Fitting the batteries

Unplug the phone from the phone socket before inserting or changing the batteries.

This telephone uses two AAA size, 1.5V batteries; they enable the phone to save information in its memory if it is temporarily disconnected from the phone line, and ensures the correct operation of the telephone at all times.

Use alkaline batteries to avoid damage to the phone

Insert the batteries as follows:

  1. Remove the plastic cover over the memory index card, and then remove the memory index card.
  2. Loosen and remove the screw to remove the clear plastic battery cover.
  3. Insert the two batteries, ensuring that they are correctly located, following the diagrams inside the battery compartment.
  4. Replace the battery cover, screw, memory index card and plastic cover.

Changing the batteries
Change the batteries at least once a year.

  • Always replace both batteries.
  • Donít mix different types of battery.
  • Use alkaline batteries.
  • Make sure that the batteries are fitted the right way round.

Wall installation

  1. Mark and drill two holes in the wall as shown on the template on the last page of this booklet.
  2. Fit masonry plugs if required.
  3. Drive in the two screws, leaving sufficient clearance for the telephone to be hooked over the screw heads and dropped into the correct position.
  4. Feed the telephone line cord through the groove in the base of the telephone.
  5. Slide out the reversible receiver hook and refit it so that the catch is uppermost. This catch holds the handset in place when the phone is not in use.
  6. Hook the telephone onto the screw heads.

If you wish to revert to desk-top use, remember to return the receiver hook to itís original position.

Setting the signalling mode
New exchanges being installed by British Telecom will enable you to set up calls using the new Touch Tone signalling. This means that you will hear a series of tones when dialling a number rather than the usual clicks. This means that your calls will be set up quicker. In order to get the best out of British Telecomís modern network, you need to set the dialling switch correctly by following these directions prior to using your telephone:

The diagram shows the location of the dialling switch.

To set the Signalling Mode:

Step 1 Move the LD/MFT/MFE switch on your handset to MFT (the middle setting) using a small screw driver or similar object.

Step 2 Try to make a call in the normal way.

Step 3 If you can make a call you are connected to a modern Touch Tone signalling exchange and should leave your switch at this setting.

Step 4 If dial tone continues and you cannot make a call move the switch back to the LD position on the left of the switch and replace the handset. This completes the setting of the signalling mode for your line until your exchange is modernised.

Using Minstrel Plus with a Switchboard
Recall Mode Selection

If you have a modern switchboard you will need to move the LD/MFT/MFE switch to suit the type of switchboard you have and the recall mode it uses.

Using Minstrel plus with a switchboard
If you are uncertain you should contact your Communications Manager or the maintainer of your switchboard.

The two types of recall are:

  1. Earth Recall - switch to MFE
  2. Timed Break Recall - switch to MFT

Your signalling and recall switch should be set by you according to the following:

MFT (Touchtone)
For telephones connected to modern digital exchanges and/or some (non-BT) modern switchboards.

MFE (TouchTone)
For telephones connected to most modern switchboards, including all modern BT switch boards.

For Telephones connected to old exchanges.

Adjusting the ringer volume
Rotate the ringer volume control clockwise to decrease the ringer volume, and anti-clockwise to increase the ringer volume as indicated on the base.

To switch the ringer off, rotate the ringer volume control clockwise until you hear a click.

To turn the ringer on, rotate the volume control anti-clockwise to the desired volume.

Using your phone

Answering a phone call
When the telephone rings, simply lift the receiver and speak into the mouthpiece.

Making a phone call
Lift the receiver. You will hear the dialling tone. Key the number by pressing the buttons on the numeric keypad.
When the call is finished, hang up the receiver.

You can also dial a number using the memory features described on the following pages.

If you are using the telephone in a wall-mounted position, you must ensure that the handset is replaced firmly in order to disconnect the line.

Changing the signalling mode during a call
When the signalling mode is set to LD (pulse dialling), you can start dialling a number using the pulse dialling method and then change to MF (Touchtone dialling) at some point by pressing the button marked * and labelled MF.

This is useful for new services such as Home Banking for remote data entry using MF tones.

When you replace the handset the phone returns to LD dialling mode.

Storing numbers in memory
There are two ways of storing numbers in the memory: a one-touch system which allows you to store three numbers, and a two-touch system which allows you to store an additional ten numbers. Each memory location can store up to 16 digits.

One-touch memory location

  1. Lift the handset
  2. press MS
  3. key the number
  4. press a memory button (P1, P2 or P3.)

Two-touch memory location

  1. Lift the handset
  2. press MS
  3. key the number
  4. press MS
  5. press a keypad button (0 to 9) to select a memory location.

Donít forget to fill in the memory index card after storing a number.

Dialling a number from memory
One-touch memory location

  1. Lift the handset
  2. press the memory button (P1, P2 or P3)

Two-touch memory location

  1. Lift the handset
  2. press MR
  3. press the appropriate keypad button

Erasing a stored number
If you want to erase a number in the stored memory, simply store a new number into this memory location.

Dialling complex stored numbers
Your Minstrel plus phone can be changed to Touchtone dialling after finishing pulse dialling by pressing the button marked * and labelled MF.

You can dial combinations of numbers, typically for combining access and authorisation codes with stored or un-stored telephone numbers.

press *
There is a 4 second pause in the dialling sequence and t appears in the display. The dialling is now MF and you can continue to dial the rest of the numbers. The phone reverts to LD dialling when you replace the handset.

Combining numbers stored in different memory locations
You can make calls using two separate numbers from the memory for instance, one key for the dialling code, followed by another key for the phone number.

Lift the handset and wait for the dial tone

the memory button which holds the dialling code. Wait for the digits to be dialled.

the memory button which holds the remainder of the telephone number. Wait for the digits to be dialled.

if an access digit is used to obtain a PSTN line from behind a PABX then after dialling from memory, wait for secondary dial tone before proceeding.

Combining stored numbers with manually dialled numbers
You can dial a number as a combination of a stored number and a manually dialled number:

  1. Lift the handset
  2. press the memory button you require and wait for the number to be dialled
  3. key the second part of the number in the usual way.

Last number redial (up to 32 digits)
If the last phone number that you dialled was engaged, or there was no answer, the number, up to 32 digits, can be redialled by lifting the receiver and pressing LR.

The phone will then dial the number for you automatically.

Do not use this facility when the telephone is connected as a PBX extension

Memory cue

You can dial a call as a combination of the phone no. stored in last no. redial memory and a manually dialled number.

  1. Lift the handset
  2. press LR
  3. key phone no. - for example, 1234567

You can also dial the last no. redial memory and the number stored in memory location.

  1. Lift the handset
  2. press LR
  3. press memory location

Memory check
you can check the number in memory by pressing MR, * button and a keypad button (0-9) (or one-touch memory location). The number will show in the LCD digit by digit without being dialled out.

To check the number stored in the one-touch memory location.

  1. Lift the handset
  2. press MR
  3. press * button
  4. press a memory location (P1, P2 or P3)

To check the number stored in the two-touch memory location.

  1. Lift the handset
  2. press MR
  3. press * button
  4. press a keypad button (0 to 9)

Using the RECALL button - for private exchange systems
When to use the RECALL feature

If you have a private exchange (PABX) system that offers such features as

  • call transfer
  • conference call
  • ring back, and so on

You can have access to these features by using the RECALL button.

The liquid crystal display
The liquid crystal display at the top of the phone can display the following:

  • the number that you are dialling
  • the number in a memory location

If a phone number is more than 10 digits long, only the last 10 digits are displayed.


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