[BCAB] Update on Cordless phones with talking features

Eleanor burke eleanormarthaburke at gmail.com
Sun Aug 28 12:17:22 BST 2016


to add to what Phil has said there is also a socket under and set to plug in headphones.

> On 28 Aug 2016, at 12:04, Agent Orange via Bcab <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk> wrote:
> 
> 
> I recently asked the list about the Panasonic KX-TG8562EB there is also a socket on the hand set to plug in a head phone. finally, and I do think my sense of touch is good, I find it hard to distinguish between the keys which are quite flat. cordless phone
> with talking caller ID.  Listers generally gave it positive comments.  
> 
> I have now spent some time with this phone and I thought people might like
> to know that, in addition to the talking caller ID, the base station also
> gives speech feedback for the answer phone function.  
> 
> For instance, when you turn it on by pressing a dedicated button (the top
> right on the base station) it says "Answer set" followed by the date and
> time - assuming you have set the date and time.  When you press the same
> button a second time, it says "answer off".
> 
> Pressing the Play button (the largest button on the base) will elicit a
> verbal report about how many new messages you have.  Pressing the Erase key
> (top left) will cause the unit to speak this function.  Etc.
> 
> Another feature VI folk might find useful is the locator / pager function.
> Pressing the bottom right button on the base will cause all the handsets
> registered to that base to ring for a minute, or until you press the button
> again.  Very handy if you misplace one of them.
> 
> These strike me as quite useful features for those of us who have very
> little sight, so I am surprised that no one mentioned them.  I wonder
> whether there are several models of Panasonic cordless phone which have
> talking caller ID, and perhaps these features do not exist on some of them.
> 
> Of course, the phone has a lot of features which are a bit tricky to program
> if you cannot see to use the menus, but as has already been mentioned by
> Pele, most of them can be accessed using hash codes.  A bit of trial and
> error may be required, and sighted help would definitely be advantageous to
> begin with, but even without it may be possible for some to use the hash
> codes to set some of the simpler functions.
> 
> To do so, you press the centre soft key, then type # followed by the code
> for the feature you want to change.  Then you use the up / down arrow keys
> to move through the available values.  Then press the middle soft key when
> on the chosen value in order to select it.  Then press the call end key to
> get out of that screen and return to the standby screen.  For example, #161
> will bring up the list of available ring tones which you can scroll through
> and choose from.
> 
> My only criticism is that the phones are quite unstable and easy to knock
> over when standing in their charger / the base.  The charger (not the base)
> is also very light and easy to knock or pull off as it has no weight at all.
> 
> Phil
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Agent Orange [mailto:agentorange at talktalk.net] 
> Sent: 23 August 2016 21:57
> To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
> Subject: RE: [BCAB] Cordless phones with talking features
> 
> 
> Jane, I'm not David, but you can buy the Panasonic KX-TG8562EB from Amazon
> on the following URL.  This particular link takes you to a page for the 4
> handset version (note the model number on this page has a 4 as the third
> digit from the end), but you can select 2  or 3 handset versions part way
> down the page if you prefer (and if you do, the third digit from the end of
> the model number will change accordingly):
> 
> https://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-KX-TG8564EB-Corldess-Telephone-Machine/dp
> /B007IZGDK6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1458132062&sr=8-
> 
> You will see from this page that there is also a new version of this product
> available with model number KX-TGJ320.  Panasonic support told me there was
> virtually no difference between these two models.  However, if you read some
> of the answered questions pertaining to the new model, it has been noted
> that the new model may lack an audible low battery warning, and may have
> poorer range.   Buttons on the new model are also said to be placed slightly
> closer together.  
> 
> Phil
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Jane Sellers
> Sent: 23 August 2016 21:39
> To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] Cordless phones with talking features
> 
> Hi David
> 
> Where do you buy such a phone like this?
> From
> jane
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of David
> Reynolds
> Sent: 22 August 2016 22:40
> To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] Cordless phones with talking features
> 
> Phil,
> 
> On the Panasonic, the caller ID defaults to on, and I've never switched it
> off. The phone provides very little speech feedback, but you can access your
> messages, change the ring tone fairly easily once you've learnt the key
> sequences to do these things.
> It is the best phone I've ever owned. Just my opinion,
> 
> Best,
> 
> David.
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Agent Orange
> via Bcab
> Sent: Monday, August 22, 2016 10:20 PM
> To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
> Cc: Agent Orange
> Subject: [BCAB] Cordless phones with talking features
> 
> 
> I am looking for a good quality cordless house phone for a blind person to
> use.  Talking caller ID is essential and other talking features would also
> be welcome.  
> 
> I am vaguely aware (from previous emails to the list) of the Panasonic
> KX-TG8562EB.  If anyone has one of these, can you say how easy it is to turn
> the talking caller ID on / off if you have no sight, and whether any of the
> other features such as the answer machine provide spoken feedback, or are
> usable without seeing the screen?
> 
> Are there any other products out there worth considering?
> 
> I am already aware of TrueCall and other products sold by RNIB.
> 
> Thanks
> 
> Phil
> 
> 
> 
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