Freestyle 500 is a cordless telephone handset and mains powered remote charger unit
together with a Relate style telephone as the base unit. Freestyle 500 conforms to CTI
Telephone facilities with explanations where necessary:
Digital security coding (Handshake): See "Additional Information" for
Approved as prime instrument on a DEL.
PABX compatible (Earth or Timed Break recall)
Companding noise reduction chip which reduces background noise and gives higher quality
- Single wire base unit antenna
- Dual signalling
- 10 digit LCD display on cordless handset.
- The cordless handset can store 10 numbers of up to 21 digits in length. (N.B. storable
characters include all the digits 1-0, *, #, pause and recall, each character counts as
one digit in the memory store).
Full Intercom between cordless handset and base unit.
Intercom - from cordless to corded. Press intercom, display shows int. The IN USE LED of
the base unit flashes quickly and the base unit beeps. The base unit answers by picking up
the handset. If the base unit does not answer the attempt aborts after 15 seconds.
Intercom - from corded to cordless. Pick up handset and press intercom on base unit. IN
USE LED flashes quickly and the cordless display shows int. Cordless answers by pressing
intercom. The attempt will abort if not answered within 15 seconds.
Transfer of calls between base unit and cordless handset.
To transfer a call from the cordless handset to base unit or vice versa, press intercom,
call is put on hold and other unit beeps. The base unit IN USE LED flashes quickly. If the
transfer is to the cordless handset the display will show Int. When the other unit answers
the call can be announced. The call is switched when the base unit presses intercom (for
cordless to corded) or the base unit handset is replaced (for corded to cordless).
If the called unit does not answer, the attempt to transfer is aborted after 15 seconds.
An audible alert sounds at the base unit and the cordless handset display flashes CALL to
remind user that a call is on hold.
- Desk/wall mountable
- Last number redial
- Secrecy (microphone mute button)
- Battery low warning (handset battery)
- Auto Standby (automatically releases the line when the cordless handset is put back on
to the remote charger unit)
Up to 100 Metres radius range between the cordless handset and the base unit
Range test, enables user to check if cordless handset is within range of the base unit.
Key 0 on the cordless handset, the display will show TEST for a few seconds followed by
the result IN RANGE or OUT OF RANGE.
Made by Maxon Ltd (Thailand)
On sale terms in BT shops and LTK Trade Sales outlets. Rental terms available from BT
Freestyle 500 is approved as supplied under approval numbers S/1000/3/P/502749 for use on
Direct Exchange Lines and PBXs in categories 1,3,5,7,9 & 11.
Modifications which have not received appropriate approval must not be carried out as to
do so would invalidate approval making connection unlawful.
Freestyle 500 user guide. Supplied with the instrument.
Cordless Telephone Product Handbook PDM/TPO/A010
REN, Freestyle 500 has a REN of 1.
Freestyle 500 is designed for residential or normal office use, they should be installed
away from sources of direct heat, excessive humidity, dust and vibration.
Approximate overall dimensions are:
Remote charger unit with cordless handset on rest: 150mm x 230mm x 90mm
Telephone base unit with corded handset on rest: 160mm x 220mm x 85mm
Weight of packaged instrument 1.8Kg.
A phone socket and 240 Volt, 13 Amp mains socket are required within 3 Metres of the base
unit, mains power consumption is approximately 5 Watts.
A mains socket is also required within 3 metres of the remote charger unit.
For maximum radio range the base unit wire antenna should be fully extended. The base unit
should also be mounted away from any sources of Radio Frequency Interference or structures
which may affect radio signals. In domestic premises locating the base unit in an upstairs
room will give better range than at ground level. The telescopic antenna of the cordless
handset should be fully extended during use for optimum range.
Under trial conditions no problems were encountered with Freestyle 500 when connected to
any small, medium or large PABXS. If problems occur in the field, a 1.7 Mhz Medium Wave RF
filter (e.g. Plug in RF filter Item Code 877596) may need to be connected between the
cordless telephone and the PBX/KTS.
NOTE: Fitting of these filters does not guarantee compatible working. Should problems
persist, the customer should be informed that it is inadvisable to use this product with
the associated PBX.
Cordless telephones can be affected by interference. e.g. from fluorescent lights or
electrical appliances and range can be reduced by the screening effects of building
structures, e.g. steel framework, foil backed wallboards.
There are 8 pairs of frequencies allocated for CT 1 cordless telephony use, interference
or overhearing may occur where other cordless telephones on the same or adjacent channels
are located nearby. In such cases Freestyle 500 should be selected to have the greatest
(at least two) channel difference from any other nearby CT1 cordless telephones.
Freestyle 500 is intended for retail sale and customer installation only.
Installation instructions are included in the product user guide and involve siting the
base unit within reach of a phone socket and mains socket where it will give maximum
Setting the channel switch (A or B. Base unit and cordless handset to similar setting).
Setting mode switch on base unit (E for Earth recall PBXs or TB for Timed Break recall
PBXs or for Network Services on DELs).
Although the cordless handset batteries may have enough power to make a simple functional
test, the cordless handset batteries should be charged for 24 hours before full use.
Maintenance on rental Freestyle 500s only, is limited to functional testing (following the
Help section in the User guide, supplied with the instrument). Checking the mains
transformer and charging unit are functioning and that the facility switches are set
correctly. If any part of the Freestyle 500, excluding aerial, transformer or cordless
handset battery, is found to be faulty, the unit should be changed. Handset batteries of
rented Freestyle 500s are the responsibility of BT but customers with faulty cordless
handset batteries should be encouraged to take the handset to a BT shop where the
batteries will be replaced free of charge.
New Freestyle 500 carry an 18 Month manufacturer's warranty to BT from the date of
manufacture as shown on the base of the instrument (year and week marking forming the
first four digits of the serial number). Customers will be given a 12 Month (return to
point of sale) warranty from date of purchase irrespective of the date of manufacture.
Warranty includes cordless handset batteries but excludes base unit batteries.
Units which fail within warranty should be returned with cordless handset switched to
Description Item Code
Freestyle 500 870522
Aerial 870524 (handset telescopic aerial)
Batteries 870461 (rechargeable batteries for handset)
Freestyle 500 AC adapter 870526
Plug in RFI Filter 877596
BT 80A RF2 870157
To conform with EEC legislation on Nickel-Cadmium battery disposal, Freestyle 500
handset batteries must be returned to telephone shops or Zone stores for central disposal.
They must not be disposed of locally.
Faulty Freestyle 500 out of warranty and not covered by BT Maintenance agreement may be
sent (by customer) for repair direct, or-via BT Phoneshop, to Repair Plus.
Idle - Normal capacitor loop. Freestyle 500 do not draw on-hook current.
Seized - Normal loop.
Freestyle 500 handsets and base units are matched together by their security code signal
'handshake'. The security coding prevents unauthorised access to the line by other
cordless telephone users, the handshake is repeated at approximately ten second intervals
during calls to ensure that only the matched handset controls the call. There are over
65,000 security codes, these are fixed on manufacture hence cordless handsets and base
units should be regarded as 'matched pairs' and not separated, additional or replacement
handsets are not available.
Use on PBXs and Key Telephone Systems (with 2-wire ports).
Freestyle 500 is approved for use as extensions to switching systems (PBXs approval in
categories 1,3,5,7,9 & 11).
As with other CT1 cordless telephones, some of the 1.7MHz signal from the base unit may be
picked up by the switching system causing system misoperation.
No problems have been found when used on Medium & Large PBXS.
Incoming ringing signal.
To comply with user safety requirements for prevention of acoustic shock, the cordless
handset tone caller output is regulated and builds up in volume over 4 bursts of ringing.
Freestyle 500 has been designed to cadence-follow when ringing.
Radio power output.
To comply with CT1 requirements, the effective radiated power (ERP) transmitted by the
cordless handset or base unit must not exceed 10 milliwatts, the Base unit transmits
1.7Mhz signals from the wire aerial to the ferrite aerial inside the cordless handset and
the handset transmits 47Mhz signals from the telescopic aerial to the base unit wire
Calls on any CT1 telephones are not secure from overhearing and may be picked up by other
cordless telephones operating on the same frequencies or by Medium Wave radio receivers,
Freestyle 500 will cleardown cordless handset calls if the 'handshake' is affected by an
Intercom call duration is limited by regulations. A warning bleep will be heard 30 Seconds
before an Intercom call is automatically cut off at 2 Mins and 50 Secs. If an intercom
call is timed out, further intercom calls may not be made until 60 seconds has elapsed.
Intercom calls not following timed out calls may be made immediately.
Cordless handset battery charging.
Freestyle 500 requires 24 hours for a full charge, fully charged batteries should, in
practice, give 12 hours use in talk mode 30 Hours in standby Mode. If the batteries need
recharging, the cordless handset will emit a warning tone and BATT will be displayed on
the LCD. This occurs in either talk or standby mode. Users are recommended to leave the
handset on charge over night in normal use. Battery capacity can be expected to reduce
after 2 years use when customers can have new batteries fitted in the handset at BT
Phoneshops for a charge. If customers wish they can fit the batteries themselves. Rental
customers will have the handset battery replaced free of charge.