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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2013
For the past 2 years, I've been using a "higher end" Panasonic DECT 6.0 home telephone set with 4 handsets, talking CID, and answering machine. I was very happy with this setup, but I recently decided to switch to VOIP and was recommended the Panasonic KX-TGP500 because the sound quality supposedly is better compared to using an ATA with my existing phones. The fact that the the KX-TPA50 (handset of the KX-TGP500) look very similar to my previous KX-TG653 handsets made this a good and easy switch with low learning curve. After using these for a few weeks, I can say that the sound quality indeed is excellent and the handsets are very nice and high quality with a slightly better look and feel than my old Pannies. The downside is that the transition made me lose several features of my previous system that I had gotten used to:

-The phone does not have a talking CID
-The phone has no answering machine. While my VOIP provider does provide voice mail, you lose the ability to just let the phone ring and let the answering machine take the call while automatically putting the caller on speaker output. You no longer get the chance to listen real-time while the message is recorded and choose to pick up the phone and catch the caller while he/she is still talking to the recorder. These common features, that many take for granted, are lost.
-The handsets are not interconnected. Another person can't pick up a handset and join the conversation. On a positive note, this means that neither can somebody evesdrop, so this is for good and for bad.

This phone is designed for business use, and it shows. Line selection, which most home users will not need, is an integral feature. While the phone has very good sound, you really need to consider if you can live without the lost features. Maybe getting an ATA while waiting for Panasonic to release a similar model targeted for home use and equipped in that fashion makes sense.

Finally, I must say that apart for the missing functionality, I have no issues at all with this phone. It works flawlessly. Like clockwork! I can highly recommend it. The only reason for 4 stars is the high cost. I also feel that Panasonic could have thrown in talking CID as an optional feature at this price point. I recall paying not much more than $100 for my Panasonic POTS Dect 6.0 4-handset setup that I picked up at a local wholesale two years ago. In comparison, the KX-TGP500 with 3 additional KX-TPA50 sets ran me just shy of $400, so in comparison it is a rather expensive setup and I still question if keeping my old phones and going with an ATA would have been a smarter choice.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2012
If you're looking at this product you're probably trying to solve the same problem I had which was how to switch to get VoIP phone service for your home or small business that works cordless with minimal hassle and cost and what works with "wholesale" VoIP gateway services such as Vitelity and Callcentric (that is, not the heavily promoted retail services Vonage, Ooma and so on) ?

It turns out there's slim pickin's : you can use a traditional ATA (SIP to analog phone line adapter) but with that route you lose full integration between handset and service. Most regular VoIP phones (e.g. Cisco) are designed for a big corporate deployment with one phone per desk, which doesn't suit a home. WiFi SIP phones are expensive and have poor battery life (you may as well just use a SIP app on a smart phone).

Enter the Panasonic TGP500 : a product designed to do exactly what I need : its base unit goes in a closet, plugs into the network, and since it can be sited anywhere, easy to pair up with a UPS for power-fail-safe phone service. The DECT implementation is excellent -- I get coverage everywhere I need it, up to 500ft from the base unit, including in the basement and an office outbuilding.

Really the only negative issues I've found are 1) the management UI and associated documentation are not great, but in my experience crazy confusing setup seems to be something designed into the SIP protocol and almost a requirement from SIP compatible devices; and 2) the handset cost is a little steep compared to POTS DECT systems available from Costco, Best Buy etc (but of course those don't work with the SIP base unit).

Another plus is that the handsets use standard AAA NiMH rechargeable cells, rather than hard to find and expensive plugin battery modules.

After the initial battle with setup, I couldn't be happier. Finally free of legacy phone technology (and enjoying 10x lower monthly bills).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2014
I looked and looked, and finally decided to try this system.

The product is very high quality office grade equipment, not "consumer" grade. All buttons have a nice feel.

Nice glossy black finish. Looks high tech and is wall mountable. It has an LED on the front that changes color to indicate the connection status... green means it is properly connected, orange means trouble. There is a Page Handsets button on the side that causes all handsets to ring in case you misplace one. Handset battery life in standby mode is about a week, so you should be able to find it before the battery dies. The only other feature is the ethernet port. Just connect the base station to your router, and you're good to go. The base station has a built in web-based control panel, so you can setup most of the features from your PC. Just get the IP address and enable "Embedded Web" access using a handset. This access turns back off after a short time, which can be a bit annoying. But it is a security feature, so probably not a bad idea to protect the system.

Speakerphone in the cordless handsets is a very welcome feature! The handsets are extremely lightweight and fit your hand and face. The screen is clear and easy to read. The buttons have a nice, crisp feel to them. The charging cradle is wall mountable, so you can stick them anywhere with AC outlet nearby. The batteries last a super long time (like a week) in standby mode, and talk time is great (several hours) due to DECT technology. If you should ever need replacement batteries, you can just buy rechargeable Duracell or Energizer NiMH batteries off the shelf, no weird proprietary batteries to hunt for.

We really like the Intercom feature, which has an "auto answer" speakerphone feature. When we ring a coworker's extension, they can respond without touching the handset. You can use this system with a single phone number/account and have it ring one, all or any combination of the base or handsets. You can also use separate accounts for each handset if you need to, since the system supports up to 8, which can be assigned in any combination. In our case, we just have one account that rings our receptionist and office manager. We signed up with a company called voiSip (highly recommended) and saving a TON of money versus our old telco. They helped us connect our voiSip account via a remote support session. They even helped us update the firmware. Call quality is superior to our old AT&T office phones, and also better than my own Vonage service at home. I purchased a similar Gigaset C610A IP system for my home and switched my home number over to voiSip.

The handsets show "New Voicemail" and have a small LED blinker, but the Gigaset brand handsets have a much brighter voicemail light. It would be nice if these could do 4 simultaneous calls instead of 3. And we may eventually want more than 6 handsets, so having up to 12 per base would be comforting (but probably not necessary in reality).

WISH LIST UPDATE: Some of our offices are now using this with the voiSip PBX systems, which let you tie together up to 4 base stations and 24 cordless handsets into a single group of extensions, each with its own voicemail box.

Overall, I would highly recommend this for an office with up to 6 people. For a larger office, you should probably consider using these with a PBX system, to get up to 24 handsets.

UPDATE July 2013: Be sure to update the firmware when available. Unlike other brands, Panasonic's menus do not have any means of setting the "Registration Retry" duration. This setting defaults to 3600 seconds (1 hour). Your router may kick the phone offline before 1 hour, causing inbound calls to fail (outbound calling works fine since it causes a registration event). I don't know about other service providers, but voiSip has a firmware customization they can apply to these phones that sets the registration to 3 minutes. The phones are rock solid once this patch has been applied. (This is only necessary if your phone is connecting to a voip provider or pbx system through a firewall.)

UPDATE Feb 2014: We have several of these now, at various offices around the country. Some of them are connected directly to a voiSip "Clone Line" account, and others are being used with a PBX system. Quality and durability has been excellent. We've just had to replace some of the batteries at this point. Luckily, they use standard AAA size rechargeable batteries... look for either Duracell or Energizer NiMH AAA batteries.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2012
3 simultaneous calls and up to 6 cordless handsets, perfect for small business or home office.

Range and call quality is amazing. All the basic features: Speakerphone, Transfer, Intercom, Message Waiting Indicator, etc.

Setup was easy, since our VoIP provider (voiSip) was able to do it remotely in about 2 minutes.

My only suggestion to Panasonic would be to allow more than 6 handsets. Not sure we'll ever need more than 3 or 4, but it would be "nice" to feel like the system could grow more if we needed it to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2015
After 7 years of using a grandstream handytone 286, it started having some issues. This system is for my house which would connect to my asterisk box (which gets service from and I wanted something wireless. The asterisk community never recommends the use of an ATA to plug a normal analog phone into. This Panasonic model seems to be the best there is out there as far as being similar to a normal wireless phone. For the most part the Panasonic KX-TGP500 is great, and has a nice 'business' feel to it. Configuration wasn't too bad once you download the administrator manual online. The quality of voice over the phone is very nice, however there are a few grips. For one the speaker phone is not 'full duplex'. There is an easy test you can do, simply call your cellphone from this phone and then lay it down next to a radio playing some music or something and turn on speaker phone. Listen to your cell phone, you should hopefully hear music coming through it. Now start talking into the cell phone, you'll notice that the music that is playing through immediately cuts out when ever you speak, effectively half-duplex audio. Doing the same test with out speaker phone has much better results, but this way, when you talk through the cell phone, the incoming music gets cut to about half volume. The unit I received had firmware 12.84 on it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2015
Not perfect. I found the phone easy to set up and it works (I'm using it with, but there is a background hiss that is very noticeable. You can hear it as soon as you turn on the handset at the dial tone and throughout a call. The person on the other end of the call doesn't hear it, but it is rather annoying. And in comparison, I have my standard DECT phone and answering machine combo connected to as well, using the Obi200 - and there is absolutely no background static or hiss at all. So I know the service isn't at fault. The KX-TGP500 is definitely at fault here.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2012
Using this phone with 3CX pbx/voip system in our home office. Sound quality is very good. straightforward installation. Be sure to use the web admin for configuration, it's a whole lot easier. The user's manual does not describe this, but it's easy to find configuration instructions online.
We have a 4-year old traditional Panasonic DECT system, and this new system has far better call quality and handset range.
Only thing we don't like- the selectable ring tones are not impressive. And even though it's a poor variety, there is no way to provision ring tones with the pbx system, a common feature amond SIP phone.
Still - a great item for the price, planning to buy another set for another location!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2014
I was tired of paying so much for a lightly used landline, but still need the landline. I opted to switch to VOIP and wanted to upgrade the phones I used to have with these.

First, as a phone the devices work great. Poeple complained they couldn't hear me very well on my older ones, and haven't had that issue with these at all.

As a VOIP device, setup was very easy through the web interface. You have to 'turn it on' from a handset but after that you can do everything from the web. You can do it all from a handset if you hate life but the web site makes it much easier. It connected up easily no problem with my VOIP provider and we have had zero issues with it.

I've installed the base device in the garage next to the router/cable modem and set up some basic priority routing for the outbound VOIP packets and everything is great.

We got three extra handsets with it. They are all the same as the one that comes with it. They include two AAA rechargeable batteries instead of something proprietary like other handsets, so if they ever fail easy to find replacements. They last quite a while, a standard 'day at the office' with multiple hour long conference calls and they do not go more than one bar on the four bar scale for the battery icon. Recharge time is very fast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2012
3 simultaneous calls and up to 6 cordless handsets, perfect for small business or home office.

Range and call quality is far better than previous generation cordless phones. Includes all the necessary features: Speakerphone, Transfer, Intercom, Message Waiting Indicator, etc.

My only suggestions to Panasonic would be to allow more than 6 handsets. Not sure we'll ever need more than 3 or 4, but it would be "nice" to feel like the system could grow more if we needed it to. Also a dedicate transfer button would be handy. But if you're transferring a lot, you should probably get a desk phone.

Some reviews mentioned difficult setup. Our VoIP provider (voiSip) was able to do it remotely in about 2 minutes. Highly recommended versus trying to do it yourself!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2015
The product is attractive and works well but that is where the niceties end. This phone was a pain to setup and configure. Accessing the web interface was confusing and the setup instructions from there were non-informative. I had to connect with three different VOIP SIP providers to find one that would provide supporting settings for this phone to work. Some provided settings but they didn't work. Once done, it works wonderful, just getting there was not what I expected from this product, especially considering the great reviews of other SIP phones.

I am using Callcentric as my provider and they have been great and competitively priced.
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