The problem with power failures – be they a local fuse or a street or suburb wide blackout – is that a lot of the modern technology we use becomes completely useless.

One of the most vital of those technologies is the phone. If you’ve got a cordless phone at your home you are completely stuffed!  You will need to have a direct ‘old style’ phone plugged directly in to get service.

Until now.

Today Panasonic announced the 662 Series DECT Cordless phones.  These phones operate as normal digital cordless handsets.  However, unlike any other cordless they will provide some service in a power outage.

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This system works by allowing you to place the phones in the base and use the ‘speaker’ function to make or receive calls.  I havent tested the device yet, but assume that the device may in fact get some of the power required from the battery in the cordless handset.  Otherwise, it’s using simple base phone system with speaker amplification to allow this to work in an outage.

Great concept, good looks – the full company announcement is below.

Panasonic 662 Series Cordless Phones


Panasonic Australia delivers industry-first technology with new DECT Cordless Phone Series

SYDNEY, 19 July 2011: Panasonic Australia, the global leader in home communications, today announced the arrival of the 662 DECT Cordless Phone Series featuring industry-first Power Failure Talk System technology. This allows users to make and receive calls even during a blackout, by simply placing the handset on the base and using the speakerphone.

The line-up is comprised of the KX-TG6621ALB (single handset pack) and KX-TG6622ALB (twin handset pack) and also boasts Panasonic’s unique Equaliser Optimisation technology that allows users to adjust the bass and treble via the menu to the pitch that is most comfortable to them when receiving calls.

Charissa Sano, Product Manager – Home Communications, Panasonic Australia, said: “We are very excited to provide Australian consumers even greater functionality in their cordless phone, with easy-to-use, industry-leading features and stylish design – all at an affordable price.”

“Panasonic recognises that home communication continues to play an important role in the lives of our consumers and we are committed to meeting this demand with a comprehensive range featuring impressive battery life as well as reliability and greater security and comfort for our customers.”

Other convenient features include Long Range Clear Sound error connection technology which guarantees clear conversations with fewer interruptions as well as a large, easy to read 1.8-inch LCD screen and intuitive menu.

The 662 Series also makes talking while on the move a breeze thanks to a Multitask rubberised grip that allows the user to safely and effortlessly continue the task at hand without fear of dropping the phone.

Panasonic has also announced the arrival of the new entry level 161 DECT Cordless Phone Series, offering a comprehensive feature set at an affordable price. With a 50 name and number phonebook plus caller ID with a 50 name and number call log, this Series is ideal for Australian families that want the convenience of quickly calling loved ones at their fingertips. The 161 Series also features an easy-to-read LCD screen that displays the caller’s name and number for easy identification as well as 15 hours talk time.

Panasonic cordless phones are available from leading consumer electronics retailers. For more information, contact Panasonic on 132 600 or visit

Product Features – 662 Series

Power Talk Failure System
This industry-first feature makes it possible to use this cordless phone even during a power blackout by using battery power, with up to 3 hours talk time for the KX-TG6622ALBi. When using a single handset, the user simply places the handset on the base and will then be able to make calls from the handset using the speakerphone functionii. With a twin handset, calls can also be made from the second handset.

Equaliser Optimisation
Panasonic’s unique technology allows the user to optimise call sound according to their preference by boosting treble or bass.

Long Range Clear Sound
This high precision error correction system ensures clear conversation with fewer interruptions, allowing you to enjoy a smooth, error-free conversation.

Multitask Rubberised Grip
The rubberised grip allows users to easily continue the task at hand without the worry of dropping the phone.

One-Touch Eco Mode
Select the Eco mode at the touch of a button to control signal output and power consumption.

Name and Number Phonebook
The 662 Series enables up to 100 contacts to be stored using its phonebook function with additional features including Caller ID and Call Block. The 662 Series also allows Phonebook copy (handset to handset).

Digital Answering Machine with remote operation
Never miss a message and save those that you need to listen to again. Message playback can be controlled from the handset or the base station.

Other key features of the 662 Series include:

  • Polyphonic ringtones (10) and ringer tones (5)
  • Handsfree speaker phone on handset
  • Call waiting Caller ID
  • 10-redial memory (name and number)
  • Any key answer
  • Clock and alarm
  • Conference call with outside line (up to three way)
  • Call share (Barge in)
  • Intercom (handset to handset)
  • Multiple language display
  • Handset locator

Product Features – 161 Series

  • 50 name and number phonebook
  • Caller ID with 50 name and number call log
  • 12 selectable ring tones
  • Impressive battery life providing up to 15 hours of talk time and up to 170 hours of standby time
  • DECT enhanced handset
  • Caller ID with name display
  • 50 station caller ID memory
  • 50 station phonebook
  • 10 number redial memory
  • Wall mountable


KX-TG662 Series – DECT Cordless Phone with TAM
KX-TG6621ALB Single pack $69.95RRP Available mid July
KX-TG6622ALB Twin pack $99.95RRP Available mid July
KX-TG161 Series – DECT Cordless Phone
KX-TG1611ALH Single pack $39.95RRP Available mid July
KX-TG1612ALH Twin pack $69.95RRP Available mid July