Answering System Features
Overview: The Panasonic KX-TG7873 Digital Cordless Answering
System is a single line, three-handset cordless phone system with an integrated
all-digital answering machine. The built-in Link2Cell system operates together
with your cell phone so you can make and receive cellular calls through the
cordless handsets. The phone comes with a base unit speakerphone with a keypad and
LCD, two additional handset chargers, and features advanced DECT 6.0 Plus technology for enhanced quality and longer range.
DECT 6.0 Plus with Range Boost: DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless
Telecommunications) operates in the 1.9 GHz
frequency range, which means the KX-TG7873 phone will not conflict with other wireless devices such
as computer routers, wireless keyboards, microwave ovens and other common
household devices. DECT 6.0 Plus with Range Boost provides an 80 times increase in signal
correction resolution over conventional DECT 6.0 handsets, and better talking
quality over a longer range.
Expandable Cordless System: In addition to the included
cordless handsets, you can add up to three more KX-TGA680 handsets, for a total of six.
All handsets can be registered to the base unit, allowing you to talk from
handset-to-handset, transfer calls, and make conference calls with an outside
Link2Cell: Link2Cell lets you sync your cell phone via
Bluetooth to the base unit. This lets you leave your cell phone next to the base
unit, and use the cordless handsets to make and receive cellular calls. The base
unit also has a USB (Type A) for charging your cell phone battery. You can pair
a maximum of 2 cell phones and one headset, however, the base unit only allows
only one to be active at a time.
Text Message Alert: When you receive a text message on your
cell phone while it is synced to the base unit, the Text Message Alert feature
will notify you of the message through the cordless handset. The handset will
announce the text message two times on the base unit and handsets.
Base Speakerphone: The base unit has a full keypad with
speakerphone, allowing you to make a call from the base unit without the
presence of a handset.
Base Backlit LCD: The large 2.5" wide backlit LCD will
display the name and phone number of the incoming caller, as well as status
indicators for the answering system, phone line, Silent Mode, Call Sharing, and
ringer off. The base LCD will display two lines, plus a row to show the function
for the three soft keys just below the display.
Handset Speakerphone: The cordless handset can double as a speakerphone for hands-free conversations.
The handset is squared on the bottom, allowing you to stand it up on a table top
while you talk hands-free.
1.8" Backlit LCD: The cordless handset features a
backlit 1.8" Full-dot Mono LCD screen with a resolution of 103 x 65 pixels. The handset LCD displays Caller ID information, battery strength, Caller
List, Directory, plus the Function Menu table. Along the bottom, the functions
for the two handset soft keys are displayed.
Navigator Key: The
navigator key on the handset is
used to navigate through menus and to select items shown on the display by
pushing it up, down, left, or right. You can easily adjust the receiver or
speaker volume by pressing the navigator key up or down as you talk.
Talking Caller ID: This unit is compatible with Caller ID services offered by your telephone
company. If you subscribe to Caller ID, the caller's name and phone number will
be displayed and recorded in the handset's Caller List. In addition, the phone
uses text-to-speech technology to announce the caller's information between
Call Waiting Caller ID: If you subscribe to Call
Waiting with Caller ID, when talking on the phone as another call comes in, the
second caller's name and phone number will be displayed.
Caller List: The unit records information
for the last 50 callers and stores this information in the Caller List.
The unit can show
the number of calls you missed. You can call back any number in the caller list.
Once a number is in the Caller List, it can be manually or automatically edited
(to add or remove area codes or prefixes), saved in the Directory, or deleted.
Call Block: If you have subscribed to Caller ID, you can
program the phone to reject calls when it receives a call without a phone
number, or from a number stored in the Call Block list as unwanted. You can
store up to 250 phone numbers in the call block list. When a call is received,
the unit rings once while the caller is being identified. If the phone number
matches an entry in the Call Block list, the phone disconnects the call without
a further ring.
Shared Phonebook: All handsets registered to the base unit
can use the unit's phonebook. Up to 3000 names (16 characters) and phone numbers
(24 digits) can be stored in
the base unit's phonebook. Each of the names and phone numbers can be assigned
to one of the following groups: Home, Cell 1, and Cell 2. A group ringer tone
can be assigned to each group (if you subscribe to Caller ID). A pause can be entered in the phone number if required
for dialing. Each pause is stored as one digit and the pause is approximately
3.5 seconds. The directory names are sorted alphabetically.
Speed Dial: You can assign one phone number, up to 24
digits, to each of the dial keys (1-9) on each handset. For each phone number,
you can attach a name of up to 16 characters. To view a speed dial number on the
display, press and hold the speed dial key. To call the number, press and hold
the speed dial key, then press the talk key.
Chain Dial: You can dial a number from the handset while on a
call using Chain Dial. This can be used to dial a calling card access number,
dial a PIN number, etc. without having to dial it manually.
You can review a list of the last five numbers dialed, then call any of those
numbers. Each redial list entry can have a maximum of 48 digits.
Mute: This system features a Mute soft key that appears on the
base and cordless
handset during a call. If you wish to temporarily mute the conversation, you can mute the
handset so the other party cannot hear you, but you can still hear them.
Hold: While on an outside call, you can place the caller on
Hold. The base unit has a dedicated Hold button, while the Hold feature is found
in the handset menu.
Handset Locator: This feature allows you to locate a handset by paging it from the base
unit. All registered handsets are paged simultaneously.
Intercom: This feature lets you set-up a 2-way conversation
between the base unit and a registered handset or two registered handsets.
Call Transfer: Calls can be transferred from the base to a
handset or from one handset to
another registered handset.
Silent Mode: You can select a period of time during which
the handset and/or the base unit will not ring for outside calls. Silent Mode
can be set for each unit independently.
Privacy Mode: You can prevent users of other handsets from
joining your conversations by engaging the Privacy Mode in the Initial Setting
menu. To allow other users to join your conversation (call share), you can turn
the Privacy Mode off.
Any Key Talk/Auto Talk: The Any Key Talk feature
allows you to press any of the numeric keys, the * key, or the # key to answer a call. When the
handset is on the charger base, the Auto Talk feature allows you to answer a
call by simply picking up the handset. Auto Talk can be turned on/off in the
Volume Controls: You have the ability to adjust volume
levels for the handset (4 levels), the handset speakerphone (8 levels), and the
base speakerphone (8 levels).
Ringer Options: On the base unit and handset, you can select one of
six ringer volume settings or Off. You can choose from five different ringer
tones or 10 ringer melodies.
Handset Sound Options: The handset has a noise reduction
button that allows you to hear the voice of the person you're talking to clearer
by reducing the surrounding noise. In addition, the Handset Equalizer produces a
more natural-sounding voice.
Headset Compatible: The handset is equipped with a 2.5mm
sub-mini jack for plugging in a compatible Panasonic headset. Compatible
headsets include: KX-TCA60, KX-TCA93,
KX-TCA400, and KX-TCA430.
Temporary Tone Dialing: If you are using a pulse dialing
system, you can temporarily switch to tone dialing to enter numbers for
answering services, electronic banking services, company phone directories, etc.
When you hang up, the mode switches back to pulse dialing.
Flash Key: If you have the Call Waiting
service, you can use the flash key to put the first call on hold, allowing you
to answer a second incoming call. You can adjust the length of the flash time
Security: A handset cannot operate unless
it is registered with the base unit.
Alarm: You can set an alarm to sound for three minutes once
or daily at the same time for each handset.
Battery Information: The phone comes with
two "AAA" rechargeable
Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) batteries for each cordless handset. A Ni-MH battery doesn't develop the
"memory" effect like many Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cad) rechargeable batteries.
- Initial Charge Time:
- Battery Talk Time:
up to 10 hours continuous
- Battery Standby Time:
up to 8 days
Intelligent Eco Mode: The Intelligent Eco Mode feature
automatically reduces the power consumption of the handset by suppressing
handset transmission power when the handset is close to the base unit. This
extends talk time and prolongs battery life.
Power Backup Operation: If a power failure occurs, a charged
handset can supply power to the base unit. This allows you to make and receive
calls using another handset during a power failure. Some functions, such as
caller ID and shared phonebook may not be available when the unit is in Power
Wall Mounting: The base unit and battery charger for the
cordless handset can be placed on a desk or table, or can be wall mounted using
the included bracket.
Answering System Features
All-Digital Answering System: The Panasonic KX-TG7873 is
equipped with an all-digital answering system for recording, saving, and
retrieving your messages. Messages are recorded onto an advanced microchip for
quiet operation and easy retrieval.
Total Recording Time: The total time for recording is approximately
minutes for all messages (including greeting). A maximum of 64 messages can be
recorded. All messages are saved until you delete them. When the memory is full,
an indicator on the base unit flashes rapidly, "Messages Full" is shown on the
handset display, and, if you use the pre-recorded greeting message, the unit
automatically switches to another pre-recorded greeting that asks callers to
call again later.
Caller's Recording Time: You can select 1, 2, or 3
minutes for recording incoming messages. Individual messages can be played back
and erased from the base unit or the handsets.
Greetings: You can record a
personal greeting of up to 2 minutes. The unit also comes with 2 pre-recorded
messages; one used when the unit has no available
recording time, and one used when a message will be recorded.
Number of Rings: You can set
the number of rings before the answering system answers the call. Your choices
are 2 to 7 rings, or Toll Saver. When set to Toll Saver, the unit will answer on
the second ring when there is at least one new message, or on the fifth ring
when there are no new messages. This allows you to save on toll charges for the
call by hanging up when you hear the third ring, knowing there are no messages.
Call Screening: You can listen to
an incoming message as the caller leaves it using the handset's speaker.
Audible Message Alert: When a new
message has been received, the base unit will beep two times every minute until
you listen to the message. The Audible Message Alert can be turned on or off in
the Menu. In addition to the audible alert, the play button on the base unit
will flash, and "New Message" is displayed on the handsets' display.
Alert Call: When activated, the unit will make a called to a
pre-stored phone number to inform you that a new message has been received. The
Alert Call feature can be turned on or off in the menu, as desired.
Remote Operation: You can
operate the Answering System from any touch-tone phone. The system is protected
by a three-digit remote code to
prevent unauthorized access. You can either use the
unit's voice prompts (in English or Spanish) or direct commands by pressing keys. During remote
operation, you can perform the following functions:
- Playback all messages or playback
new messages only
- Repeat or skip a message
- Play the greeting
- Record a new greeting
- Erase currently playing message or all
- Turn the answering system on or off
Voice Mail Services: The KX-TG7873 will integrate with your
telephone company's voice mail service to make it easier to retrieve your
messages. When you receive a new Voice Mail message, the telephone company sends
special tones to alert you that a new message is available. The KX-TG7873
detects these tones, causing the message indicator on the handset to flash
slowly, and by displaying "New Voice Mail" in the LCD. You can program your
Voice Mail access number (along with your password and any necessary pauses) so
you can dial it automatically to retrieve your messages.
- Width: 7.015"
4.0" (7.125" w/handset)
- Width: 1.865"
- Height: 6.589"
- Depth: 1.191"
- Width: 2.851"
- Height: 1.681" (7.25" w/handset)
- Depth: 2.858"