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Seriously, the Panasonic DECT 6.0 Plus Link-To-Cell Bluetooth cordless phone system is the best phone system I’ve ever owned. And I’ve owned a lot of them over the years, including a couple that cost way more than this one and were nowhere near as good. Not only does this one work really well, but it solved a couple of big communications problems for me. This system comes with a base unit and two handsets, and Panasonic sent it to me (along with a couple extra handsets) to review and it’s really transformed how I use my home phone.
Connect to your cell phone via Bluetooth
The first problem I used to have was that of cell phone reception inside my house. Before this phone system I would miss a lot of calls that went to my cell phone when I was home. Reception in my house is very spotty – sometimes it would ring, other times I would just see a missed call hours later. And even when it did ring, I usually didn’t hear it: we have a four-story house and I was always forgetting to bring my cell phone upstairs with me.
Receive cell phone calls on your home handset
This Panasonic phone can be paired with up to two cell phones. I have it set up to check for my cell phone every minute, so when I get home my cell phone is paired almost instantly. I simply place my cell phone in its charger next to the front door (where there’s really good reception), and that’s it – I don’t have to press anything or do anything, it’s all automatic. If I get a call to my cell phone, my cell phone rings, but more importantly all of the regular phones in my house ring too, and it’s a special ring letting me know that it’s coming from my cell phone (that way my husband can ignore it). I can pick up any of my Panasonic phones and talk through my cell, and the sound is fantastic. (Of course, if your cell isn’t getting good reception then the call won’t be as clear, but since you can park your cell in one place, just find a place that does get good reception and you’re good to go.)
Plus, a lot of people make their long distance calls on their cell phones to save money, but then you’re stuck talking on your cell phone for those calls, and cell phones simply aren’t as comfortable to hold. But with this Panasonic phone, when you want to place a call you can easily choose between making it from your landline, or dialing out from one of your paired cell phones. How cool is that?
What if you don’t have a home phone line?
I know a bunch of people at this point who only have a cell phone number. They don’t want to pay for a landline and a cell phone, which makes sense. But then you’re stuck making all of your calls on your cell phone. You have to deal with finding good reception inside, charging your cell phone frequently, and having to carry it with you wherever you are in order to hear your calls come in. But with this phone system you can use all of the link-to-cell features I talked about above without having a landline. You can have multiple handsets, an answering machine, a fantastic speakerphone, and all of the other features that come with a landline phone, but without paying for a landline! You can talk for hours, while your cell phone is charging and ready to go.
Stop yelling your head off inside the house
This was the other big problem I was having before this phone: when I needed somebody in another part of the house, I either had to go up several flights of stairs, or yell my head off. The back of our house faces a whole bunch of backyards, and especially in good weather with the windows open I’m sure the neighbors all got tired of hearing us yelling to each other while they try to relax. But that doesn’t happen anymore, thanks to the great intercom feature on this phone. I can easily pick up any of our four handsets (one on each floor) and call any other handset, or just go to the base unit (which we keep in the kitchen) and call all of the handsets at once.
This has made a huge, huge difference in the noise level of our home. And since we were able to give each phone a very clear label, it’s very easy to see which phone you’re calling – you don’t need to remember that number three is the master bedroom phone, or anything like that, you can see all of the phones listed when you press the intercom button.
I can’t stand having to get the instruction booklet out every time I want to try a new feature. Just the other day I picked up a phone call that was for my husband, and he was two floors up. I told the caller I would attempt to transfer the call, and even though I’d never done it before and hadn’t read the instructions on how to do it, I pressed the menu button and was able to figure it out in a few seconds!
That’s been true of all of the basic features, from using the intercom to the answering machine to the speakerphone. That’s really important, because all the features in the world won’t do you any good if you can’t get them to work when you need them.
Other great features
If you’re using a handset near a base, it switches to Eco Mode, using less power but still getting the same reception.
You can program the handsets not to ring during certain hours, so that if you wanted your bedroom phone to be silent after ten pm but still wanted your living room phone to ring, you could program that in to the handset and it will happen automatically!
You can program the phones to announce who’s calling (from the caller ID info) after the initial ring, so you can decide whether to get up and answer or not without having to look.
You can “blacklist” certain phone numbers, so that they’ll always get a busy signal. An especially handy feature is that you can blacklist the numbers directly from the caller ID list – very quick and easy.
You can download your phone numbers from your cell phone to your home phone. This doesn’t work with all cell phones, but if it works with yours it will save you a ton of time and make it much easier to make cell calls from the Panasonic handset.
As great as this phone system is nothing is perfect, but thankfully my issues are few and far between.
When you answer a call from your cell phone, it takes a few seconds to connect. If you’re expecting this, you can actually hear when the call connects, but for the first couple of weeks I was saying “Hello?” right away after answering and then having to repeat myself a few seconds later.
You can’t simply dial a number and add it to the phonebook, or go to the redial list and add it – you have to go into the phonebook first and initiate the process to add a number. It’s a small thing, but it’s a bit counterintuitive and I never ever remember to do it that way – I always dial the number, then look for the save function, then realize I have to go to the phonebook and start over. (It is, however, extremely quick and easy to add numbers from the caller ID list.) This would be a great little thing to add, just so that there’s a way to save outgoing numbers that’s as easy as saving incoming ones.
And that’s it for the cons – two tiny ones out of a whole bunch of fantastic features.
To sum up
I went to an event last week for Time Warner Cable’s Signature Service and was discussing their new package, which includes VoIP phone (home phone that works over the internet instead of a traditional landline). My very first question was, can I use it with my Panasonic DECT Bluetooth phone? Not only was the answer yes, but MY Panasonic phone system was the very one that Time Warner was using to demo the VoIP service!
By the time I left the event, I had convinced two different writers to buy this phone system as a holiday gift for relatives. That’s how passionately I love this phone.
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