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Panasonic BB-GT1540B Globarange Expandable Cordless Telephone w/Digital Answering System with Point-to-Point Internet Calling (US)


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BB-GT1540B
  • Next-generation dual-line cordless telephone with peer-to-peer Internet phone line capabilities
  • 45-minute built-in digital answering machine
  • Make free domestic and international calls between Globarange phones around the world for 3 years with joip service
  • Can expand to include up to 8 handsets
  • Globarange phone (model number BB-GT1540/5.8 GHz/120 volt 60 Hz) for use in United States
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Product Description

Model: BB-GT1540B

Product Description

Up To 6-Hours Talk, 14-Days Standby Time / Digital FHSS Technology / Wall Mountable / Expandable to 8 Handsets / 45-Minutes Digital Answering System Dual Speakerphone (Base & Handset) Up To 4-Way Conferencing 3-Line Backlit LCD Display Dual Keypad 50 Station Name / Number Caller ID Memory 100 Station Phone Directory / Dialer Message Waiting Indicator 6-Step Speakerphone Volume Control Customize Ringer ID for Incoming Calls Intercom Chain Dial Text Messaging Ringer Melody Download on Handset Copy Phonebooks Between Handsets 10 Station Redial Memory Hold Mute Any Key Answer Headset Jack Belt Clip Bilingual Menu Support (English / Spanish)

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Do you want the convenience and flexibility of both a landline and peer-to-peer internet calling in one easy to use cordless phone? With the revolutionary new Panasonic Globarange BB-GT1540 cordless phone system you get both a regular landline phone and an peer-to-peer Internet phone line--utilizing joip telephony service--that lets you make free domestic and international calls between Globarange phones around the world for three years with joip service.1 That's a total of two lines: one landline and one peer-to-peer Internet phone line.2



You Make the Call: Panasonic's revolutionary Globarange telephone system combines cost saving internet calling with landline-phone convenience. Calls between Globarange phones are totally free for three years after which an low cost service plan can be purchased from joip.


Globarange's dual lines have both a traditional landline and an Internet line, so you can be on one call line while someone else uses in on a different call. You get an extra line with its own Globarange number for free.


Globarange doesn't need a PC for set up and your PC doesn’t need to on to make and receive free Globarange calls. It is as simple to use and convenient as an ordinary phone.

What is Panasonic Globarange
The Panasonic Globarange BB-GT1540 is a next-generation hybrid (dual line) cordless telephone that combines a peer-to-peer Internet phone line with a traditional landline. The Globarange BB-GT1540 sports many of the same easy use features and quality you are accustomed to as a standard Panasonic cordless phone like:

  • Handset Speakerphone: You can listen and share calls with your family using the high quality speaker and microphone in the handset with no echo’s or noise.
  • Multi Lingual: English and Spanish Menu prompting options
  • Conference Calling: Conference between you Globarange and Land Line
  • Call Transfer: When making international calls from your mobile phone, you can do it very cheaply by using call transfer to go through your home Globarange phone*
  • Expandable up to eight Handsets: The system can be expanded to include up to eight handsets. This is an important feature for people with large families or small office/home office (SOHO) users.
  • Ringer ID: Choose from selectable ringers to link to your preprogrammed phonebook data. The preprogrammed ringer will sound when the corresponding Caller ID information is received from an incoming call.
  • Phonebook Sharing The phonebook can be copied among handsets to make all of the handsets easy to use.
  • Caller ID: Can display the information of incoming callers. Up to 50 names and numbers can be stored in memory for easy retrieval and direct callback.5
  • 100-Station Phonebook and Dialer: Up to 100 numbers can be registered in the phonebook for quick and easy calling.
  • 45-Minute All-Digital Answering System (GT1540): Even people who spend a lot of time away from the house or office don't have to worry about missing calls.
  • LCD Backlit (3-Color) Display: Incoming IP calls are shown in orange, landline calls in green, and the menu screen and other operations in white. The LCD backlit 3-colour display makes Globarange even easier to use.

What sets the Panasonic Globarange apart from other cordless phones on the market is its second line, a peer-to-peer Internet line, which lets you make completely free calls between Globarange phones and people who subscribe to with joip accounts3--both domestically and internationally--for three years. Now you can call friends and family who also have a Globarange phone as often as you want and talk for as long as you want.

The Globarange BB-GT1540 cordless phone is a perfect tool for people who work or go to school far away from their family, or for businesses with offices scattered around the country or world. With Panasonic Globarange, keeping in touch has never been so easy and economical.

How to Set Up Your Globarange Phone
Setting up and connecting your Panasonic Globarange phone is easy and similar to traditional phone set up. All you have to do is connect the Globarange phone to a power outlet, and then to a broadband router, modem, or switch. There's no need for any of the hassles of conventional IP phones--like installing software on a PC, using a microphone, or other additional equipment, or having to register at the service providers Web site2. On the back of the Globarange phone you will find two cords. Connect one line to your regular telephone plug and the second line to your internet connection. After about two minutes, you will see a "Welcome to joip!" message on your handset or base LCD readout. You can now call anyone who has a joip number as much as you want, for free,3 as well as make regular telephone calls using your landline.



With Globarange, there are no complicated settings to make. The simple 1-2-3 set-up procedure has you up and running in 3 minutes, so you can start using it right away. All you need is a broadband connection.
What is joip? How Does Globarange Utilize joip?
joip is a cutting edge communications solution created by industry leaders Panasonic and deltathree. This service enables regular phone owners to enjoy two different worlds of communication, the "traditional" known world telephone service" and the new and exciting world of point-to-point Voice Over IP (VoIP). Using the joip line on your Panasonic Globarange BB-GT1540 cordless phone, you can make and receive free calls to and from any other joip number in the world, creating a huge--and free--communication community. With joip, family members in different countries can now talk as much as they like for free. It will no longer cost you and arm and two legs to keep in touch with your family and friends.

Also, with joip, business people can talk free with their overseas counterparts, while students far from home can keep in touch with friends at no cost. In addition, joip offers a wide variety of calling plans for calls to traditional phones at extremely low rates, with a huge range of telephony features, and tons of innovative new services such as online joip account management, Phonebook, ring tones, and more. Additionally, joip offers a wide variety of calling plans for calls to traditional phones at extremely competitive rates, with a huge range of telephony features, and tons of innovative new services such as online joip account management, phonebook, ring tones, and more. joip is changing the way the world communicates.

Some of the joip services compatible with the Panasonic Globarange BB-GT1540 include:

  • Text messaging to Globarange Phones: You can send text messages to Globarange phones from the free PC Softphone and the handset will indicate when you have a text message.
  • Call Waiting: Call waiting will alert you of an incoming call while you are already on the phone.
  • Community Directory: Community Directory lists the numbers of joip users. You can search for your friends and check their personal cards.
  • Real Time Account Management, Download ring tones and Phonebook: Lets you manage your features, download ring tones and manage your phonebook .
  • Caller ID: Caller ID enables you to see the phone numbers of those calling you.

With joip Service, You Can Also Call Non-joip Numbers and Landlines Worldwide
A variety additional calling plans are available for purchase from joip that allow you to call non-joip numbers, and landlines, all over the world at extremely low rates.4 The calling plans include an additional telephone number anywhere in the world and well as many other useful and time-saving features exclusive to joip. You can choose your additional number from selected international and local area codes and talk with friends and customers overseas at the cost of a local call. For low cost service after the first three years please visit www.joip.com to view a complete offering of optional Globarange features and domestic and international service plans.

Free PC Software for Remote PC Calling to Globarange Phones
If you’re traveling or you want to share Globarange calling with someone who doesn’t have a Globarange phone yet, you can download free PC phone software for your PC or Laptop. This software available at www.joip.com. You can even use your PC as a remote phone extension. You also get phone accounts with additional service plans, so you can use them for different purposes.

Restrictions
Currently, the Panasonic Globarange series of phones work in 12 countries with more to be added in the future. Each of these 12 countries, has a special Panasonic Globarange phone built to regional specifications. Amazon.com currently sells and ships Globarange phones to the following countries: Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, Austria, Ireland, Unites States, Mexico, Australia, and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Amazon.com can sell, but not ship Panasonic Globarange phones for the following countries: Canada, Russia, and Brazil. This means you can purchase Panasonic Globarange phones that will work in Canada, Russia, and Brazil from Amazon.com and have them shipped to a United States address. At that point, the individual is responsible for delivering the Globarange phone to its final destination.



Globarange cordless phones are currently available in 12 countries, or administrative regions, with more to be added in the future.
1. Calls between Globarange phones are totally free for three years and extremely low cost after that. Calls between joip line and landlines worldwide available at competitive prices. Visit www.joip.com for more information and rates.
2. To utilize the landline you will still need to sign up and pay for a landline from your local telephone company. You will need a broadband connection to utilize the point-to-point Internet line.
3. Calls between Globarange phones are totally free for three years and then available at an extremely low cost after that. For more information visit www.joip.com.
4. For more information about joip rates visit www.joip.com.
5. Requires subscription to name-and-Number Caller ID, Call Waiting and/or Voice Mail service

What's in the Box?
Globarange phone, AC adaptor for base unit, telephone line cord, battery, handset cover, ethernet cable (category 5E straight cable), belt clip


Product Details

Model: BB-GT1540B
Panasonic Globarange FAQ [99kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 6 x 2 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000P0R4KY
  • Item model number: BB-GT1540B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 19, 2007
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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By eye doctor on May 17, 2008
Model Number: BB-GT1540B
Ok, so we're not ready to totally cut the cord yet and go fully VoIP. We still want the local POTS phone service in case of (knock on wood, hopefully not) an emergency where we need 911. VoIP does not give you real 911 in your city, you get connected to some call center in who knows where. No thanks.

We were paying AT&T $15/month for unlimited long distance, which was a good deal a few years ago, but now with the cell phones we don't use long distance at home much. Only a few hours, it shouldn't be more than $5/month.

The Globarange is one of the only devices available in the US that lets you use your regular home phone, has an answering machine, and lets you make long distance calls over the Internet with VoIP.

I did not sign up for a JoIP plan other than the pay as you go. It is very reasonable, it's like 1.5 cents/minute in the US for long distance (and free to call other JoIP users; I am trying to get my family to sign up). I have a family member moving overseas this summer and it is only a few cents a minute more for overseas calls to him. If he gets a JoIP phone there, it will be free :)

The phone is easy to set up. You plug it into your router and into your PSTN (regular phone jack). I have mine hooked up to an Apple Airport Extreme base station I am using in "WDS" mode because I don't have a phone and internet jack in the same room. Works fine, no problems.

Voice call quality is excellent over both the VoIP and PSTN modes. The VoIP mode (internet call) connects very quickly. I have a high speed internet connection from Comcast (15mbs down, 1.5-2 mbs up) and have not noticed any quality problems.

The phone itself is easy to use (we came from another Panasonic cordless, the interface is similar). The answering machine works.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ravi on April 10, 2008
Model Number: BB-GT1540B Verified Purchase
I found this phone very good with great features. I didn't have any problem in setting up the phone and using the phone. I bought two, one for here in USA and another for India. I am able to use to it and it cut down my calling costs. The only problem is JOIP customer service. They don't respond to your emails ontime. We have to wait for many days for that.
You can call the customer service but it puts on waiting for long time most of the time but these days the customer service is improved alot.

I am updating this after 4 months of purchase in August, 2008. I don't want to mention all the features of the phone. I mainly bought this phone for IP (Internet phone).It is working excellent. I haven't spent even a single penny on phone calls using the IP phone. As I said, I have set up two phones, one in india and one in usa. I like this IP feature alot.
Also to mention, the speaker phone on this phone is excellent. Good sound quality apart from all other features. I got another one to set up in India again.

It is a good phone both for landline and for JOIP. I didn't have any problem so far using the IP phone. I highly recommend this phone to everyone who wants to use especially for IP. Even if you don't want to or else don't need IP feature you can still buy this phone as it has all features for regular cordless phone with excellent voice quality with speaker phone too.

Right now (March 2009), the IP feature is not working in India. So we cannot call anyone who has the phone in India. I called customer service and they said they are working on it as Indian government has locked their services. Wait for some more time till I update about this situation if anyone wants to use it in India.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rick V VINE VOICE on March 22, 2008
Model Number: BB-GT1540B Verified Purchase
Did not work that well for me: the setup gave issues with the online website. Client service only responded once with promise to have tech expert call back. Never did. Still waiting, after 2 weeks, for answers to online queries and you get parked in 'hold' limbo when you call.

The monthly plans are not good at all and YOU CANNOT REMOVE THEM once you sign up. the only way is client service, but they do not answer the phone nor the mails.

Lastly: the connections have been hit and miss. Tried QoS on router but did not really help. Do not think it is my DSL since I use that with no problems for video conferencing and XBOX Live.
Anyways, nice looking phone, but they are not ready to support it.
This can only get worse now that they are throwing the phones online for bargain prices: spike in bandwidth, overwhelmed support. Bad bad.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Raja on September 26, 2008
Model Number: BB-GT1540B
Installation:
Was a cake walk. All you need to know is how your home internet connection works and if you home modem can accomudate an extra RJ45 connection. Just turn on your phone and make the network connection. On the first connection the phone automatically try to reach the VOIP server and register itself. In a couple of minutes you get an SMS assigning you a JOIP number

JOIP number:
Is a special kind of phone number to call withing JOIP network. You can make a call to a JOIP number only from a JOIP phone or JOIP soft phone. However from a JOIP phone or JOIP soft phone you can call any JOIP number ANYWERE IN THE WORLD FREEEEEEE OF COST.

JOIP to regular phone calling (optional service):
Its a pre-paid service. Along with the SMS notifying your JOIP number you will also get another SMS that assgn you a default password to your JOIP on-line account. Use your JOIP number and password to log-in and charge your account. Now you are free to talk call any POTS number in the world at a nominal charge deducted from your balance. A call to US land line number is costs JUST 1.5 CENTS a minute.

Land line phone:
The nice part is you can also use this phone to make and receive your regular land line calls, In which case your call go through your regular phone service provider. There is no JOIP involded here.

No need for a Land line:
Additionaly if you subscribe to JOIP monthly plan, you will get a regular number with which you can make and receive calls to and from any land line phone. This option eliminate the need for your additional existing land line connection (if you have phone and DSL based internet service from the same provider then you are out of luck).
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