With all the available technology available to help us connect with one another, it can be hard to manage them all. Some of us have an office land line, a home land line, a personal cell phone, and work cell phone. It can be exhausting to juggle all those phones. This is where the Panasonic Link to Cell System comes in. This system allows you to merge two cell phone lines via bluetooth, into a system that also handles a land line. It comes with two handsets, that can both act as your cell phone.
The Panasonic Link to Cell System might be an ideal product for an office setting. You can stroll in first thing in the morning, and drop your cell phones into a pile and let them lounge there for the day, while you take all of your calls on the singular handset. Set up is a little intimidating at first, but fortunately they give you number shortcuts so you don’t really have to spend time processing what the menu says, and you can just follow the manual. It took about 15 minutes to read through the instructions, plug in, and set everything up. Once it is in, you have the option to use the system through the handset or through the base unit speaker phone.
Making a call is as simple as hitting the Cell 1 or Cell 2 button and dialing. The cell phone itself reflects that a call is being made but you cannot hear the conversation through it. This is a good thing to prevent eavesdroppers. If necessary, you can make the switch to your cell from the handset without losing the call. Call waiting is available for the land line, but not for the cell phone. This is a down side, as you may miss calls and not realize it if you are not looking at the cell phone. It is also easy to recognize which cell the calls are coming from or which one you are using, since the base unit blinks to indicate such, and the screen shows which number is in use. It is very nice that is has the option for different ringers for the different lines coming in.
Caller ID on the system is available with a neat talking feature. The system features text-to-speech technology, so that is is able to announce Caller ID information. In addition, the system will even let you know when the battery is low by saying “Please Charge Phone”. There is also a silent mode for programming the times you want to yourself.
The system uses Dect 6.0 Plus technology. Clarity was average for a handset. It is probably fairly comparable to your current in-home wireless handset, with just a faint background white noise buzz. There is an ECO setting that suppresses handset transmission when it is close to the base, but automatically turns off when clarity is needed, saving power. Another nice feature of the Panasonic Link to Cell System is that you can download your cellular phone book to it in just a few easy steps. 3 way conference calling is also easy to set up. It is particularly useful for the speakerphone on the base unit. However, during my time using it so far, the person on the other line could not hear me very well and that was when I was only about 1 foot away from the base, although I could hear them quite well.
There is also an intercom feature that allows you to save your voice from screaming across the house, and just buzz them on the other handset. The same button also operates as a locator for the times you will lose the handset, as happens to all of us at one point. After all, the crack in the couch is a logical place for your toddler to stuff the handset right? This feature will help, providing the handset isn’t dead. You can add up to 6 handsets to this. You can also use this system like you would a house phone and set up and play voicemail, but this system also offers a voice memos feature.
The handset requires two rechargeable-only triple A batteries. The handsets are comfortable in the hand, have a nice sleek appearance with a lighted keypad, and a typical but easy to read digital screen. There is a back rubberized grip on the back for ease of holding in the crook of your shoulder. The units can also be bolted into the wall. In addition, these units can be paired with an actual bluetooth headset, although that seems a little redundant.
Overall, Panasonic Link to Cell System will be useful to a select group of people, perhaps office managers, sales people with lots of calls coming in, or maybe work at home moms. For $100 (or $89 on Amazon) it is a little pricey, but the system doesn’t come up short on features. However, if you use text messaging a lot, the purpose of this phone might be moot. Also, not being able to retrieve voicemail from the cell phone, but only the landline, will be counter productive. If the convenience of this all in one concept outweighs these points for you, then it is a good buy. Otherwise, stick to juggling phones like the rest of us.
The Good: All in one convenience via bluetooth connectivity to your cell phone, silent mode, low energy consumption, neat text-to-speech features
The Bad: Can’t manage all incoming cell phone information i.e…. text message, voicemail, call waiting, callers had difficulty hearing us well on speakerphone.