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Panasonic KX-TGH263B

Link2Cell Bluetooth® phone system with 3 handsets

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Our take on the Panasonic KX-TGH263B

by Ralph Graves
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Link your smartphones for convenient calling

With the Panasonic KX-TGH263B, you can use your smartphone as your home phone. Panasonic's innovative Link2Cell feature lets you pair two Bluetooth-compatible smartphones with the system. You can use any of the system's handsets or paired smartphones to place calls via Bluetooth through your wireless plan.

Smart energy use

The phone's Intelligent Eco Mode saves you both energy and money. The handsets automatically adjust power consumption based on distance from the base station. They maintain wireless contact drawing only the battery power they need, letting you talk longer. This feature increases the amount of talk time you get between recharges, and it extends the life of your rechargeable batteries, which means you have to replace them less frequently.

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DECT cordless technology

The KX-TGH263B uses DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) technology for clear conversations with reduced noise and excellent cordless range. It operates on the 1.9 GHz frequency bandwidth, so it won't interfere with Wi-Fi® computer networks or other common wireless devices.

Highlights:

  • built-in Bluetooth lets you pair up to 2 smartphones
  • supports up to 6 compatible handsets (3 included)
  • uses DECT 6.0 Plus cordless phone standard
  • 1.9 GHz frequency range avoids interference with Wi-Fi networks
  • enhanced noise reduction for enhanced voice clarity
  • Intelligent Eco Mode adjusts power consumption based on handset proximity
  • base includes all-digital answering machine with 18-minute capacity for messages
  • 1.8" color display on handsets
  • lighted handset keypads
  • talking caller ID
  • handset speakerphones
  • voice paging (base to all handsets)
  • NiMH rechargeable batteries for each handset (two AAAs)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Type of Cordless DECT 6.0 Plus
Caller ID Yes
LCD on Base or Handset Handset
Directory Capacity 3000
Speed Dial Memories 9
Hold Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Flash Key Yes
Ringer off Yes
Base Keypad No
Illuminated Keypad Yes
Headset-Compatible BT
Base to Handset Paging No
Digital Answering Machine Yes
Wall Mounting No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • Black KX-TGH260 base unit/charger
  • 3 Black KX-TGHA20 handsets
  • 6 BK-40AAABU Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable batteries (1.2V 400mAh)
  • PNLV226 AC adapter with attached 70" DC output cord (DC output: 5.5V 500mA)
  • 2 Black PNLC1051 Charger bases
  • Two PNLV233 AC adapters with 6' DC output cord (DC output: 4.8V 160mA)
  • 6' Telephone cord
  • Operating Instructions
  • Quick Guide
  • Range Extender promo sheet
  • Key detector promo sheet

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Telephone Features
Answering System Features
Dimensions

Telephone Features

Overview: The Panasonic KX-TGH263 Link-to-Cell Bluetooth Convergence Solution 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 phones so you can make and receive cellular calls through the cordless handsets, without requiring a land line. The base unit charges one handset, and chargers are included for the other handsets. The phone features advanced DECT 6.0 Plus technology for enhanced quality and longer range.

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. You can pair a maximum of two cell phones and one headset, but only two at a time. The unit can be used to talk on two lines at the same time--two cellular lines, or the land line and one cellular line.

Cell Phone Locator: The KX-TGH263 can help you locate a misplaced cellular phone by pressing the "Locate Cell" button on the base unit. You will first need to enter your cell phone number into the base and assign it to this feature. When you press the "Locate Cell", the base unit uses the outside "land" line to call your cell phone to help you locate it.

Text Message (SMS) Alert: When you receive a text message on your cell phone while it is synced to the base unit, a Text Message Alert will notify you of the message through the cordless handset. You can set the alert to "On (with name)" and the handset will announce the name of the message sender. If you don't wish to receive a "talking" alert, you can set the unit to "On (no announce)," or Off.

DECT 6.0 Plus: DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) operates in the 1.9 GHz frequency range, which means the KX-TGH263 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 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 more KX-TGHA20 handsets, up to a maximum 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 party.

Bluetooth Wireless Headset: You can pair a Bluetooth headset to the base unit for hands-free wireless conversation on a land line call. Most headsets can communicate with the base unit within a range of 33 feet. The headset must support the HeadSet Profile (HSP).

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 1.88" Full-dot TFT Color LCD screen with a resolution of 128 x 160 pixels and 65,000 colors. 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.

Smart Function Key: The Smart Function key is active when the NR (noise reduction) key is flashing. When the Smart Function key flashes rapidly, you can answer a call from the outside or another handset, stop the paging, or turn off the alarm. When it is flashing slowly, you can listen to new messages or voice mail messages, or view the caller list when you've missed a call. Each function must be turned on in the menu for the Smart Function key.

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 rings.

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. 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 max) and phone numbers (24 digits max) can be stored in the base unit's phonebook. You can also store multiple numbers under a single name: up to 1500 entries with 2 phone numbers, or up to 1000 entries with three phone numbers. 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.

Redial List: 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 Answer/Auto Talk: The Any Key Answer 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 menu.

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 15 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.

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 if necessary.

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, daily, or weekly 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: 7 hours
  • Battery Talk Time: up to 10 hours continuous
  • Battery Standby Time: up to 6 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 Backup Mode.

Wall Mounting: The battery chargers for the cordless handsets can be placed on a desk or table, or can be wall mounted using the included bracket. The base unit cannot be wall mounted.

Answering System Features

All-Digital Answering System: The Panasonic KX-TGH263 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 18 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, "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 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 messages
  • Turn the answering system on or off

Voice Mail Services: The KX-TGH263 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-TGH263 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.

Dimensions

Base Unit:

  • Width: 4.155"
  • Height: 3" (6.5" w/handset)
  • Depth: 3.5"
  • Weight: 4.23 oz.

Cordless Handset:

  • Width: 1.776"
  • Height: 6.07"
  • Depth: 0.874"
  • Weight (w/battery): 3.88 oz.

Battery Charger:

  • Width: 2.805"
  • Height: 1.4375" (6.625" w/handset)
  • Depth: 2.875"
  • Weight: 3.17 oz.
 
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Does this product support Bluetooth downloading of the cell phone(s) caller directory? Also, can it sync to it once loaded? [ Ray  Sep 24, 2014 ]
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  • I was able to find this info in manual downloading the phonebook information: You can copy phonebook entries from the paired cellular phones or other cellular phones (not paired) to the unit's phonebook. A cellular phone must be compatible with Bluetooth wireless technology. Important: Your cellular phone must support Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) or Object Push Profile (OPP) specification. The unit can copy up to 3 phone numbers of a copied entry for each entry. If an entry has 4 or more phone numbers, the phone numbers will be copied as 2 entries with the same name (up to 6 numbers in total). If a phonebook entry includes additional data such as a picture, that entry may fail to copy to the base unit. If your cellular phone includes international call entries, set the conversion codes before copying [ Jeff Staff  Sep 26, 2014 ]

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