Secaucus, N.J. - Panasonic took the wraps off a new Link-to-Cell system and announced all of its 2010 cordless systems will feature DECT 6.0 PLUS.
The Link-to-Cell system, which was shown at a Panasonic press event last week but formally announced Friday, uses Bluetooth to let users make and receive cellphone calls using Panasonic's handsets. Up to two Bluetooth-enabled cellphones can be paired to the system, and distinctive ring tones can be assigned to each registered cellphone. Once paired, calls to either cellphone will ring on all compatible handsets around the home.
The system is expandable to up to six handsets.
Other features include the ability to transfer up to 600 names and numbers from a cellphone address book to the built-in handset directory, the ability to pair the system with any Bluetooth-enabled headset, and DECT 6.0 Plus technology.
An Intelligent Eco Mode is said to automatically reduce handset power consumption when used near the base station.
The Link-to-Cell system (model KX-TG6582T) carries a suggested retail of $99.95. Additional handsets (KX-TGA401B) are available for $39.95. The optional Range Extender module is $29.95.
Panasonic also announced Friday that all of its 2010 cordless home telephone systems -- there are three series -- will feature DECT 6.0 Plus. All also have the Intelligent Eco Mode, as well as call blocking, a silent mode, and talking caller ID/alarm/battery alert.
The KX-TG7500 series ($69.95 to $129, depending on number of handsets) has Choice Mail, a 2.1-inch backlit LCD display, and caller ID info for up to five messages at a time.
The KX-TG6500 series ($39.95 to $159) has a low-profile cordless base unit and the ability for four-way conference. It is available with dial keypad on the base (KX-TG6540 series) and digital answering machine (KX-TG6530 series).
The KX-TG4000 series has several models, each with four-way conference capability, handset locator and a digital answering system (except for the KX-TG4010). Suggested retails range from $29.95 to $109.