Diversion
• Call My Bill
• Charge Advice
• Reminder Calls
• Three-way Calling
For more information about these
Select Services, call BT on
Freefone 0800 800 152. If you are
not on the BT network please ask
your telecommunications supplier
for information on their services.
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Freestyle 90/130/1200
Additional Handsets
You can buy and use up to 3
Freestyle additional handsets with
your Freestyle 90 to extend your
phone system, without needing to
install extension sockets for each
new phone.
Each additional handset is supplied
with its own charger and user
instructions, however the following
information will tell you how to
register and use an additional
handset with your Freestyle 90.
Registering your handset
You must register your Freestyle
additional handset before it can be
used with your Freestyle base unit.
Make sure that each additional
handset is registered with a
different number (2, 3 or 4) so
it can be identified from other
additional handsets. See Page 20.
To erase a
registration code
• Press and release the
QUICKDIAL button.
• Press and release the
CHANNEL SEEKER button.
• Press the ✱ button four times.
• Press and release the
QUICKDIAL button.
You will hear a confirmation
beep, the old registration code is
now erased and you can reregister your additional handset
following the procedure below.
To register an
additional handset
• Place the handset you wish to
register on the base unit and
then remove it.
• Press and hold the base unit
PAGE button for 5 seconds.
PAGE
The following erasing and re-registering
procedure can be used for either reregistering an original handset or registering
an additional handset. If you wish to reregister please follow the instruction
adjacent, using your original handset where
it refers to additional handset.
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Freestyle 90/130/1200 Additional Handsets
• As soon as the IN USE light
begins to flash, release the PAGE
button and place the additional
handset on the base unit.
Your additional handset must
be placed on the base unit within
5 seconds of the IN USE light f lashing.
• Your additional handset is
registered automatically and you
will hear a long confirmation
beep and the IN USE light will
stop flashing.
Setting the handset
number
Each additional handset must be
assigned an identity number (1, 2, 3
or 4). Your Freestyle 90 handset is
already numbered as HANDSET 1,
additional handsets can then be
numbered as they are added.
Your Freestyle additional handset is
pre-set to handset number 2.
To set a handset identity number
To re-register an
additional handset
Before re-registering, the old
registration code must first be
erased. If necessary you can
re-register your additional
handset by simply following the
above procedures.
Check that your additional handset is
registered correctly by pressing the
TALK button and listening for a dial
tone. If you do not hear a dial tone
your additional handset is either out of
range of the base unit or it has not
been registered properly, or the base
unit line cord is not plugged in.
20
• Press and release the
QUICKDIAL button.
• Press and release the SECRECY
button.
• Enter the identification number
(1-4) using the keypad.
• When you have entered the
number press the QUICKDIAL
button.
• You will hear a beep confirming
that the new number has been
stored.
Make a note of the identification
number by writing it on the handset’s
directory label.
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Freestyle 90/130/1200 Additional Handsets
Basic use of Freestyle
additional handsets
Like all cordless phones, the Freestyle
additional handset must be charged for
24 hours before initial use.
Basic operation of additional
handsets is the same as that of your
Freestyle 90 handset.
The handset range is up to 250
metres from the base unit in ideal
conditions. If you start to go out of
range while using the phone, you
will hear warning beeps. If you do
not come back in range, your call
will be disconnected.
The additional handset has an
intercom button which cannot be used
with the Freestyle 90.
To make a call
• Lift the handset off the charger.
• Press the TALK button. The TALK
light comes on.
• Listen for the dialling tone.
• Dial the number you want.
If you do not hear a dialling tone after
pressing the TALK button, wait a few
seconds. On a few exchanges, there
may be a delay.
To end a call
• Press the TALK button or replace
the handset.
Transferring calls
between handsets
Whilst on a call (ie. in talk mode):
• Press the SECRECY button.
• Enter the number of the handset
you want to transfer the call to.
The specified handset will ring.
• To answer the call press the TALK
button.
If the call is not answered it is
returned to the original handset after
30 seconds. The original handset will
ring to let you know if this has
happened. To avoid having to wait 30
seconds for the call to be returned, you
can press the TALK button to cancel
the transfer of the call.
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Help
Help
If you have any problems using your
Freestyle 90, this section will give you the most common,
easy-to-follow solutions.
Telephone problems
Possible cause
Solution
• No dialling tone.
Telephone not connected to
telephone line.
Replace the handset on the base unit
for 10 seconds and try again. If this
does not work, disconnect the
handset battery from the handset for
10 minutes. Also disconnect the
mains power.
Then reconnect the base unit to the
mains, then replace the handset on
the base unit for 10 seconds and try
again.
• Telephone will not dial out.
• Telephone cannot receive
calls.
Mains disconnected
• Beeps six times and drops
calls.
Handset is not registered to the base
Handset battery is discharged.
unit.
Plug the telephone into the
telephone line.
Place the handset on the base unit
and recharge it for 24 hours
ensuring the CHARGING light is on.
Re-register the handset.
Refer to Page 19 to first erase
registration and then re-register the
handset.
• You have a dialling tone but
the telephone will not dial
out.
• Handset does not ring.
You may be trying to use tone
dialling on a pulse dialling
exchange.
Set the mode switch to P-E
(pulse dialling). Refer to page 15
for TEL MODE setting.
You are connected to a PBX and are
not dialling the access code.
Use the PBX access code.
Handset battery is discharged.
Place the handset on the base unit
and recharge it for 24 hours.
The handset ringer may be set to its
minimum setting.
Increase the handset ringer volume.
• No lights on handset.
• Handset does not ring, but
lights show on the handset.
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Help
Telephone problems
Possible cause
Solution
• Base unit does not ring but
lights show on base unit.
Telephone is not connected to the
telephone line.
Plug the telephone into the
telephone socket.
Set the base unit ringer to HI or LO. Refer
to page 15 for ringer settings.
The base ringer is set to OFF.
Line fault or faulty socket.
Try the telephone on another socket
or another line. If the telephone
works, contact BT or your telephone
network operator for repairs to the
line or socket.
• Base unit rings too
loudly / softly.
The base ringer is set to HI / LO.
Set the base ringer. Refer to page 15
for base ringer setting.
• Neither base unit or handset
ring, but lights show on base
unit and handset.
The ringer volumes on both the
handset and base unit could be set
to minimum.
Increase the ringer volume on the
base unit and handset.
Check the REN (see page 26). If you
connect too many telephones or
devices to your line they may not all
operate correctly.
If the REN exceeds 4 disconnect one
or more telephones or devices.
If your telephone is connected to an
extension socket, it may have been
connected incorrectly.
Check with your telephone engineer
that the extension socket has been
installed correctly.
• Callers are faint.
• Interference.
The base unit telescopic aerial is not
extended as high as possible.
Extend the base unit telescopic
aerial as far as possible.
• Buzzing.
You are moving out of range.
Move closer to the base unit.
• Whooshing.
Radio channel interference.
Press the CHANNEL SEEKER button on
the handset, to select a clearer channel.
• Echoing.
Radio channel interference.
Press the CHANNEL SEEKER button on
the handset, to select a clearer channel.
• Tinniness.
The base unit or the handset are too
close to electrical equipment or
metal obstructions.
Relocate the base unit or move
around with the handset until
reception improves.
• No Quickdial store.
You may be trying to store the
number with the TALK light on.
Ensure that the TALK light is off
before storing the number.
• No number stored on 1471
button.
Stored number may have
inadvertently been overwritten.
Press the QUICKDIAL button, press
the relevant Select Services button,
then press the QUICKDIAL button
again. This will reset the button.
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Help
Telephone problems
Possible cause
Solution
• Call appears to have been
cut off after pressing the
SECRECY button.
You may have pressed a number key
on the handset after pressing the
SECRECY button. The current
handset will try to transfer the call
to another handset.
Wait 30 seconds; the call will return
to the current handset. Or press the
TALK button and the call will return
immediately.
• BATT LOW light on the
handset is flashing.
The handset needs recharging.
Replace the handset on the base
unit, ensuring that the base unit is
plugged in and that the CHARGING
light is on.
• No CHARGING light on the
base unit.
Dirty contacts on base unit or
handset.
Clean the contacts with a dry cloth.
Heavy soiling can be removed with a
pencil eraser.
Need more help?
Call the BT Cordless Phone Helpline on
Lo-call 0845 7697146 where fully
trained staff can help you from 9.00am
to 5.30pm Monday to Friday (calls
charged at local BT rate).
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It is not permitted to interfere with the
main BT socket or wiring. If you have
a problem, contact BT on Freefone
0800 800 151 for residential or
Freefone 0800 800 154 for business
lines.
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Technical information
Official approval
Your Freestyle 90 is tested and
approved for connection to public
networks, provided it is used in
accordance with the guidelines in
this user guide.
You may connect it:
• To direct exchange lines.
• To extensions with new plug and
socket arrangements provided
with these direct exchange lines.
• To compatible switchboards.
You may NOT connect it:
• To shared service (party) lines.
• As an extension to a payphone.
This phone is designed for UK use only.
Using it abroad may violate local
radio laws.
Approval for use
The base unit is intended for use
when powered from the 9V AC
mains adaptor supplied, which
conforms to EN60950. Any other
usage will invalidate the approval
given to this apparatus if, as a
result, it ceases to comply with
EN60950.
Call security
Your Freestyle 90 has its own digital
security code that prevents other
cordless phone owners from using
your phone line. This ensures that
you are charged only for calls using
your phone. However, all approved
cordless phones use radio signals to
communicate between the base unit
and cordless handset units. It is
therefore possible that your
conversations could be overheard
by other people, on their cordless
phones, or on ordinary radios that
use the same radio frequencies.
As this problem applies equally to
all similar cordless phones currently
available in the UK, call privacy
cannot be guaranteed. However, the
security coding prevents
unauthorised use of your line.
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Technical information
You may find that your Freestyle 90
picks up conversations from other
cordless phones being used nearby.
If you experience this type of
interference try changing channels
using the CHANNEL SEEKER
button on the handset.
Transmission frequencies
This cordless telephone has been
designed to operate on radio
frequencies which have been
assigned to the exclusive use of
cordless telephones. As the use of
cordless telephones becomes more
widespread, the quality of service
obtained from this apparatus may
lessen.
Transmission frequencies of
available channels:
Channels
Base Unit Tx
Freq./MHz
Handset Tx
Freq./MHz
1
31.0375
39.9375
2
31.0625
39.9625
3
31.0875
39.9875
4
31.1125
40.0125
5
31.1375
40.0375
6
31.1625
40.0625
7
31.1875
40.0875
8
31.2125
40.1125
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Ringer Equivalence Number (REN)
Although you may have any
number of sockets, it is important
to limit the number of telephones
and other items of apparatus
connected to the line by those
sockets, to ensure that each
telephone will ring. Every
telephone or item of apparatus has
a Ringer Equivalence Number
(REN). In most cases a standard
line should provide enough current
for two or more telephones or items
of apparatus, if the RENs add up to
no more than 4.
Freestyle 90 has a REN of 1. Any
telephone provided by BT may be
assumed to have a REN of 1 unless
otherwise stated on the base unit.
Even where the number of
telephones has been limited, there
is no guarantee that different types
of telephone on the same line will
ring.
Safety advice
• Don’t use your Freestyle 90 in the
open air during thunderstorms.
Unplug it from the telephone line
and the mains socket when there
are storms in your area.
• Don’t use your Freestyle 90
outdoors in the rain, or handle it
with wet hands.
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Technical information
• Don’t install the base unit near a
sink, bath or shower. Electrical
appliances can cause serious
injury if used when you are wet
or standing in water.
• Don’t install the base unit where
the various leads can be tripped
over or walked on. This may
cause injury, or damage to the
leads and your Freestyle 90.
Connection information
• Your Freestyle 90 may be
connected to public networks in
the United Kingdom.
• It may also be connected to
compatible switchboards. If in
doubt, your switch supplier or
maintainer should be able to offer
help. Advice on connection to BT
switching systems can be
obtained by dialling BT Freefone
0800 800 152.
If you do not have a compatible
switchboard, it cannot be
guaranteed that your Freestyle 90
will operate correctly under all
possible conditions of connection.
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Maintenance
Installing a handset battery pack
and recharging
Replacing the handset on the base
unit to recharge overnight should
keep the Freestyle 90 operative for
normal use. In time the handset
battery pack will no longer hold a
sufficient charge and should be
replaced.
• Firmly hold the handset in both
•
•
•
To change the handset battery
pack
The handset battery compartment
is located at the back of the handset
at the lower end.
•
8
MEMORY
9
MEMORY
•
Ni-Cad
Battery
Battery
Ni-Cad
0
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•
•
•
hands with the back towards you
and the bottom end away from you.
Push the depression in the
battery compartment cover,
inward and away from you with
both thumbs, to remove it.
Undo the plastic belt securing the
battery pack.
Remove the old battery pack by
unplugging the small white plug
that connects it to the handset.
Insert the small white plug of the
new battery pack. (If you look at
the shape of the plug and socket
you will see that it can only be
inserted one way).
Place the battery pack in the
recess, secure it with the plastic
belt and refit the compartment
cover.
Replace the handset on the base
unit and charge for a full 24 hours.
The battery pack must be
recycled or disposed of properly.
Do not burn or puncture as it
could release toxic material which
may cause injury.
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Maintenance
Spare parts for your Freestyle 90 are
available from your BT shop or
supplier, or you can contact us on
Lo-call 0845 7697146 from 9.00am
to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.
In the event of a power failure
This equipment is not designed for
making emergency telephone calls
when the power fails. Alternative
arrangements should be made for
access to emergency services.
Care of rechargeable battery
pack
• When you first set up the
Freestyle 90, or replace the
battery pack, the handset must
be fully charged for 24 hours
before use.
• To maintain optimum charge and
battery condition, the handset
should be allowed to fully
discharge about every four months.
• Dispose of Ni-Cd battery packs
safely. Do not puncture or burn
them. They contain toxic
materials which could cause
injury.
General cleaning
Clean the cabinet of the handset
and the base unit with a soft cloth
slightly dampened with a mild
solution of water and detergent.
Charging contacts should be
cleaned with a dry cloth or, for
heavy soiling, a pencil eraser can be
used.
• Do not clean with a wet cloth.
• Do not clean with abrasive
materials or solvents as these
may damage the unit.
• Do not spray aerosol cleaners
onto the base unit or handset.
Extended periods of non-use
It is recommended that you:
• Disconnect the base unit from
both mains supply and telephone
line.
• Remove the battery pack from the
handset.
• When reconnecting, check that
the CHARGING light on the base
unit is on. Recharge the handset
battery for 24 hours.
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Maintenance
Guarantee
BT guarantees Freestyle 90 for a
year, provided that:
• The goods have only been used
for their intended purpose, and
have not been subjected to
misuse, or been wilfully or
accidentally damaged.
• The goods have not been
tampered with or repaired by
anyone other than BT, its staff or
agents.
If you are having problems with
your Freestyle 90, read the ‘Help’
section on pages 22 - 24 of this user
guide.
If you are still having problems you
can contact the BT product helpline
on Lo-call 0845 7697146 where
fully trained staff can help you from
9.00am to 5.30pm Monday to
Friday.
If the unit is faulty within the
guarantee period, return it with
proof of purchase to your supplier,
for repair or replacement.
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If your Freestyle 90 needs repair
outside the guarantee period, take
the complete Freestyle 90 to any
BT shop for forwarding to the
repair department (there will be a
carriage charge for this service).
Alternatively you can call the repair
centres on 01325 304346 or
01672 564444 between 9.00am and
4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
The terms of this guarantee do not
affect your statutory rights.
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Index
At a glance
1
Introduction
4
Emergency calls
4
Setting up
5
Aerial
Base unit
Handset
Charging the handset
Planning location
Power cable
Telephone wall socket
Using your Freestyle 90
Base unit ringer volume
Channel seeker
Handset ringer volume
Last number redial
Making a call
Memory
Change a stored number
Clear a stored number
Dial a stored number
Dial more than 20 digits
Quickdial directory label
Store a number
9
6
7
9
7
8
10
15
11
11
11
10
13
Store more than 20 digits
Paging the handset
Pause
Pulse and Tone dialling
Recall button
Receiving a call
Secrecy button
Speech volume
Telephone mode switch
BT Select Services
Call Return (1471)
Call Waiting
Other Select Services
Freestyle 90/130/1200
Additional Handsets
Basic use of additional handsets
Erasing a handset registration code
Registering your additional handset
Re-registering an additional handset
Setting the handset number
Transferring calls between handsets
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14
16
15
16
10
14
11
15
17
17
17
18
19
21
19
19
20
20
21
13
13
13
Help
22
12
12
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Index
Technical information
Call security
Connecting to a switchboard
Connection information
REN (Ringer Equivalence Number)
Safety advice
Transmission frequencies
Maintenance
Changing handset battery pack
Care of handset battery pack
General cleaning
Guarantee
Installing handset battery pack
Power failure
Wall mounting
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25
27
27
26
26
26
28
28
29
29
30
28
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Wall mounting
Your Freestyle 90 can be wallmounted by using the bracket
provided.
WALL PLUG
WALL
SCREW
28mm
You can use the bracket as a
template to mark where the screws
should go into the wall.
• Drill two holes for the screws and
Before you wall-mount your Freestyle
90, check that:
• the wall can support the weight of
the base unit and handset;
• the position you choose leaves
sufficient space so that the base unit
(which is larger than the bracket) is
clear of any obstruction on the wall,
such as a shelf or cupboard. Room
should be left so that the handset can
be placed on charge without
touching any obstructions.
• leave enough room for aerial to be
extended when wall mounted.
Spare parts for your Freestyle 90 are
available from your BT shop or
supplier, or you can contact us on
Lo-call 0845 7697146 between 9.00am
and 5.30pm Monday to Friday.
insert the wall plugs provided (if
required).
• Drive the screws into the wall,
leaving about 5mm free on which
to mount the bracket.
• Hook the bracket over the screw
heads to check if it fits correctly,
then remove again.
• Make sure that the power supply
and the telephone cables are
connected to the base unit, then
fit the cables into the channels on
the bottom of the base unit.
• Clip the bracket onto the base
unit as shown on the next page.
• Hook the bracket with the phone
attached over the screw heads.
Attach the bracket by
hooking it over the screws
protruding from the wall.
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Wall mounting
2
SQUEEZE
INWARDS
1
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Offices in Europe, North America,
Japan and Asia Pacific.
The telecommunications services described in this publication
are subject to availability and may be modified from time to time.
Services and equipment are provided subject to British
Telecommunications plc’s respective standard conditions of contract.
Nothing in this publication forms any part of any contract.
TouchTone™ is a registered trade mark of
British Telecommunications plc in the UK.
© British Telecommunications plc 1998.
Registered Office: 81 Newgate Street, London EC1A 7AJ.
Registered in England No. 1800000.
Printed in China. Freestyle 90 Issue 3 (09/99)
Designed by The Art & Design Partnership Limited.
CE compliant to 89/336/EEC
(EMC Directive) & 73/23/EEC
(Low Voltage Directive)
APPROVED for connection to
telecommunication systems specified
in the instructions for use subject to
the conditions set out in them
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