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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cordless Phones for the Home That Talk

NOTE: This is just a sample of the phones you'll find at Zalmar.com that feature talking caller ID. For more options, click this link to visit Zalmar.com and search for the word "talking" in the search box. Accessories and additional phone systems can be found there. Note that not all features of the following phones are accessible. Navigating menus might not be possible by someone who is totally blind.

Panasonic KX-TG6445T DECT 6.0 Expandable 5-Handset Cordless Phone System with Dual Keypad, Talking Caller ID, Answering Machine and Talking Alarm Clock

Overview:
  • DECT 6.0 Technology means less Interference: Engineered to work in 1.9GHz frequency, our DECT 6.0 phones won't conflict with common wireless devices such as 2.4GHz routers, wireless keyboards and mouses, microwave ovens and other household items. And because it's digital, you'll enjoy long range and clear sound while deterring eavesdropping.
  • Call Block: Store the Caller ID info of any and all unwanted callers into your phone's Call Block list so that you can eliminate future pesky calls from them. After their information is stored, they'll get a busy signal if they call you again.
  • Silent Mode: Now you can program each handset to ring or not at your discretion. For example, before you go to sleep, set the bedside handset to Silent Mode so that it won't ring for the duration of your slumber. In the meantime, the handset in another room is unaffected, and rings as usual.
  • Talking Caller ID/Talking Alarm Clock/Talking Battery Alert: Now you don't have to be holding the phone to see who's calling; using text-to-speech technology, the caller ID information is announced in between rings! The phone also boasts an alarm clock that speaks to you, as in Its time for lunch. And the phone politely tells you when your battery is low with a Please charge phone reminder.
  • Dual Keypad and Speakerphone: Keypad and Speakerphone on Base and Handset
  Features:
  • Color: Black Metallic
  • Channels: 60 Channels
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  • Multi Handset (Capability): 5 (up to 6)
  • Optional Handset: KX-TGA641 / KX-TGA740
  • Icon Operation: Yes
  • Call Block: Yes (30-Station)
  • Frequency: 1.9 GHz
  • System: DECT 6.0
  • Shipment Battery: Ni-MH (AAA)
  • Battery Life (Talk): 5 hours
  • Battery Life (Standby): 11 days
  • Charge Time: 7 hours
  • LCD Backlit Color: White
  • Backlit Keypad: Yes
  • Dial Keypad on Base: Yes
  • Hold/Soft Key: Yes
  • Talk Volume: 3-Step
  • Speakerphone Volume: 8-step
  • Headset Jack: Yes
  • Ringer Volume: Handset & Base: High/Mid/Low/Off
  • Light-Up Indicator/Ringer Color (LED): Yes
  • Belt Clip: Yes
  • Redial Memory: 5-history (Name and No.)
  • Mute/Flash Buttons: Yes
  • Intercom (Handset to Handset/Handset to Base): Handset to Handset
  • Conference Call: Up to 4-way (Base OR Handset-Handset-Handset-LINE)
  • Any Key Answer/Talk: Yes
  • Barge In/Privacy Mode: Yes
  • Clock/Alarm: Yes (Tone/Melody/Talking Alarm)
  • Talking Caller ID (Handset/Base): Yes
  • Menu Operation: Yes
  • Wall Mountable: Yes
  • Number of LCD Language Display: 2-English/Spanish
  • Caller ID Compatible: Yes
  • Caller ID Memory: 50 items
  • Phonebook Memory (Name and Number): 50 items (16 char/32 digits)
  • Chain Dial: Yes
  • Ringer ID: Yes
  • Voice Mail: Yes
  • Answering Machine: Yes
  • Recording Time (ICM+OGM): About 18 min.
  • Memo Recording: Max. about 3 min.
  • Remote Operation/Turn On: Yes (from outside line (DTMF))
  • Base Dimensions H x W x D (in.): 2.3 x 6.1 x 5.4
  • Handset Dimensions H x W x D (in): 6.3 x 1.9 x 1.3
  • Charger Dimensions H x W x D (in.): 2 x 3 x 3.4
  • Base Weight (lbs.): 0.95
  • Handset Weight (lbs.): 0.46
  • Charger Weight (lbs.): 0.21
  • Number of Phone Lines: 1
  • Handset Locator: Yes
  • Choice Mail (Message Alert): Yes
  • Silent Mode: Yes
  • Talking Phone: Yes
  • Speakerphone Volume(Handset): Base Unit (Off + 8-Step)
  • Large Text Display Mode: Yes
Click this link to purchase the Panasonic KX-TG6445T DECT 6.0 Expandable 5-Handset Cordless Phone from Zalmar.com.

Panasonic KX-TG6641B DECT 6.0 Plus Expandable Black Cordless Phone with Alarm Clock, Talking Caller ID, Answering System and On Base Dial Pad

Features:
  • DECT 6.0 Plus
  • Power Back-Up Operation (Handset)
  • Talking Caller ID
  • Intelligent Eco Mode
  • Range Boost
  • Tone Equalizer
  • Reversible Handset Design
  • Hands-Free Speakerphone on Base & Handset
  • Smart Wall Mount
  • Call Block
  • White Backlit LCD on Handset
  • Non-Slip Handset Design
  • Ringer ID Up to 4-Way Conference Capability
Specifications:
  • Color: Black
  • Channels: 60
  • Channels Multi Handset (Capability): 1 (up to 6)
  • Handset Locator: Yes
  • Number of Phone Lines: 1
  • Call Block: Yes (30-Station)
  • Frequency: 1.9 GHz System: DECT 6.0
  • Shipment Battery: Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries (AAA x 2)
  • Battery Life (Talk): 13 Hours
  • Battery Life (Standby): 11 days
  • Charge Time: 7 hours LCD
  • Backlit Color: White
  • Handset Indicator: Yes (number or user defined name)
  • LCD (Handset): 1.8-inch Full Dot Mono 103 x 65 pixels
  • Backlit Keypad: Yes
  • Hold/Soft Key: Yes
  • Talk Volume (Handset): 4-step
  • Speakerphone Volume (Handset): 6-step
  • Headset Jack: Yes
  • Ringer Volume (Handset/Base): 6-step + OFF
  • Ringer Pattern (Tone + Melody): 10 (5+5)
  • Belt Clip: Yes
  • Redial Memory (Handset): 5-history (Name & Number)
  • Mute/Flash Buttons: Y (Soft Key/Y)
  • Intercom (Handset to Handset/Handset to Base): Yes/Yes
  • Conference Call with Outside Line: Up to 4-Way (H/S-H/S-H/S-LINE)
  • Call Sharing: Yes
  • Auto Talk: Yes Clock/Alarm: Yes (Tone/Melody)
  • Menu Operation: Yes
  • Wall Mountable: Yes
  • Silent Mode: Yes
  • Number of LCD Language Display: 2-English/Spanish
  • Caller ID Compatible: Yes
  • Caller ID Memory: 50 items
  • Phonebook Memory (Name and Number): 50 items (16 char/24 digits)
  • Chain Dial: Yes
  • Ringer ID: Yes (9 Ringer Groups)
  • Voice Mail: Yes
  • Base Dimensions H x W x D (in.): 5.4 x 6.4 x 7.2
  • Handset Dimensions H x W x D (in): 6.8 x 1.9 x 1.3
  • Base Weight (lbs.): 0.82
  • Handset Weight (lbs.): 0.31
Supplied Accessories:
  • AC Adapter
  • Telephone Line Cord
  • 2x Rechargeable Batteries
  • • Belt Clip
Click this link to purchase the Panasonic KX-TG6641B DECT 6.0 Plus Expandable Black Cordless Phone with Alarm Clock, Talking Caller ID, Answering System and On Base Dial Pad from Zalmar.com.

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