Beaverton, Ore. - VTech rolled out its new lineup Monday, including the company's first DECT 6.0 system with push-to-talk (PTT) functionality.
The LS6325 cordless phones can use PTT through the handset speakerphone. Talk range is listed as 1,500 feet and each model in the series is expandable up to five handsets (using the LS6305 accessory handset, sold separately for $19.95).
The PTT feature was first developed by VTech for its four-line cordless SynJ product for small businesses, Brad Pittmon, the company's product manager, told TWICE. "We quickly recognized that this PTT feature would also benefit the residential market. We believe families in a multiple story dwelling would love this feature to communicate throughout the home effectively," he added.
When asked if more VTech models would see PTT, Pittmon said, "In 2010, the LS6325 series will be the only VTech residential single line product line that includes Push-to-Talk. We are looking to expand this feature in 2011 into multiple product lines."
Other features of the LS6325 phones include a low-profile handset keypad, metallic silver finishing, high-gloss black detailing, speakerphones and backlit LCDs.
The three-handset LS6325-3 ($79.95 suggested retail) and four-handset LS6325-4 ($89.95) will be available in April.
Also introduced were CS-series models, each expandable with up to five handsets using a single phone jack.
Suggested retails will be as follows: CS6319-2, $34.95; CS6329-2, $44.95; CS6329-3, $59.95; CS6328-3, $54.95; and CS6309 (accessory handset), $14.95.
Features include backlit LCD display, a handset speakerphone, glossy crystal keypad with green backlighting, and the option for a digital answering system. They will be available in April as well.
VTech also announced that its 2010 DECT phones are Energy Star certified and RoHS compliant.