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Best Panasonic Cordless Telephone 2017
Panasonic KX-TG7600M Link-to-Cell

In our opinion the best Panasonic cordless telephone is a Link-to-Cell phone. It's in a class of its own. Panasonic is clearly throwing down the gauntlet with this phone. It's a superior product at a highly competitive price. While others are eliminating features in an effort to reduce costs, Panasonic is enhancing its phones without increasing prices. It's a strategy that Japanese car manufacturers successfully pioneered in the 60's and 70's.

Panasonic Cordless Telephone - Competition

Best Panasonic Cordless Telephone

The advent of DECT 6.0 technology initially intensified competition by leveling the playing field and eliminating many of the differences between competing cordless phone brands.

That was until Panasonic brought out its DECT 6.0 Plus phones. They have proprietary features that other brands struggle to compete with:

  • Talking caller ID
  • Call blocking by caller ID
  • Silencing individual handsets by time and day of the week
  • Extended range and optional range extenders
  • Power backup - using the power stored in handsets
  • Link-to-Cell Bluetooth technology
  • In responding to the challenge most of Panasonic's competitors are focused on cutting costs by any and all means available. These include eliminating optional extras such as headset jacks and persisting with proprietary battery packs.

    The greatest threat to Panasonic cordless telephones doesn't come from other cordless phone manufacturers, but from consumers ditching their land line phone services in favor of cell phones. Panasonic is tackling this threat head on with Bluetooth cordless phones such as the KX-TG7645. They can be used with both land line and cell phone services or as a bridge between the two. Better still they are addictive. Use a Bluetooth cordless phone for a few days and you will be hooked for life.

    The Agenda

    Before long every Panasonic cordless telephone will be Bluetooth enabled. Link-to-cell technology will be standard on all models. Consumers will no longer look for a Bluetooth cordless phone, but a Panasonic Link-to-Cell phone.

    The Pros

    While the latest phones are all DECT 6.0 phones it shouldn't be assumed that they are all the same. The Panasonic KX-TG7645M offers functionality that is only available on Panasonic cordless phones:

    As standard on most cordless telephones the KX-TG7645M has an integrated digital answering machine, but it is also equipped with:

  • A large display with large easily read characters
  • Cordless telephone headset jacks
  • Flashing lights on the handsets indicating calls and messages
  • The KX-TG7645M also uses standard NiMH AAA rechargeable batteries. Other brands including: ATT, Uniden and VTech phones persist in using batteries with proprietary contacts. They charge a premium for replacement batteries and obviously enjoy a healthy stream of recurrent income as a result.

    Collectively these features distinguish this Panasonic cordless telephone. It's absolutely the best DECT 6.0 cordless phone currently available, however there is still room for improvement.

    The Cons

    We have attempted to identify some short comings in order to temper to our rave, but there really isn't much we can say, here goes:

    1. Half duplex speaker phones - it's disappointing to see that Panasonic has fallen into line with its competitors and no longer offers full duplex capabilities. As it happens we haven't found it to be a major issue with the latest Panasonic phones, but if it's a show stopper your options are limited. Siemens cordless phones are one of the few exceptions, but be prepared to pay significantly more for a Siemens Gigaset SL785.

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