Panasonic 4-Handset w/Link-to-Cell

Manuals, Specs, and Reviews on the product page

Lots of good reviews (4 out of 5 stars) over at costco.com

Most of those appear to be for a different model: KX-TG7744S.

the few that specify today’s woot are pretty poor. the bundles look the same. anyone know if they are?

About 7 or 8 months ago, Woot had a very nice telephone set on sale (much like this one and at about the same price). I didn’t need a new telephone set, as the one I had was still going strong but I just couldn’t let it get away. So I bought it knowing that telephones don’t last forever. About 2 months ago the telephone set I had went “south” but I had the replacement on hand. So I’m going to buy this one as my next replacement telephone. Think ahead!

Have been looking at cordless phones. I like the headset option. Anyone have experience with the link to cell feature?

Look at the Amazon page, looks like 7741 is one handset, 7742 is two handsets, and so on.

Yes it appears so. However, the model of todays woot is KX-T[2%x2%

http://i.imgur.com/YxixrbO.jpg[/IMG]](https://www.woot.com/forums/viewpost.aspx?postid=5831368&pageindex=1&replycount=7524)254SK, not 774x. I probably wasn’t clear in my questioning… are the 774x models the same as the 254sk?

Well, I’m guessing they’re related somehow because the manual lists them all on the front page. If you look at page 4, it looks like the 254SK is the 4 handset model for some odd reason.

What do you think?

Yes. I have similar Panasonic set and that feature is great. Handset more comfortable than my iPhone. The handset even announces the caller ID on my iPhone and plays its ringtones

A few reviews on Panasonic’s site:

http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/KX-TG254SK?t=reviews

Seems like a strange comment to make…

it’s crystal clear and easy to read even from a “short” distance away.

Was that a typo or marketing doublespeak?

I have the previous generation (KX-TG7645) which replaced my older KX-TH111S (non-DECT Link-to-Cell model). I am very happy with it and it’s a great addition for households with cell phones that have weak/poor signal in some areas (leave the cell where it has good signal and “extend” your reception through the base unit and handsets)

Some nice features that this and my model share are the use of recharageable AAA batteries in the handset (cheap/easy to replace), and the ability to get a cell phonebook via Bluetooth.

Be careful to read the manual about limitations, though.

For example, while you can use a Bluetooth headset with the system, you can only use it for landline. And while you can link two cell phones to the system, only one can be used through the system at any given time.

I currently don’t have a landline so I just use mine for the Link-to-Cell feature, though I may wire it into my Skype-to-Phone adapter at some point.

I’ve had several Panasonic DECT phones and they’re excellent. Except for one major flaw – which may or may not be a deal breaker for you – it has pretty much every feature you’ll need (SEE UPDATE). Here are some thoughts:

  1. Sound quality is excellent. I’ve never experienced any dropped calls or interference, despite being surrounded by lots of electronic equipment and other cordless phones. Such is life in a New York City apartment. Range is good. I live on the 4th floor but am able to take a handset on the sidewalk and make calls. The base is deep inside my apartment, far from the window. That’s pretty amazing given all the metal and concrete in NYC buildings.

  2. The taking Caller ID it’s very good. The speech is loud and clear, and is activated on each handset. It reads most English words very well. Spanish and Chinese names are not as successful. Regardless, it was the main reason we bought a Panasonic and we love it. It’s great to not have to remember numbers or to run to a display.

  3. The block caller list it’s also a godsend. You can program in 30 numbers that will always get a busy signal when they call. Your phone will ring once letting you know someone tried to call. you can then look at the Caller ID and decide whether to pick up or let the Caller hear a busy signal. Some people don’t like the fact that it rings you at all. Unidens, for example, don’t ring you if the number is on their Block list. While it’s nice not to be bothered, you run the risk of not knowing that a Blocked caller tried to call unless you check your caller ID. I personally don’t mind the single ring.

  4. I also love the fact that you can give callers their own ringtones. My immediate family members, for example, get Beethoven.

  5. I like the fact that the directory is shared. That means that a number entered into one handset is automatically accessible by all handsets. With some phones, you need to manually flag the numbers that are globally accessible. That’s actually a good thing if individual family members want to keep some numbers private but I found it inconvenient.

There is a negative however. Since the phonebook is stored in the main base unit and not in the handset, that means you have no access to it if there is power outage. For example, when NYC had its big blackout, I was unable to access the numbers to call on my cellphone.

  1. It has an excellent alarm clock function. It’s very loud and can be programmed to repeat. Although you only have one alarm (per handset), the alarm has a date. That means you can program in an alarm years in advance!

  2. The white backlit LCD is great and very legible. much better contrast than the Orange/Amber of most displays.

  3. Uses ordinary NiMH AAA batteries instead of proprietary battery packs. That means you can easily replace them when they no longer hold a charge. Much cheaper too.

Unfortunately, it also uses a VERY dumb time-based charger. Instead of intelligently measuring when the batteries are actually charged, it seems to base this on how much time the handset is in the charger. For example, whenever you put new batteries in, the display tells you to charge it four 7 hours. The problem is that you can fully charge the batteries, take them out and then put them again, and the stupid display will still say that they need to be charged 7 hours!

[LOOKS LIKE THE BELOW HAS BEEN FIXED. PLEASE IGNORE THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPHS. READ THE POST AFTER THIS ONE FOR MORE INFO]

HERE IS THE POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER

For some stupid reason, you can NOT screen calls on the handset!!! We’ve had many cordless answering machine phones and Panasonics are the only ones that can’t screen calls on the handsets. That means you wouldn’t know know what the message is unless you’re sitting by the base, where the speaker is. You’ll have to guess whether to pick up the call based on the Caller ID alone, and listen to the message after the Caller hands up. With my Uniden, I merely had to press a button on the handset to screen the call. This can be a problem if you have a large house or yard. It was almost a deal breaker for us since we have two large apartments in the same building, sharing the same cordless phones. That means we can’t screen calls most of the time since we’re usually not near the base, even when we’re in that apartment.

Page 49 of the manual seems to say you can screen calls on handset and/or base, so perhaps this has been addressed?

These look like my first cell phone in 1999. Does it come with Snake?

THANK YOU, thank you, thank you for this correction!!! It sounds like they indeed have corrected this flaw, which many Amazon users complained about with their old phones. What’s more, it sounds like each handset can be individually programmed too have call screening on or off. That’s great if you don’t want to be disturbed.

Because of this feature, I may jump on this Woot even though I already have a great Panasonic and Uniden systems.

THANKS.

I purchased the KX-TG7644M from Woot a few months ago and have really liked it.

http://sellout.woot.com/offers/panasonic-4-handset-w-link-to-cell

Friends that have seen it really like it as well, mostly for the link-to-cell and how well it works. I’d like to recommend this to them, but just wanted to see if anyone knew of anywhere this model comes up short from the model I have given the lower price (other than not looking as cool). The link-to-cell will be pretty much the only thing used.

Is this better than the pansonic KX-TG7644M that woot had a couple of months ago? That one seem to have more features, but was introduced an year earlier. Amazon has that for pretty cheap refurbished

http://sellout.woot.com/offers/panasonic-4-handset-w-link-to-cell

edit…
just saw post above…but still doesn’t indicate diff between the two, besides the dialpad on the base.

I see that there is a Wall Mounting Adapter for the base unit. Can the three “satellite” units also be wall-mounted?