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Was happy with it until I discovered call block memory full
on June 1, 2015
I bought the Costco version of the KX-TG242SK that has the KX-TG4771B base and 2 KX-TGA470 handsets. It had most of the features I wanted at the time, corded base phone that works during power fail and has nice big buttons on it, handsets use 2xAAA batteries so you don't have to buy special battery packs, and the headsets have a headphone jack as well as act as a speaker phone.
One feature I wished it had but doesn't is to have batteries in the base so you can use the cordless handsets during a power failure. I have a UPS for the office computer though and moved the base to the office and plugged it in there and that seems to work good so far.
After starting to use it decided I liked the talking caller ID too, and that it will set the system time based on the caller ID signal (handy for time change days).
Sound quality and range have been good. Don't really have any complaints there. I have a lot of wireless stuff around the house and haven't noticed any interference at all. Using the handsets and base is straightforward too.
Of course we all get the annoying telemarketer calls, and I was even happier (for a while) with this phone when I recently discovered these phones have a call block feature. After you add a number to it (has to be done via the handset), it will only ring once and then it blocks it (it sends them a busy signal, then disconnects). So I started adding numbers to it and really enjoying doing so as it was significantly cutting down on the telemarketer calls. But then a few days later I ran into "CALL BLOCK MEMORY FULL". Turns out you can only store 30 numbers, what a let down! I'd rather use the address book memory space, which I don't use anyways, to store more call block numbers. But alas this phone won't let you do it.
There are other Panasonic models that allow you to store up to 250 call block numbers, like the KX-TG572SK at Costco. That one also allows you to put batteries in the base to operate the handsets during a power failure, the other feature I really wanted. I think I may dig up the receipt and take this thing back and get that one.