Over the weekend, Panasonic (News - Alert) received quite a compliment regarding its KX-TGP500 Wireless SIP phone. According to Fred Wilson, who wrote for the Business Insider, “if you have a VoIP provider and are looking for a new SIP phone, I strongly recommend this Panasonic phone.” Even more so, he says “if you are still on a traditional landline carrier and are getting bilked, I strongly suggest you go VoIP.”
Interesting. So what exactly did Wilson have to say about the Panasonic wireless SIP phone? Apparently, Wilson made the move to a cloud-based VoIP PBX (News - Alert) not too long ago, and with several homes on one account and with his total phone bill including international calls and calls across multiple homes, his less than $100 monthly fee came at quite a steal.
Despite this, he couldn’t find the perfect phone handsets, which can be equally important for some. “We like wireless handsets that have a small charging cradle and nothing else,” Wilson explains. “We tried a bunch of vendors but this spring we finally landed on the answer.”
The answer, of course, being a Panasonic DECT (News - Alert) system – the KXTGP500. Not only does this solution come from Panasonic’s esteemed SIP Cordless Phone System, but it also harnesses the power of DECT technology.
“The black box is called a gateway and that is what you connect to your home network. It connects via the Internet to your SIP provider, in our case Onsip. It's about the size of a CD jewel case and it sits easily underneath a desk somewhere,” Wilson describes. “The handsets connect wirelessly to the gateway. The range is very good. We get good connectivity a floor up and down and throughout a 3000sf space. The handsets look nice, are not too large, and have good build quality. And they appear to be very reliable, although we've only been using them for four or five months. You can get additional handsets for the gateway.”
Wilson also (happily) adds that the review of the system he found on Amazon was completely in line with the final product received. Quite a victory for Panasonic!
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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli