Panasonic KX-TG4772B Dect_6.0 2-Handset 1-Line Landline Telephone
- DECT 6.0 Plus Technology
- 1 Corded/ 2 Cordless Handset
- Single line
- Digital Answering Machine - Included
- Amplified Handset Volume with Dedicated Volume Key
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Panasonic KX-TG4772B DECT 6.0 2-Handset Single-Line Landline Telephone
At Panasonic, we believe the best technology makes life less complicated. That's why we've designed our 2012 line of DECT 6.0 Plus telephones to simplify the way you make and take calls. We made our phones easier than ever to see, hear and use so keeping in touch has never been easier. A large LED light atop the handset lets you know when someone calls, perfect for when you can't hear the ringer, and an easy-to-read, extra-wide LCD display lets you see who's calling at a glance. Bigger buttons make dialing a breeze while an amplified handset volume ensures you catch every word, even when there's background noise. So no matter what's going on in your world, connecting with friends and family is still as easy as picking up the phone.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX
- One (1) Base Unit
- Two (2) Cordless Handsets
- Two (2) AC Adapters
- One (1) Telephone Line Cord
- One (1) Wall Mounting Adapter
- Four (4) Rechargeable Batteries
- Two (2) Belt Clips
|Phone Features||Good (Current) |
|Channels||60 Channels||60 Channels||60 Channels|
|Multi Handset (Capability)||3 (Up to 6)||2 (up to 6)||2 (up to 6)|
|Number of Phone Lines||1||1||2|
|Frequency||1.9 GHz||1.9 GHz||1.9 GHz|
|System||DECT 6.0 Plus||DECT 6.0 Plus||DECT 6.0|
|Dial Key Pad on Base||Yes||Yes||Yes - Syncs to Microsoft Outlook via USB|
|Shipment Battery||Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries (AAA x 2)||Ni-MH Batteries (AAA x 2)||Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries (AAA x 2)|
|Battery Life (Talk)||13 Hours (max in Eco Mode)||13 Hours (max in Eco Mode)||12 Hours|
|Battery Life (Standby)||11 days||11 days||6 days|
|Charge Time||7 hours||7 hours||7 hours|
|Power Back-up Operation||Yes (on base unit)||Yes (on base unit)||No|
|LCD Backlit Color||White||White||White|
|Ringer Indicator||Yes (Large, Top, Amber, Ringer only)||Yes||Yes|
|LCD (Handset)||1.8 inch Full Dot Mono (103 x 65 pixels)||1.8 inch Full Dot Mono (103 x 65 pixels)||1.8 inch Full Dot Mono (103 x 65 pixels)|
|LCD (Base)||3.4 inch||3.5 in. mono with tilt||3.5 in. mono|
|Backlit Keypad||Yes (Amber)||Yes (Amber)||Yes (Amber)|
|Hold / Soft Key||Yes/Yes||Yes/Yes||Yes/Yes|
|Talk Volume (Handset)||5-step||4-step||4-step|
|Speakerphone Volume (Handset)||7-step||6-step||7-step|
|Headset Jack||Yes, on handset||Yes, on handset||Yes, on handset|
|Ringer Volume (Handset / Base)||7-step +OFF / 6-step + OFF||Handset: 6-Step + Off / Base: 6-Step + Off||Handset: 6-Step + Off / Base: 3-Step + Off|
|Ringer Pattern (Tone + Melody)||1 (1+0)||1 (1+0)||15 (5+10)|
|Redial Memory (Handset)||10||5-history (Name & Number) *3||10-history (Name & Number) *3|
|Mute / Flash Buttons||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Intercom (Handset to Handset / Handset to Base)||Yes *4/N||Yes *4/Yes||Yes *4/Yes|
|Conference Call with Outside Line||4-Way (H/S-H/S-H/S-LINE or H/S-H/S-BS-LINE) *4||4-Way (H/S-H/S-H/S-LINE) *4||3-Way (BU or H/S-H/S-LINE) *4|
|Any Key Answer / Talk||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Barge In / Privacy Mode||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Call Sharing||Yes *4||Yes *4||Yes *4|
|Clock/Alarm||Yes/Yes (Wake up Alarm)||Yes/Yes (Wake up Alarm)||Yes/Yes (Wake up Alarm)|
|Number of LCD Language Display||2 (English / Spanish)||2 (English / Spanish)||2 (English / Spanish)|
|Talking Caller ID 1||Yes||Yes||No|
|Caller ID Compatible||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Caller ID Memory 2||Yes/50 Items *1||Yes/50 Items *1||Yes/50 Items *1|
|Phonebook Memory (Name and Number)||100 items (16 char / 24 digits)||100 items (16 char / 24 digits)||100 items (16 char / 24 digits)|
|Ringer ID||Yes||Yes (9 Ringer Groups) *3||Yes (9 Ringer Groups) *3|
|Call Block||Yes (30-Station) *1 *2||Yes (30-Station) *1 *2||Yes (30-Station) *1 *2|
Voice Mail / Answering Machine Features
|Voice Mail||Yes *3||Yes *3||Yes *3|
|Answering Machine Recording Time||About 18 min.||About 18 min.||About 40 min.|
|Answering Machine Remote Operation||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Weight & Dimensions
|Base Dimensions H x W x D (in)||2.7" x 5.9" x 4.6"||7.3" x 8.8" x 5.2"||7.3" x 8.8" x 5.2"|
|Handset Dimensions H x W x D (in)||6.9" x 2.2" x 1.4"||6.8" x 1.9" x 1.3"||6.2" x 1.9" x 1.3"|
|Charger Dimensions H x W x D (in)||1.7" x 2.9" x 3.0"||1.8" x 2.9" x 3.1"||2.0" x 3.0" x 3.5"|
|Base Weight (oz)||7.8 oz||27.5 oz||29.6 oz|
|Handset Weight (oz)||5.3 oz||4.9 oz||4.6 oz|
|Charger Weight (oz)||1.8 oz||1.8 oz||2.1 oz|
- Requires subscription to name-and Number Caller ID, Call Waiting and/or Voice Mail service
- Requires number registration in the call block list
- Requires registration in Phonebook function. Name pronunciation may vary
- Optional Handset required
Top Customer Reviews
Our previous three phones also had a corded base/answering machine + wireless handset(s). The most recent one was branded AT&T model E5828B, made (in China) by Advanced American Telephones, which forms my basis for comparison. The E5828B came out about 2008. Both our handsets needed new batteries (again), and rather than spending $15 on a pair of new old-fashioned batteries, I've been keeping my eyes open for a replacement phone. This Panasonic is a big upgrade.
First off, I think it's helpful to clarify similar models. The KX-TG4772B appears to be identical to the KX-TG242SK, which is the version sold at Costco. They share the same Panasonic manual, which lists TG4771, TG4772, TG4773, TG242SK, and TG243SK all on its cover. There is a table in the manual that lists the parts that are included in each of the above model numbers. Every one of them is a combination of KX-TG4771 as the base with various numbers of KX-TGA470 handsets. According to the info in the manual, the KX-TG4772 and KG-TG242SK are identical. The TG4773 and TG243SK are similarly identical. If I can figure out how to upload pictures, I'll put some pictures of the table and/or the actual part numbers.
I also purchased an extra handset (Panasonic KX-TGA470B Extra Handset for 47XX-series Cordless Phones) from Amazon, which was extremely easy to connect to the base. The phones tell you on their display what to do when you plug them in. I took my extra handset out of the box and accidentally put it in the charger w/o installing the batteries first, and it flashed a message to me to put the batteries in! After that, it told me what to do to register the new handset with the base. Very easy to add extra handsets.
Here are some notes on various aspects of the KX-TG4772B/KX-TG242SK:
AAA NiMH batteries: Needing to replace batteries on our old phone was the motivation for purchasing this Panasonic in the first place. For telephones, NiMH is a better type of battery than NiCad, since it has a larger capacity, no memory effect, and is less hazardous to the environment. Using the standard AAA size is very nice for when you need to replace the batteries. The batteries on several of my old phones were connected with wires and a plastic connector, and getting the right replacement was either expensive, difficult, or both. AAA prices are good because they're made in much larger quantities than the old phone batteries were. And I don't have to look up the phone model and Google it, then try to guess which Chinese battery is most likely to be the right one. I saw something like 10 different replacement phone batteries at Circuit City, and it's tough to get the right one unless you bring the old battery with you.
Auto Call-back: While you're listening to a message on the answering machine, if you pick up the phone, it will automatically dial the caller (assuming your phone service includes Caller ID). This is such a great feature, I don't know why everyone doesn't do this.
Auto-talk: You can turn on "auto-talk" to make it so that you can answer the phone by simply lifting a handset off the charger without pushing the "Talk" button. This is great, but for some odd reason, the manual says that turning on auto-talk will make it so that the caller's information will disappear from the screen when you lift the handset (if you have Caller ID). Having the phone number and caller name disappear is annoying, but it's worth it.
Range: Oh, the range! Our old phone could sort of make it out to the mailbox (200 feet) with some static, and I was hoping this phone would be able to go that far. It went to the mailbox without even breaking a sweat. Its effective range was closer to 400 feet, even with some houses in the way. I was actually able to maintain a link out to 550 feet, but there were too many dropouts to really use it that far away.
Variable radio power: This phone has 3 different transmit powers: Normal, ECO, and BOOST. This allows it to balance battery usage with range. When the handset is close to the base station, it doesn't need to use as much power to transmit, so it dials back the power to save the battery (ECO mode). When you go far from the base, it switches into BOOST mode to get extra range. In-between it's in Normal mode.
Phonebook: The base and handsets share a single phonebook. This is a nice change from my last phone, although Panasonic has been doing this for a while.
Strangely enough, the handsets in some ways are more capable than the base. It is easier to get into the voicemail from the wireless handsets than from the base. It's just one button on the handsets, but on the base, you have to go through a menu system. You can also change the ringtones on the handsets, but you can't on the base. You can give the handsets a name to distinguish between them, but you can't change the name of the base. The handsets and the base also differ in how they Page other units (see below).
Voicemail service integration (I'm talking about the voicemail that the telephone company provides where they store the messages on their system rather than on the answering machine): We have Verizon FiOS, which provides voicemail, as do many other carriers. This phone detects a signal from Verizon when there is new voicemail, and displays a message on the phone. You can do a one-time set up to store the voicemail password in the phone so that when you have voicemail, you just push one button on a wireless handset (not available on the base), and it will dial into the voicemail service and enter the password for you. It makes voicemail almost as convenient as the answering machine.
Even though we have the voicemail set up, we use the answering machine most of the time as it is still faster, more convenient, and sounds a bit better. We set up voicemail so that if someone tries to call while we're on the phone, it will go to the voicemail, and they can leave a message there.
Intercom/Paging: You can use any of the handsets or the base to call any other handset or the base. The base and the handsets do this slightly differently. The handsets can either page another handset by name or page the base. The handsets can only page one unit at a time. The base on the other hand can page all handsets simultaneously. It can also choose a specific handset to page, but it is done by number rather than by name. The display on the base doesn't shows you the name of the handset it is paging until after it starts ringing, so unless you remember the numbers, you might choose the wrong one.
The phones are a good size, neither too big nor too small. They have some texturing on the back to make them less slippery, but it's not enough to securely hold the phone between shoulder and neck w/o hands. I ended up putting the belt clips on the handsets, and now I can hold the phone between neck and shoulder w/o slipping.
I am very glad I switched to Panasonic for this corded base/cordless phone combo. I doubt I will ever go back to the other brands again after this.
One feature I would like to ensure that everyone is aware of is the ability to create your own call-block list. I have been dealing with debt collectors calling for the wrong person for years, and I could never get them to stop. They have been calling every week or two and sometimes more often. The old Telezapper quit working to stop these calls a long time ago. I did not want to have to change my number.
I was made aware of this phone, and now I just program any "unwanted" phone number into this phone and I haven't been bothered ever since. I will also point out that this works well for me since I have a setting on my phone service that doesn't allow anyone to call me that doesn't have caller ID.
I know it is a never ending battle with annoying calls, but I feel I have regained the upper hand with this phone.
The phones look great and sound quality is amazing as well. You won't be disappointed with this phone.
new-4/22/13- got over the answ. mche. thing, not really a big deal. all phones, base & cordless work very well. they work on all 3 floors, very clear. all functions work on all phones. you can hear messages thru cordless handsets. you can access your phone book, look back at recent numbers of people who called, and another real cool feature: the intercom works very well. 3 handsets, one in living room, one in basement, one in upstairs bedroom. can send signal to anyone from any room to any room, no more shouting!!!!!!! signal continues until handset is activated, then you talk in house. I highly recommend this unit with base answ. mche. & 3 cordless handsets.