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Panasonic Goes All DECT With Phone Line

Panasonic will begin shipping this month its 2009 cordless phone lineup, spanning four series of DECT 6.0 models for homes and home offices.

Exclusive features across the lines include: Choice Mail, a quick view and retrieve option for hearing specific voicemails; Talking Caller ID, which can also be used for voice memos and includes an alarm clock function; Call Block, which returns a busy signal to anyone on a user’s designated Call Block list; and a silent mode on all handsets.

The top-of-the-line 9300 series includes the two-line KX-TG9392T with corded handset base and a 40-minute digital voicemail cache. It is bundled with one or two cordless handsets for a suggested $249 and $179, respectively.

The one-line KX-TG9344T offers four-way conference capability, handset intercom and a cordless base unit with digital answering system, keypad and speakerphone. It comes in bundles with three or four handsets for $99 and $129, respectively. A step-down model with no keypad on the base is offered at $69 with three handsets and $79 with four.

New to Panasonic’s 7400 series is the KX-TG7434B, a cordless base unit with Choice Mail answering system controlled by an up-sized 2.1-inch LCD screen. It offers four-way conferencing and is bundled with from one to four handsets with suggested retail prices from $69 to $149.

Panasonic is positioning it 6400 series as a solution for busy homes. The KX-TG6445T comes bundled with up to five handsets and features a handset-to-base intercom function, four-way conferencing, speakerphones in the handsets and bases. The cordless base unit has a digital answering system, dial keypad and a light-up indicator with ringer/charge alert. Bundles range from one to five handsets from $69 to $159.

Two step-down models that eliminate the speakerphone and intercom functions from the bases are available in bundles ranging $39 to $119.

Finally, two models have been added to the company’s 1000 series of handset/ speakerphone base units.

The corded-base KX-TG1062M works during power outages and features a digital answering system, three-way conferencing, and base and handset speakerphone functionality. The one- and two-handset bundles are $79 and $99, respectively. The KX-TG1034S has a cordless base unit and ranges from $39 to $99.