I haven’t had a home phone in 9 years. When I first started telling people that, they were shocked, especially older coworkers who couldn’t imagine a life without a landline. To me, it just didn’t make sense to spend the extra money on a house phone, when I did the majority of my talking on my cell. I tossed the home line and never looked back.
For the most part, I have never regretted my decision. Every place I have lived has had very good cell coverage and the call quality has been just fine. My only minor setback has come in the form of missed calls. I often come home and put my cell phone down somewhere, or I hook it up to charge. It’s only a matter of time before I inevitably walk away to another room in the house. My phone starts to vibrate and I can’t hear it. Sometimes I will sit down to watch a movie and I will miss three or four calls. It can be a little frustrating for all involved.
The other day, completely by accident, I stumbled on a solution to this problem. It comes in the form of the Panasonic KX-TG7743. While it may look like many other cordless phone systems you can find in most homes, it has a unique feature that sets it apart from all others.
They call it “link2cell”, a feature that allows you to connect your cellphone, via bluetooth, to this cordless phone system. You pair your phone to this device as you would an ear piece or a handsfree system in your car. Once the connection is established all of your cell phone calls will go through this system. This means that you can make and receive call on a cordless house phone.
No more missing calls, no more running down your cell phone battery. This system can work in conjunction with a land line or with just your cell phone. You can pair up to two phones and assign them unique ring tones. You can also import your contacts from your cell to the KX-TG7743.
The reviews on this phone are excellent and the list of included features is long. It has a locator feature to help you find the handset, call block to get rid of those annoying telemarketers, talking caller ID, hands free speaker phone and many many more. It was awarded and excellent rating for call quality from consumer reports, and Amazon reviewers have given in 4.5 out of 5 stars, very rare.
Panasonic’s reputation for quality and their innovative use of bluetooth technology have been combined in this cordless phone system. I purchased one a few days ago, received it, and plan to hook it up tomorrow. I will follow up with my own personal experience in the upcoming days.