Cordless phones on the decline, but Panasonic still has a couple of newbies

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You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that mobile phones are taking over in the home. Your contacts are stored on them, as are your messages, and it can’t hurt that you can access the web and play Angry Birds, but just in case you still need a cordless phone, Panasonic has two newbies.

Yes, it’s that time again: time for a new phone, because we like phones.

Generally, we report on mobile phones, because lately, that’s what people are after, but this week, the news isn’t all about the comparatively small touchscreen slates we store in our pockets that let us talk, message, and surf the web, with Panasonic unveiling two new cordless phones that bring some of that modern technology to a home phone.

“Our 2014 cordless phone line up is designed to cater to the ultra-connected modern consumer, with a range to suit all sorts of individual and family needs,” said Nicolas Cauzac, Panasonic Australia’s Product Marketing Manager for Home Communications. “With a focus on premium design and smart functionality, we’re expecting continued success in our home communications division.”

Panasonic’s 2014 range isn’t a big one, with two products technically making it up, both of which have a handset and base, or just the extra handset by itself.

First there’s the KX-TG7892/3AZS (above), which doesn’t have a particularly friendly name, but does bring with it Bluetooth connectivity, answering machine, talking caller ID, key fob to help you find your keys using the phone handset, and an intercom, as well as a USB port to charge your smartphone, which in this picture is highlighted by a product that looks too flat to be an iPhone, and yet sports the familiar Apple interface.

Don’t worry, it’s not the next iPhone — sorry rumour hunters — but rather a product meant to be from the future, and this USB charge will work with any product, provided you bring your own cable.

Then there’s the KX-TGH222/3AZB (we couldn’t make these names up if we tried) which brings a colour LCD display, a simple white on black look, improved DECT 6 technology for clearer calls, and a baby monitor to listen for crying children.

Of particular note is the “call block” function, which will take care of those pesky telemarketers and insurance salespeople with a call block to your number (that’s the theory, anyway).

Priced from $139.95 for the TG7892AZS (twin pack, triple pack from $179.95) and $119.95 for the TGH222AZB (twin pack, triple pack from $159.95), they could be the update homes need for an ageing telephone system, but it could also be one of the last cordless phone releases, as more people make their way to mobile phones in the home rather than relying on the home phone.

“Of course the cordless market has seen some decline over time,” said a representative for Panasonic, adding that “it is [however] still a very significant part of the Panasonic business and we continue to develop new products.”

“Consumers want a feature-rich product in the home, and with the rise in use of smartphones, Panasonic’s new range of cordless phones has been developed with connectivity in mind. The KX-TG7892/3AZS and KX-TGH222/3AZB are compatible with smart technology [and] standard features include Bluetooth connectivity, allowing mobile calls to be taken via home handsets, and an advanced telephone answering system (TAM) with out of home message retrieval.”

Panasonic’s 2014 cordless phones can be found in store from the end of July.