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Panasonic KX-TG7645M 5 Handset DECT 6.0, Link-to-Cell (via Bluetooth) Cordless Phone System: Wow. Wow. Wow!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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It takes a LOT to impress me when it comes to ‘gadgets’.

But, I have to say that this 5 handset Panasonic has blown me away. I don’t want to jinx myself but all I can say right now about this system, which I got for $90 from Amazon (on a special deal last week), is WOW, WOW, WOW!

To get me to say 3 WOWs for a phone system takes some doing — especially as this Panasonic system is but a replacement for a 2007 Panasonic system with 4 handsets. So it wasn’t like I wasn’t used to Panasonic phones.

But, the difference between this system (2011 technology) and my old 2007 system (probably 2005 technology) is like chalk and cheese.

Right now my only regret is that I didn’t get the even newer KXTG7875S! That is Amazon’s fault. They didn’t show me that as an option — at the time. They showed me the TG7645M, on a 3 phone comparison, as THE BEST.

Compared to the garbage VTech CS6429-4 this looks and feels like an iPad.

The Link-to-Cell worked fine. I was impressed and gratified.

Have it all hooked up via the Obi110 Voice Service Bridge. So we now have a pretty complicated but interconnected phone system. I will draw a network diagram soon.

For now, I am very happy. I hope I will continue to be so.

OBi110 Voice Service Bridge: Works And Works Well. Pretty Neat. Setting Google Voice As Default Drive Me To Distraction, Though.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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As I stated in this post, I am redoing our whole entire phone infrastructure now that we ditched ‘U.S. Cellular‘ and went with ‘Consumer Cellular‘.

Since everybody has been raving about it I decided to look at Google Voice. I had never heard of it! Though we had a Magic Jack a few years ago, I don’t really pay much attention to VoIP mainly because I don’t really like to use the phone — unless I am having trouble with something. But, I tried Google Voice, and as with most things from Google (e.g. Google Drive), was BLOWN AWAY. They really do make things simple, but powerful. Talk about ‘click-and-play’.

Given that Google Voice (GV) gives you VoIP for ‘free’ in the U.S. and Canada, and I already had it just by the virtue of being a ‘Google’ user, I decided to get a BOX that would let me use GV over my home phone system. Found the OBi110 Voice Service Bridge fairly quickly on Amazon. It is exactly what I wanted. It aggregates, i.e., bonds, my existing TDS landline and GV1. So using the same handsets I can make and receive calls to/from landline and GV1. Pretty neat.

Had a OBi110 delivered today.

Basic setup was ‘OK’ and fairly simple. Had to redo some of the Web stuff multiple times before it worked.

But, when it said it was all done, IT WORKED,
and worked well.
Good sound quality. Clear calls.

I can make calls out on TDS or GV1. To select TDS I have to dial **8<number>. For GV1 I have to dial **1<number>.

Calls made either to our TDS number of GV1 number (with a Portland, ME prefix (as was also the case with Magic Jack)) rings on the handsets — transparently.

All of that was GOOD and worked as promised and as it should.

The only thing I don’t like is having to DIAL **1 to select GV1. I want it to be the DEFAULT, i.e., if I don’t dial **n, it dials out via GV1.

I know it can be done. Obi documentation says it can be done. But, couldn’t find HOW to do it or where to do it. Drove me nuts.

Online Chat was offline! Couldn’t find telephone support. When I finally did and called they were ‘offline’ too. I went on their forum and in desperation did a post offering to PAY someone, via PayPal, if they told me how to do it. It was up there for nearly 90 minutes. 45 people read it, BUT I didn’t get a single call.

Then I called up their Sales number. Got a very nice gentleman. Told him my problem. It was EASY to fix! But, he admitted that it was non-intuitive and is NOT documented. You make the change in the GV1 service NOT against the line option. But, took about 15 seconds to achieve once I was told where I had to make the change. So I am happy.

Good Box (so far).

Documentation, especially for the Obi110 which is the only device that supports a land line, could be better.

I will keep you posted.

Now that I can dial out, on GV1, without hitting any keys in front — I am happy.
Not orgasmic. Not even close. But, maybe happy as a clam (and I am not sure whether clams get orgasmic).

My new 5-handset Panasonic is here too. But, that is for tomorrow. One technology at a time.

VTech CS6429-4 DECT 6.0 & CS6409 Cordless 5 Handset System Proved To Be Disastrous. Handsets ALL Unregistered …

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to ENLARGE. That was my order. Delivered Saturday, Nov. 6, 2013.

Click to ENLARGE. That was my order. Delivered Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.

My review — which just echoes others and the unregistering is what I ran into.

I have already wasted way too much time with this useless VTech system and as such will keep this short.

I am redoing our whole entire phone infrastructure now that we ditched ‘U.S. Cellular‘ and went with ‘Consumer Cellular‘.

I am getting an OBi110 Voice Service Bridge and am going to bond my TDS landline with a new (actually Saturday) Google Voice service.

The existing 4-handset cordless system we have was 7 years old and I decided to refresh the technology. Since the old one was a Panasonic I decided, on a whim, to go with VTech. Thinking back, other than kid’s toys made by them my last experience with a VTech phone was c. 1995 and I remember taking that back too.

The problem started with the 5th handset. Could not get it to register. It was Sunday. No VTech support. Of course checked the Web. Plenty of others had experienced the same issue but nobody could tell me how to fix it other than call VTech support or get another unit. I even opted to do that because I really wanted this system to work. Amazon, as I have said many times before, is very good to us. They contacted me asking me why I was asking for a replacement — and suggested I return the whole order! I told them that I wanted to persevere with VTech. They said fine and immediately started shipping me a replacement, CS6409 additional handset.

A few minutes later I looked at one of my other 4 previously working handsets. I had set the date/time and the other settings. They had been good earlier in the day. Now I noticed that the day and time were wrong! I thought it was just that handset. I went looking for another. Same problem. Then I noticed that that handset was unregistered — i.e., no longer saying ‘HANDSET 3’. Looked at the original. You guessed it. Same problem. All 4 of the CS6429-4 handsets were unregistered. That meant I could not make or receive any calls. Tried to register a handset so I could have a working landline system. Would not register.

Picked up my cell and contacted Amazon. They immediately said return the whole system. They cancelled the previous return and immediately e-mailed me a return label for the whole system, 5 phones.

UPS came and picked that up. I wanted a new system. Did some quick research. Decided to go with a reasonably new and fancy Panasonic. Amazon was having one of their deals. The 5-set system was cheaper than the 4-set system. Ordered that. In the meantime had to reinstall the old system. Luckily I had not given it away which is what I had planned! Old system works (fine) — I just wanted a new system. New Panasonic has Link-to-Cell. I have read that that is IFFY! Not a deal breaker. I can actually also get Cell linkage with the OBi110 Voice Service Bridge.