SOURCE: Panasonic

June 11, 2008 10:09 ET

Panasonic's New Link to Cell, the Ultimate Cell Phone Accessory, Hits Store Shelves

Bluetooth-Enabled KX-TH1211 Connects Cell Phones to Home Cordless Handset

SECAUCUS, NJ--(Marketwire - June 11, 2008) - Panasonic announces retail availability of its advanced Link to Cell KX-TH1211, a mobile phone accessory that seamlessly connects a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone to cordless handsets in the home. With Panasonic's Link to Cell, a user can initiate and receive cell phone calls from a cordless handset, which not only preserves battery life, but offers greater comfort and better reception for moving throughout the home.

"We recognize that people value their cell phones as a key point of communication, but using it at home is often inconvenient, especially when they reach dead spots with no coverage," said Bill Birnie, Marketing Director, Communications Solutions Group, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. "Perfect for the millions of consumers who have eliminated their landline, Link to Cell provides a sleek, yet comfortable handset and a base that can be placed where cell coverage in the home is strongest. Using Bluetooth to connect the cell phone to the base, Link to Cell is a solution that connects mobile and home technologies, bringing out the best features in both."

The Link to Cell KX-TH1211 has advanced phone features found in Panasonic's popular cordless phone line, such as Talking Caller ID, Night Mode and call blocking, all of which can be used while benefiting from key cell phone carrier services, including free nationwide mobile-to-mobile, weekend and night minutes.

The new KX-TH1211 Link to Cell offers a simple one-touch initialization process and supports up to two cell phones, meaning multiple people in the home can benefit from this mobile accessory. Link to Cell is also expandable up to six handsets that have easy-to-read LCD displays, multi-color LED incoming-call indicators and multiple ring tones that can be programmed to alert users of specific people calling. In addition, calls to the registered cell phone numbers can be programmed to specific handsets in the home, meaning incoming calls can maintain their privacy and be directed to their intended recipient.

Also, for homes with landlines, Link to Cell supports traditional landline connections and features a 50-station phonebook and dialer. Link to Cell KH-TH1211 comes equipped with one handset and is now available at retail with a suggested retail price (SRP) of $99.95. The expanded model KX-TH1212 comes with two handsets and is available now at retail with an SRP of $129.95. Additional handsets have a SRP of $39.95. For more information, please visit www.panasonic.com/LinktoCell.

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About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company

Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company (PCEC), a market and technology leader in High Definition television, is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (NYSE: MC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic offers a complete suite of communication and networking solutions, including cordless phones, network cameras and photo and multi-function printers that provide convenience, style and ease-of-use. Information about Panasonic products is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.