I've got another Panasonic phone I'm happy with, but I got this one for the Link-to-Cell technology. Not only am I very happy with this phone, but I've registered my old handsets and range extender to this base. If this is something you're considering keep reading to find out about the quirks involved. First, this phone.
Handset battery life is excellent. I've had a handset off the base and in use for three days, and it's got two out of three bars left. Sound quality is excellent. Whether I've got a handset propped on my shoulder or I'm using speakerphone, the other party is nice and clear. Range is fantastic. I got all the way out to my mailbox (and that's quite a long distance,) and the person on the line didn't realize I'd walked away from the base. No other phone I've had, including another Panasonic Dect 6.0 Plus phone, could do that.
Call Block is better than sliced bread. I'm on the Do Not Call list, but you'd never know it. When I get a call from someone who thinks I really need a timeshare, I save the number to the call block list. The next time they call the phone will ring, less than half a ring, then the caller goes to a busy signal. Lately I can actually get through dinner without the phone ringing.
Linking to a Bluetooth cell phone was fairly easy. The instructions are pretty clear, and (unlike the Bluetooth headset I use while driving) registering and connecting the phone and cell phone was a smooth process. You can use the phone handset to place a cell phone call or answer incoming cell calls, if the cell phone is near the base, or you can come home in the middle of a cell call and connect to the base, and switch to a phone handset. So far the procedure for doing that was slightly more complicated than telling your caller "Hey, I'm home, I'll call you back," but it does work smoothly. Sound quality on cell calls is excellent--better than my cell phone.
You can link to two different cell phones. You can also copy your cell phone's contacts to this phone's contact list. I haven't figured that out yet. And if you have no landline, you can configure the phone to only use the cell link.
The answering system works. Not much to say about that. It's easily controlled from the handset.
The 100 page manual is densely packed with information. The instructions are pretty clear, and give quick shortcuts like "Press MENU #632" instead of making you scroll through menus until you find the entry you need. The index actually has everything I've looked up so far. They've put some effort into making the manual useful as something more than a coaster.
So far I have absolutely no complaints with this phone. (I'm kind of disappointed, actually--I love to complain!) If I run into problems I'll update, but so far, five stars.
IF YOU HAVE ANOTHER PANASONIC DECT 6.0 *PLUS* (see below) PHONE and you'd like to use those handsets with this base, you can do that. I had no problems following the instructions to register the handsets and a range extender to this base. (I tested the range before connecting the range extender.) I only have two problems: the other handsets do not have link-to-cell capability, so if I want to use the phone for a cell call I have to find one of the handsets that came with this phone. And Panasonic makes different phones with slightly different form factors, so while all the handsets look alike at a glance, the old phones don't fit in the new charging base.
UPDATE: From the comments on this review, it looks like you must have another Panasonic DECT 6.0 *PLUS* phone to use those handsets with this phone. I can't find anything in the manual about this, but it makes sense. Check your Panasonic phone if you want to register those handsets with this phone. Thank you, s0low.
on June 2, 2011
I'm using this system with an OBI 110 Voip system, a Motorola Droid and a Motorola V9m, and have been very impressed with how well it's pulled together these components into one extremely usable system.
First thing that struck me is how well the bluetooth profile works. Normally when using a bluetooth device it is either on or off. For example, if you leave your bluetooth headset on in your car, and then try to handle a call on the phone itself, you will quickly find yourself talking to (and listening to) nobody. With this system, your phone works fine by itself even when connected to the unit. This was the thing that i was most worried about, and it turns out it functions perfectly. I'm pretty aware of bluetooth profiles, and really didn't know that one existed that could be implemented as cleanly as this is.
The range on the phones is great. Battery life seems great, and also uses standard batteries that are easily replaceable for a couple years from now when it's not so great anymore. The size of the phones are substantial, and comfortable to hold. Unlike other reviewers, I have found the speakerphone volume to be more than adequate. I can't complain about the price, especially not as i picked it up as a gold box purchase.
The base unit came with a wall mount for your typical kitchen wall outlet, which I was not expecting, but very happy to get, as it was my preferred location for the base. I thought it would look bad, but it actually looks really clean hanging up on the wall.
I had no trouble importing contacts from both the dumb and smartphones. In both cases, additional action was required on the phones themselves to allow the transfer. I'm not sure I'm happy with all the information that was stripped out of the numbers (home/business/cell1/cell2) but I'm aware that there is, in general, a lower tolerance for complexity on a home phone, and feel they might just as well have made the right decision. I will have to go through and prune the address book on the system, as i didn't keep the tidiest ship on my cell phones.
One thing I thought was great, was that I was able to use one handset to call a person using my cell phone while using another to call another using my landline(voip). I don't read manuals (I find life more full of surprises that way), so i don't know for sure this would work, but I would presume you could probably call another person using the other cell phone. Unlikely this would be useful that often, but its nice to know that it can be done, and also sets up 3 as the magic number for handsets for a unit with features like this.
As stated, I didn't read the manual, and was able to set this up in just a few minutes in one of the more complex of its potential arrangements. Kudos to you, Panasonic.
If I have any complaints, they're pretty nit-picky: I wish the "Answering Device" option could be completely removed from the phone's menus, since i'm never going to use it. I wish the V.M. access was a little more front and center, rather than being a couple clicks down. It would seem a little disingenuous to pick on it not having a battery backup on the base unit since i know they included it in the successor, but there is that. Another reviewer pointed out that the address book is a little laggy, and I'd have to agree. It takes a little under 1/2 second to pull up a new record from the base station (I'm assuming the address book isn't kept locally on the handsets). I havent found it to be a dealbreaker, but it certainly makes me want to keep my address book as small as possible. Caching an address book copy on the handsets would have been a good idea.
All in all, I'm very happy. It made me pack up my old DECT system with no regrets. I might have even have burnt it in some celebratory fashion were the action not so universally frowned upon. Also, with the World Health Organazation now deeming cell phones to be carcinogenic, I'm delighted to keep those brain tumor incubators far, far away from the noggins that belong to me and mine.
on April 25, 2011
The last Panasonic phone I purchased lasted me 7 years, and the only reason I replaced it was the desire for the new technology. This phone hasn't let me down at all. The DECT 6.0 Plus technology = crystal clear communication. The features on the phone are very comprehensive, and the link to cell is a must have for mobile users. I highly recommend this phone system.
on June 10, 2011
This is a great cordless phone and answering machine that also has Bluetooth and can syn. with two cell phones, just like a Bluetooth headset.
I gave up my home phone last year and found it a pain to carry my cell around the house. This unit takes care of that by syncing with my and my wife's cell phones. When a call comes in on my cell or my wife's the three handsets ring and I can pick it up anywhere in the house. To make a call, I can choose which cell to call out on.
If you have poor reception you can leave your cell charging in an area of good reception and use the handsets to make/receive calls.
The phone book (contacts) import needs work. It will only import contacts with only a phone number (no email, address, or other data). So for my phone it only pulled in 2 contacts out of over 100. It does show the text of the number when someone calls in and reads the number out loud to you.
I would definitely buy this again.
on September 6, 2011
This phone is terrific, even if you don't utilize the bluetooth/cell phone function. It's a REALLY good, solid telephone.
The base and the handset are attractive.
The sound quality is AMAZING even when using speaker. And I mean AMAZING! According to the people on the other end, my voice is clear as well. I have a hearing loss in my left ear. The ONLY thing that bothers me about this phone is that the volume does not go as high as I need it to, in order to listen with my bad ear. (There's no problem with my good ear.)
RANGE: The range of this phone is simply OUTSTANDING. I actually walked across the street and INTO my neighbors house (we're close friends, don't worry lol,) without skipping a BEAT. NO STATIC, NO NOTHING! The sound was still CRYSTAL clear. A W E S O M E!!
EASE OF USE:
*This phone is EXTREMELY user friendly. The book is great but it was SO easy to figure out even without reading it. The menu functions, phone lists etc are SO easy to access and to use.
*The audio caller ID is terrific! You do not have to walk over to the phone to see who is calling.
*In addition, the numbers and letters are all easily visible (not too small.)
*The intercom feature comes in VERY handy when my husband is out in the yard! I "call him" using the intercom.
*The answering machine is also very simple to use and it works well.
I am very, very pleased with my purchase of this phone and I highly recommend it - especially at this price. Enjoy and God bless! :)