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Panasonic KXTCD 725

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      16.06.2003 05:08
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      • "Poor sounding answerphone"

      I bought this set of phones on my previous experience with Panasonic and the fact that it did everything. OnceI had the unit at home, I charged it for the 15 or so hours required. The next day I eagerly went home to use the new phones......but shock.....the phones were great until you had to use them! The sound quality was very very poor. The answerphone......this was the worst I have ever heard. The outgoing message had so much background noise you could not understand what was said.....when somebody left a message it wanst much better. I contacted Panasnic who as any company treated you like a bit of a fool. Had I done this, hadI done that....yes, yes and yes. I tried everything, new locations, changing quality to best, moving baseunits etc etc. Finally, I could take no more so I took the phones back and exchanged them.....the new ones were the same again. So I again returned them and got a refund. I am very very disapointed with Panasonic this time. The phones are feature packed but are let down by dreadful sound quality and a rubbish sounding answerphone. I would not recommend this phone to anyone. My previous phone (which I still have and use), the Ascome Avena was superior in every way. I am going back to Ascom to buy from them again. You have been warned........and good luck!

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        13.01.2003 22:17

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        Bought based on reviews - Advantages: clear sound, small, can turn off base ringer - Disadvantages: menu takes a bit of getting used to

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        08.11.2002 06:22
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        Well, if you use this phone, the answer will be yes. Unless you mother has an hearing impediment, like mine, then the answer is "what did you say?" After 5 goes at asking her to turn her hearing aid to the "T" position, the answer finally becomes yes. But its worth the wait. This phone is a digital cordless phone. 99.9% of you will probably be used to mobile phones, and this phone has basically the same features. It has a phone book, a built in answerphone, caller display (if you subscribe to it with your telephone provider), last numbers dialled and received stored etc etc. It looks a bit like a mobile phone, and acts like one - well if you are around the house anyway. Reception has been constantly crystal clear. I have had this phone about 1 year, probably more now, and I've always been able to put calls through and hear the person on the other end well. Doesn't matter where I've been - in my garage, sat in my garden etc, its as clear as ever. There are many features on this phone. The main ones include: Phone Book Speakerphone Last 20 numbers dialled/received memory Volume Control Answerpone - fully digital and functional Handsfree facility - optional extra Menu System Off button Recall Button, so it can be used on an exchange The handset display will display numbers and letter, and any combination of those. If you pay for caller display, and I do, the phone number of the person who rings you is displayed on the screen of the phone - useful for screening calls. Numbers are not displayed of course, if the caller has witheld their number or if they are ringing from an exchange - ie at work. If you have pre programmed a number into the phone's built in address book, and attached a name to the number, then the name is shown; eg "Mam Calling". You can personalise the phone even further. It is easy to ad
        d extra DECT-compatable handsets to the base station, and each one can be given their own name. I have only one handset - the one which came with the phone, and I call it "Andy's Phone". Thats what the phone proudly displays when in standby mode. The address book is something else. Its why i bought THIS phone. It can store up to 200 numbers and names in the book. No, I don't have that many friends, but I am hoping :) Any applications for friendship are warmly welcomed. 200 numbers !!! I have trouble remembering my PIN, let alone a phone number - what a boon for me. You can assign differnet phone tones to different number - so you can tell if an incoming phone call is personal or business for example. The phone has 20 different phone rings to choose from - some traditional, some musical. The answerphone is all encompassing. You can store up to 15 mins of incoming messages. Everything is digital, so clarity is excellent. You record your outgoing message and the phone stores all incoming messages. You can playback, again and again, delete, change outgoing message or any combination of the above. The phone lights up when you press a key, you can change background colour - the choice is blue or green - I chose green. It is easy to use, but does require the reading of the manual, or you will have no real chance to use the phone to its full capacity. The manual is 90+ pages long, and worth a read. Otherwise you wouldn't learn about its other functions... time alarm, display options, handset options, finer points of answering machine, linking other handsets to base unit etc, etc. The one downsaide I have found is that the battery in the handset has a limited life... not meaning that talktime and standby time is limited (well, obviously it is) but that it doesn't take that long before you need to invest in new rechargable batteries - I suspect they last about
        1 ye ar per set of rechargable batteries. It takes about 10 months for them to start losing their charge, and 11 months for it to become really noticeable. Reception is good for about 200 meters, so thats enough for you !!!! Quite a good phone - thats my only grip about them. Enjoy your phoning :)

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          15.09.2002 07:23
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          First when I heard of this phone I thought, yes I definately got to get one even though I had to save up for its hefty price. I paid 169.00 Euro ( UK£ 106.47 ) for it from a Electrical Shop in the Republic of Ireland and would normaly not pay this kind of money for a telephone! I mean, lets put it into perspective here, at the end of the day even with all its features it is after all just a telephone at the end of the day. Overall the features I liked on this phone is the backlit keypad & backlit LCD Display something that is not found on all other landline phones and this is quite useful when usin the phone in low light. It has three colours LCD backlit display of Green, Orange & Red. I found the Green to be too Dim and not worth having so I set mine to Red. Its great having the special VIP ringing on the phone and I found it very useful after setup to seperate my family from other people who ring me. I like the "on handset" speakerphone facility it much better than being on the base and it is good quality sound. I have found the phone to be excellant on power saving. I hardly ever put the phone onto its base to charge and it feels like it lasts ages before it needs charging, although I do switch the phone off every night maybe this helps. I hate the Answering Machine on this model. It has American male Prompts (nothing against the Americans) but the accent gets on my nerves so I dont use the answerphone facility on the phone now. You would think that as this phone is marketed for the UK & Europe (and there is some changes from the USA model) that they could have localised the prompts and messages. The answerphone is not easy to turn on and off in my view and could have been made more easier an convenient to use. To turn answering machine on and off you have to go through numerouse key presses. And when you want to change settings on the phone you have to go through a series of commands and key presse
          s. You definately need your manual to hand when you do this. I dont personally like the LCD display when a call comes in the Number is huge compared with the name which is small I would rather both the same size or larger name. Another weird thing is that if you want to lock the keypad you have to press long on the Menu button for some reason. The Instruction book says that optional snap on covers can be purchased for the phone. I got in touch with Panasonic in the UK and they said the covers where not available for the UK and European market. So you cant buy them even if you wanted to. I checked out the American version of this phone and it had a handy Red LED light at the top of the phone that flashed when the phone rung and lit when the phone was charging. This is ommited from the UK model (I dont know why) but this would have been handy as when the phone is placed on its charger there is no noticible way of telling that the phone is charging apart from a flashing battery Icon. The other things I would like to see on the phone is a flashing LED when there is a new call received in the caller ID or event the LCD backlight to flash. I would have liked the handset to have been smaller, it feels the size of a brick when holding it and there are an awful lot of phones getting smaller, compact & light these days which are better to hold. I would incorperate a Rintone editor on this phone (it is technically possible to do that these days and I dont know why landline phones are not featuring this yet, I suppose one day we might see it) or even a way of downloading Ringtones onto the phone. The phone has loads of pretty ringtone melodies built in but you know what its like you still wish you could add your own. All in all you cannot deny that this phone has terrific features especially for someone who wants something more than just a basic telephone. Caller ID, Speakerphone, Answering Machine, Selective VIP Ringing a
          nd Lighted Keypad and Display. what other phone on the market has all these features? Andy.

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            11.09.2002 16:10
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            This is the one DECT phone on the market that seems to have it all, including every basic feature you could ask for as well as some of the less-often seen ones (backlit keypad, ability to assign ringtones as well as display colours to certain callers, handsfree jackplug...). However, it falls down on one key point: it's dreadful to actually have a conversation on! Short of calling from Battersea dogs home, I don't expect growling to be a typical part of my phone calls but that's what you get here - Not some low-level, ambient hum but rather a mid-range buzz that's impossible to ignore. The answer phone outgoing message as well as ones left are also very much effected by this to the extent it is actually difficult to make out what is being said. (Be aware that this definietly isn't a reception problem, my base station was high up in the house and isolated from any other electronic devices. Also, I'm now noticing that this complaint is becoming rather common for Panasonic DECT users in certain newsgroups). Suffice to say I returned my unit within 2 days for a BT/Siemens unit that provides 95% of the features plus an infinitely more acceptable sound quality.

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              29.08.2002 02:46
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              After my Ericsson phone decided to give up the ghost, I had to make a quick dash to Argos to find a replacement. Without much thought I purchased a BT On-Air 1250 cordless phone for £140 simply because it met my basic requirements, caller ID, answer machine and wall mountable. However on returning home I was soon to be very disappointed. The phone was almost impossible to use without the manual to hand. Instead of menu names like "Settings" it had F1, F2, etc. (presumably "F" standing for function). Things like setting the time was done by pressing the intercom button, then hash and 1!! How pointless! Within an hour I was back at Argos and making an exchange for the more expensive Panasonic KXTCD725. But I was not to be disappointed this time. It came with two handsets, so you can put another in the bedroom for example and all you need is a power point, so do not worry if you do not have a phone socket. The main base can be very easily adapted to fit on a wall (which is what I needed) or as a desktop base. Here are some of the features of the phone. Remote access - so you can ring your house and access your messages. Very cool! Digital answering system - 15 mins of digital recording time. 160 hours standby time/20 hour talktime. Headset jack for handsfree use. Caller line identification. 50 name and number incoming call log. Private ringing. 200 name and number telephone directory. 10 name and number redial list. 20 ringer melodies. 3 back-light LCD colours (green, red and orange). Illuminated keypad. 6 handset capability. Conference calls. Internal - handset to handset calls. This phone has it all! Both the build and sound quality is excellent, and it seems to work well at great distance from the main base. With caller ID you can have the phone ring differently for various people in your phone boo
              k and light up different colours (there are 3 to choose from). It also displays both the number and name of the person who is calling, something that was missing from the BT phone. The menu is clear and very easy to use, although to programme the base unit you will need the manual as for security reasons you have to use codes. A good feature I like is you can add people who have phoned you straight into the phonebook. You can also look back at any missed calls even if they did not leave a message. I also added my old Samsung cordless phone to the base unit as they are both DECT phones. Any DECT compatible phone can talk to another and I found this very easy to set-up. So I can now use the phone line the Panasonic is connected to if the Samsung line is busy, (which I use for Internet access) using the Samsung handset. Only one minor problem is the pre-recorded answer phone message is American. You can of course record your own. To conclude, I thoroughly recommend this phone and is the best digital cordless phone I have ever used. Buy it because you will not be disappointed! I am certainly getting another one! More details at www.panasonic.co.uk/product/dectphone/

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                10.06.2002 23:39

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                After keeping my eye on this product and checking the price out for a good few months I finally took the plunge and purchased it from a small independent shop in Leicester for £89. The package includes a handset, base unit, 2 NimH rechargeable batteries, mains adapter unit and belt clip...Oh and a comprehensive, thick manual. The features include an address book of up to 200 numbers/names, range of up to 300 metres, choice of display colour,swivel, wall-mountable base, up to 20 ringtones, need to recharge about once a week, a digital answerphone with a recording time of 16 minutes, various message/dictation functions (I have yet to even look at them!), prerecorded message or your own. If you have 'Caller Display' on your home line then extra functions become available to you. You can group your contacts (i.e. family, work, bingo etc) and allocate them their own display colour and ringtone so that you know what to expect just from ring. Impressed?? That is not to mention the call timer, hot keys, speakerphone, range indicator, call record facility. This really is feature packed. As one of the only people I know still without a mobile phone the setting up and inputting of numbers, ringtones, answerphone parameters etc did not come natural but I soon got the hang of it (with the help of my trusty tome) In use I have soon become accustomed to the keys/functions and am completely happy with the quality of reception and voice. The liberation of just talking anywhere I want (yes, garden too) and no spinning round to unravel myself. Recommended.

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