5 Stars By Dr. Stuart Gitlow on 2016-09-26
Phone extensions throughout the house for up to two cell lines plus a landline makes this a no-brainer
Setup: Place two rechargeable AAA batteries into each phone. These come with the set and are easily replaced. Plug in each of the bases throughout your house and place one of the 4 identical phones into each base for charging. Plug a landline into the main unit. Activate the bluetooth connection between the main unit and one or two cellphones, or between one cellphone and one cordless set of earphones. Record your outgoing message on the answering machine (which works for incoming landline calls, but not for incoming cell calls). Store a few frequently called numbers in the directory. The entire process takes 15 minutes or so.
Use: If you're like me, most people have your cell number but not your home landline number, so I've had to carry around my cellphone at home for years now. Because some people have a tendency to text me in the middle of the night, I don't leave the cell bedside, but that means that I might miss an important call in the middle of the night. These units, however, allow you to get cell calls wherever one of the extensions is located. Voila - no more needing to carry my cell at home, and no concerns that I might miss that important call at 3am when a family member is suddenly in the hospital. Further, since my shop is in the basement, where I don't have cell service, I now have an extension in the basement allowing me to use my cell service, and receive calls on my cell number for the first time ever. All of this depends on one thing, though: your cellphone must be within bluetooth range of the main base unit. So...come home...put your cellphone down near the base unit, and you're all set. When you use the handsets, you can then choose to make a call on your landline or your cell. And obviously, none of the three extensions require a separate landline hardwire, so they can be anywhere in your home. My home has two main stories, an attic, and a basement. With the base unit on the second floor, the extensions work well on all other floors with no hint of difficulties due to range from the base unit.
The handsets are comfortable and all functions work as they should. There's a little bit of an annoying lag when dialing a number as the phones can't seem to keep up with me as I'm pressing digits, but the buffer is adequate and no digits are missed; it just takes the phone a split second or two to catch up. Sound quality is superior to an iPhone when using the handset and roughly equal to the iPhone when using the speaker function of the handsets. The noise cancellation isn't perfect and I find the handset to be a little less comfortable when compared to a good old fashioned Bell System telephone (circa 1965). But it's all on par with other currently available home telephone systems.
Appearance: The handsets are nicely lit up for easy legibility of both LCD screen and keypad when lifted off their bases. Each handset is linked automatically to the main unit and each handset has a number associated with it. Want to set up an intercom call from unit 2 to unit 4? You can do that. The unit numbers are tied to the handsets, not to the bases, so if someone has swapped handsets after running a battery down during an hours-long call, you'll have to figure that out. Each phone is silver and about the size of a remote control unit. Each phone has a small jack on the side allowing you to insert a wired headset.
Each phone can be individually adjusted for ringtone and volume. Each phone will display recent calls, whether there's voicemail with the phone company, whether there's voicemail locally, whether it's charging, whether it has bluetooth connectivity, and the battery status, all along with the time and date.
Overall, the entire setup and ongoing operation is straightforward. An hour with the extensive instruction manual is rewarded with knowledge as to how to operate some of the more unusual functions, such as preventing marketing calls from the same number repetitively. The bluetooth function works smoothly and invisibly in the background once set up. Overall quality is excellent with no unexpected broken pieces or inoperable buttons.
5 Stars By Edd Anderson on 2016-11-28
A Great Phone for Seniors, this being my 3rd Panasonic, an easy set up for me. Great Value -Great Features-
Great so far, everything seems to work, have not used all 4 headsets yet. But all lit up and rang. Easiest of Panasonic Phones set up ever, almost took me as long to remove stuff from box, in order to preserve cardboard packing frame, in case of return. But in all seriousness within 15, 20 minutes I was entering numbers in phone list.
As a Senior Citizen ? , I like the large bright display and that everything is in large print. The phone is laid out well and fits hand nicely, I have had a number of Panasonic phones all have been durable and delivered a long service life. But this one is something I' m excited about, the features are many and they so far are easy to locate on menu and set up.
Not in my time of set up, I installed the phone list from my old set of Panasonics, and switched over a few call block #'s, set initial ring settings and got the phone up and operating. I did not set up Cell Phone as I am considering switching phones or get into some other features I may or may not use. This is a nice system without even counting the bonus feature of merging your Bluetooth Cell into the system Good value they last Panasonic a 3 Handset lasted about 8 years. As I am not making as many calls I expect this to last a lifetime.
So for now 5 Stars, I don't usually give this rating on initial set up, but knowing Panasonic Phones and AlumiGogo, THIS IS MY BUY OF YEAR. As always if something changes I will edit this.
Note, when you see negative reviews on Panasonic systems and AlumiGogo consider this that AlumiGogo has many sellers and many people handling returns and so on . I have been an AlumiGogo customer for over a decade, I have bitten the bullet on a few small things. But over all AlumiGogo has been reliable as the best of USA retailers. I am a Senior on a tight budget, I don't have time for people who don't back up what they sell.
If this review helpful please say so, I do not take free or discounted product's for my review's. I am a Panasonic Brand customer on things I use every day, my TV's, phones and blood pressure machine. The phones, one of the TV's and blood pressure machine all purchased from AlumiGogo
5 Stars By Izzak on 2016-12-06
Stop Robo and political calls
Simply LOVE the blocking feature. All during the Presidential race I was able to block ALL the political and Robo calls..... We were able to set down to a family meal without all the B.S. calls !!!!!!!
3 Stars By banjopeggy on 2017-04-05
Extremely convenient system, but could use some improvement
Panasonic's system has the potential to be a panacea for those of us who have decided to "cut the cord", but there are 2 big flukes that must yet be worked out to improve customer satisfaction. After having dropped our landline, the convenience of being able to have a wireless phone system in our 3 story house, without having to have a landline, has been really FANTASTIC- - that alone would have caused me to score this as a 5 - -but the static on the line, the further away we use the phone at home and away from the base unit, can get quite horrible, and so it downward impacts my rating quite a bit. It does NOT occur all the time, but i have had to drop a few calls because the static was so harsh, it was painful to talk. Also - -I LOVE the fact that we can download our address book into the system, but i have found that the resulting phone book database that got created needs EXTENSIVE editing. Electronic address books on iphones, androids and computers, routinely have a "cue" to enter each of a person's various phone numbers, such as home, work, mobile, fax. Unfortunately, the resulting Panasonic downloaded phonebook did NOT import any of those cues - it just displays the person's name and a phone number. So if, e.g., Mary Smith happens to have 2-3-4+ numbers, then the Panasonic system will merely list: Mary Smith XXX-XXX-XXXX, then list the next Mary Smith name again, and her next number, and then Mary Smith's name again, and her 3rd number, etc. I think you get the drift. i have had to go back in one-by-one, and annotate the person's name in the Panasonic phone book to something like Mary (w) for her work number, then Mary (h ) for her home number, etc. I also happen to have 246 phone numbers in my addressbook so you can imagine the editing was not a good time. Other than these 2 very negative features, i have really loved the system's other features, namely, ability to pair our 2 cells, and NOT to have to keep the cell in close proximity to the base in order to use the phones; ability of the base to hold a charge in case of a power outage; ability to label each of the extensions with their location; ability to intercom each other (this is a fantastic feature given we live in a 3 story house); and ability to both be on the same line talking and listening to family and friends that are calling the 2 of us (not just one of us) -- saves the hassle of having our caller have to repeat everything when the other gets on the line. In spite of the serious down sides I mentioned - i gave it a final rating of 3. . because i was able to do workarounds (tho those workarounds have not been easy).
5 Stars By LisaR50 on 2017-06-16
Upgrade your phone to this one, and you won't be sorry!!
This phone system is amazing! The Bluetooth feature makes it easy to carry one handset to answer one line. I love the fact that it also has a button on it where I can block unwanted calls-all I do is press that button when I receive a call from an unwanted number or if I use the CID recall and it will give me the choice (yes or no) to block that number. All I do is select yes, and then no more bothersome phone calls!! It keeps those annoying people who get around the DNC list away too!!!!! I also LOVE the 5 handsets. The fact that they are White makes them easier to locate when they are on the couch or in the chair because they do not blend in as well. I added 3 photos to show how easy it is to use this phone. It is worth every penny!!
1 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2017-03-28
Cell phones paired nicely with Bluetooth, however when I made a call from the cordless it would usually drop. Then when trying to place a call, the phone would default to redial. I couldn't clear it out. The Panasonic people were nice, but they could not help me get past this glitch. I will exchange. Then if they don't work correctly, I will have to decide if the price is worth it just to receive calls.
Received the replacement a couple of days ago. Phone wants to dial previously called number only. Deleted the phone books. Have to erase redial number to get it to dial another. Too complicated.
2 Stars By STV J LA on 2016-11-02
Sound quality not great.
Sound quality was not great. Whenever I talked to somebody they asked if I was on speakerphone or my cell, when I was connected on my landline and not on speakerphone. Gave it away to friend who needed a free phone. I ordered an ATT similar phone and sound quality is better.
4 Stars By M. Luce on 2017-02-28
Nice phone but does not show the date on messages
Nice phone overall, but I got it to replace one that keeps only the weekday and time on messages; another used said this one shows the date of the message. To my disappointment, it does not; it shows only the weekday and time, so it worthless for storing message longer than a week, and misleading if you are gone longer than a week. The talking caller ID usually states only the city, not the name, so that's not very useful either. I like that a blinking light shows on top of every handset when there is a new message, and you can retrieve messages from any handset. There is an easy erase-message button on the base station, but not on the handsets; it's a long menu process to erase a message from the handset.
4 Stars By K. Estes on 2016-12-18
Good Quality cordless phones
Slightly more difficult to program than my old Panasonic. And I am still working on the blue tooth process to connect my blue tooth hearing instruments. Temporarily I am using a plugin headset (Right ear with mike) and the volume is hard to control (one on phone and one on headset). Know I will get it all working soon so not worried. Love the call block button, but must be careful as I did block a friend and now working on removing him from the list! Overall good quality equipment and this being my second Panasonic cordless phone, I know when this one wears out, I will replace it with another Panasonic!
3 Stars By John Jos. S. on 2017-10-02
Good phone and like the expandability.
I'm only giving this phone three stars because I recently got it and have not used all the features it has and it has quite a few. Like baby monitor, key finder and some others. Have always liked the speaker phone funtion and use it almost exclusivelly. It also has a jack for a hands free wired mic and headset, which i like for long calls and the clips to hold the phone to your waist or pocket. One other thing I like is that on my rider mower there is a holder for a phone and my smartphone does not fit into it but this one does. I know you can't hear the phone while mowing but with the headset you can even with earplugs the ringer can be heard. Okay, some of the things to be aware of even if you have voice mail service with your provider this also has a answering machine. Now on my old phone I didn't have this and was worried that the messages would get mixed up or overlap. So far they both seem to work together. And one of the best things I love about this phone is the call block feature. I only get a few calls that I really want from doctors, family and such, but the robocalls, and others like them wanting money or selling something are a pain and I even have call block which doesn't work. Well I look at the caller ID display and if the number is not one I know or is private or the like I just press the call block button and the phone remembers the number, up to 250 I think. It also has a huge directory so if you know hundreds of people this should keep you busy loading the numbers. All in all I have used the phones as much as much as a hundred or more feet from the base and have had no loss of signal or dropped calls, which was a big problem with my ATT phone.