By Lisa Johnston
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Panasonic introduced a corded desk phone that operates as a cordless extension to two of the company's multihandset 2.4GHz cordless phone systems.
The new product, the $179-suggested KX-TGA420B, is a desk phone designed to work only with Panasonic's KX-TG2000B or KX-TG4000B multi-handset 2.4GHz cordless phone systems. The former is a two-line system, the latter a four-line system.
The 420B, which is shipping currently, connects cordlessly to either of the two business phones via 2.4GHz Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology. As many as seven 420B extension phones can be added to either telephone system. The two systems are the $599-suggested KX-TG2000B and $699 KX-TG4000B systems, both of which interface with as many as eight cordless handsets with full PBX functions available to each handset.
The new extension unit features call transfer, intercom and conference functions. It offers up to two-line operation when connected to the two-line system and four lines when connected to the four-line system.
The extension unit features a built-in digital duplex speakerphone on the base, which also features a three-line backlit LCD display. When used with subscriber call waiting caller ID (SCWID), the display will show each caller's name and telephone number without additional scrolling.
The extension unit's caller ID memory lets users review missed incoming calls and instantly dial them back. The unit can store up to 50 callers' names and numbers.
The unit features an AC adapter that can recharge its eight-hour Nickel Metal Hydride battery.
When integrated with the phone systems, the extension unit gives users access to an all-digital voice mail system with 100-minute capacity and auto attendant. Users can have a separate voice mailbox and individual greeting for each corded or cordless handset in the system and have simultaneous access to voice mail regardless of other phone lines in use.
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