I don’t know about you, but I am so tired of typing contact numbers into phones. Be it cell phone or landline, I’ve spent way too much time on such a mundane task. So, as if reading my mind, Panasonic announced a new landline telephone that lets you transfer an entire cell phone address book of up to 600 names in just minutes—and with just one push of a button.
The phone, the KX-TG9381T (someone’s got to tell them to come up with better names) uses a wireless Bluetooth connection to do this (your cell phone must be Bluetooth-enabled as well). All you have to do is go to the “Phonebook Transfer” option on the phone’s menu screen and follow the directions. For hands-free chatting, you can also use any Bluetooth headset with the phone's base unit. The phone itself has two lines and includes a 40-minute digital answering machine, a three-line conference call capability and a Silent Mode that can be programmed to automatically shut off the ringer at night. A speakerphone is also included on the base unit and handsets.
The KX-TG9381T retails for $170 for a base unit and cordless handset, $230 for a base unit and two cordless handsets (model KX-TG9382T). If you’d like to expand the system, you can use up to six handsets, which will be available individually at $80 each.